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Sixteen years. It's a road I've traveled on far too long. And I've seen a lot of messed up events and circumstances transpire over that length of time. I feel that when you grow up in a place that is ripping from its seams - you simply create a divide in your mind, reshift your focus and abide by a clean intent. Have an openness to others and just keep a watch eye. One thing there is lot here is poverty, drugs and gangs. But that cocktail has gone hand in hand for as long has history can remind us.

— Anonymous
July 14, 2012 at 7:16 a.m.

I lived in Sepulveda (North Hills)from 1959 until 1975. I loved growing up there and graduated from Monroe in 1964. In 1975, I saw the hand writing on the wall and moved my young family to Oregon. The last time I toured the area was about 1999 and

I couldn't believe the changes, even then. The other comments tell me a story of what must be a divided town now. The Freeway seems to be the dividing line, much like the railroad tracks divided towns in the old days.

— don
July 5, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.

Really nice city. The unique breeze in this area keeps temperatures down, unlike Woodland Hills. Lived here since 2007 and have no regrets. There is also a wonderful ethnic mix of hard working and friendly people.

North Hills is my home and I'm glad I found it.

— John
June 8, 2012 at 12:04 a.m.

I for one love diversity. My apartment complex has people from Korea, Armenia, the Philipines, Mexico, Vietnam, Spain, East Africa, India, and the Middle East. They are all hardworking and friendly. I like getting awesome Mexican food, I like Sola's African Market on Sepulveda,the Filipino supermarket on Nordhoff, I love all the independent businesses in general. I went to Sepulveda Middle School and that area is a lot nicer now than it was in the early 2000's/1990s/1980s. I enjoy the subtle little landmarks like the Onion Church and the canal where they filmed iconic scenes from Terminator 2. The Mid-Valley Library is great. North Hills is definitely charming in a subtle way if you have an open mind.

— Vince
March 22, 2012 at 8:20 p.m.

honestly people tell me my home is bad but when i moved out of here i felt so alone and it not a bad place the worst crime is car crashes and that a bigger possibility than gang violence

— just a child
April 26, 2011 at 8:06 p.m.

It's so weird that everyone's talking about all the drug and gang activity in North Hills, and yet based on the numbers given on the crime stats page, North Hills has lower crime than neighborhoods like Encino, Sherman Oaks, and Woodland Hills. Either the crime isn't as bad as people think, or nobody ever calls to report any crime there.

— Confused
January 31, 2011 at 3:18 p.m.

i live in North Hills and i love it, some kids might tell me i live in the ghetto but screw them thats cause they live in rich porter ranch, i love north hills, and yes we may have our gangs like columbus st, langdon st, and more but its still a great place to live and were right next to mission hills where George lopez grew up, in all you gotta love the 818 valley

— some guy
August 15, 2010 at 8:15 p.m.

I lived in North Hills for 6 months in 2008 and I am back living with family here (near Nordhoff & Sepulveda). I do see how the atmosphere could turn some people off to the area. But I think a lot of it is a white fear of minorities, a not-so-thinly veiled racist attitude. My limited experience in North Hills has been rather humbling and eye-opening after growing up in rural southern New Jersey, to walk down the street, go to the bank, the grocery store, and be the only white person around. I've never felt threatened, and I make a conscious effort not to allow my very white upbringing to make me feel unsafe in a neighborhood where I am the minority. If people allow their insecurities to prevent them from associating with people who are different than them, we will never progress as a society.

I have my complaints about the neighborhood. There's not a lot worth walking to, besides the library on Nordhoff, which is pretty excellent (though the lack of walkability is not just a North Hills problem, its pretty pervasive in the entire metro area). I wish my neighbors showed a little more respect for the neighborhood by not leaving trash and dog crap all over the place; kind of makes it a little less pleasing to walk down my block.

Overall, not a great place for my personal tastes, but not horrible either. I'm certainly greatful that this neighborhood has helped me dispell some previously held myths about other cultures.

— Marko
August 1, 2010 at 4:43 a.m.

Lived in North Hills for over 20 years. Basically, I was too dumb to sell when the market was hot. Now I'm too scared to buy another home in a surrounding community, because I don't want to get burned. I'm not sure it matters because, honestly, I can't tell the difference between any neighborhood in the Valley anymore...except when a renter moves in. But I suppose that can happen anywhere. My street is nice, but that's about all. Any time a long-timer moves out, we all hold our breaths. We've had great neighbors and really, really horrible ones (thieves, drugs, etc.) .

Most homeowners keep to themselves, and the neighborhood stays quiet and peaceful. Blighted homes are probably my biggest complaint. But I think that's just more anger at myself because we can afford to leave, but don't. It's a struggle between "personifying" the home (all the wonderful memories), and not wanting to give this lousy city any more money (in the form of higher property taxes if we buy a more expensive home); all weighted against the Van Nuys landing path, the blighted homes, the run down blue-collar feel of the place and having to live near people who bought way more than they could afford and have been forced to rent out every room and convert their garage.

— Dave
July 5, 2010 at 9:56 a.m.

Well North hills is just populated with a bunch of Latinos (which i am) and you white people see Blacks and Latinos as a threat society and think any neighborhood with Latinos is Ghetto ,ya North Hills has its gangs like Langdon St, Vincent Town and others but its all good and like the 818 kid im a proud Noth Hillian

— IDK
June 14, 2010 at 6:10 p.m.

bottom line .. either you love where you live, or u rent your self a uhaul truck and move out.. all that yeah north hills is nice but this or that.. you people sound like crybabies.. no ish. cities have there good and bad sides.. thanks for pointing that out captain obvious.. im a proud north hillian, if your not.. then its simple ..leave.. by the way.. if monroes so bad.. why is it the only school to have a law magent and police acadmey programs all in one.. sepulveda jr high rated top 20% state wide, no doubt you people have no idea what your talking about.. sallow, racist, narrow minded people. in my opinion thats worst then any of those so call gangsters your so frighten of.. course im not talking to everyone.."show respect to get respect" didnt your parents teach you anything, like sara said "teach your children english", well how about you teach yourself how to respect and then worry about the rest..

— the 818 kid
May 25, 2010 at 9:24 p.m.

I moved here in 2001, bought a home with my wife, west of the 405, close to Balboa.

I like the fact that I can leave my house at any time of the day and not really worry about traffic if I want to hit Trader Joe's, Costco, Whole Foods, the Northridge Mall, etc., etc.

North Hills gets some of the best air quality in the valley due to the fairly frequent, mild winds coming through.

Nice mix of people.

Now, if I could just get the airport to not let all of those jets come in after 10 pm, life would be sweet.

— Dash
May 6, 2010 at 11:32 p.m.

I grew in Sepulveda in the 1960s and 1970s mainly. It was a great place to grow up. I lot of wide open spaces. Went to school at Langdon, Sepulveda and Monroe. Either walked to school or rode my bike. It was very safe then. Things began to change when the apartments went in around Langdon and the area became bad. I am sure it it much worse now. My Mom moved out of our childhood home near the Budweiser plant in 2002 and I would never, ever consider living there now. But, I wouldn't live any part of LA now. It's a shame, because it was just a great place. Tommy's rules!

— Jeffy
April 8, 2010 at 7:55 a.m.

North Hills was created to distance the area West of the 405 in the area once called Sepulveda. East of Sepulveda was known for crime due to the high density of people, apartments and motels. After the area name was changed by Hal Bernson to get re-elected, he changed the area East of the 405 to appease the developers who also did not want to be identified with the name Sepulveda. Now the area of Sepulveda no longer exists and we are back to square one. As usual, politics dirtied what is supposed to be a nice neighborhood.

— Politico
March 10, 2010 at 8:59 a.m.

I just moved to North Hills a few months back; luckily I am on a quiet, cul-d-sac street off of Nordhoff & Hayvenhurst. I love my big backyard..I love how all the homes on the block have been remodeled over time and the exteriors are the same but very different, and I really adore the jets flying overhead low all day & night. After living in Santa Clarita for the last 20 years, I found a place I really want to stay and call H O M E .....

— TJ
January 8, 2010 at 7:16 p.m.

I live in North Hills (East of the 405), and once you pass the freeway, the neighborhoods quickly change. I live on the so-called BAD side. A few weeks ago, a woman was holding people up near my little brother's elementary school. A group of parents signed a petition to get an on-duty cop to patrol the area. Their letter was never answered, but nonetheless, efforts are being made to improve the neighborhood. Still, I have friends who say that their parents get scared whenever they come over.

— Joey
December 13, 2009 at 2:26 a.m.

It's a love hate relationship for me...I have lived a block north of the HUGE Budweiser Plant off the 405 for almost eleven years now. I enjoy my quiet neighborhood and accepted the distict smell (Thanks BUD) . Few complaints, I love North Hills central location geagraphically in the valley. But I albsolutely CAN'T stand EVERYTHING east on the 405!! Basically all of Panorama City...gangs, drugs, and all around GHETTONESS.

— Andrew
December 2, 2009 at 11:14 a.m.

I have lived in North Hills for 20 years, and have not experienced any of the negative views voiced here. I know the people in my neighborhood and they know me. I am present, offer of myself and am proud to live in North Hills. I dont mind the mix of people we have here. We are all immigrants, aint no Indians(native americans) living on my block, but if there were. And they complained about the influx of immigrants, i guess i would be more understanding. The people are hard working and good for the most part, and North Hills suits me just fine.

— mike m.
November 19, 2009 at 9:51 a.m.

I lived in Sepulveda from 1965 to 1973. Back then there were no gangs. It was a nice place to live when we were children. I went to Vintage Street Elementary School. I wouldn't want to raise my child there now!!!

— Liz
September 21, 2009 at 2 p.m.

I lived in North Hills (east of the 405) for three years, At the time it was all I could afford and I bought a condo and loved it. HOWEVER, I was going out with a man who said (after visiting my condo only once), "I would NEVER live there - what a slum. Nothing but gangs." Needless to say he was not around too long. To be honest the gang problem IS alive and well. The week I put my condo up for sale a head-less, hand-less body was found in a shopping cart a block from my home. And the prostitutes were always on the corner, but... Now I live in Woodland Hills and love that too.

— Barbara
September 12, 2009 at 7:13 p.m.

Wow, Sara you are full of anger and racism. It's a shame. Attitudes like yours are the reason neighborhoods and communities are ruined, not immigrants, I’m assuming that you come from an immigrant background as well (your not native am). Your righteousness is really alarming.

— Jorge
September 1, 2009 at 11:03 a.m.

As usual, politics dirtied what is supposed to be a nice neighborhood.

— Dan
August 17, 2009 at 10:52 a.m.

It is such a shame that immigrants come into an area and ruin it. I don't understand why. I lived in Europe in an "american" area and we had no such problems.. Education is the problem..! Also religion.. I see kids around here poor and pregnant like we linv in a 3rd world country.. Why would you want to make the place your living the same place you ran away from.. have some respect for your homes.. and TEACH YOUR KIDS.. and LEARN ENGLISH!!! It is America...!

— sara
August 14, 2009 at 12:07 a.m.

I have been a North Hills resident together with my husband, Jeff, for more than 6 years now. It holds a special place in our hearts because we were able to find a place to call our own. The street where we live has people who has been here for more than 30 years, less than 5 years with all different ethnic and racial backgrounds. We get along with a few disagreements every now and then but when it comes down to it, we always look out for each other. North Hills is not just a poor cousin among the rich cities surrounding it. It is HOME.

— Beth
August 13, 2009 at 9:10 p.m.

I grew up around Nordhoff and Woodley. Thirty-five years ago it was a nice, clean, blue collar community. Now it is a run-down, gang infested, illegal alien stuffed, low income area, with one of the worst schools in the LAUSD (Monroe).

— Bob
June 3, 2009 at 6:55 p.m.

That's interesting. It's a shame that the area east of the 405 is lumped in with that to the west because the two 'hoods are rather different, with the west being far nicer than the east and its associated gang problems.

— Pam
June 3, 2009 at 1:55 p.m.

You know the history... North Hills was created to distance the area West of the 405 in the area once called Sepulveda. East of Sepulveda was know for crime due to the high density of people, apartments and motels. After the area name was changed by Hal Bernson to get re-elected, he changed the area East of the 405 to appease the developers who also did not want to be identified with the name Sepulveda. Now the area of Sepulveda no longer exists and we are back to square one.

— Bob
June 3, 2009 at 12:50 p.m.

North Hills

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Arleta, Granada Hills, Lake Balboa, Mission Hills, Northridge, Panorama City and Van Nuys.
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