Northridge, California

The Location

Northridge, CA is in Los Angeles County but is not in the Los Angeles city limits. It is in a very large valley located just north of Los Angeles called the San Fernando Valley.

Arts and Entertainment

The Recreation Center is located in Northridge. It has an indoor gymnasium, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, and lighted tennis courts. The Northridge Pool, on the recreation center grounds, is an outdoor heated seasonal pool.

There are a number of nearby parks featuring scenic hiking trails with panoramic views. Porter Ridge Park is a great place to shoot hoops, have a picnic, or play at the playground. There's a beautiful view of the city making it a perfect place to relax. This park is referred to E.T. Park by the locals as parts of the film were filmed here. Aliso Canyon Park is adjacent to an equestrian arena and hiking trails are people, dog and horse friendly. 

The Valley Performing Arts Center offers a vibrant and diverse performance program calendar from symphonic performances to contemporary music concerts and educational lectures. It's known for its commitment to bringing engaging professional performances of the highest caliber to its exceptional venues.   

Given Northridge's close to Los Angeles, there are innumerable options for dining if you want to drive a bit. For those times when you want to stay close to home, Northridge has plenty of culinary options ranging from bakeries to Brazilian cuisine. 

Northridge has several golf courses from which to choose, including the Porter Valley Country Club which offers exceptional dining, golf, tennis, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and plenty of junior programs for the kids.  

Education

The Los Angeles Unified School District serves Northridge. It is the second largest school district in the US after New York City.  There are 191 magnet schools within the district as well as 19 private schools in Northridge alone and many more in the surrounding areas. 

California State University, Northridge, or CSUN, part of the California State University system, offers bachelor's and master's degrees in a number of disciplines. The school is a major producer of K12 teachers in the region and the nation as a whole. CSUN also has highly regarded engineering, business, and film programs.

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