Van Nuys

Simple homes and Hispanic heritage thrive in the heart of the Valley.

Food trucks, general stores, and Latino bodegas line Van Nuys, a suburban LA neighborhood that swims in the center of the San Fernando Valley. Striking contrasts convene in this seventies-feeling locale—rows of shiny new car dealers park adjacent to retro-styled burger stands and mismatched thrift centers. In Van Nuys, you won't find warehouse-turned-art-lofts or expansive green spaces. Instead, you'll find adobe-colored single-story homes, south-of-the-border flavors, and boulevards shaded by palm fronds next to the neighborhood's train station.

See places to stay Save this neighborhood

On the Map

Van Nuys is bordered by North Hills East, Lake Balboa, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, and Valley Glen

LAX Airport: 35 minutes by car or 2 hours by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 25 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 20 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 30 minutes by car
The Grove: 30 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

Unhurried Lifestyles In the Heart of the Valley

old ford truck driveway devon0383

Once referred to as "America's Suburb," trimmed lawns and successive rectangular lots characterize Van Nuys' neighborhood streets.

los angeles county government buildings devon0735

Centered in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys acts as the area's "county seat." Its Government Center complex contains the city's Superior Courts and offices for LA's city hall.

cowboys indians mural devon0455
van nuys resident graffiti latin culture devon0526

Outside of its municipal edifices, small supermarkets and tiny tiendas make up Van Nuys' urban landscape.

el progreso latino supermarket
fresh fruit food cart spanish devon0880
mexican food truck tacos devon0877

Van Nuys is known for its nostalgia-inducing atmosphere.

country general store cowboy boots jeans van nuys blvd devon0349

Its namesake boulevard, Van Nuys Boulevard, used to act as Wednesday night's biggest attraction when the Valley's teenagers would congregate to "cruise."

local shoe repair shop devon0354

Cool cars and slow speeds no longer command the same kind of excitement, but old traditions still remain in the form of family-run shops and generations-old small businesses.

apartment complex palmtrees devon0323
van nuys high school devon0440
tall palm trees residential street san fernando devon0446

Van Nuys' Old-Fashioned Appeal

happy dogs hotdogs

Hot-dog stands, 24-hour diners, and taco shacks compose the neighborhood's retro-feeling culinary scene.

tommys world famous hamburgers drive thru devon0617
big taco authentic mexican food devon0519

Beyond its burger joints, thrift centers and flea markets populate Van Nuys.

genmer thrift store donation center devon0854
van nuys thrift shopping devon0661
los angeles council thrift shop devon0634
q bargain center devon0871
outdoor market sidewalk shopping devon0766
outdoor market jewelry clothing devon0787
colorful painted mexican skulls devon0786

Colorful handicrafts are sold at Van Nuys' street kiosks while tinkerers repair the neighborhood's bikes.

local bike shop mechanic devon0970
van nuys bike shop devon0937
bikes for sale devon0925

When two wheels don't suffice, residents turn to another neighborhood staple, Van Nuys' Auto Row.

van nuys nissan devon0263

Countless car dealerships crowd along the neighborhood's main street, Van Nuys Boulevard.

van nuys mercedes benz car lot devon0205
van nuys auto row devon0245

Residential Respites In Van Nuys

small green residence chain link fence devon0400

California bungalows and unadorned apartment complexes comprise Van Nuys' visual landscape.

california bungalows devon0408

Compared to its San Fernando Valley counterparts, Van Nuys makes affording a home more achievable.

affordable generic apartment complex devon0003
van nuys community devon0363

Van Nuys: Going Places

van nuys amtrak train station devon0140

Van Nuys' Metros, trains, and buses keep the neighborhood connected to Los Angeles' core and to greater California.

surfliner amtrak train devon0165
orange los angeles public bus devon0587

Rumble down the coast on Amtrak's Surfliner.

van nuys train station jumping photo devon0149

Venture with joy.


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

Lauren Devon

View website

Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighborhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.