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There is a lot of gang activity in Reseda, the violence is usually taken a block or two over but much originates in this little area

— karen g
October 19, 2012 at 6:12 p.m.

I have been interested in Reseda ever since I almost bought a newly contructed home there in 2005. Me and my then gf took too long to decide on upgrades, so the builder cancelled our contract and sold it to the next person on his long waiting list. Thank god he did, because I would have paid $650k for a house that is now worth (according to zillow) about $410k. I am still interested in Reseda because I am still renting and looking to buy and I have noticed that you can get so much more house in Reseda for the money than in many other communities. But, I was concerned for awhile that maybe there was something wrong with Reseda that I was missing. But now, I have to say that I agree with Gary Evans and not "Rathernotsay". I don't mind driving an extra 10 minutes to the freeway in order to get a lower mortgage pmt and a nicer house. I also see nothing wrong with living in a culturally mixed neighborhood, especially if it's going to save you money. Besides, the crime rate in LA is down to where it was in the 50's. It seems that Reseda has cheaper real estate because it's perceived as that of a Chevy or a Honda rather than a Mercedes or a BMW. That doesnt bother me. I'd rather have the financial security of a lower mort pmt and being able to pay my house off sooner than have to slave longer in the rat race just to live in a neighborhood with a higher prestige value. As far as those not feeling safe walking down the street late at night, what are YOU doing walking down the street late at night anyway, hahaha.

— Bruin85
February 9, 2012 at 11:23 a.m.

As in any neighborhood there are going to be some streets more dangerous than others. Let us not make broad generalizations and call Reseda a gang infested hole. The facts simply do not support such a description. On the other hand there are certain streets and areas that I would stay away from after dark (though relatively few compared to other neighborhoods). It isn't all sunshine and smiles here. I've been living in the Valley (mainly Reseda) for more than 30 years. Things have changed:the demographics, the population, etc. All in all its safer than it was fifteen years ago (when i was dodging bullets on Kittridge east of Reseda). It ain't perfect but I'm raising my child here and she appears no worse for the wear.

— Eric
October 22, 2011 at 11:50 p.m.

Actually I have gone down east of reseda, my church is on Lindley and Sherman Way and I haven't encountered any problems and seriously if you think being next to a police station is safe move down by the Van Nuys police statio, I dare you! The only thing I find not safe about Reseda is the lack of streelights between intersections...

— Mo
January 11, 2011 at 7:48 p.m.

Reseda is just like any other place. Theres crimes everywhere now a days there is no place that is perfect. If I had to give my opinion its great to live here.

— Hanna
December 16, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.

Mo-perhaps you feel safe because the four major streets you name are the ones that border the POLICE STATION?!?! Try walking East of Reseda Blvd on Kittridge St at night and see if you survive so you can respond to this post again. Stop lying to yourselves people. Reseda is going in a bad direction.

— C'mon now!
November 28, 2010 at 11:31 a.m.

We rented a little house in Reseda for 15 years, through real estate boom and bust. Last spring we finally bought a house, and we stayed in Reseda. Guess we like it here.

I agree with Gary, well said, it's a good place to live. Keep your eyes open, but I feel safe walking around the neighborhood. Side streets, busy streets, never a problem.

Everything I need is close by. All kinds of businesses, parks, schools. Close enough to mountains and beaches for play time. There's 3 different freeways within 4 - 5 miles or so, going every direction. Works for me, I'm happy here.

— Lee
November 10, 2010 at 8:16 p.m.

i hate it it takes 10 - 15 mins to any freeway i live near corner of sherman way and wilbur talk about traffic 24 / 7

— joe
October 22, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.

I love Reseda everything is close the malls the parks , great schools and great restaurants the community is down 2 earth but basically everywhere you go there will be acts of violence we are living in tough times of course people are gonna act more ignorant and crazy there is no such thing as the perfect city so keep running Rathernotsay lol

— Claudia
October 19, 2010 at 8:43 a.m.

I moved to Reseda 20 yrs ago. Back then it was a nice, quiet place to live and raise a family. In the past few years I have experienced gang shootings down our street, bums walking the neighborhood and drug deals in front of my house. Dont you dare tell me "this is a decent place for a family to live", are you all HIGH? Since the 1994 earthquake and the prices of homes went down, all the low income families moved in and turned it to trash! I got out and I RAN! Ran as fast as I could from that hell hole you call home.

— Rathernotsay
October 11, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.

It's just funny people's perception of what's trash, what's safe and what's not! I guess it's up to the eye of the beholder.

I'm tired of Reseda getting a bad rap. Reseda, if you want to put labels, is a working class neighborhood, racially and ethnically mixed, which is what makes LA what it is!

A place where you don't find bums hanging out in every corner of the main streets and plazas like Santa Monica. Safe to walk, jog and go about by foot!

Yes, it did have its gangs during the 90's but they've been cleaned up, we're in the 2010's, Jennifer...

I guess having one of the best Magnet Art programs in Reseda High is no indication of what you really have!

I'm proud to say it, I live in Reseda! So, be it!

— Karina
August 1, 2010 at 12:35 p.m.

I agree with Gary...I can take nightly walks along Vanowen/ Victory/ Tampa/ Wilbur without any fear of crime and I also love the diversity in the area and the friendliness of the merchants as well...

— Mo
May 26, 2010 at 11:08 p.m.

I don't know what Reseda the other posters here went to, but I returned here to raise my son after being away for over twenty years and I love it. There are no people living in vans and trailers in Reseda park--LAPD would never tolerate it. Violent crime is low and continues to decline. There is virtually no gang activity to speak of in the West Valley. What is different from when I was growing up is the wonderful ethnic and economic diversity. If that makes you uncomfortable--if you equate non-white skin with gang activity and crime--then you're probably better off elsewhere. If you celebrate diversity--asians living next to anglos living next to african americans living next to hispanics--both racial and economic--folks who make 30k a year shopping at the same Albertsons with folks who make 100k a year--then you'll feel very comfortable and very safe in Reseda. You'll also be very welcome.

— Gary Evans
May 18, 2010 at 9:20 p.m.

I lived in Reseda during the mid-1980s. I was in my early 20s and it was affordable, but close enough to all the hot spots along Ventura Boulevard. I used to take walks at night along Sherman Way, then south (I think it was south) down White Oak. From what I've heard, that would be a bad idea these days. It also seemed that about that time (mid- to late-1980s) that the entire Valley really began to change. Much more crowded and much more crime.

— Judy
April 4, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.

I grew up in Reseda when it was quiet and nice. I thought it was a great idea to move back into the neighborhood and raise my children. NOT! A lot of gangs, the parks are infested with people living in their cars, vans or trailers and the neighborhood, well let's just say TRASH! I miss the old Reseda. I moved out and shipped the family to La Canada.

— Jennifer
March 28, 2010 at 3:56 p.m.

I moved to Reseda because Tom Petty mentioned it briefly in a song. How's that for not doing your research.

— Mason
March 23, 2010 at 3:12 p.m.


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