A hidden gem that offers both fast-paced nightlife and family living.
Tucked away on the other side of the Hollywood Hills, you’ll find a variety of quaint and tranquil suburbs and towns that are perfect for growing families. But don’t let the word “suburb” fool you—the San Fernando Valley has some incredible restaurants, thrilling nightlife, breathtaking hikes, and luxurious homes. If downtown is just too stressful, you’ll love the Valley’s quieter atmosphere, and you don’t even have to sacrifice the feel of living in sunny LA. Action-packed Ventura Boulevard cuts through the Valley, lined with fun shops, trendy restaurants, and bars that are perfect for meeting up with friends.
Enjoy a classy American meal at Granville, a laid-back restaurant that’s perfect for date night, or bask in the ambiance at romantic Firefly. If you’re planning a fun night out with friends, stop by Jalapeno Pete’s for incredible tacos, margaritas, and games to play at the table! Anglophiles will fall in love with English-themed pub Fox and Hounds, and if you’re searching for that local bar where everybody knows your name, Residuals Tavern is the spot for you. Stroll along Tujunga Avenue, home to some adorable boutiques and cozy cafes like Aroma Coffee & Tea; in December, the entire street shuts down for a holiday block party! Westfield Fashion Square on Riverside Drive is a great place to stock up on all your retail favorites.
Bring the whole family to Universal Studios Hollywood, where you can enjoy thrill rides, immerse yourself in fictional worlds, and learn about moviemaking history on the World Famous Studio Tour. The kids will also love Castle Park in Sherman Oaks, which features two thrilling mini-golf courses and plenty of arcade games. If you’re looking to get a workout in the beautiful sunshine, Tarzana’s Corbin Canyon Park and the Fryman Trailhead just above Studio City are perfect choices; get some exercise and enjoy sweeping views of the entire Valley! Bring your four-legged friend to Laurel Canyon Dog Park off Mulholland for some exercise in a scenic locale. Near Woodland Hills and Encino, you’ll find the stunning Topanga State Park, always worth a visit.
Some of the Valley’s best public schools include North Hollywood High School, El Camino Real Charter High School, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, and Colfax Elementary, which hosts a beloved community event called the Colfax World Fair each year. Stellar private school opportunities include Campbell Hall (Studio City), Viewpoint School (Calabasas), Buckley School (Sherman Oaks), and Harvard-Westlake (Studio City).
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