Check out a neighborhood, back alleys if there is no Graffiti, I recommend the area.
The hills are always very attractive, since the temperatures differ in the SFV from 10 to 15 Degree Fahrenheit and make the living so much more comfortable
I have sold a few homes in the Granada Hills area and my Clients are very happy.
Ryan Gussman, Realtor
Granada Hills in general is a very nice neighborhood...however, North of Rinaldi and West of Balboa are the prime, higher income areas. As far as "safe" goes...you get the best and the worst in any area..but it is definately safer than some of the lower income areas surrounding this neighborhood. If you are interested in finding out this information because of schools for kids...rest assured...Granada Hills High School is amongst the elite for public schools, as well as Frost Middle School. Let me know if I can provide any further information for you...
My best advice as a SFV life long resident, not many neighborhoods are "perfect" thieves tend to eyeball better areas for better product, drive around the area check out the maintenance of the homes and the yards, you'll get a good Idea.
In general I love the SFV, I've been all over in thousands of homes like every huge city there are some areas to stay clear of, there the ones that every home on the street have window bars, but I thing Granada Hills is A-OK.
TonyP at http://www.CAsafebuildings.com Home Inspector/Contractor
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