Make Your Tour Reservations Now!

You can now make your reservations for the 2018 January, February or March Oakridge Estate Tours!

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

The docent led tours will introduce you to the Barbara Stanwyck ranch home built in 1937 by the famous architect of the Hollywood Stars, Paul R. Williams. Learn about Marwyck Ranch, Marion and Zeppo Marx, Jack and Victoria Oakie and the champion Thoroughbred race horses raised in Northridge from 1937-1961. The Oakridge Estate is an LA City Historic-Cultural Monument #484.

The history of the 9.5 acre property is diverse and fascinating.

January 20th      February 17th      March 17th

Please tell your family and friends. Why not form a group and carpool?
Due to limited parking at the estate, tours fill quickly.

Register Now

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

Photos Shel Mosk   11.16.17

All About Northridge Newsletter

Friends of Oakridge announce our online newsletter which was recently published and emailed to over 2,000 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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818-739-0292 ext. 3





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Where is the Oakridge Estate Located?

18650 Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA 

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