Since the 19th century, Southern California has been seen as an ideal place to build an ideal society. But Utopia means different things to different people. For some it is a cooperative hippie commune, for others an orderly working-class suburb, or a monastic paradise created expressly for study and religious contemplation.
Join us, as we explore the communities that have formed out of the dreams of some of our most idealistic SoCal residents, and their fates as they met with the cold, hard reality of modern California life.
For more on the topic of communal and experimental living, take a dive into our incredible archive of cult stories:
- An Introduction to the Long History of Los Angeles Cults
- The Earliest and Weirdest LA Cult Stories: 1700s to 1940s
- The Respectable LA Houses of 1970s Hippie Cult The Source
- Ask the Experts: Why Does Los Angeles Attract So Many Cults
- The story of the abandoned movie ranch where the Manson family launched Helter Skelter