Supermodel/mom/environmentalist Angela Lindvall rocks the season’s high-end resortwear with down-to-mother-earth living at her farm in Topanga.
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“I spend most of my life in work boots and old sweaters. But I appreciate the time to groom and enhance,” says Angela Lindvall.
If ever there was a place that is simultaneously in LA and completely removed from its status-grabbing ecosystem, it’s Topanga, the relatively untouched mountain terrain straddled between the glitzier hoods of Santa Monica and Malibu.
It is here that Angela Lindvall, the striking hybrid—supermodel, environmentalist, mother of two—has created the ultimate sanctuary, away from the Botox’d jostling for attention, just beyond its live-oak-dotted hills.
“This is my magical place,” says the 35-year-old Missouri-bred blonde from her seven-acre eco-spread. “This is where I raise my kids, where we do yoga classes and have women’s circles. This is my community.”
Lindvall moved to Topanga nine years ago during what she calls a “total life meltdown”—a year when her marriage ended and her sister died in a tragic accident. “I went on an inward journey and realized that self-care is the path to healing.”
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A vital part of that process turned out to be the creation of her solar-powered compound, where Lindvall installed a water filtration system and a yoga studio and planted a small orchard of fruit trees. But far from living in an isolated idyll, Lindvall, the founder of environmental awareness initiative The Collage Foundation, says much of that healing has come via her hilltop neighbors.
“My boys are 9 and 12 now, so they’ll dirt-bike to the neighboring properties, like to Ricky and Andrea Schroder’s place. All of our kids have grown up together. There is a real circle of friends here.”
And it’s turned out that this intimate network of like-minded residents has reinvigorated Lindvall’s lifelong passion for the environment and community.
“I’m completing my work to become a certified health coach, and the idea is to help women look at their whole lives. We’re such multitaskers. In my industry, women like beauty and fashion, but that can turn into people feeling bad about [how they look]. I want to help change that. It’s about finding wholeness and feeling complete.”
Next up for Lindvall? She’s just purchased the property next door, expanding her acreage and ability to test-run new ideas: “I want the [new] outdoor areas to attract bugs and birds and bunnies. I may even get goats,” she says.
“I want to build out a really big garden and am thinking maybe that can be my sons’ first job: selling our own produce at a farmers market. Living here, I’m removed from the who’s who and I stay in touch with what’s important. Up here, it’s easy to remember I have an awesome life.”
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