April Tour Reservations Now Available at Oakridge

The Friends of the Historic Oakridge Estate invite you to join us in April for a tour of the 1937 Northridge ranch home built for Barbara Stanwyck. Reservations can now be made by using the Register Now button.

Tour guests stroll through the two story, approximately 6,000 sq. ft. English Tudor style residence and immediate grounds. Views from the south patio include the oversized tennis court, swimming pool and the Oakridge park construction. Oakridge docents escort guests while offering historic information and answering questions concerning the preservation of the L A city owned property. Amazing vintage photos are on display!

Please allow 90 minutes to enjoy our vintage photos and docent led house tour featuring 80 years of history and a cast of characters that includes Barbara Stanwyck, Zeppo Marx, architect Paul R. Williams, Jack and Victoria Oakie, Janet Gaynor, Adrian Adolph Greenberg, Marwyck Ranch and Northridge Farms.

Hurry, make your required reservations now!

Saturday, April 21      Sunday, April 22

Tour time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 noon         Tour fee: $15.00 per person

Parking is limited so we encourage you to carpool with family and friends.

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Help Bring the Oaks Back to Oakridge

When the legendary actress Barbara Stanwyck planted the majestic Oak tree in the circular planter of her Marwyck Ranch hilltop driveway in 1937, she could never have imagined the barren space that exists there today. Drought and disease have destroyed not only that magnificent Oak but several others original to the property located at the rear of the house which overlooked the Thoroughbred horse breeding barns, pastures and paddocks. The trees, which created a welcoming canopy, both cooled and shaded the residence that is now named the Oakridge Estate, LA city Historic-Cultural Monument #484.

We are asking the San Fernando Valley residents, and Barbara Stanwyck fans to help The Friends of Oakridge, a non-profit organization, to help us reclaim and “again make green” the beautiful landscape that once surrounded this historic residence by financially contributing to

Bring the Oaks Back to Oakridge!

Oak empty planter
2011 – Planter with 90 year old Oak
Photo courtesy of Patricia LoPresti
2017 – Empty Planter
Photo courtesy of Shel Mosk
Oakridge Estate 2013 Oakridge Estate rear 2017
2013 – Rear view of residence looking west
Photo courtesy of Marcie Heacox
2017 – Rear view of residence looking west
Photo courtesy of Shel Mosk
Barren Oakridge Estate 2017
2017 – Rear view of residence looking east
Photo courtesy of Shel Mosk

Why Donate to Oakridge?

With construction of the Oakridge Estate Park underway, Friends is excited to launch our First Fundraising Campaign. The goal is to replace the three significant oak trees original to the front and rear of the residence with three substantial California live oaks. Plans also call for an irrigation system and replanting shrubbery and groundcover surrounding the home. Replacing the peaceful shade trees and “adding green” to the Oakridge grounds will create a more aesthetically appealing and welcoming venue for major fundraising events to be hosted by Friends of Oakridge.

The mission of Friends is to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the Stanwyck/Oakie house and grounds in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Did you know there are no City public funds allocated for the renovation of the residence and the grounds immediately surrounding it? Please assist us in our efforts to bring a greatly needed destination for cultural activities and events to the San Fernando Valley.

Please Donate Now

Donate Now

Your contribution is tax deductible - Federal Tax ID #45-1626582. Checks made payable to Friends of Oakridge/Oaks may be mailed to P.O. Box 3970, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Your continuing support is greatly appreciated. Warmest wishes for a healthy and happy New Year!

Steve Harris
President, Friends of Oakridge

A New Park in Northridge

Oakridge Estate Park construction started in November 2017. The contractor for the park project is digging and moving dirt! Please follow along with us as we document the progress of the new, passive recreation park via images and information. The entrance and parking area is graded with walking trails to soon be added. Landscaping will follow. Please watch with us as the new park appears!

Oakridge Estate Aerial Oakridge Estate Aerial
Devonshire St. looking south to LeMarsh St. LeMarsh St. looking north to Devonshire
Oakridge Estate Aerial Oakridge Estate Aerial
Devonshire St. looking south to LeMarsh St. LeMarsh St. looking north to Devonshire

The most recent Oakridge Estate Park construction images were taken by drone
on January 24th 2018. A Friends of Oakridge volunteer, Shel Mosk, continues to take aerial drone images of the park construction. These will continue to be shared on the website homepage and in future newsletters. Please follow this exciting project, via a bird's eye view, from high above the park!

Photos Shel Mosk   11.16.17 and 1.24.18

Revised Oakridge Estate Park Construction Plans

In November of 2017, construction work began on approximately 8 acres of land west of the historic Oakridge residence on Devonshire Street. On March 8, 2018 the Los Angeles City Bureau of Engineering revised construction plans for the Prop K funded passive park (links below). The Friends of Oakridge will continue to update the community concerning this Department of Recreation and Parks project as we receive information. View the original community approved Conceptual Site Plan from 2011. The park should be completed in 2018.

View detailed schematic of north portion of park

View detailed schematic of south portion of park

All About Northridge Newsletter

Friends of Oakridge announce our online newsletter which was recently published and emailed to over 2,100 people. This quarterly publication will contain the latest and most fascinating articles about the historic piece of property, Marwyck Ranch, originally built by Barbara Stanwyck, Marion and Zeppo Marx in 1937. For future issues please subscribe by adding your email address to our newsletter list.



Now You Can Donate Online!

If you prefer to donate by mail,
please mail your donation to:
Friends of Oakridge
P.O. Box #3973
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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Contact the Friends of Oakridge at info@theoakridgeestate.org or
818-739-0292 ext. 3





Friends of Oakridge Informational Video

Where is the Oakridge Estate Located?

18650 Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA 

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