Located in the central San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys is one of the most populous neighborhoods in the SF Valley with over 103,000 people. In addition to the Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys is bordered by North Hills, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Lake Balboa and more. The charming community has a little bit of something for everyone. As one of the busiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Van Nuys is home to a bustling city life. Offering quick access to local beaches, Van Nuys is near the 405 freeway as it runs along the western region of Van Nuys. More like a tiny metropolitan neighborhood, the densely populated area consists of a residential area with homes, small studios and apartment complexes. With numerous amenities available for residents and locals to enjoy, the eccentric neighborhood of Van Nuys has plenty of street food vendors with a diverse assortment of cuisines to show for. One of the more popular streets, Sherman Way, is known as Restaurant Row as the area has a plethora of eateries to enjoy. With colorful buildings around the area and decorated walls, the neighborhood is also no stranger to street art. Experiencing the shopping and food areas Van Nuys has to offer means heading to Ventura Blvd or Burbank Boulevard thanks to its plentiful amenities. Van Nuys also has much to offer in terms of outdoor recreation and park-friendly facilities including mini-parks, skate parks, bike paths and athletic fields. Some of the most popular activities include the Sky Zone Trampoline Park, the Japanese Garden, and Lake Balboa Park. Locals are also keen on the nearby Farmers’ Markets, which bring fresh, organic produce, and homegrown specialty goods. Residents are also only a short distance away from the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. Stretching over more than a thousand acres of the San Fernando Valley land, the park is not only a Wildlife reserve, but also has trails, a lake and an amphitheater, which makes for a great family-friendly activity.
West Hills: This residential and commercial neighborhood is located in the western San Fernando Valley and has plenty of historic landmarks and city parks within the community, including Shadow Ranch Park. With its lower population of around 44,000 people, West Hills makes for a quiet and peaceful neighborhood and is among one of the smaller towns located in California. Covering an area of 8.53 square miles, West Hills is among the lowest densities for the City of Los Angeles. Established in 1987, West Hills came to be when it separated from Canoga Park and is bordered by Chatsworth to the North, Woodland Hills to the South, Canoga Park to the East, and Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve and Bell Canyon to the West. With above average public schools, West Hills is a popular place for growing families who prioritize peace and tranquility as well as the education system. The small town is known for its community feel and is home to two historic ranches that have been awarded the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments, Orcutt Ranch Estate and Shadow Ranch Park. It also has over 9 neighborhood parks and open space parks including El Escorpion Park, Bell Canyon Park, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve and Roscoe/Valley Circle Park. Locals and visitors are drawn to the neighborhood’s natural beauty and historic sites. In terms of nightlife activity, West Hills has plenty of eateries and a few bars. A few bars and cafes can be along Route 27, which frequently has live music around the area. With multiple gourmet restaurants in West Hills, including spots for specialty foods like soup, pizzerias, and traditional Italian, there’s also diversity with multiple Indian and Asian fusion restaurants. Most of the eatery options in West Hills are located along Topanga Canyon and Fallbrook Boulevards, as the two streets are the most bustling in the neighborhoods.