The area of Val Verded is definitely a unique little town, everyone there pretty much knows your business and all the neighbors have a 5-10 year tenor as far as living there if not more... the neighborhood is pretty much made up of older homes and a few custom homes, inside val verde the city itself has not lost much if it's unique feel. It's got a community park which has access to nice hiking trails, a large swimming pool (free to residents) and your usual seasonal sports for the kids. It's the only city that i know of that still gives out free turkeys for Thanksgiving and for Christmas they have Santa Claus come down to hand out free gifts. This town is definitely made up of the working class, you can tell that you have a mixed bag of everything. i think if people are looking to cause any trouble this is probably not a good place to start anything. If you are a resident you have access to crime reports for the area and its' very minimal if any, once in a while you'll get a report of something happening but trust me in comparison to Reseda, this is probably a better choice. Keep in mind it's an old city that has a lot of it's original structures in place and i would agree that although not every home looks like sprawling 3000 sq. foot customs home like the ones you see down the street on hasley canyon. This is a small blue color working town with people that enjoy the perks of homeownership. There is a little of everything and certainly if you're budget is within $300-400 this is definitely a safe decent city to raise a family. Castaic is minutes from Valencia and all the lakes (lake piru, castaic), there is a school bus that drives into Val Verde to pick up your kids to take them to school. Do your research and take a drive around all of the different streets in the city, you'll find that a lot of those roads in Val Verde lead to dead end streets that have homes near by. Vacant Lots, horse properties, and lots of hillsides. Don't be judgemental about a city just because you still see older cars out in the front yard, you can find that just about anywhere in LA can't you? Besides out of 50 houses you might still see 1 or 2 homes like that but again the % is very low.