Review of San Fernando, California

Nice resonably-priced working class burb of LA
Star Rating - 10/17/2009
To start off with this entry is for the City of San Fernando not the San Fernando Valley as whole. I wish people talking about the Valley as a whole and the many communities of LA would post there instead of here. The City of San Fernando is a small city 1 mile by 2.5 miles and only has about 23,000 people living here. It's a largely working class bedroom community for Los Angeles. The commute to most parts of the valley isn't that bad. It is served by 3 major freeways the 210, the 118 and the 5. Commuting into the basin or downtown could take 30 minutes to an hour but if you're commuting to another part of the valley say Burbank it's a 15 minute commute. It is one of the few places in the NW San Fernando Valley that is actually affordable and safe. Housing prices in Southern California are high but San Fernando isn't all that bad. I bought a house in '09 for around 200,000 and it's on a 7200 sq. ft. plot. Try buying something in Burbank, Studio City, or Northridge for 200,000. People always complain about cost of living but what we have a lot of beside high property values is jobs. I've seldom been out of work since I moved back. So is housing expensive in Socal? Yes. I would argue the City of San Fernando is an Oasis in the Valley for a decent if not glamorous place to live. Finally I'd like to say is that if you move to any part of Southern California and are offend by things written in Spanish then GO BACK HOME. There are a large number of Spanish speakers here and that isn't changing. If you are offended by signs in different languages I suggest you don't travel either. The USA is a land of immigrants unless you are Native American you came from somewhere else and hey the Spanish were the first Europeans on the continent to settle permanently. Spanish is the first European language to be spoken in California too. No, I'm not a Latino. My family is originally from England and Germany but we were in new world to fight in Revolutionary War. So I'm not some new comer to these shores but it would be nice if we could extend some hospitality to those who are.
Jason | San Fernando, CA
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