The Santa Susana Mountains provide the backdrop to this suburb's malls, ranch homes, and college students.

Having survived the cataclysmic quake in 1994, Northridge continues to shake, rattle, and roll with the help of its university's active and animated scholars. When Northridge's students and suburban families aren't perusing new styles at their local mall, they're likely taking in panoramic views of the Valley from atop the Santa Susana Mountains. Getting to LA's Downtown requires a trek, so consider traffic when taking a car or timeliness when taking the train—it's about an hour journey on the Metrolink.

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Northridge is bordered by Lake Balboa, Granada Hills North, Winnetka, Porter Ranch, North Hills West, Reseda, and Chatsworth

LAX Airport: 45 minutes by car or 2 hours & 15 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 35 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 30 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 40 minutes by car
The Grove: 40 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Everyday Quietude In Northwest Los Angeles

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Cradled in the chaparral beneath the Santa Susana Mountains, Northridge is a mostly quiet neighbourhood punctuated by a student body presence.

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Meticulously trimmed lawns and sidewalks without cracks characterise Northridge's residential streets.

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Its main streets are peppered with stretches of malls and convenient parking lots.

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Northridge's peaceful streets provide quiet havens for young families and studious academics.

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Churches stand as proud community gathering places.

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Faith Bible Church, built in 1917, was the first church built in Northridge.

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From the ground, Northridge looks normal.

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From the sky, Northridge looks spectacular.

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Getting here or away is easy when you take the Metrolink train.

CSUN: California State University, Northridge

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California State University, Northridge animates the surrounding area with the sound of skateboards, bikes, and student activists.

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The campus' open plazas and park spaces offer inviting places to scrutinise and analyse facts, figures, and philosophies.

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Students Today.

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Matadors Forever.

Green Space and Great Hiking In Northridge

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Bounded by the Santa Susana Mountains and replete with park space, Northridge's outdoor activities are endless.

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Playgrounds, pathways, and hiking trails meander through Northridge.

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Hike to nearby Granada Hills' highest peak, Mission Point (or Mission Peak to some hometown linguists).

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Behold the San Fernando Valley stretching out below.

Shopping at Northridge Fashion Centre

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Northridge's grandest shopping mall offers an assortment of high-fashion brands and fast-fashion boutiques that follow the trends.

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Northridge Fashion Centre remains a bastion for the style-savvy and food-court friendly.

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Deck yourself out and dine in.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."