Van Nuys

Simple homes and Hispanic heritage collide 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.

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On the Map

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

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
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Unhurried Lifestyles In the Heart of the Valley

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

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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.

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

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Van Nuys is known for its nostalgia-inducing atmosphere.

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

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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.

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Van Nuys' Old-Fashioned Appeal

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

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

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

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

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

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Van Nuys has wonderful and inexpensive markets and restaurants featuring food from Mexico, El Salvador, Japan, Africa, Thailand, Armenia, etc. There are a variety of bus lines that service the city and enable quick access to the Orange Line of the Metro System."

Residential Respites In Van Nuys

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

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

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Van Nuys: Going Places

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

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Rumble down the coast on Amtrak's Surfliner.

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Venture with joy.

Photography

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

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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.