|Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California|
Intersection of Victory Boulevard and Sylmar Avenue
|Elevation||712 ft (217 m)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|- Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP Code||91401, 91405, 91406, 91409, 91411|
Van Nuys is located at (34.1833, -118.4333).
Lot sales began at the new town of Van Nuys on February 22, 1911. The area is named after Isaac Van Nuys, who was of Dutch descent and who founded the San Fernando Homestead Association in 1869, a group that purchased much of the land that now makes up the community. He also built the first wood frame house in the San Fernando Valley in 1872.
Van Nuys is in the heart of the San Fernando Valley and home to about 100,000 people; the main thoroughfare, Van Nuys Boulevard, is noted for its car dealerships. It also functions similar to a "county seat" for the Valley, with its Government Center (Erwin Street Mall) containing a branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys police station, the Van Nuys offices for Los Angeles City Hall, Van Nuys State Office Building and a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.
Van Nuys used to be the home for Van Nuys Assembly Plant, a major manufacturing facility for General Motors' Chevrolet division. When the plant was dismantled in 1998, the site was converted into a shopping mall called The Plant.
Like many central San Fernando Valley neighborhoods, Van Nuys was a middle-class neighborhood as late as the 1970s, but the demographics of the area have changed considerably since then.
In late 2004, the San Fernando Valley's first historic district was proposed for an area of early 20th Century bungalows north of Victory between Van Nuys Boulevard and Kester. According to the November 23, 2004, Los Angeles Times, "The neighborhood has become a melting pot of ethnic groups and home styles. Nearby stand such historic buildings as Van Nuys High School (1914), St. Elisabeth Catholic Church (1920) and the 12th Church of Christ Scientist (1932)."
Los Angeles Fire Department operates Station 39 (Van Nuys), Station 90 (Van Nuys Airport Area), Station 100 (West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa), and Station 102 (South Van Nuys/Valley Glen), serving the community.
The United States Postal Service operates the Civic Center Van Nuys Post Office at 6200 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys and the Van Nuys Post Office at 15701 Sherman Way in the Lake Balboa neighborhood in Los Angeles, west of Van Nuys.
Van Nuys is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
LAUSD-operated schools within the Van Nuys community area include:
In addition Charter High School for the Arts is located in Van Nuys.
Van Nuys Airport, the busiest general aviation airport in the world, the 25th busiest airport in the United States, and among the 20 busiest airports in the world by aircraft movements, is located in Van Nuys.
1979 Bush Gardens closes To expand the brewery
Van Nuys sits north of U.S. Route 101 and straddles Interstate 405, which runs through the middle of the district's boundaries. It lies north of Sherman Oaks and south of North Hills and Panorama City.
Name recognition came to the area when NPR contributor Sandra Tsing Loh published the book A Year in Van Nuys (2002) to critical acclaim. Film buffs might also recognize Van Nuys Blvd. as the central location of the film Van Nuys Blvd. (1979).
Van Nuys Golf Course, 6550 Odessa Street, (818) 785-8871. This small park boasts an 18-hole, par 3 course for beginners as well as a driving range.
Iceland Ice Skating Center, 14318 Calvert St., (818) 785-2171, . This indoor ice skating rink offers bumper cars, "easy skaters" (or, walkers for new skaters), and three party rooms.
Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool, 14201 Huston St., (818) 783-6721, . The area's public pool tends to be crowded, but clean. With an LA City Library Card, admission is free, as are pull buoys, kick boards, and fins.
Woodley Lakes Golf Course, 6331 Woodley Ave., (818) 780-6886, . Woodley Lakes has tournament-like greens with flat, wide, and forgiving holes that are great for beginners.
CVS 15232 Sherman Way, (818) 374-3480. A large, clean, brightly lit drug store with a wide selection of merchandise.
Doctor Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas Bar-B-Que, 8136 Sepulveda Blvd., (818) 782-2480,.
El Criollo, 13245 Victory Blvd., (818) 508-0865. Cuban.
El Katracho Honduran. 14838 Burbank Blvd.,. (818) 780-7044.
Kyushu Ramen Japanese. 15355 Sherman Way Ste N., (818) 786-6005. Authentic Japanese food. Open late.
Lido Pizza Casual Italian. 15232 Victory Blvd., (818) 781-2551.
Little Ocha of the Valley Thai. 13647 Victory Blvd., (818) 782-1898.
Lulu's Restaurant, 16900 Roscoe Blvd., (818) 988-0707, . American Traditional & Sports Bar.
Mercado Buenos Aires, 7540 Sepulveda Blvd., (818) 786-0522. Argentine Steakhouse.
Norm's Restaurant, 13640 Sherman Way, (818) 780-5060, . A diner.
Papa's & Beer, 6740 White Oak Ave,(818) 401-0015. Mexican.
The Sherman Room, 16916 Sherman Way, (818) 881-9363. American & Steaks.
Starbucks, 15355 Sherman Way, (818) 787-0135.
Starbucks, 17272 Saticoy Street, (818) 757-3142.
Valley Ranch Barbeque, 16623 Sherman Way, (818) 989-1301.
Yagumo Sushi, Japanese & Sushi. 14554 Vanowen St, (818) 787-9383.
Van Nuys isn't exactly known for its nightlife, but there are a few local spots that offer a laid-back neighborhood atmosphere as well as live music.
Charlie O's Bar & Grill 13725 Victory Blvd., (818) 989-3110. . Live jazz, blues, and a full bar.
Springbok Bar & Grill 16153 Victory Blvd., (818) 988-9786. . South African food, rugby fans, and international beers on tap.
Ireland's 32 13721 Burbank Blvd., (818) 785-4031, . Irish charm, pub food, and live bands or karaoke.
Travelers should be wary of staying at any "motel" or "motor inn" in the area. Most of the "motels" cater to the many prostitutes found along Sepulveda Boulevard. There are only four legitimate hotels in Van Nuys:
|Routes through Van Nuys|
|San Fernando ← North Hills ←||N S||→ Sherman Oaks → Los Angeles|
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