In the heart of the San Fernando Valley, the North Hills neighborhood offers Los Angeles living at Valley prices, with the benefits of one of the state's best universities just minutes away. Surrounded by mountains and parkland, the Valley offers quintessential Southern California living with nature just a step away.
People looking for apartments for rent in North Hills will love its convenient location, just minutes from the major studios, noted Valley shopping and some of the area's most striking natural landscapes.
The North Hills/Mission Hills area has one of the richest histories of Los Angeles County, with missionaries arriving as early as the 18th century. In 1916 the orchard and farm land that is now occupied by North Hills was the site of the San Fernando Valley's first oil well, and a few buildings in the area still hearken back to a time when the area had something of a Wild West feel. Known as Sepulveda until the early 1990s, the neighborhood changed its name as part of an overhaul that saw new modern touches and amenities. North Hills is further divided into the North Hills East and North Hills West areas.
Today, the neighborhood, which is home to around 59,000 people according to L.A. Department of City Planning estimates, is a quiet place, marked by its residential character and relaxed pace of living. Residents of North Hills apartments enjoy calm streets and easy access to Interstate 405 and all the conveniences of the San Fernando Valley.
California State University, Northridge lies just a few blocks west of North Hills, catering to nearly 36,000 students with a wide range of degree programs and extracurricular activities. The university is one of the largest single-campus institutions in the country, and, with its busy surroundings, many CSUN students opt for the more affordable housing options of North Hills. Nearby Pierce College and Los Angeles Valley College both offer associate degree programs to large numbers of area students as well.
The Los Angeles area economy is very diverse, and area residents can find work in just about any industry, with entertainment serving as the most high profile and trade and transportation serving as the most common for the county. North Hills residents work all over the San Fernando Valley, which includes major studios such as Warner Brothers and Universal. Nearby Cal State Northridge employs a large number of faculty and staff, many of whom live in North Hills.
The Los Angeles area is one of the country's most expensive regions, and Southern California living is typically more expensive. Nonetheless, North Hills is one of the area's most affordable neighborhoods, and an array of apartments and one-story houses cater to a variety of renting preferences.
According to the LA Times, around half of North Hills residents choose to rent. The median monthly rent in 2009 was $843, according to city-data.com, while additional research found one bedroom apartments renting for between $760 and $1600 per month.
North Hills is great for residents looking for recreational opportunities, as it sits at the center of the Valley, just minutes from many large outdoor escapes. It's easy to head out for a hike in the San Gabriel Mountains to the north or the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills overlooking LA to the south. Right in the center of North Hills, it's possible to golf the nine-hole Mission Hills Golf Course, while several other area parks and outdoor spaces provide golfing and athletic facilities, most notably minutes south at Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area. The Valley is also home to legendary shopping along Ventura Boulevard, many popular nightlife destinations and several major studio lots that draw visitors from around the world.
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