Granada Hills, Los Angeles
|Neighborhood of Los Angeles|
A welcome sign at Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue
|Motto: "The Valley's Most Neighborly Town"|
Boundaries of Granada Hills as drawn by the Los Angeles Times
|Elevation||292 m (959 ft)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
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Granada Hills is a lightly populated, highly diverse and high-income neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles. Formerly agricultural, it is now mostly residential, with three-quarters of the living units being occupied by their owners. The percentage of married people is among the county's highest.
There is an active sports program and a range of city recreation centers. The neighborhood has fourteen public and seven private schools.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Arts and culture
- 5 Sports
- 6 Parks and recreation
- 7 Government
- 8 Education
- 9 Infrastructure
- 10 Notable people
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (October 2013)|
In 1916, the San Fernando Valley's first oil well was drilled in what is now Granada Hills. The oil well was located at the northern tip of Zelzah Avenue. Granada Hills was founded in 1926 (as "Granada;" the "Hills" was added 15 years later) and started out as a dairy farm and orchard known as the Sunshine Ranch. Among the crops harvested here as the nation prepared for the Roaring '20s were apricots, oranges, walnuts and beans. Vestiges of former citrus groves can still be seen as small groups of orange, lemon or grapefruit trees in some residential yards.
Granada Hills is located in the Santa Susana Mountains foothills. It is just north of the North Hills and Northridge districts, west of the Mission Hills and Sylmar districts, and just east of the Porter Ranch district. It is accessible by the Ronald Reagan Freeway–Route 118,
The 2000 U.S. census counted 50,535 residents in the 15.11-square-mile Granada Hills neighborhood—or 3,344 people per square mile, among the lowest population densities for both the city and the county. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 53,998. In 2000 the median age for residents was 37, considered old for city and county neighborhoods.
The neighborhood was considered "highly diverse" ethnically within Los Angeles, with a relatively high percentage of Asian people. The breakdown was whites, 55.5%; Latinos, 20.6%; Asians, 16.3%; blacks, 3.4; and others, 4.2%. Korea (16.0%) and Mexico (13.8%) were the most common places of birth for the 29.2% of the residents who were born abroad—an average figure for Los Angeles.
The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $83,911, considered high for the City of Los Angeles. Renters occupied 26.4% of the housing stock, and house- or apartment-owners held 73.6%. The average household size of 2.9 people was considered average for Los Angeles. The percentages of married men (60.4%) and women (58.5%) were among the county's highest. The 9.4% of families headed by single parents was considered low. There were 4,032 veterans, or 10.5% of the population, a high proportion compared to the rest of the city.
Arts and culture
Granada Hills is a hot spot of mid-century architecture which returned to vogue in the 1990s, known as Mid-Century modern. The most notable tract is "Balboa Highlands", a small tract designed by iconic architect Joseph Eichler. Many of these homes, which are North of Rinaldi/West of Balboa, have been featured in movies, commercials, magazine pictorials and often pop up in books both on Eichler and classic examples of mid-century architecture.
While the Eichler homes are the most famous examples of MCM in this North Valley suburb many areas of Granada Hills feature the aesthetic style that includes pitched roofs and beam ceilings including numerous homes surrounding the Knollwood golf course to the east of Balboa, Knollwood Grove to the west of Balboa (behind the Eichler tract) and dotted throughout the areas south of Rinaldi.
White Oak Avenue, between San Fernando Mission and San Jose Street was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument on August 3, 1966 for the 101 Deodar Cedar trees that line the street. The trees are native to the Himalayas and valued for their size, beauty and timber. The White Oak Avenue trees were used as a back-drop in the noted flying bicycles scene in the 1982 film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial".
Granada Hills High School's stadium, the John Elway Stadium (named after the quarterback, an alumnus), is the home of the Los Angeles Rampage women's soccer team and the former home of the San Fernando Valley Quakes.
Parks and recreation
O'Melveny Park, the second largest park in Los Angeles, consists of a large undeveloped area and a much smaller developed section with several dozen citrus trees, a small intermittent stream, and grass and picnic areas. This 672-acre (2.72 km2) park includes hiking trails and fire roads, including a grassy promontory from which a view of the northeastern portion of the San Fernando Valley may be seen. Mission Point and its environs are popular mountain biking and hiking areas. The view from the top of Mission Point (called "Mission Peak" by many residents), the highest point in Granada Hills, is striking, taking in most of the San Fernando Valley. In clear weather, one can see the Pacific Ocean and Downtown Los Angeles. The area around the peak is home to deer, golden eagle, bobcats, mountain lions, raccoons, and coyotes.
The Granada Hills Recreation Center (also known as Petit Park) is located at 16730 Chatsworth Street, at Petit Avenue. It features an auditorium, playground, sports facilities, and picnic areas.
- City Council
- Neighborhood Councils
Granada Hills is served by two Neighborhood Councils:
- Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council — Representing the area bounded by LA City Line to the north, Aliso Canyon to the west, the 405 to the east, and the 118 Freeway to the south. Formed in the Fall of 2002.
- Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council — Representing the area bounded by the 118 Freeway to the north, Aliso Canyon to the west, the 405 to the east, and Devonshire Street to the south.
County, state and federal
Granada Hills is in California's 30th congressional district as of 2013 and represented by Democrat Brad Sherman. It is in the 38th State Assembly district, and the and 20th State Senate district (until 2014 redistricting).
Schools within the Granada Hills boundaries are:
- John F. Kennedy High School, 11254 Gothic Avenue
- North Valley Charter Academy, 16651-A Rinaldi Street
- Granada Hills Charter High School, 10535 Zelzah Avenue
- Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences, 10445 Balboa Boulevard
- George K. Porter Middle School, 15960 Kingsbury Street
- Robert Frost Middle School, 12314 Bradford Place
- Patrick Henry Middle School, 17340 San Jose Street
- El Oro Way Elementary School, 12230 El Oro Way
- Knollwood Elementary School, 11822 Gerald Avenue
- Danube Avenue Elementary School, 11220 Danube Avenue
- Jane Addams Continuation School, 16341 Donmetz Street
- Tulsa Street Elementary School, 10900 Hayvenhurst Avenue
- Haskell Elementary School, 15850 Tulsa Street
- Van Gogh Street Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh Street
- Granada Elementary Community Charter School, 17170 Tribune Street
- Rinaldi Adult Center (Adult School), 17540 Rinaldi Street #6 
- St. Euphrasia School, Elementary, 17637 Mayerling Street
- Jewish Educational Trade School, 16601 Rinaldi Street
- Our Savior's First Lutheran School, Elementary, 16603 San Fernando Mission Boulevard
- Granada Hills Baptist Elementary School, 10949 Zelzah Avenue
- De La Salle Elementary School, 16535 Chatsworth Street
- Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, Elementary, 17701 Devonshire Street
- Pinecrest/Northridge School, Elementary, 17081 Devonshire
- Heritage (Formerly Hillcrest) Christian School - 17531 Rinaldi Street (K - 8), 10949 Zelzah Street (Preschool)
- St. Nicholas School, 9501 Balboa Blvd, Northridge, CA 91325 (Pre-School - 8)
Los Angeles Fire Department Stations 18 (Knollwood/Granada Hills) and 87 (Granada Hills) are in the area.
Los Angeles Public Library operates the Granada Hills Branch.
- Hal Bernson, Los Angeles City Council member who fought the Sunshine Canyon project in the 1980s and 1990s
- Ryan Braun, professional baseball player, Granada Hills High School alumnus
- Chao-Li Chi, actor
- John Elway, Denver Broncos quarterback
- Cuba Gooding, Jr, actor, Kennedy High School alumnus
- Maurice Greene, track athlete
- Ashley Judd, actress, was born in Granada Hills.
- Khalil Paden, football player
- Jim Rodnunsky, technician, inventor of the Cablecam system.
- Frank Wilcox, actor and "honorary mayor" of Granada Hills in the 1960s.
- "Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce". Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
-  "Granada Hills," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
- "Eichler Homes of Balboa Highlands - Welcome". Balboa Highlands Neighborhood Website. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
- "No. 41 - 114 Deodar Trees". Big Orange Landmarks. 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
- "Little League Baseball: Past Champions". Littleleague.org. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- "The Quiet Majesty of O'Melveny Park". The Trust for Public Land.
- "O'Melveny Park". Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
- "Mission Point: Mission Point Trail". Trails.com. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
- "Neon Way – Granada Hills – Los Angeles County". socalmtb.com. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
- "Granada Hills Recreation Center". City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
- "Zelzah Park". City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
- "California's 30th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map - GovTrack.us". Retrieved April 1, 2013.
- "Project Vote Smart information for 91344". Votesmart.org. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
-  "Granada Hills: Schools," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
- North Valley Service Area - Rinaldi Adult Center
- "Citywide Division Map". Los Angeles Police Department. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
- "Pacoima Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
- "Post Office Location – GRANADA HILLS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
- Gabe Fuentes, "Official Orders Dump to Make Changes, but Won't Close It," Los Angeles Times, September 2, 1988
- Mulhern, Tom, "Brewers: Braun's start a smashing success", Wisconsin State Journal, July 21, 2007
- "Chao-Li Chi obituary". Los Angeles Times. 2010-10-24.
- Reilly, Rick (May 10, 1983). "Elway's 'just one of the boys'". Eugene Register-Guard. (Denver Post). p. 1C.
- Cuba Gooding, Jr at the Internet Movie Database
- Ashley Judd at the Internet Movie Database
- "Cablecam developer Jim Rodnunsky dies". Variety. 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
- "Biography of Frank Wilcox". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
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- Granada Hills History Project
- GigaGranadaHills.com, The Granada Hills Blog
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