Located in the eastern portion of the Conejo Valley and with a zip code of 91301, Agoura Hills (incorporated 1982), is in Los Angeles County, California.
The area was first settled by the Chumash Indians some thousands of years ago, and later by Spanish Franciscan missionaries. As the California coast was settled by Spaniards in the 1500s, El Camino Real, a road from Mexico to northern California, and connecting the Spanish missions in California, was built through the heart of what would later be known as Agoura Hills.
Spanish expeditions and explorations in the 1700s resulted in many large Spanish land grants in the area. Under the direction of King Philip V of Spain, Rancho Las Virgenes, or El Rancho de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Las Virgenes as it was first called, was originally given to Miguel Ortega. Later, under the United States flag, the grant was filed under the ownership of Dona Maria Antonia Machado del Reyes. Her heirs, Jose Reyes and Maria Altgracia Reyes de Vejar, built a home of adobe, "The Reyes Adobe", close to a natural spring near Strawberry Hill, and it was last owned by Jacinta Reyes. This adobe home can still be found today in a museum along Reyes Adobe Rd. in central Agoura Hills.
By the turn of the century (circa 1900), Agoura Hills was being used as a popular stage stop for travelers along the Camino Real because of its natural spring at the foothills of Ladyface Mountain, one of Agoura Hills' defining geographic features.
In the 1920s, the community was briefly known as Picture City, as Paramount Studios owned a ranch in the area used for filming Westerns. In order to obtain a post office of its own, the residents were required to choose a one word name, and in 1927 chose a misspelling of the last name of Pierre Agoure, a local Basque man and French immigrant who had settled in the area in 1871 to live the lifestyle of the Mexican rancher and styled himself Don Pierre Agoure, accordingly. Agoure was a successful sheep herder, and his name was name was chosen for the post office as it was the shortest name proposed.
Rapid growth occurred in the Agoura Hills area starting in the late 1960s, in the wake of the construction of the Ventura Freeway through the city's heart, an action that isolated the northern half of the city from the south. The first housing tracts in Agoura were Hillrise, Liberty Canyon and Lake Lindero. Growth continued at a rapid pace during the 1970s.
In 1982, the residents of the City of Agoura Hills voted in favor of cityhood by a 68% majority. Agoura Hills became the 83rd City in Los Angeles County. Incorporating a year after neighboring Westlake Village, the drive for cityhood in the region was largely based on public discontent with the county's failure to limit residential development of the area, motives which influenced both Malibu and Calabasas to follow suit by themselves incorporating in 1991.
As was the case in the Conejo Valley; and indeed for Ventura County as a whole; the 1980s was a period of tremendous growth for the new city, with large land areas being subdivided to meet the housing needs of those desiring to experience for themselves the wonderful lifestyle offered by Agoura Hills.
Origin of name: Named for early settler Pierre Agoure
Incorporation Date: December 8, 1982
Size (square miles): 7.86
Origin of Name: The community’s name was chosen in 1928 to honor early settler Pierre Agoure, but through misspelling or for ease of pronunciation, the Postal Service changed it to Agoura. It became Agoura Hills with the city’s incorporation.
Type of Government: General law; five-member city council with a city manager.
ZIP Code: 91301
Elevation (at City Hall): 940 feet.
Average Annual Rainfall: 19.5 inches.
Average Annual Temperature: 65 degrees.
City Hall Information:
Address: 30001 Ladyface Court, Suite 102, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Phone Number: 1-818-597-7300
Web site: www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us
Chamber of Commerce:
Area: Agoura, Agoura Hills, Las Virgenes, Oak Park, Westlake Village
Address: 30101 Agoura Court, No. 207, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Phone Number: 1-818-889-3150
Fax Number: 1-818-889-3366
Web site: www.agourachamber.org