Van Nuys Neighborhood Page
Van Nuys is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Originally dubbed “The Town that Started Right,” the Van Nuys area was named in 1911 for Isaac Van Nuys, who was part of a ranching enterprise that purchased most of land in the area in 1869.
Today, Van Nuys is bordered by Reseda and Interstate 405 to the west, North Hollywood to the east, Sherman Oaks to the south and Panorama City to the north. In 2009, the “Mapping L.A.” project by the Los Angeles Times estimated that Van Nuys had a population of 103,770 and a median household income of $41,134.
Public bus transportation is provided by DASH Van Nuys/Studio City, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, while Van Nuys Airport is the busiest general aviation airport in the world. The neighborhood also offers a terminal for the FlyAway Bus, which takes travelers to and from Los Angeles International Airport.
Van Nuys students are served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, which includes Van Nuys High School, three middle schools and 10 elementary schools. Several private, magnet and charter schools are in Van Nuys.
Children and adults can enjoy sports, picnics, barbecues and community activities at the Van Nuys Recreation Center and the nearby Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
Van Nuys Boulevard, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, was the home of Wednesday night “cruising” for Valley teenagers in the 1940s and 1950s and continued on and off until local police stopped the tradition in the 1980s. Today, that car culture lives on in a different sense on Auto Row, the group of auto dealerships along Van Nuys Boulevard.