5.6 out of 10

Northridge

Ranked 41st best neighborhood in Los Angeles
34.2520898038191 -118.53314842526
Great for
  • Parking
  • Shopping Options
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
2yrs+

"Good for Students - hot in the summer"

I studied at CSUN and lived in Northridge for about 3 years. It is mostly a nice area although you have to drive pretty much everywhere unless you live near Reseda Blvd north of Nordhoff. The area is not as clean south of Parthenia (ie shopping carts, graffitti, trash etc) and there was a drive by in that area while i was living there.

The worst two things about Northridge are its distance from the rest of the city and the heat in the summer (its rough).

The best thing is its proximity to malls and CSUN and its GREAT rent.

Overall I rate 3 because I had a nice time living there.
Pros
  • good mall
  • reasonable rents
Cons
  • a little boring
  • fast food culture
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
2yrs+

"Only known for bad things"

There's really nothing bad about Northridge. But, there's really nothing good about it either. It's pretty much indiscernable from its neighboring towns of Reseda, Van Nuys, etc. There isn't much to do other than go to chain restaurants and crummy bars. The houses are definitely cheaper than over the hill and a lot less than other valley haunts of Sherman Oaks or Burbank as well. So, I can see the appeal of living in Northridge if you are just starting a family / are a first-time homeowner. It's relatively safe but pretty far from anything cool to do.

The most notable things about Northridge are not exactly, favorable, however. Cal State Northridge is definitely not high up on anyone's list for Southern California universities to attend. Neighboring UCLA, USC, Pepperdine and Marymount are not only all more prestigious but they're all beautiful campuses within neighborhoods that have a lot to offer (this last point is questionable, albeit, in the case of USC).
The Northridge Earthquake rings a loud bell to most Californians as well. And, although, it was later found that the epicenter of the devastating quake was in Reseda, the name stuck. And, it gives Northridge a bad stigma for being directly on a fault line. People fear that the next one is going to be equally as destructive and it doesn't do favorable things in the way of a desire to live right there.
Lastly, Northridge is the town where Richard Pryor lit himself on fire while smoking meth. He had a crackhouse in Northridge and blew up in flames . . . doesn't make a whole lot of people want to move over there with the kids, does it?
Pros
  • good mall
  • reasonable rents
Cons
  • a little boring
  • fast food culture
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
ValleyGirlTori
ValleyGirlTori Hey, this is really misleading. It makes it sound like Northridge is on a par with Van Nuys in terms of crime and general neigbhorhood feel but it really isn't. Of the 9 murders that happened in Northridge since 2007 for example, five were right on Roscoe (the border with Reseda) and one was a tragic accidental death involving kids shooting themselves with guns in the home.

Compare this to Van Nuys that had 26 murders since 2007 and you get a very different view of the neigbhorhoods. Also, although Pryor was on crack--I don't think you could really call his home a "crack house" during that period, after he had become famous in 1980. I think he was a user not a seller. Northridge is not really known as a great place to get drugs or for gang violence--especially not in 1980 when it was fairly well regarded. Its not Sherman Oaks, you're right, but it definitely isn't Van Nuys either.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"CSUN, the Mall, and Lots of Choices"

Northridge is best known to outsiders as the site of the earthquake that happened a few years ago. Northridge is a great northern Valley city however with a lot to offer as far as Valley living goes. First of all, Northridge has a very good college—probably the best one in the Valley, Cal State University Northridge, or CSUN as we locals call it. CSUN is known for its business program, but is solid in most areas. This does not mean however that Northridge is a “college town.” Although several students live around the campus in the apartments that serve the campus area, CSUN is known as a commuter school. The sort of place that empties out in late afternoons and weekends.

Northridge also has the Northridge Mall, yet another of the many malls for which the Valley is known. The Northridge is definitely one of the better ones and has the crowds and teenagers to show for it. It has everything that you could ask of a mall including a great theater.

The homes around Northridge range from solidly middle-class to fairly upscale, the farther you move towards the northern hills. Home prices tend to be high, from what I understand, but there are several very beautiful homes here. The neighborhoods tend to vary in character in different parts of Northridge as well. Many are on wide streets like Tampa Blvd., and have a definite 70’s feel to them, although they tend to be larger since this was a fairly popular place to live back then. Other neighborhoods in Northridge are packed with newer apartments and condos--lot’s of apartment living here. Northridge also has a very young feel to it with a mix of college students and young working couples, so you will definitely find the restaurants and chain stores that cater to the young here.

As you get towards the hills, you also have homes that are similar to ranch homes and more desert type architectures. All in all, there is a lot to find in Northridge. It is a good place to live although somewhat remote as far as getting to the heart of Los Angeles. The traffic on the 405 and 101 are notoriously bad at all times of the day.
Pros
  • nice apartments
  • reasonable rents
  • good mall
Cons
  • a little boring
  • fast food culture
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
MalleeRecords
MalleeRecords Thanks ValleyGirlTori. For someone in Australia, like me, your comment was very helpful in determining where I would consider living. I like CA. I think it is because of all the films that have been associated with it. I then use google map to have a look see.
2yrs+
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