Northridge is one of the 272 neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Formerly named Zelzah, the community was renamed North Los Angeles in 1929, which led to people starting to confuse it with Los Angeles. After some deliberation, the community was later renamed Northridge in 1938.
The area houses notable attractions and multiple points of interest with easy access to a municipal recreation center and a public swimming pool. The Northridge neighborhood communities are Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Lake Balboa, Reseda, and Van Nuys.
Chatsworth, while historically known for its horse community, has had a recent boom in its business development area. MCA Entertainment, the creator of the popular Bratz doll, recently broke ground for their new corporate headquarters. The mixed-use project includes creative office space, 660 luxury residences, dining, and retail space as well as production studios. It will also include a fitness center, an amphitheater, and a “village green” with an outdoor cinema for public concerts and movie screening. There will also be an exercise trail along the perimeter of the property.
Porter Ranch, located to the north of Northridge includes sprawling residential developments. This area includes homes developed by Shapell Industries and communities currently being developed by Toll Brothers. The ground was recently broken on the new shopping district, “The Vineyard” at Porter Ranch.
The Vineyards is set to open mid-2019. It will be located between Mason Ave. & Porter Ranch Drive at Rinaldi St. and close to the 118 Freeway.
The project will include pedestrian amenities such as play areas, gathering/event space, and restaurants. The development will also include a 100-room hotel, Kaiser medical office building, and a gated 266-residence apartment community.
Whole Foods, AMC Theaters, Nordstrom Rack and Ulta Beauty, have all announced they will be part of the experience at The Vineyards.
Granada Hills, located to the east of Northridge, offers a wonderful enrichment to the local community. “Old Town” Granada Hills is known for its community holiday parades as well as its weekly “Granada Hills Grubfest” event. This is the largest ongoing Gourmet Food Truck event in the world. It occurs every Friday night from 6-10 pm on Chatsworth St. between Zelzah Ave. and White Oak Ave.
Lake Balboa, a 27-acre lake has a beautiful area around with park, play area for kids, free parking and a sprawling space for walking, bicycling, rollerblading, picnicking and outdoor fun.
A great place to enjoy a scenic lake in Los Angeles.
The place offers a fun opportunity for a day-long picnic with family, offering a plethora of activities like boating, fishing, people watching, and a scenic hilly view with cherry blossoms.
Just a word of caution – carry ample food supplies, as there are no stores within a close proximity.
Reseda, Running close to the western edge of California State Northridge, Reseda Boulevard offers ample space for parking with protected bike lanes. Reseda has an efficient transit service with MetroLink regional rail station, located close by.
With a strong partnership forged with neighborhood councils – CD12, AIA, California State Northridge among others, Great Streets is hugely invested in boosting overall economic development of Reseda and improving accessibility and transportation safety for daily commuters.
As one of the prominent Northridge Neighborhood communities, Reseda offers a wide expanse of student housing, single family homes, and new apartments with better neighborhood amenities, well built concrete sidewalks, street furniture and a wide variety of outdoor dining options.
Van Nuys, a residential suburb is one of the best Northridge neighborhood communities in the Los Angeles area, is the home to Van Nuys Airport. Located in the central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles Van Nuys also houses the Valley Municipal Building.
Universal Studios, Hollywood is a nearby tourist attraction, a 13 minutes drive. You can get from Van Nuys to Universal Studio by bus, subway, taxi, car or foot. Local attractions include Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Japanese Garden, and even a farmer’s market if you are a fresh farm produce enthusiast.
Van Nuys offers a wide variety of housing options and no less than 33 public schools. You can explore diverse dining and shopping venues, sunny outdoors and enjoy a glitzy lifestyle without coughing up a hefty amount.