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San Fernando Valley at a Glance
To know “The Valley” is to know a geographical region of the country that offers some the finest mix of outdoor living environs. This area offers its inhabitants access to a metropolitan that ranks among the world’s most dynamic, Los Angeles.
The San Fernando Valley is a region that stands north of the heart of Los Angeles, and is essentially encircled by a mild series of mountains that give the Valley its bowl shape. As with many Valley-like regions throughout the country, the hillside areas are generally the higher priced regions, although this is not absolutely the case, as the heart of the Valley provides a bevy of areas that offer luxurious living environs with lofty prices.
Southern California as a whole has some of the nation’s most expensive real estate, and home prices throughout the Valley certainly are beyond the nation’s average housing price. The area boasts a climate that is arguably some of the best year-round-weather available in the country. Access to skiing, to hiking, to the ocean, to city life, and plenty to do within the confines of the Valley all work in conjunction to make the San Fernando Valley region one of the most sought after environs to live in the country.
With just under two million people in the San Fernando Valley, the SFV offers enough within its geographical limits to please just about any type of individual.
Some Interesting Facts
The San Fernando Valley region predominantly lies within an area known as Greater Los Angeles, yet there are a handful of cities that have incorporated over the years, and these cities are sporadically placed within the confines of the Valley.
Incorporated cities include Burbank, Hidden Hills, Calabasas, as well as a couple others.
The population, according to Wikipedia, currently stands at 1.76 million people. If the Valley were its own city it would be considered one of the nation’s most populated.
The region itself is an area that is over 250 square miles, and is contained by a handful of mountain ranges. The Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains are to the north, while the Verdugo Mountains and San Gabriel Mountains divide the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley. The Santa Monica Mountains provide much coverage to the west, and it is through these mountains that the ocean can be reached.
Another fun fact about Los Angeles as a whole is that its major river, the Los Angeles river, actually finds its source from the Calabasas and Bell Creek junction.
Major Streets, Boulevards, and Avenues
The Valley has been part of the nation’s collective consciousness ever since the world of the arts and entertainment found a home in the Los Angeles region. Many Valley roads have worked their way into major films, (Magnolia is an example of a recent film), music, and literature. Some of the major streets in the Valley include Ventura Blvd, Sepulveda Blvd., Topanga Blvd., Devonshire Street, Mulholland, Laurel Canyon, etc. With the Valley remaining a cultural focus for the nation, if not the world, the culture and folklore of the region continue to grow and grow.
History of the Region
Native Americans such as the Chumash lived in the area for thousands of years before colonization. Land grants were given as early as 1797, and from that point forward the movement of both Spanish, Mexican, and American settlements began to fill the region.
In the late 1800s the courts offered the city of Los Angeles rights to all underground water below the Valley’s surface, even though this region was not within the city limits (at the time) of Los Angeles. Eventually, this decision led to an annexation of the Valley in order for the citizens of the area to benefit from its water source. The great film Chinatown topically touches on some of the underlying themes that led to the Valley’s annexation.
The Valley is home to one of the finest Cal State Universities in California. CSUN is located in heart of the Valley, in the city of Northridge. This University stands as the Valley’s leading employer; however, historically speaking, defense and aerospace continue to employ thousands in the area. Werner Von Brown, the legendary rocket designer, developed many of his industry shaping designs in the hills of Box Canyon.