Granada Hills is a diverse and dynamic neighborhood located in Los Angeles. This interesting and engaging community has one of the lowest population densities in the city, with a population of roughly 54,000 people spread out over more than 15 square miles of city land. Residents enjoy Granada Hills for its suburban feel and access to Los Angeles amenities. The neighborhood offers easy access to three major highways I-405, Route 118, and I-5, a must for Angelenos.
Los Angeles's reputation as a city of neighborhoods is not undeserved, as its many regions comprise separate yet cohesive communities. Granada Hills borders the following communities: Mission Hills, North Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Sylmar and Tujunga Canyons. Diverse by even Los Angeles standards, Granada Hills offers a multicultural experience in a true neighborhood setting. Those searching for Granada Hills apartments for rent will appreciate the region's character, low population density and connectedness with greater Los Angeles.
Granada Hills enjoys the neighborly feel of many urban communities. Its residents gather regularly for events like movie festivals, family fun day and poker tournaments. Residents heat up and cool off at the Granada Recreation Center, which boasts both a gym and a swimming pool. O'Melveny Park, Los Angeles' second largest park at 672 acres, is also located in Granada Hills.
Because it is a relatively affluent community, Granada Hills is an established neighborhood with many loyal, longtime residents. The median age in the area is 37 years, which is older than most neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The percentage of residents older than 50 is considered high by Los Angeles standards, though people from all walks of life can enjoy the neighborhood's charms and open spaces. Compared to many neighborhoods, Granada Hills is a very safe and family-friendly community.
The city of Los Angeles offers a large variety of colleges and universities. Some of the largest institutes of higher learning in the city include: UCLA; the University of Southern California; California State University, Los Angeles; Abram Friedman Occupational Center; Loyola Marymount University; Los Angeles City College; The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles; and Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
Although many Granada Hills residents work within the immediate area, many commute throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding counties for work thanks to the neighborhood's highway access. Some of the top employers in Los Angeles are Kroger Co., Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of Los Angeles, the federal government, Kaiser Permanente and the state of California.
According to City-Data, the cost of living index in Los Angeles is 134.5, which is 34.5 percent higher than the U.S. average. The cost of living within Granada Hills is high as well, as the neighborhood's median income is significantly higher than the average Los Angeles income. Those searching for Granada Hills apartments will want to note that compared with other Los Angeles neighborhoods, the area has a low rental rate: About 26 percent of the area's homes are renter-occupied units.
Granada Hills offers easy access to Los Angeles' many attractions, festivals and events. Within Granada Hills, families enjoy numerous amenities and entertainment. Golfers can perfect their swing at the Knollwood Golf Course, while kids can have a blast at Tiny Town Indoor Play Center. Residents of all ages can find fun and entertainment at the Family Fun Arcade.
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