7.5 out of 10

Lake Balboa

34.1864992050235 -118.492256177949
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Van Nuys...just a different name"

I don't know what all the talk of Lake Balboa being this new up and coming area is about but honestly, to me it still feels like Van Nuys and I don't mean that in a good way. Small houses, unkempt yards, shady residents. The airport noise is also there. Generally you have flat land, and plain houses with nothing special to write home about. While Lake Balboa and the park are right there, other then that I see no redeeming qualities of this area. Also, the real estate agents seem to wanna tee off on the fact that this is "Lake Balboa" which is more well respected then Van Nuys. Basically that means you're gonna be paying more because of the name. Not worth the price of admission in my opnion.
Pros
  • close to highway
Cons
  • ugly
  • unfriendly
  • over priced
  • airport noise
  • fast food culture
  • no night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
2yrs+

"New and Fresh"

I believe this is a more recent area/deveopment, as when I went through it I loved how fresh, crisp, clean, and new the area was. Some places in Los Angeles seem ages and worn (some may call it dirty or old) but Lake Balboa isn't like that at all. While this is an area of the San Fernando Valley, you still feel a bit isolated from the other San Fernando areas but yet you still feel like all of the aspects of LA are fully accessible. The lake here is beautiful, clean and a great place for family, singles, college students or even the retired couple. An attraction in the area is a toy company, a fun place to take the kids. You also have your pick of restaurants and stores regardless of your food or shopping preference.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Spanking New Park City"

Balboa Lake is a new neighborhood in LA. This large swath of realestate used to be West Van Nuys until it was formally recognized as a separate neighborhood in 2006 and its boundaries were ironed out in 2007. Basically, the neighborhood now stretches from the where the 405 and 101 meet north to Van Nuys airport and west to White Oak Avenue.

What you find now is a solid middle class neighborhood still undergoing a bit of an identity crisis as is tries to come to terms with its expanded role. The area has a lot to offer however. Demographically it is a microcosm of the country as a whole, with whites being barely a majority and Hispanics forming a third of the population. The big draws for this area are the many green spaces in the southwest corner just north the 101 and Tarzana and Encino. Balboa Park is the largest and best park in the Valley and offers many soccer and baseball fields. There is also a large golf course in the area and easy access to the 405 freeway.

The main drawbacks are the airport that creates extra noise pollution and the somewhat blighted areas to the west of the neighborhood. Some streets and areas like White Oak have become victims of urban blight and have boarded up houses with broken down cars as permanent features of their driveways. Overall, however, the neighborhood’s streets are filled with a variety of shade trees and quaint ranch houses dating from the 60’s and 70’s.

All in all, this may be an up-and-coming section of the Valley. Best to get in now while home prices are still affordable.
Pros
  • nice parks
  • diverse
  • reasonable rents
Cons
  • airport noise
  • fast food culture
  • no night life
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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