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Valley Village

Valley Village, Steve

The community of Valley Village was formed in 1939 and was originally part of North Hollywood. A secession drive was established in 1991 to officially secede from North Hollywood, part of a precedent that swept through the San Fernando Valley beginning in the 1980s; urban blight was the main cause for many neighborhoods. Secession leaders stated that the move “was more than an attempt to boost property values, and it had nothing to do with ethnic demographics. It was one economic level seeking to have its own identity.” Residents also cited historical precedent for the change in that the original 1939 articles of incorporation cited the name and inspired the Valley Village post office on Magnolia Boulevard. The now separate community was officially recognized as such by the Los Angeles City Council in 1991.

Valley Village is a relatively small community east of the Tujunga Wash, north of the Ventura (101) Freeway, west of the Hollywood (170) Freeway and south of Burbank Boulevard. Home to roughly 22,000 residents, Valley Village is quaint and quiet with tree-lined streets resting off the beaten paths of its larger, sister communities.

Adat Ari El, the first synagogue in the San Fernando Valley, serves Jews of the San Fernando Valley. Established in 1938, this conservative temple still exists and thrives today, having more than 730 member-families.

The interests of the residents of Valley Village are represented by a citizen board known as the Neighborhood Council Valley Village (NCVV), which functions as a conduit between City Hall and Valley Village. Neighborhood Council Valley Village consists of 15 board members elected by the stakeholders. In order to give a voice to every segment of the community, the board is elected from qualified representatives as follows: Three residential homeowners, three residential renters, three business owners/representatives, one educational community, one faith-based community, one community-based senior organization, one community-based service organization, one community-based cultural organization and one at-large representative.

Local community involvement and events consist of holiday parades, garden tours, neighborhood watch, and Night Out Against Crime.

The nearby Sunday morning Studio City Farmer Market is open year ‘round and is a favorite local attraction with fresh produce, baked goods and other items. The market offers fun for the children with pony rides, face-painting, and a bounce house.

Valley Village Park, an unstaffed pocket park, as well as the North Hollywood Recreation Center serve the area of Valley Village. The recreation center has an auditorium, lighted indoor baseball diamond courts, lighted outdoor baseball diamonds, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, lighted handball courts, picnic tables, an outdoor unheated seasonal pool, and lighted tennis courts. In addition the center has an indoor gymnasium which can be used as a second auditorium and a community room; the gymnasium’s capacity is 250 people.

Universal Studios and Universal City Walk are only a few minutes away from Valley Village. Universal Studios is an amusement park centered around popular movies and fun for the whole family. Guests can plunge down the Jurassic Park ride, watch the World of Shrek in 4-D, or take a Studio Tour and see behind the scenes of famous films, television shows as well as upcoming movies.

Inside City Walk, there is an eight-story IMAX theater with 19 large screens. The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club is located in the heart of City Walk and offers live stand-up comedy, gourmet food, and casual tropical décor. B.B. King’s Blues Club and Restaurant offers New Orleans-style entrées and some of the best blues, rhythm and blues, and jazz you find in all of Southern California.

Valley Village area schools are as follows:

Colfax Charter Elementary School
11724 Addison Street | 818-761-5115
K-5 | Los Angeles Unified School District

North Hollywood High School
5231 Colfax Avenue | 818-753-6200
9-12 | Los Angeles Unified School District

Campbell Hall
4533 Laurel Canyon Boulevard | 818-980-7280
K-12 | CA Private Schools

Burbank Boulevard Elementary School
12215 Albers Street | 818-763-6497
K-5 | Los Angeles Unified School District

Valley Torah High
12517 Chandler Boulevard | 818-505-7999
9-12 | CA Private Schools

Adat Ari El Day School
12020 Burbank Boulevard | 818-766-4992
K-6 | CA Private Schools

Amelia Earhart Continuation School
5355 Colfax Avenue | 818-769-4877
9-12 | CA Los Angeles Unified School District

Beth Hillel Day School
12326 Riverside Drive | 818-763-9148
K-6 | CA Private Schools

Walter Reed Middle School
4525 Irvine Avenue | 323-487-7600
6-8 | Los Angeles Unified School District

The Wesley School
4832 Tujunga Avenue | 818-508-4542
K-8 | CA Private Schools

St. Paul’s First Lutheran School
11330 McCormick Street | 818-763-2892
K-8 | CA Private Schools

Oakwood School
11230 Moorpark Street | Elementary: 818-732-3501
Secondary: 818-732-3150

K-12 | CA Private Schools

Lankershim Elementary School
5250 Bakman Avenue | 818-769-3130
K-5 | Los Angeles Unified School District

East Valley High School
5525 Vineland Avenue | 818-753-4400
9-12 | Los Angeles Unified School District