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The Outpost Estates is one of Hollywood’s finest real estate developments.  In 1927, Hollywood developer, Charles E. Toberman, purchased 325 acres rrom candy heiress, Myra Hershey for the development of the Outpost Estates. a few months later, he purchased ten and a half acres from film maker, Jesse Lasky for an enormous amount of $275,000.

Once he acquired all the property, he embarked on a development program.  He installed streets of concrete, very ornate street lights, underground utilities, concrete sidewalks and began grading lots to sell to waiting buyers.  The lots were priced from $30,000 to $50,000.

The architectural designs were limited to Spanish with sloped tile roofs.  Flat roofs were prohibited and landscape had to meet certain architectural standards.

Some of the famous residents that lived in the Outpost Estates included Delores Del Rio and Bela Lugosi.  While Mr. Toberman, and his family lived near the Outpost Estates, he was a frequent visitor to his beloved development.  

When the depression of 1929 hit, construction of thesOutpost Estate slowed to a crawl, but didn’t stop completely.  Beginning in the late 1930’s, with the economy getting better, more and more lots were purchased and new homes being built.  

On the northwest the corner of Outpost Drive and Franklin Ave. Mr. Toberman built a single story sales office from which lots and homes could be sold.  Here, Mrs. Alleen Goodwin sold homes for many years.  After she retired, Mr. Toberman sold the sales office and lot to abuyer who tore the old building ddown and built a single family dwelling. 

For the past few years the Outpost Estates has undergone a revival of new owners who have refurbished and remodelled scores of homes. A new Outpost Homeowners Associations has been established to bring the property owners together to seek solutions to common problems. has the largest collection of Outpost Estates images.

Mr. Toberman passed away in November, 1981 at the age of 101 years old.

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