North Hills, Los Angeles
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|Neighborhood of Los Angeles|
|Elevation||841 ft (256 m)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|Area code(s)||818 and 747|
North Hills is one of the oldest communities in the Valley and was originally known as Mission Acres. After World War II, developers renamed the area Sepulveda. Northridge is to the west, Panorama City is to the east, Van Nuys is to the south, and Granada Hills to the north. Main thoroughfares include Lassen, Plummer, and Nordhoff streets, Hayvenhurst, Woodley, and Haskell avenues, and Roscoe and Sepulveda boulevards. North Hills is bounded by Balboa Boulevard and Bull Creek ("the wash") to the west, Lassen Street to the north, Kester on the east, and Roscoe Boulevard to the south.
In 1992, residents of the half west of the San Diego Freeway voted successfully to secede from the east in order to create the new community of North Hills. Sometime thereafter the value of apartment buildings and other rental properties between the San Diego Freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard fell. In 2008, management companies lobbied the City of Los Angeles to change the name of Sepulveda to North Hills. Thus, Sepulveda was annexed to North Hills. As a compromise to the residents of the original North Hills, the City of Los Angeles formed a new neighborhood of "North Hills West" which begins west of the 405 freeway and goes to Bull Creek/Balboa and from Roscoe to Devonshire.
North Hills West has a logo of a "tree in the city" was voted on by neighbors after over 20 entries and hundreds of votes. The slogan, Fostering Community, reflects the intent of the 2010 - 2012 Neighborhood Council. The 2012-2014 North Hill West Neighborhood Council was seated into office on September 20, 2012.
North Hills East formed a Neighborhood Council in 2010 and have a growing, multicultural group of neighbors dedicated to service and community activism. Click here for more information. Both neighborhood councils work together to improve the overall quality of life in North Hills.
Several North Hills residents are also proud to serve as host families to international students studying abroad in the U.S. Host families get to share their way of life and culture with the student, and at the same time learn more about the student and his/her home country.
The Sepulveda family for whom the community was formerly named has roots back to the founding of Los Angeles. Sepulveda Boulevard begins at the north end of the San Fernando Valley and extends all the way south to Long Beach, running through most of the populated section of Los Angeles County.
The small area varies a great deal; some parts of North Hills still preserve a small town feeling and are characterized by considerable neighborhood activism to preserve quality of life.
The area is home to the Sepulveda Veterans Administration and serves thousands of Veterans in the San Fernando Valley with an outpatient care, therapy and even a small golf course for Veterans.
North Hills serves as a filming location for various movies and T.V. shows including "Grey's Anatomy", "Argo", "My Name is Earl", "The Neighbors", and "Raising Hope".
The area codes are 818 and 747. The ZIP code is 91343.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these North Hills community statistics: median household income: $52,456. Population size is 60,254 according to 2010 Census data. It should be noted that this summarizes both sides of the 405 freeway.
The "North Hills West" neighborhood runs west of the 405, along the Bull Creek Wash, South of Devonshire and North of Roscoe. 24,000 residents are served according to Neilson 2009. The "North Hills East" neighborhood runs east of the 405, along the Pacoima Wash, South of Lassen and North of Roscoe. Close to 40,000 residents are served, according to the 2010 Census tracts data.
Gledhill Street Elementary School and top-rated Mayall Street School serve the neighborhood.
Los Angeles Baptist High School also serves the community, in 2012 was combined with Heritage Christian.
NHW is also served by charter schools of all grades as well as Valley Park Baptist, Valley Presbatryn School, Heritage Christian, Our Lady of Peace, Church of the Living Word are some of the private or parochial schools in the area.
There are magnet programs in some schools like Sepulveda Middle School which has a Gifted/High Ability magnet and Kennedy High School which has an Architecture/Digital Arts Magnet. A school bus is provided if pupils are more than 5 miles away from the school.
The Mid-Valley Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is one of the biggest in the San Fernando Valley and located on Nordhoff Street at Woodley Avenue.
- Los Angeles Times, Real Estate section, Neighborly Advice column: "[North Hills:] Treasures amid Valley bustle" (1 Feb 2004)
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