Cornell, California
Cornell, California is located in California
Cornell, California
Cornell, California
Location in California
Coordinates: 34°06′52″N 118°46′40″W / 34.11444°N 118.77778°W / 34.11444; -118.77778
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
240 m (787 ft)

Cornell is an unincorporated community in the Santa Monica Mountains, within western Los Angeles County, California.[1] It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Agoura Hills and around 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Malibu.[1][2] Cornell's heyday was the 1910s to the 1950s, and the settlement is now essentially a ghost town but a handful of buildings and one functioning restaurant persisted circa 2007.[3]


Cornell is a unique, picturesque neighborhood of homes along the scenic Mulholland Highway Corridor and in the rural mountain area near Malibou Lake. It is largely surrounded by open space parks within the NPS Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, including Paramount Ranch and Peter Strauss Ranch parks. The former Paramount Studios property was a movie ranch, still with 'Old Western' sets used in filming movies and television series.[4] Cornell is notable for its "tall trees" atmosphere among old-growth oak and pine, and for the many peacocks that roam the neighborhoods, and perch on residents' rooftops and balconies. Many homeowners have acreage and stables with horses, and ride on the numerous horse and hiking trails into the surrounding parklands.

Cornell is located between Agoura Hills and Malibu.[5] It can be reached most easily via Kanan Dume Road, from either the Pacific Coast Highway southwest in Malibu, or the Ventura Freeway (101) northeast in Agoura Hills.

Cable TV and refuse pickup are served from Malibu; while their water and electricity are served from Agoura Hills. The town uses the Agoura Hills ZIP Code 91301.

Seminole Springs mobilehome park at the edge of town


A resort nearby was called Lake Enchanto, and the name was sometimes applied to Cornell.[6] A branch of the Los Angeles County Free Library was opened in 1915 "Located in the Post-office and General Store, the stock of books now numbers 356." As of 1927, there were 41 registered borrowers in Cornell.[7]


A post office operated at Cornell from 1884 to 1904. The former post office was later turned into The Old Place Restaurant and was frequented by Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Jason Robards in the late 1960s.[8]

The Tour of California bicycle race passes through Cornell on Mulholland Highway.

See also


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cornell, Los Angeles County, California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 367. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Medved, Harry; Akiyama, Bruce (April 1, 2007). Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoer's Guide to Exploring Southern California's Great Outdoors. St. Martin's Publishing Group. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-4299-0717-0.
  4. ^ David W. Kean, Wide Places in the California Roads: The encyclopedia of California's small towns and the roads that lead to them (Volume 1 of 4: Southern California Counties), p. 49
  5. ^ Judkins, Rafe (August 1, 2014). "Weekend Escape: In Cornell, rediscover Southern California's Old West - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Greene, Linda W. (1980). A Historical Survey of the Santa Monica Mountains: Preliminary Historic Resource Study, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Historic Preservation Branch, Pacific Northwest/Western Team, Denver Service Center, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. p. 41.
  7. ^ "History of the Los Angeles county free library 1912-1927". HathiTrust. p. 18. hdl:2027/mdp.39015034608805. Retrieved November 19, 2023.
  8. ^ History of the Old Place Restaurant