Santa Clarita / Valencia Real Estate

    Santa Clarita

    Santa Clarita is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, United States and the twenty-sixth largest city in the State of California. The California Department of Finance estimated the city population as of January 1, 2010 at 177,641. Including unincorporated areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, the population is estimated at over 275,000. It is located about 35 miles (56 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and occupies most of the Santa Clarita Valley. It is a notable example of a U.S. edge city or “boomburb.”

    The FBI rates Santa Clarita as the sixth safest city in the United States with at least 100,000 inhabitants. (Nearby Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, in Ventura County, traditionally alternate between the first and second spots on the list.) Santa Clarita was ranked as number 18 of the top 100 places to live by Money magazine in 2006.
    At the turn of the 20th century, filming took place in Santa Clarita for movies with actors such as William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Harry Carey, and John Wayne. Following the filming of their movies, both William S. Hart and Harry Carey chose to make Santa Clarita their home.

    Valencia

    Valencia is an affluent planned community located in the City of Santa Clarita, California and Los Angeles County, California, U.S. in the northwestern corner of the Santa Clarita Valley, adjacent to Interstate 5. In 1987, it was one of the four unincorporated communities (along with Saugus, Newhall, and Canyon Country) that merged to create the city of Santa Clarita, California. As of 2008, the population of Valencia was 48,456 and the estimated median household income was $109,029. Santa Clarita is ranked as one of the top 100 places to live by Money.

    Valencia is home to the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park and the adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park, which bring tourists from across the country every year. Also located in Valencia is the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), founded by Walt Disney in the 1960’s. CalArts was the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the United States created specifically for students in visual and performing arts. CalArts also plays host to the California State Summer School for the Arts program.

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