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Old 06-21-2008, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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It would be accurate to say that Northridge used to have a lot of snob appeal.
Back in the 1930s and 1940s, the "in" thing to do for celebrities was to buy a ranch in Northridge.
During the late-1930s to the 1950s, celebs such as Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, Marion (Mrs. Zeppo) Marx, Richard Arlen, Robert Taylor, and Jack Oakie all owned homes on ranches in Northridge.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz owned a ranch near the corner of Corbin Ave and Devonshire St, right on the border of Northridge and Chatsworth up until 1955 when they moved to Beverly Hills.
I illustrated this on post 19 of this thread:

//www.city-data.com/forum/3789272-post19.html
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Old 06-21-2008, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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No no. Friends were expressing fear regarding my pre-Sherman Oaks neighborhood, Van Nuys.

LA neighborhoods each have a 'rep'.
Truly sad about Van Nuys; while still living in the Wash DC area (yuck) 30 years ago, I heard/read about VN and, in an arcane way, that section of the SFV was part of my spiritual hometown. Wash DC; despite my being born/raised there, was never 'home' for a multitude of reasons.

In fact: when I got to SoCal in 1980; I was driving around the Valley near Ventura Blvd/Sepulveda Blvd and felt that I came 'home'......it was the weirdest feeling.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Hi again Panks.

To answer your previous questions, Chatsworth, overall, is a very, very nice city.

In regards to Sherman Oaks, if I were you I would completely avoid it. Unless you don't plan on living there for too long, say 10 years or less. Then it'll probably be ok. But again, it will get worse as time goes on. Those homeless guys you saw in Valley Glen when looking at a property are an example of what I was mentioning in my last post about the bad areas spreading outwards into cities that were once very nice, like Sherman Oaks, central Northridge, etc. I know living west of the valley is expensive, like in Calabasas, so perhaps try living east of the valley? Toluca Lake is nice, some parts of Burbank are ok. Unless you can afford to live in Chatsworth or Woodland Hills, or some nice valley city like that.

If you are planning on buying a home or condo in the valley, be careful where you choose, and look 10-15 years forward. Are there bad areas bordering the area you're going to buy in? If so, then forget it. If you are just renting, then not so much of a worry for you, as its not your property that might go downhill in the future!
Chatsworth isn't a city - it's a district / neighborhood / area of LA. It's also the porn capital of the world, if that matters to you.

IMO, there has to be something that draws young families to a neighborhood -- this is both the cause and effect of long term desirability in any community.

The issue with much of the SFV's appeal/lack of appeal is the LAUSD. This is clear when you compare the more expensive areas with the less expensive areas... What makes Calabasas so expensive? It's not the cookie cutter stucco boxes or cheesy not-so-secure gated communities - it's Las Virgenes SD. Why is Burbank more expensive than NoHo? BUSD. Are there exceptions? Sure... the stuff near the Blvd is arguably a few degrees cooler and has cachet that lifts its value.

The SFV needs to get serious again about secession from LA. Even the most blighted areas like Pacoima and Panorama City would benefit as the Valley can take education and law enforcement into its own hands. Special Order 40 comes to mind...
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Old 08-30-2008, 01:57 AM
 
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In answer to the orginal subject line... no of course Northridge doesn't have any snob appeal... just like everywhere else north of Burbank Blvd in the Valley. But it does have hidden in there a lot of big pretty and/or gated houses that rival those south of Ventura such as around the (cheesily named) Sherwood Forest area... all south of Nordhoff. I bet the owners there are pretty happy without the snob appeal.

On the other hand, I can't believe that people here think that Porter Ranch is the awesomest. Hardly any trees, hot barren hills with many cookie-cutter houses... Easy access to Best Buy and Whole Foods though. BLECH.
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Old 08-30-2008, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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On the other hand, I can't believe that people here think that Porter Ranch is the awesomest. Hardly any trees, hot barren hills with many cookie-cutter houses... Easy access to Best Buy and Whole Foods though. BLECH.
Porter Ranch is a very nice area...






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Old 08-30-2008, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Spring Branch, Tx
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I didnt notice any snobbishness.I lived in northridge from 2003-2008.I l was in the devonshire estate area.Corbin/tampa - lassen/devonshire area.The only down part is the horrific traffic and accidents in the immediate area .Evey day i came home from work I'd see ruminate pieces of car parts on 3-4 corners.
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Old 08-30-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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I am pretty new to LA, but for some reason I had a slightly negative view of Northridge for no specific reason that I can even pinpoint. Then I looked at some of the house prices in Northridge!!!!! There are some very expensive homes out there.

Just wondering if Northridge has the same snob appeal as Sherman Oaks? or is it considered just OK...deep-suburbia?

Where are the nicest parts?

Thanks everyone
Well they have every right to have an attitude. They have a 7-11 every .25 miles in any direction.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:57 PM
 
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Default Yes--the schools are the root problem

ConsideringLA hit on I think the single most important factor that nobody had before even mentioned in 6 pages of comments--the miserable LAUSD. Hopeless schools aggravate white flight/any-color-of-person-who-holds-down-a-good-job-and-can-afford-to-get-out flight. A separate school district is a start, but what would save the day are full-fledged school vouchers. Then EVERY neighborhood benefits: homeowners with kids won't have to move to find decent education and suffer long commutes; and childless homeowners have incentive to improve properties, because as of now, why invest in a property when its value will always remain dampened because of the school district its shackled to? Does anyone else agree that solving this problem ALONE would diminish all the other problems?

P.S. to Charles--great historic map. I love the image of the polo player, now that's snob appeal!
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:13 AM
 
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Im deciding between buying a home in an exclusive Burbank Hills area and Porter Ranch estates. About the same price what do you think?
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Truly sad about Van Nuys; while still living in the Wash DC area (yuck) 30 years ago, I heard/read about VN and, in an arcane way, that section of the SFV was part of my spiritual hometown. Wash DC; despite my being born/raised there, was never 'home' for a multitude of reasons.

In fact: when I got to SoCal in 1980; I was driving around the Valley near Ventura Blvd/Sepulveda Blvd and felt that I came 'home'......it was the weirdest feeling.
You were into cruising and muscle cars, I take it?

The cause of the decline of Van Nuys should be very familiar to you as an Easterner - it was exactly the same cause for the decline of countless neighborhoods in the East and Midwest, including areas with little immigration to speak of. Namely, the GM plant that made those Camaros and Firebirds which were cruised down Van Nuys Blvd. shut down, taking a major portion of the jobs that sustained Van Nuys and surrounding neighborhoods. Other factories in the Valley closed down around the same time, inflicting further damage. I.e. the same factors that caused neighborhoods in Detroit, Cleveland, Toledo, Flint, Wilmington (DE), Baltimore, etc. to go down the tubes. After that point it was straight downhill. Thats what turned a functional working class neighborhood into a ghetto.
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