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Tell us what Winnetka means to you

  • What makes this a good place to live? What are the downsides?


I still love this area. Have been in this neighborhood since 1963 and still love the peacefulness. Neighbours are great and we watch out for eachother

— Vanessa
October 24, 2012 at 1:37 p.m.

I have lived in Winnetka since 1989 and although I have had minor incidents nothing that would ever cause me to want to move. I love the small neighborhood and when the "big" earthquake came many of our neighbors came with flashlights to make sure everyone was alright. Even though I could move I choose to remain.

— Peggy
January 25, 2011 at 2:23 p.m.

I grew up in Winnetka, and I love going back! From ages 3-18, my days were spent on a small quiet street between Winnetka and Mason, climbing trees, playing tag and football with the other neighborhood kids and my sister. Even though I've moved away, I have a feeling I'll be moving back to raise my own children there. My parents sent my sister and I to private school so not much to say about the public schools, although the long, traffic-ridden drive from Winnetka to Sherman Oaks for high school was worth it. Winnetka is amazing since you can still go to Ventura Blvd or make a trip over to Universal and still come home to a nice, friendly and safe neighborhood.

— Sheila C.
December 30, 2010 at 4:51 p.m.

I just bought a house in Winnetka near its border with Chatsworth, and I must say I love it here. My neighborhood is very clean, and all the neighbors are polite and take care of their houses. All of the lawns are neatly trimmed, there's never any noise after sunset, and on Halloween I was greeted by many very well-mannered children. Like most schools in the district, the ones around here could use some help. But the residential areas are very lovely and wholesome. The only times I see characters of questionable morals is when I'm on a major boulevard, but that's typical of the Valley, even when I lived in Encino.

— Anonymous
November 5, 2010 at 10:36 a.m.

I have owned a home here in Winnetka for 14 years now. When we first bought it was a much better neighborhood, pretty well taken care of, now if it on the decline with drugs and robbery! We are forced to use exterior cameras and alarm systems on our home now! The school system is terrible here, we send our children to private instead. Although our home is in a cozy culdesac and our neighbors are wonderful, we would move if we could afford to.

— L. Robinson
November 23, 2009 at 6:14 a.m.

I spent ages 8 - 18 here, and it was a safe place to grow up. Winnetka park was the only community resource. Winnetka Ave. school needed grass back then - all blacktop asphalt, so not fun to play on! Sutter Jr. High seemed decent at the time, but don't know if I would send my own kids there if I had a choice. People tended to keep to themselves, and it was very boring for a teenager. Glad I don't live in the Valley anymore.

— J. Mecenas
September 10, 2009 at 3:15 p.m.


is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Northridge, Reseda, Tarzana and Woodland Hills.
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