The San Fernando Valley is located in western
Los Angeles County north of the larger and more populated
Los Angeles Basin. Approximately 65% of the area is located within the
City of Los Angeles. Other cities in the
San Fernando Valley are
Hidden Hills, and San Fernando. Locals refer to the San Fernando Valley as the Valley. As of the 2010 census, there were over 1.77 million people residing in the Valley.
The San Fernando Valley is bounded by the
Santa Susana Mountains to the northwest, the
Simi Hills to the west, the
Santa Monica Mountains and
Chalk Hills to the south, the
Verdugo Mountains to the east, and the
San Gabriel Mountains to the northeast. The
Los Angeles River begins at the confluence of
Calabasas Creek (Arroyo Calabasas) and Bell Creek in Canoga Park. Mulholland Drive marks the dividing line between the San Fernando valley and the other communities of Los Angeles.
The following unincorporated areas are located in the
San Fernando Valley:
Regions that are adjacent to the
Colleges located within the San Fernando Valley include:
Van Nuys Airport
The Van Nuys Airport is a public airport located in Van Nuys which is part of the San Fernando Valley, within the City of Los Angeles. The airport is used by private, chartered, and small commercial aircraft. While no major airlines utilize the Van Nuys Airport, it is one of the 25 busiest airports in the world. The airport is used extensively by business executives,
Hollywood Celebrities, and politicians.
Valley Performing Arts Center
The Valley Performing Arts Center is a 166,000 square foot, 1,700 seat first class theater located on the campus of California State University, Northridge. The theater is magnificent and the performances are world-class.
Valley Industry and Commerce Association
The Valley Industry and Commerce Association, also known as VICA, is a business advocacy organization that promotes the San Fernando Valley as the location of choice for
Southern California businesses and families. Its mission is to enhance the economic viability of the Greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. VICA maintains a regular presence at all levels of government in order to effectively represent local businesses.
San Fernando Valley Historical Society
The San Fernando Valley Historical Society, established in 1943, is a private organization that is dedicated to researching, collecting, and preserving the history, art, and culture of the San Fernando Valley. The San Fernando Valley Historical Society offers tours and regular programs to educate the public at the historical Andres Pico Adobe. The Adobe is located in the community of Mission Hills which is in the north San Fernando Valley.
Valley Cultural Center
The Valley Cultural Center, founded in 1975, serves the cultural needs of the greater San Fernando Valley by providing concerts, performing arts, and special events through its free
Concerts on the Green program. Performances are held at the Warner Ranch Park in Woodland Hills. The program is run by the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks.
West Valley Playhouse
West Valley Playhouse is a popular non-profit community theater located at 7242 Owensmouth Avenue in Canoga Park which is a community in the western part of Los Angeles. Ticket prices are low, but the quality of performances is high.
Canoga - Owensmouth Historical Society
San Fernando Valley
The Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society is a non-profit corporation formed in 1988 for the purpose of identifying and preserving those landmarks and objects that are of interest and historical value in Canoga Park which is part of the City of Los Angeles located within the San Fernando Valley. Canoga Park was originally named Owensmouth after the Owens River Aqueduct that brought water to the area.
Greater San Fernando Valley Regional
Chamber of Commerce
The Greater San Fernando Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, established in 1911, is the 20th largest chamber in Los Angeles County and the largest chamber in the San Fernando Valley. The chamber was formed in 1989 by the merger of the Van Nuys Chamber, the Panorama City Chamber, and the Sepulveda Chamber. Members are drawn from all over Los Angeles County.
North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
The North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce serves its member businesses in the North Valley Region and the surrounding San Fernando Valley communities, including Northridge, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Chatsworth, North Hills, Mission Hills, and Reseda.
West Valley Regional Public Library
The West Valley Regional Public Library is part of the Los Angeles Public Library System. It includes a children's area, teen area, study rooms, and lots of computers. It is a great place to visit.
West Valley Chinese Academy
The West Valley Chinese Academy (WVCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching of Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture. Located in Woodland Hills, the San Fernando Valley school offers classes for students from Kindergarten through high school.
San Fernando Valley Chinese Cultural Association
The San Fernando Valley Chinese Cultural Association (SFVCCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to “the preservation and celebration of the splendors of Chinese civilization”. SFVCCA provides quality instruction in the Chinese language and Chinese cultural activities. The CFVCCA Chinese School utilizes the Granada Hills Charter High School in Granada Hills.
The Valley Film Festival
The Valley Film Festival, founded in 2000, is an annual independent film festival held in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. The festival usually screens 50 to 70 films including documentaries, comedy, fiction, animated films, and music videos.
While Bell Canyon is not in the San Fernando Valley, the only access to Bell Canyon is through the San Fernando Valley. Consequently, many people are under the impression that Bell Canyon is at the far west end of the San Fernando Valley when it is actually at the far east end of unincorporated
Save LA River Open Space
Save LA River Open Space is a non-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the last remaining
Los Angeles River frontage in the San Fernando Valley as open Space. The goal is to utilize the land as a river-oriented park and to restore the river to its natural condition where possible.
Brown's Canyon Wash
Brown's Creek, also referred to as Brown's Canyon Wash, is a 10.3 mile long tributary of the Los Angeles River. It is located in the western San Fernando Valley which is in Los Angeles County. The creek originates in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains and runs adjacent to Browns Canyon Road and under the Ronald Reagan 118 Freeway, south to Chatsworth, then Winnetka, and finally to Canoga Park where it joins the Los Angeles River.
Big Tujunga Dam and Reservoir
Big Tujunga Creek
The Big Tujunga Dam, constructed in 1931, spans the Big Tujunga Creek, just northeast of Sunland, forming the Big Tujunga Reservoir. The Big Tujunga Creek is a major stream in Los Angeles County with its headwaters deep in the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains. The stream flows for nearly 29 miles joining Little Tujunga Creek to form the Tujunga Wash near Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley.
Universal City - Universal Studios
Universal City is a community in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County. Seventy percent is in unincorporated Los Angeles County while thirty percent is in Los Angeles. Universal City is surrounded by the City of Los Angeles and is the location of Universal Studios, one of the largest film studios in the United States. Included in
Universal City are the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, the Universal CityWalk shopping and entertainment center, and the Gibson Amphitheatre. Universal City is located just east of the 101 Freeway, north of
Hollywood and south of Burbank and Toluca Lake.
Griffith Park is directly to the east. It is a great place for the entire family to visit.
The Sportsmen’s Lodge is a landmark hotel in Studio City built in the 1880’s before the movie industry existed. It was originally called “Hollywood Trout Farms” because of its proximity to the Los Angeles River, natural springs, and numerous man-made ponds where visitors fished for trout. Later in the 1930s and 1940s, its name was changed to “Trout Lakes.” After World War II, its name was changed to the Sportsmen’s Lodge. Soon after the war, in 1945, the lodge became a popular gathering place for Hollywood actors and crew including John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and others. The Sportsmen’s Lodge remains a popular place for dining, banquets, lodging, and special events. The Sportsmen’s Lodge is only minutes away from Universal Studios, Beverly Hills, and
The Newhall Pass, previously called the Fremont Pass and the San Fernando Pass, separates the Santa Susana Mountains from the San Gabriel Mountains. The pass links the Santa Clarita Valley to the San Fernando Valley and is the primary entry into the Greater Los Angeles area from Santa Clarita. The Newhall Pass is located within Los Angeles County.
San Fernando Valley Land
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San Fernando Valley Horse Property
If you want to buy or sell equestrian zoned property in or near San Fernando Valley, please contact us. We have several real estate agents with extensive experience representing buyers and sellers of horse properties.
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