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Homebuying in Sun Valley, Los Angles, CA

Take a break from the busy city and explore the neighborhood’s rich, mountainous terrain

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Rylie Brown

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Stefan FagerholmLocal Expert

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8/8/2022 · 6 min read

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Nestled in the San Fernando Valley region, Sun Valley is a historic neighborhood that’s home to mostly young, diverse, and working class residents. Its close proximity to nearby hubs like Burbank, Glendale, Pacoima, and North Hollywood make it an attractive location to settle down outside of Los Angeles. And, its outdoor recreation sites like the Theodore Payne Foundation and La Tuna Canyon Park welcome visitors year-round.

Latest homes for sale in Sun Valley, CA

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    $799,000

    • 4 br
    • 1 ba
    • 1476 sqft
    7276 Summitrose St, Tujunga, CA 91042
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    $799,000

    • 3 br
    • 2.5 ba
    • 1478 sqft
    9438 Via Patricia #39, Burbank, CA 91504
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    $740,000

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1420 sqft
    12870 Crowley St, Arleta, CA 91331
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    $975,000

    • 3 br
    • 3 ba
    • 2352 sqft
    9197 Haddon Ave, Sun Valley, CA 91352

Look & feel 

Stonehurst Recreation Center

Source: Google CC (Wikipedia Commons)

Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)

Source: Google CC (Wikipedia Commons)

The housing market

$782k

-3%

Median Home Price

$608

6%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

51

13%

Average Monthly Home Sales

It’s a safe, inexpensive L.A. option 

If you’re looking for a spot that flaunts the L.A. culture without the steep price tag, Sun Valley is a great neighborhood to consider. It’s about 30 minutes to downtown by car, and the food scene is impressive for residents who want to stay local. “It is safe, fairly inexpensive by L.A. standards, [and] not [too] far away from anything if you’ve got a car. [And] you’ll find some incredible Mexican/Salvadoran/Filipino/Thai food,” says one local Reddit user.

Who lives in Sun Valley?

48,872

Population

34.3

Median Age

67,354

Family Median Income

A young, growing population 

In 2000, the city of Los Angeles estimated that Sun Valley’s population was around 75,848. By 2008, the city updated its estimated population total to 81,788. The median age for residents is 28, which was considered young for the city and county. Adding to the neighborhood's youthfulness, it was also reported that the percentage of residents aged 10 or younger was among the highest in the county. 

A diverse working class 

According to the Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A. project, 10.7% of residents 25 and older have a four-year degree, which is low compared to the city and county. Additionally, 51.9% of residents are foreign-born, with the majority coming from Mexican and Armenian descents. Lastly, the median income in 2008 was around $51,290 and an estimated 2,208 families are headed by single parents — that rate is 14.1% above average for the city. 

Walking & biking

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Bike score 52; walk score 57

You’ll need a car in Sun Valley 

While some errands can be done on foot, you’ll likely need to rely on a car to get around town. One Reddit user says, “You have decent freeway access, but …there won't be much to do right around. It is close to a lot of outdoor activities up La Tuna Canyon/Tujunga, but you'll still need to drive there. You wouldn't want to live in Sun Valley without a car.”

Public transportation

Services offered in Sun Valley

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EV Charging: Google

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Bus: MoovIt

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Metro: Metro

Residents who rely on public transportation to commute downtown enjoy easy access to the Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line. A direct route to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles takes about one hour, and may be preferable to sitting in rush hour traffic. 

Charge up without a hassle 

Worrying about where to charge your electric vehicle (EV) can be a headache — but not in Sun Valley. EV owners in the area are conveniently located next to three charging stations within close proximity of one another. 

Animals & pets 

Expend some energy exploring off-leash dog parks 

You and your pup will never get tired of exploring Sun Valley. According to BringFido, there are 32 off-leash dog parks to visit within a 20-mile radius of the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a more secluded walk with your four-legged friend, opt for a 2.2 mile-long hike at La Tuna Canyon Trail. And, rest assured that the area has everything you need to keep your dog looking and feeling its best. There are several vets and groomers close by, too. 

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

1. Flooding can pose serious risks  

Since Sun Valley is located on the base of the Verdugo Mountains, it is prone to flash floods. In fact, one particular flood took place on Feb. 20, 2005, destroying a portion of the 8000 block of Tujunga Avenue, and resulting in the death of a Los Angeles City civil engineer when a 30-foot deep sinkhole opened.  

2. There are plenty of public schools 

The neighborhood is home to 13 public schools including John H. Francis Polytechnic High School and Sun Valley High School. Located on Roscoe Boulevard, the John H. Francis Polytechnic High School offers robust secondary education prep at its College Center, and a bilingual department that caters to its diverse student population. 

3. The Hollywood Burbank Airport is nearby 

Located under 10 minutes away from Sun Valley, frequent travelers can quickly commute to Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) for those early morning departures and late-night arrivals. The airport offers several public transportation options and nonstop flights to cities like Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York. 

The top 4 things to do in Sun Valley

1. Pay a visit to Wat Thai 

One of the most popular locations in Los Angeles, Wat Thai is the largest Buddhist Temple in the city. Stefan, our local expert, says the temple “hosts some of the best Thai food vendors on the weekends in its parking lot. The food is amazing and people from all over LA come to visit.” Wat Thai serves as the cultural center for the southern California Thai community. 

2. Go hiking at La Tuna Canyon Park 

Head outdoors and escape the busy Los Angeles streets when you visit the 1,100-acre La Tuna Canyon Park. Gain easy trail access into the steep upper reaches of the Verdugo Mountains, and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the trailhead’s gathering grounds. Love searching for scenic waterfalls? Hike or mountain bike up to “The Grotto” — a deeply incised canyon with steep walls, large overhanging trees, and a waterfall with a small pool.   

3. Visit the historic Stonehurst Recreation Center 

Squeeze in some exercise at one of the area’s historical sites, the Stonehurst Recreation Center. It offers guests a gymnasium, football field, horseshoe pits, soccer fields, and more. Those who love architecture will also marvel at the building’s beautiful stone work. Daniel Lawrence Montelongo was the stonemason who built the site, and is responsible for nearly 100 other stone buildings including many of Los Angeles’ quaint bungalows.  

4. Have a roaring good time at the L.A. Zoo 

Lions and tiger and bears — oh my! Take the family to the L.A. Zoo in nearby Griffith Park, and spend the day exploring some of its engaging exhibits like the Elephants of Asia, Rainforest of the Americas, and The Lair. Be sure to book an online reservation before you visit to guarantee entry.

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Rylie BrownAuthor

Rylie Brown has worked as a copywriter since 2019. Serving a range of industries from e-commerce retail businesses to luxury home goods, pets, and real estate, she has experience writing email, blog, social, and web content for clients like Kendra Scott, Gump’s, WatchBox, Denny’s, and betterpet. She received her BS in Journalism from Ohio University where she was also the Managing Editor for Thread Magazine, an on-campus fashion publication. She currently lives in Charlotte, N.C.

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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.