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How did Granada Hills get its name? There are several "Granada" towns around the world as well as in the U.S.A. The song "Granada" was written about the city in Spain. I've read the story about this town but there is no mention who or how it got named. Anybody know?

— Frank Freeman
February 27, 2012 at 3:07 p.m.

I just moved to Granada Hills, and I think its a great community were my kids are going to grow up. As parents, we are always looking for a safer enviroment for our kids. Compare to were I grew up, Mid-wilshire area, I feel pretty safe here...I like it.

— Manny
June 2, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.

I grew up in Granada Hills. It was a fun place to go to school, play, party and live.

I guess it has changed since the 60's.

— Dana
December 20, 2010 at 1:29 a.m.

I have lived in Granada Hills since 1995 and I really like the community. My kids go to school here and I like that when I go to the store, I can usually run into someone I know. I really like the variety of different properties here too and the mountains. I feel like Granada Hills has a small town feel to it and that is appealing to me. I like the history here too. Although I haven't lived here my whole life, my parents lived here at different points during their childhood. They went to the local schools and met at a local church here. Perhaps this is what ties me to this community. O'Melveny park is great, old granada hills has charm, deodar trees and of course E.T. being filmed off of White Oak is cool. I also like the ethnic diversity and the fact that we have numerous churches, synogogs and a mosque. This shows our diversity.

— CYNTHIA
December 19, 2010 at 8:38 a.m.

I moved into Granada Hills in 1995 and have been living in the Knollwood Estates since 1998. I love it. When shopping for homes back then, we looked at Porter Ranch and some of the newer developments, but the houses were so close together, it didn't seem like you had your own home. It seemed more like "detached townhomes" to me.

The homes in Knollwood -- the ones by the golf course; not the ones west of Balboa, north of Woodley -- are large and the lots are laid out well. Ours is a 4+3 on a half-acre lot. Peace and quiet at night, too.

— Bob Beecher
May 18, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.

I was under the impression that this comment section was supposed to focus on what makes Granada Hills a good place to live. Some of the comments reflect a youth that are mindless drooling sociopaths. I would say that the proximity to O'melveny Park is a huge plus. A downside would be that LAPD acts like we don't exist forcing us to hire private security.

— Ron
May 16, 2010 at 11:20 a.m.

1 thing i ima agirl so dont call me a boy

and 2 im not saying i go every friday but when theres no shows or partys then ill go chill with my friends and that shouldnt be an issue with anybody

and about you renting halls some people just dont have that money

your probablly one of those rich girls arent you that likes to throw money everywhere?

— KW
April 28, 2010 at 4:04 p.m.

Then why don't you hang at your house? That's were me and my friends chill. We have parties and bands and stuff. I go to the mall, but only to do things like shop and then I go home. I don't 'hang' there. Is there a reason you can't go to your friends homes or yours? Sometimes we even rent halls and other places. Is there an issue I am missing? I am not trying to be mean, but you sound a little like a boy that has some issues if you think it's a good idea or cool to hang at a mall.

— Hiedi
April 27, 2010 at 4:55 p.m.

heidi i think its funny how you just labeld us as kid who live in apartments.

i live in a house and i still went

your really dumb for saying stupid stuff like that

— KW
April 26, 2010 at 10:07 a.m.

Look, I am a kid and think it is stupid to go to the mall. The mall is for losers that live in apartments.

— Heidi Colster
April 23, 2010 at 7:34 p.m.

to CF- im glad your not having kids either im sure you would be a horrible parent!

i think you all need to learn to not blame us for everything

o and my mom agrees with me and she said that if us going to the mall is a big freaking deal; then what about when you all went out to the drive in movies!

— KW
April 22, 2010 at 10:01 p.m.

To KW, you make me happy that I'm not a teenager anymore. Glad I'm never having children! Oh yeah, learn how to spell.

— CF
April 21, 2010 at 7:10 p.m.

dude trying to tell me off...

i dont have to go anywhere i can go anywhere i want as long as my parents know where i am.. on thing is im not doing anything wrong so me being there having a good time with my friends not harming anyone, then that should be just fine, now if you dont like us there and have a bigg deal over it, the same stores are at simi mall westfeild mall or porter ranch just go there. and be more mature for the way that your talking to me remeber im younger then you so fighting with me makes you really immature looking, im just stating the fact that we arent hurting anyone and im acting like an adult in this whole situation-- thank you--

— KW
April 21, 2010 at 4:21 p.m.

Kid at mall.........

Do me a favor. Don't hang out there. No one likes you there. No adult wants you there and we all are tired of you. We don't care if you can't go somewhere else. That's your issue. Go HOME!!!! Try that.

Your parents should be ashamed. YOU go somewhere else if you don't like it. You need to get a life. NO adult wants you there. Get a clue.

— Olivo Ortiz
April 13, 2010 at 9:33 p.m.

all of you people really need to stop saying that for us teenagers at the mall on firday is such a big deal, thats just a place where we like to hangout right by the movie theaters, yes there are alot of other places that we can go or we have gone; but thats just our favorite place, we have gone to skateland and theres fights everytime, theres hardly any fights at the mall and + we arent bothering anybody at all,,, now for the little 7,8,9,10 year olds that are walking around thats up to the parents if they should even be at the mall because us teenagers dont even associate with them at all so whatever they do they do. and since you guys are adults be a little more mature if you dont like the fact that us teenagers goto the mall then go to a different one!

— KW
April 12, 2010 at 12:48 p.m.

Vic, I read your comment about 'Ghost Malls.' I think that model would apply if there were not some of the richest people in our county a couple of minutes away from the N.F.C. If hardly any adults from G.H. or Porter Ranch are going there on a regular basis it may not be a good idea to have a bunch of kids running around to 'fill' a mall and make it look like there are shoppers there. I think because the 'well off' areas are so close to N.F.C that it may be a good idea to promote adults from those areas coming to N.F.C. instead of children. In most case there would be a lag time and one would risk having a 'Ghost Mall,' but I think there are a lot of adults from Porter Ranch that are tired of going to other malls and would love to come to the closer N.F.C. as gas prices are not great and will be getting worse. It is also just a big pain to deal with Valley traffic and N.F.C. is very close to G.H. money and P.R. cash. It is an untapped market for N.F.C.that is literally a couple of seconds away. You yourself said that Tweens have always been marketed at N.F.C., so why not go after the bigger fish? As far as marketing, that seems logical. It only makes sense. Adults bring in more revenue - always.

— Steve Chook
November 10, 2009 at 10:01 a.m.

I stand corrected. I assumed that because G.G.P. was about 80% upside down on its loans that it would have to sell. Forbes thought so too. My bad.

Now that SPEs are part of chapter 11 for G.G.P. in Delaware, we know why your not selling. Wow.

It is a smart move and no one expected it. I take back everything I said about your marketing and all those snotty kids you have at the mall. You guys will have enough cash to market any way you want. Raise the rent, lower it, hire Hanna Montana to shuttle all her friends to the mall to live in a new condo in the middle of the place with nightly concerts festooned with effigies of her obnoxious forever Tween self all over, your good for about Ten years.

I am impressed and although I do not plan on investing in an SPE any time soon, it worked. You guys really take the cake............ Hope you leave some the for Northridge community and take the this time to think about the impact of a Tween mall in your neighborhood. Its not like you need the money. anymore.

— Mr Hahn
November 5, 2009 at 3:20 a.m.

G.Hills. Get a life and find a babysitter for your kids instead of the mall. Are you really going to imply that its all other areas and not your kids that are being dropped off? It is other areas AND yours.

— Norbitson
October 18, 2009 at 4:53 a.m.

To many little "Hanna Montana" Characters are running arround the mall. I know I work there. but its great knew to know we have the high number of Veterans in the valley to keep these kids apreciat what this great nations standerds.

—  Ish
September 23, 2009 at 9:12 p.m.

Mr. Hahn...

Do you know anything about the business of malls?

ONE: General Growth, the owner of the mall, is not looking to sell the mall.

They are looking to extend their loan.

NONE of their properties are for sale. NONE. No offers are being solicited, and no offers are being accepted.

TWO: Malls need crowds. No one would rent a space at a ghost town mall.

The kids are potential shopper. It's up to the store to make it happen and market themselves right.

THREE: Kids have been flocking to malls FOREVER. Mall shop owners know this and that's why they rent mall spaces.

Get your facts straight before you post Mr. Hahn.

— vic
September 2, 2009 at 6:13 p.m.

The Northridge Mall is in its current state because the rent is too high and there isn't enough profitability. People just don't have the money to spend due to job loss or other unfortunate situations. It is not because kids are running around unattended. C'mon really?

Also, you need to get a life and start focusing on other issues that are far greater than the Northridge Mall.

— Mr. Kahn
August 28, 2009 at 2:11 p.m.

I understand that you have no real mall to go to. I understand that your kids need something to do on Friday night. But stop bringing them to other neighborhoods like Northridge and dropping them off at the mall.

Three, reasons:

One, the mall is in chapter 11, no one is going to buy the place with all these unattended kids running around. To much potential for lawsuits.

Two,what do you think a Hundred teenagers are going to do all alone at night with no adults around?

Three, by doing so, by dropping off your kid, it creates a market for all sorts of things that just are not nice.

My suggestion is to be with them or have your kids friends over to your house.

In this recession, we have noticed that a lot of you are using the mall as a place to babysit your kid on Friday night instead of a babysitter. Times are tough, but do not compound the problem by leaving your kid for other people to watch!

— Mr Hahn
August 26, 2009 at 3:08 a.m.

Granada Hills has its own blog: http://www.gigagranadahills.com.

— L.J. Williamson
August 2, 2009 at 11:49 a.m.

Granada Hills

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County. It contains Knollwood.
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