Granada Hills, Los Angeles

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Granada Hills
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
A welcome sign at Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue
Motto: "The Valley's Most Neighborly Town"[1]
Granada Hills, Los Angeles is located in San Fernando Valley
Granada Hills
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
Coordinates: 34°17′N 118°30′W / 34.283°N 118.500°W / 34.283; -118.500
Elevation292 m (959 ft)
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
Area code818
 
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Granada Hills
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
A welcome sign at Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue
Motto: "The Valley's Most Neighborly Town"[1]
Granada Hills, Los Angeles is located in San Fernando Valley
Granada Hills
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
Coordinates: 34°17′N 118°30′W / 34.283°N 118.500°W / 34.283; -118.500
Elevation292 m (959 ft)
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
Area code818

Granada Hills is a lightly populated, older-aged, 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.

History[edit]

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 trip 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.

Community Center shooting[edit]

On August 10, 1999, at around 10:50 am local time, white supremacist Buford O. Furrow, Jr. walked into the lobby of the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills and opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon, unloading 70 shots into the complex. The gunfire wounded five people: three children, a teenage counselor, and an office worker. Shortly thereafter, Furrow murdered a mail carrier, fled the state, and finally surrendered to authorities.

Geography[edit]

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 FreewayRoute 118,

Demographics[edit]

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.[2]

Granada Hills
Los Angeles Times

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.[2]

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.[2]

Arts and culture[edit]

Architecture[edit]

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.

Historical landmarks[edit]

White Oak Avenue, between San Fernando Mission and San Jose Street was declared a Historical Landmark on August 3, 1966 for the 101 Deodar Cedar Trees that line the street (which has been dubbed "Christmas Tree Lane"). 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".

Sports[edit]

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.[citation needed]

In 1963, the Granada Hills Little League won the Little League World Championship in baseball.[3]

Parks and recreation[edit]

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.[4][5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

Zelzah Park, an unstaffed park, has a bridle path, a children's play area, and picnic tables.[9]

Government[edit]

Local[edit]

City Council

Los Angeles City Council District 12 encompasses Granada Hills, with councilmember Mitchell Englander serving..

Neighborhood Councils

Granada Hills is served by two Neighborhood Councils:

County, state and federal[edit]

Granada Hills is in California's 30th congressional district as of 2013 and represented by Democrat Brad Sherman.[10] It is in the 38th State Assembly district, and the and 20th State Senate district (until 2014 redistricting).[11]

Education[edit]

Thirty-two percent of Granada Hills residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, an average percentage for the city.[2]

Schools[edit]

Granada Hills Charter High School
John F. Kennedy High School

Schools within the Granada Hills boundaries are:[12]

Public[edit]

Private[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

Public services[edit]

Los Angeles Fire Department Stations 18 (Knollwood/Granada Hills) and 87 (Granada Hills) are in the area.

Granada Hills is served by the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Community Police Station.[13]

Health care[edit]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Pacoima Health Center in Pacoima, serving Granada Hills.[14]

Postal service[edit]

The United States Postal Service Granada Hills Post Office is located at 18039 Chatsworth Street.[15]

Libraries[edit]

Los Angeles Public Library operates the Granada Hills Branch.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce". Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d [1] "Granada Hills," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ "Little League Baseball: Past Champions". Littleleague.org. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Quiet Majesty of O'Melveny Park". The Trust for Public Land. 
  5. ^ "O'Melveny Park". Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. 
  6. ^ "Mission Point: Mission Point Trail". Trails.com. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Neon Way – Granada Hills – Los Angeles County". socalmtb.com. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Granada Hills Recreation Center". City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Zelzah Park". City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ "California's 30th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map - GovTrack.us". Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Project Vote Smart information for 91344". Votesmart.org. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ [2] "Granada Hills: Schools," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  13. ^ "Citywide Division Map". Los Angeles Police Department. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Pacoima Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  15. ^ "Post Office Location – GRANADA HILLS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  16. ^ Gabe Fuentes, "Official Orders Dump to Make Changes, but Won't Close It," Los Angeles Times, September 2, 1988
  17. ^ Mulhern, Tom, "Brewers: Braun's start a smashing success", Wisconsin State Journal, July 21, 2007
  18. ^ a b "Chao-Li Chi obituary". Los Angeles Times. 2010-10-24. 
  19. ^ Cuba Gooding, Jr at the Internet Movie Database
  20. ^ http://www.adidas.com/athlete/Maurice_Greene.asp
  21. ^ Ashley Judd at the Internet Movie Database
  22. ^ "Cablecam developer Jim Rodnunsky dies". Variety. 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  23. ^ "Biography of Frank Wilcox". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Ariel X". Internet Movie Database. 

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Coordinates: 34°17′N 118°30′W / 34.28°N 118.5°W / 34.28; -118.5