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Homebuying in Northridge, Los Angeles, CA

Enjoy the charming vibe of a college town in this quiet suburban neighborhood.

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Mariah Shanice Basa

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8/8/2022 · 5 min read

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California State University Northridge (CSUN) is the beating heart at the center of Northridge. It’s a quiet suburban neighborhood that offers a lot of opportunities to young professionals and families looking for a safe, peaceful place to settle. Due to its proximity to CSUN, there’s a home in Northridge for a range of budgets.

Latest homes for sale in Northridge, CA

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    $849,000

    • 4 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1655 sqft
    17347 Cantara St, Northridge, CA 91325
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    $1,798,000

    • 5 br
    • 3 ba
    • 4213 sqft
    9828 Claire Ave, Northridge, CA 91324
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    $1,950,000

    • 5 br
    • 2 ba
    • 4000 sqft
    19514 Lemarsh St, Northridge, CA 91324
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    $1,289,000

    • 5 br
    • 3 ba
    • 2487 sqft
    16800 Halsted St, Northridge, CA 91343
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    $699,950

    • 4 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1615 sqft
    18606 Bryant St, Northridge, CA 91324
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    $889,000

    • 3 br
    • 3 ba
    • 2156 sqft
    9340 Crebs Ave, Northridge, CA 91324
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    $999,995

    • 4 br
    • 3 ba
    • 2265 sqft
    9513 Petit Ave, Northridge, CA 91343
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Local look & feel 

The housing market

$880k

-1%

Median Home Price

$483

-1%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

57

6%

Average Monthly Home Sales

It caters to home ownership  

While one might think its proximity to CSUN makes Northridge a community of renters, data from North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce reveals a surprising fact: 49.31% of Northridge homes are owner-occupied. Northridge is an exciting cross between quiet suburbia and college town, and the proximity to the university ensures housing prices remain stable and affordable.

Who lives in Northridge?

66,233

Population

37.6

Median Age

102,011

Family Median Income

Younger professionals and white-collar workers 

Northridge’s median age is 35 which is two years younger than California's median age, and three years younger than the median age in the U.S. Data from the North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce reports a median household income of $71,400.00; only 9,418 out of Northridge’s 70,653 residents live below the poverty level. Around 83% of Northridge residents hold white-collar jobs, and 44.3% of the neighborhood’s residents are unmarried.

Walking & biking

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Bike score 57; walk score 51

Moderately walkable, close to nature trails 

Northridge’s walk score of 51 means it’s somewhat walkable — you can accomplish a couple of errands on foot, especially if you’re staying close to the university. Still, you’ll need a car if you frequently need to travel around the San Fernando Valley. Aching to squeeze in some outdoor exercise? Northridge is a stone’s throw away from the scenic Aliso Hiking Trail and Limekiln Canyon Park. Avid bikers in the area also enjoy around 154 bike routes in Northridge and adjacent neighborhoods.

Public transportation

Services offered in Northridge

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Bus: LADOT Transit

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Train: Metrolink

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EV Charging: EV charging stations

Hop on a bus or catch the train 

Northridge is serviced by both buses and trains. The Northridge DASH bus is a great way to get around the neighborhood. Commuters can hop on the train at Northridge Metrolink station located on Wilbur Avenue to get to various areas in southern California. Additionally, the CSUN Metrolink Shuttle ferries CSUN students from campus to the Northridge Metrolink Station. Visit the Metrolink website for updated schedules and routes.

Animals & pets 

Lots of vets and groomers, but needs more off-leash parks

With an abundance of animal hospitals and grooming centers in the area, pet owners don’t have to travel far for emergencies, routine checkups, and pamper sessions. If you’re searching for a place to bond, dog-friendly Oakridge Estate Park is a lovely spot to take your leashed pup for a stroll. But sadly, good off-leash dog parks require a bit of a drive. 

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

1. Home of the Matadors

With a population of 38,800 full- and part-time students and more than 2,000 faculty members, the CSUN university culture is very much alive in the neighborhood. Northridge serves as a quiet respite from Valley living. How’s life in Northridge? According to a Reddit Los Angeles contributor, “Prices are stable thanks to the University, it’s quieter than other [V]alley areas, and traffic can suck, but it’s safe and sunny.”

2. Steamy summers

If you’re thinking about moving to Northridge, prepare for the heat. If you imagine a popsicle-by-the-pool type of heat, think again: In February 2022, Northridge and Chatsworth weathered temps up to 90 degrees. Residents were advised to stay in air-conditioned rooms and to drink lots of fluids.

3. Casual comfort food abound 

Eating out in Northridge? Think comfort food. As one Reddit contributor describes, “Northridge just doesn't have high-brow restaurants. But it does have a few more casual restaurants with scrappy and talented chefs who make some great comfort food for a relatively affordable price — usually at the expense of nice decor (either exterior &/or interior).” If you’re looking for five-star Michelin fare, you’re better off venturing to Encino and Glendale. 

The top 4 things to do in Northridge

1. Shop ’til you drop at Northridge Fashion Center

Built in 1971, The Northridge Fashion Center has survived the test of time — in more ways than one. After suffering damages from the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the mall underwent four successful renovations and multiple sectional demolitions. Today, enjoy an afternoon in a guaranteed Northridge landmark — go on a shopping spree, catch a movie, or enjoy a meal in one of its restaurants. 

2. Go for a garden walk at CSUN

The Botanic Garden, located in the southeastern part of CSUN, features a 1.5-acre botanical garden and 0.5 acres of greenhouses and nurseries. Revel in the diversity of local Californian plants and trees, and have fun exploring the different regional themes. The CSUN Botanic Garden is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

3. Get moving in the Northridge Recreation Center

Complete with an aquatic center, multiple basketball courts, tennis courts, and baseball fields, the Northridge Recreation Center is a perfect spot for some active, family-friendly fun. Go offline and spend some quality time with loved ones — the center’s outdoor facility features a barbeque area and picnic tables perfect for light-hearted conversations over homemade food.

4. Taste the local favorites

Lum-Ka-Naad is a local favorite that offers deliciously authentic Thai fare (the menu reportedly has a section for dishes deemed “too spicy” for many Americans) for a reasonable price. In the mood for a hearty sandwich? Try Brent’s Deli, a family-owned deli that serves an excellent black pastrami reuben. Or, check out Got Sushi & King’s Burgers, a two-in-one fast food joint that transcends the limits of conventional food combinations, but somehow still works according to several stellar reviews.

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Mariah Shanice BasaAuthor

Mariah Shanice Basa is a multidisciplinary researcher and writer with a special interest in real estate. She loves traveling and makes it a point to survey the housing market trends in every city she visits.

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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.

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