Palisades Highlands, an island of residences in upper Santa Ynez Canyon, is the most recent large-scale development in Pacific Palisades. From the standpoint of history, its convoluted pedigree contrasts sharply with the story of the Methodist endeavors.
In 1921, land was purchased with a simple stroke of the pen; roads were scratched on the earth with horse-drawn ploughs; street names were selected by and erudite minister from lists submitted by the Women's Forum, and zoning was established one afternoon by a pair of men with hastily bought colored pencils. Today, Palisades Highlands is quite different.
Roads and tracts of Palisades Highlands have reached the top of the eastern ridge, and the final phase is now complete. Extending northeastward to the highest point in the development, "The Summit" is a 313-unit planned community, with a clubhouse, tennis courts and other recreational facilities.
Perhaps drawing their clue from the name of the canyon, Santa Ynez, and seeking an overall theme for a large, up-scale development, the developers have uniformly chosen Spanish names, some of them memorializing persons affiliated with the enterprise.
Residents of the Palisades Highlands continue to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding parklands and numerous hiking trails that divide Santa Ynez Canyon.