Van Nuys is a neighborhood of Los Angeles, positioned right in middle of the San Fernando Valley. The district borders Sherman Oaks, Panorama City, Valley Glen, and the 405 Freeway.
Sound City Studios is one of Van Nuys’ venerable institutions. Founded in 1970, it’s revered for the sound quality of recordings produced within its sound-proofed walls. Some of the most iconic rock albums of all time were put to tape here.
Van Nuys is one of the more affordable neighborhoods within the city limits of Los Angeles.
Residential architecture evolved here in distinct phases. Starting in 1911, Craftsman and Colonial Revival homes were commonly built. In the 1920s, Spanish Colonial and English Revival-style homes became popular. In the 1930s, many homes were built following the Minimal Tradition.
After WWII, California Ranch-style homes increased in popularity. The swelling population of Van Nuys - and much of San Fernando Valley - accelerated during the postwar period, fueled in-part by low interest, government-backed loans (one of the benefits extended to veterans as part of the G.I. Bill). The 1950s and 1960s suburbanization of Los Angeles County further contributed to the area’s growth. From the 1970s onward, additional housing stock came in the form of condos and multi-unit investment properties.
If you drive around Van Nuys, no doubt you will notice an Art Deco building, Van Nuys Civic Center (1932); it is one most prominent (and tallest) landmarks in the Valley. Built as a neighborhood city hall and satellite of the main Los Angeles City Government, it stands 165 feet tall.
The Metro Orange Line serves the district with two stops: Van Nuys and Sepulveda Orange Line Station. Furthermore, buses and a major, cross-valley bike path (Metro Orange Line bicycle path) supply plenty of ways to get around town (and beyond).
Between the two, residents have access to facilities for Baseball, Soccer, Softball, Basketball, Hockey (Indoor), Karate, Volleyball and programs like Ballet and Arts & Crafts.
The largest rec center, the Van Nuys / Sherman Oaks Recreation Center (VNSO), sits just outside the neighborhood’s border in Sherman Oaks. VNSO has tennis courts, a swimming pool, and has many sports leagues for both kids and adults.
Thinking of buying or selling a home in Van Nuys? Our local real estate agents would love to help you! Our Van Nuys REALTORS® are neighborhood experts who can help negotiate the quickest home sale possible.
We can provide up-to-the-minute data about the Van Nuys real estate market, recent home prices, house sales history, and information about broader area trends.
There are several public, charter, and private schools in the neighborhood: