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Homebuying in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, CA

A family-focused oasis tucked away in the San Fernando Valley.

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Lindsey Chase

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8/8/2022 · 6 min read

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Tucked in the San Fernando Valley is the neighborhood of Granada Hills. This part of the valley used to be ranch lands, with over 2,000 acres of citrus trees and a dairy farm that made up Sunshine Ranch. Granada Hills got its name in 1942 and is now mostly residential, but the fertile soil means there are orange and lemon trees scattered around the neighborhood.

Today, this suburban neighborhood attracts families who seek a quieter home life but still want to be close to LA. Granada Hills is known for its top-ranking schools, including Granada Hills Charter High School, which recently celebrated its ninth national academic decathlon victory. Discover more about what makes this neighborhood a favorite place for LA families to call home.

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Local look & feel 

Foster Residence

Source: Wikipedia - Joseph Eichler

The housing market

$1000k

5%

Median Home Price

$451

-8%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

61

-6%

Average Monthly Home Sales

A mid-century mecca

Renowned mid-century developer Joseph Eichler wanted to bring architecturally designed homes to the masses. He built the Balboa Highlands neighborhood in Granada Hills, along with others in Southern California, during the early 1960s. Using high-quality material and modern, open floor plan layouts, Eichler created homes unique, affordable homes for the middle-class. Today, his homes in Granada Hills are highly sought for their historic significance and mid-century appeal. 

More buyers than renters

According to LA’s Department of City Planning, over 70% of homes in Granada Hills are owner-occupied. In a city with a lot of renters, this neighborhood offers a long-term community for those wanting to settle down and plant some roots. 

Who lives in Granada Hills?

52,354

Population

42.7

Median Age

118,144

Family Median Income

Families with children

Granada Hills boasts top-rated schools, spacious homes, and nearby attractions for families. Just over 35% of the population is adults between the ages of 35 and 50, with another 20% children ages 17 and younger. There are 26 schools in the neighborhood, including 10 elementary schools and 12 private schools, giving parents plenty of options. 

CSUN community

With more than 2,000 faculty members and 38,000 students, California State University, Northridge is one of the largest universities in the country and is just a stone's throw away from Granada Hills. Students and university employees enjoy the proximity to the school that Granada Hills offers without feeling like they are living on campus.

Walking & biking

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Bike score 41; Walk score 44

Limited bike lanes

With relatively low bike and walk scores, most people in Granada Hills rely on cars to get around. There are bike lanes on Rinaldi Street and Devonshire Street, running east-west, as well as Woodley Avenue and White Oak Avenue running north-south. This formation essentially creates a box surrounding Granada Hills, without any bike lanes on streets directly inside the neighborhood. 

Public transportation

Services offered in Granada Hills

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EV Charging: Google

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Bus: Rome2Rio

Commuter Express 

People who need to commute south into west LA can use the LADOT Commuter Express bus. This route (574) heads south in the mornings and north in the evenings. This route, which only operates on weekdays, has limited stops to ensure a streamlined commute for riders.

Antelope Valley Line

While this Metrolink train line doesn’t go through Granada Hills, it does skirt its northern edge and has a very accessible station just across 405 in San Fernando. This line goes south through Burbank and Glendale, ending at Union Station in LA. Riders can also go north all the way to Lancaster, California.

Animals & pets 

Pet parents rejoice

Pet owners in Granada Hills appreciate how animal-friendly their neighborhood is. There are plenty of parks and walking trails around the area for dogs to get their exercise. Zelzah Park on the northern edge of the neighborhood offers a large green space with picnic tables. However, the area isn’t fenced, so dogs should remain on a leash. For dogs that enjoy a hike, the nearby O’Melveny Park has plenty of trails. There are also quite a few vets in Granada Hills, including Balboa Veterinary Medical Center.

3 things to know before buying a home in Granada Hills, according to locals

1. It gets windy

The Santa Ana winds, which occur from September through May, can bring gusty winds to the San Fernando Valley. Due to pressure, the wind usually feels warm, but it has been strong enough to cause property damage in neighborhoods like Granada Hills. And in conjunction with dry weather, the winds have also been known to spread wildfires in the Valley. 

2. Be aware of flight paths

Van Nuys Airport is just south of Granada Hills, so noise from take-offs and landings reaches the neighborhood. Looking at flight paths can help house hunters know what to expect. And while the airport does have a noise curfew set between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, noise during the day will still affect people who work from home or have split schedules.  

3. There’s no nightlife scene

While Granada Hills has plenty of local restaurants and shops, bars and clubs are fewer. If you want to have a night on the town, Granada Hills is not the place to do it. However, heading to nearby Sherman Oaks, a more lively scene, is easy and affordable.

The top 4 things to do in Granada Hills

1. Explore O’Melveny Park

Sitting on the northern edge of Granada Hills, O’Melveny Park is the second largest in all of Los Angeles, second to Griffith Park. The public park is a serene and expansive place for residents to escape into nature without leaving the city. Numerous trails offer hikers miles to trek with sweeping views of the valley and local landmarks, such as the Van Norman reservoir. There is an area with picnic tables for those who want to bring lunch.

2. Visit a movie-famous spot

There are 114 Deodar Cedar trees that line White Oak Avenue in Granada Hills. And while they are stunning in and of themselves, most people recognize the trees and street from the 1982 movie “E.T.” — The cedars provided the backdrop to the iconic bicycle flying scene. Movie-buffs and nature lovers alike will enjoy their visit to this impressive and beautiful LA historic-cultural landmark.

3. Feed your sweet tooth

Dubbed “the sweetest spot in Granada Hills” the family-owned candy story AusSam Candy is a local favorite. The shop offers a mix of candy from all around the world and old-fashioned sweets from the U.S. Try Swiss chocolate, spicy Mexican candies, or a classic ice cream cone. 

4. Head to Grubfest

Every Friday night, up to 35 food trucks line up on Chatsworth Street in Granada Hills. The Granada Hills Grubfest is a weekly get together for members of the community, who bring their dogs and mingle with their neighbors while enjoying delicious street food — from tacos and churros to waffles and pretzels.

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Lindsey ChaseAuthor

A graduate of the Hubbard School of Journalism at the University of Minnesota, Lindsey has written for print and online publications as a freelancer since 2018. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys pottery, spending time with her family, and running her A-frame house account @chaseaframe.

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Stefan Fagerholm is the owner of LifeHacksLA, a brand that includes a large Instagram following, a weekly blog and podcast and a private meetup club all dedicated to sharing the best experiences in LA. Stefan and his family are currently enjoying the South Bay Bubble and living in the Rancho Palos Verdes area.