Topanga is neither a neighborhood of Los Angeles nor a city of its own, but rather a 'census-designated place' within western LA County. The greater region is comprised of many wilderness parks, conservations, and other such state-owned lands, but Topanga itself more or less follows Topanga Canyon (and the route named after it) from the Malibu
area on the southern coast up toward Woodland Hills
in the north.
Topanga runs straight through the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains and is widely considered one of the most scenic, albeit out-of-the-way, places to live in all of LA County. Back in the 1950's, a number of blacklisted artists and other creative types took up residence in Topanga Canyon, and the bohemian spirit they cultivated there still persists today: for example, the area is home to multiple annual film festivals and to a botanical outdoor amphitheater that puts on Shakespearean plays. Primary arteries: the Pacific Coast Highway, route 27 (Topanga Canyon Blvd.).