Porter Ranch is a residential community in the San Fernando Valley northwest region. It is part of Los Angeles, California, and bonded by Brown’s Canyon/Chatsworth, Northridge, and Granada Hills.
This affluent neighborhood is located south of the Santa Susana Mountains and attracted residents in the early years because it was considered to be a calm escape from the fast paced L.A. city life. Prices range from the low 300’s to several million, and there are many beautiful homes influenced by Spanish and South West architecture. HOA amenities include access to community basketball courts, tennis courts, a pool, and a spa. Early settlers also liked the extremely clean air which was constant year round because of the valley winds. But those same winds were dangerous, sometimes clocked at 70 mph.
There was a lot of controversy in Porter Ranch during the 1990’s and 2000’s. Residents were concerned about the increased traffic that the Renaissance Summit development was expected to bring in. And companies were criticized for clearing land and destroying the natural habitat of the area. But the new home construction was developed by city political figures that supported Shapell Homes. They were impressed with Nathan Shapell who was a successful builder in Los Angeles.
Education is important in Porter Ranch which has a high percentage of residents with four-year college degrees. Schools within its borders include Castlebay Lane Charter School and Porter Ranch Community School. There are not any private schools here but there is a branch facility operated by the Los Angeles Public Library.
Porter Ridge Park is called “E.T. Park” by locals because the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was partial shot here in 1982. The park offers barbecue pits, picnic tables, playgrounds, and basketball courts. Other parks in this area include Viking Park, Limekiln Canyon Park, Moonshine Canyon Park, and Holleigh Bernson Memorial Park.
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