3.3 out of 10

Sun Valley

34.2223354862438 -118.368200169184
Great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  •  

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
2yrs+

"Not a good neighborhood"

Sun Valley is in the east Valley; and, like most parts of the east Valley, the neighborhood is predominantly Latino and working class. The area is pretty far out. It borders Burbank but it just feels so much further from the city than Burbank. Sun Valley is really industrial, with only a few small pockets of residential area. And, the houses in those areas all look like Brady Bunch houses.

There isn't really anything to do in Sun Valley. It's pretty far from all the action and quite desolate because of aforementioned lack of residential areas. It's pretty run down and not safe either. I'm not really sure why anyone would live here aside from the fact that it's cheaper than Burbank. But, so are a lot of neighborhoods. Not much else to say about the place because there's just really not much to it. Oh, except for it's only claim to fame: The scene in Clueless where Cher gets held up at gunpoint on her way home from a party in Sun Valley.
Pros
  • reasonable rents
  • solid industrial areas
Cons
  • gangs
  • no night life
  • run down neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"As Average as the Valley Gets"

Way back when, before my time, Sun Valley used to be Roscoe, and it was home to several Lockhead Plants that helped us win WW2. It is still largely an industrial area with lots of homes built during the Baby Boom of the Fifties. It is now a fairly typical Hispanic neighborhood, average in lots of ways as far as the Valley goes. It is a little nicer than Van Nuys and a little (not much) safer than Pacoima, but it is hardly paradise.

There are lots of industrial companies here—some still dealing in the aerospace industry although that has gone into major decline since the end of the Cold War. However, the industry is still one of the major employers in the area. There also used to be a lot of stone quarries from which they dredged the raw materials that were used to build L.A. and what you have now is lots of land fills. One of the features of Sun Valley is its tendency to flood during the rainy season because of its low lying position in the Valley.

Sun Valley has many of the problems of surrounding areas. There is definitely a bit of a gang problem here. 80,000 + people live here and they have had about 20 murders since 2007. It is not as dangerous as neighboring Pacoima or Panorama City but it is still not the best either. Its school’s are similarly lackluster, being generally considered stronger than those in San Fernando, but still not anywhere you would choose to send your kids if given a better opportunity.

Not really a place most people would like to live.
Pros
  • solid industrial areas
  • reasonable rents
Cons
  • no night life
  • run down neighborhoods
  • gangs

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