What does anybody know about the San Fernando city area (crime, reputation, etc)?

Asked by Melody, Foothills Fri Aug 31, 2007

And is it better/worse than surrounding areas? Specifically, we are looking at the Lake View Terrace end of Sylmar, and San Fenando near Glenoaks. Thanks for your imput!

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Sergio, Home Buyer, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Mar 23, 2010
San Fernanado is its own city and offers its inhabitants much better city services. Some parts of Sylmar are okay.. depends on the neighborhood. As to the "Notinthevalleyanymore" bigot... glad you left dodge and overpaid 1.2 mil for a house in calabasas... the 101 is horrible and good luck getting above water on your mortgage and or property value ignoramous.. haha... hatred and intolerance is begets evil... watch out lest your kids become as ignorant and hate filled as you... and if you don't like it get the he__ __ out..
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Anthony Perez, Agent, Northridge, CA
Thu Dec 31, 2009
Actually the San Fernando Valley is very diverse I'm all over the place every day, I see all types of the good, the bad and ugly in every corner of the Valley, more of the good thank god!, I am a Hispanic non gang member professional with high expectations and a quality business,I live in Sylmar, right at Polk and the Old San Fernando Road, my neighborhood is clean (not perfect) but clean and has been safe with good, quite neighbors, never had any problems for the exception of one household of some druggies (tweekers), they stand out from everybody else because they are all around 50 years old, up 24/7, nobody works, they sit in front of the house drinking all day, a there's lot of in and out traffic to their "place of business" unclean yard, beer bottles, etc. and they are the only white people on that half of the block.

Ive seen it all, Asian and white gangs in Granada hills and Santa Clarita, Lake view terrace blacks, and many areas of the Valley including Sherman Oaks, Encino, etc. infiltrated with white gangs, tweekers, and not so clean homes, I also see portions of Pacoima that are real bad but some parts that are OK, East San Fernando and around the East portion of Maclay have some of the most interesting homes,that are clean and have the most beautiful architecture in the Valley.

Area from area you find the same thing in all parts in this Valley of ours, it's just not a Hispanic thing.

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David Hitt, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Dec 4, 2007
You can get crime statistics and a lot of useful information if you go to http://www.lapdonline.org/crime_maps_and_compstat. My suggestion would be to speak to an agent who specializes in that area. Let me know if you need assistance in finding a great Realtor. I would happy to help.
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ramonsillo, Home Buyer, Northridge, CA
Thu Aug 22, 2013
I lived in Lakeview Terrace for 7 years and never had a problem. The neighborhood near the hills East of Foothill Blvd is as good as anywhere else. I also lived in Sylmar for several years and I can tell you that anywhere north of Polk and East of Foothill Blvd you will feel safe and at home. The homes are well kept and the residents are proud owners. Contrary to what some people have commented here, those areas are occupied by people of many nationalities and cultures.
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Brittany San…, Home Buyer, 91204
Mon Jun 29, 2009
Actually I'm white.. pale as can be.. LOL.. Sanchez is my married name.. I thought the demographics should be something the poster should know because the schools are 99% Latino according to http://www.greatschools.net and some people are not comfortable with that. (seems like you aren't). Both Sylmar & San Fernando have extremely high Hispanic populations and the average person not of this demographic might not feel comfortable so it is relevant to mention.

I've done extensive research on all of this area and looked at dozens of homes. Both San Fernando and Sylmar vary from a street to street basis but most buyers deciding between the 2 end up choosing San Fernando simply because of the increased benefit to living in an individual city with it's own services and police department. You can literally tell the difference in upkeep when you pass the city limits back into the L.A. jurisdiction. And SFPD's latest survey shows a 2.5 minute response time (one of the fastest in California) and a 100% satisfaction rating.

BTW - Your statement that "the valley has gone to crap due to Hispanics" is EXACTLY the reason I made it a point to mention that San Fernando and Sylmar were places of this demographic - because most people avoid it like the plague due to the numbers when they are actually decent (Sylmar) to nice (San Fernando) areas - unlike other areas like Pacoima and most of Van Nuys with similar demographics that I agree are very crappy places. Seriously, take a drive down the main streets of San Fernando at midnight- NOTHING like you would expect if you just saw "98% Hispanic" on a sheet of paper.. on swap meet days though.. you might get scared off.. LOL
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Sat Jun 27, 2009
You have some very good answers here.

The rule of thumb I would use is to drive around and look at the general upkeep of the homes in the area. Generally speaking the appearance of the other homes will tell you the type of neighborhood you have.

For example, we were looking at a property in North Hollywood, and it was a flip. Totally re-done home, granite counters, hardwood floors, really great. Then we looked over the fence in the back yard. We drove around, down that street, paint peeling, trash in the front yards, dead grass, weeds growing, it was just such a big contrast from the home we saw, that it was obvious the overall qualify of the neighborhood was lower than the home that was for sale.

The reason that is important is appraisal value. The rule of thumb is never buy the nicest home on the block, because that is all that home will ever be. Buy an ok house on a great street in a great neighborhood, just by adding some new landscaping, sprinklers, and some paint you can add value to the home.

So IMHO your plan should be: Interview and select a Realtor, have a lender evaluate your credit and work out a price range, then start shopping. Good luck.

You should also read this link about appraisals.
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Notinvalleya…, Both Buyer And Seller, Calabasas Hills, CA
Sat Jun 27, 2009
never take advice from a person that has to mention hispanic 5 to 10 times in a simple answer. get over the fact that you are a mexican or should i say hispanic.because it was a very hispanic day. did you see that hispanic the other day .i saw a hispanic the other day in the park. are you a hispanic sanchez. we get it. hispanic.STOP leading you life because you are hispanic and try to remember your from the human race not the hispanic race.flip side of that coin is the reason the valley has gone to crap just like l.a. is because of hispanics. thats the reason people like my self purchase 1.2mil on a house in calabasas. (sanchez)
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Brittany San…, Home Buyer, 91204
Thu Apr 16, 2009
San Fernando is better than Pacoima and Sylmar. It would go like this:

Mission Hills (a smaller area next to San Fernando. Part of L.A. but very nice. Good priced homes and some on HUGE HUGE lots. More upscale as you get closer to Granada Hills). Chances are you have not heard of Mission Hills. My favorite section is the section inbetween the triangle of freeways that includes Brand Park and the cemetary. VERY quiet, peaceful, seems like a great place to raise kids.

San Fernando (a great option especially if you are middle or working class hispanic and want a safe hispanic city to live in.. It's 85% hispanic. This is where my husband and I are looking to buy. It's not the prettiest looking area but it's safe, clean, and I always see tons of families walking around.)

Sylmar (an OK option a little more run down, closer to fire zones, part of L.A. so lacks the attention that San Fernando can give because San Fernando is it's own city)

Pacoima (don't even consider it) This is the LAST place I would consider, and my husband and I even looked at North Hills (very run down but he grew up there). There are about 8 gangs there and racial tensions as well. It's pretty run down and the property values are extremely low so you know something is up.

San Fernando is our first option largely because it's the safest affordable area in the valley, and because it is it's own city. Right now we live in Glendale and I can't praise the city enough. It makes so much of a HUGE difference to be in a seperate city and not a part of L.A. If you are not hispanic you should at least be comfortable around hispanic people and enjoy the diversity. For my husband and I it is our dream neighborhood - safe, walkable, urban, clean, hispanic, vibrant, with it's own police department, and very affordable! We drove through the area once at night and saw cops pulling people over 2 times (just regular traffic stops speeding tickets) so that is a good sign that they are active and people care about the community. We drove through the downtown area and it was very clean and nobody was out loitering or looking shadey (it was pretty late in the night). So that was a good sign.
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Melody, Home Buyer, Foothills
Fri Aug 31, 2007
Any Los Angeles Realtors around? I also wanted to mention that we're a young family, so the "good for kids" factor is important to me. We'd be near Morningside elementary.
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