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Located in north Los Angeles County, the Santa Clarita Valley contains the city of Santa Clarita, which is comprised of the communities of Canyon Country, Saugus, Valencia, and Newhall. Some communities in Santa Clarita Valley lie outside of the city limits – in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County; these are the communities of Castaic, Val Verde, Newhall Ranch, and Stevenson Ranch. However, areas are being incorporated into the city as time passes.

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Santa Clarita City

Santa Clarita is home to approximately 210,888 California residents. It is the 3rd largest city in Los Angeles County, and has been named one of the top places to live in the United States. The city is comprised of 62.10 square miles of land area and 0.06 square miles of water area.

Santa Clarita has a Rich History

The Santa Clarita Valley, nicknamed “SCV”  has a rich history and received its name from the Portola Expedition when the Spaniards arrived on horseback in 1769 and crossed the “wild river” and named it the Santa Clara River – they later changed the name to Santa Clarita, meaning “little Santa Clara” –  perhaps it wasn’t as wild as they originally thought! The river is still in its natural state through much of the valley, and can be enjoyed on foot or bike via miles of trails.

Since 1842 when gold was first discovered in California in Placerita Canyon under the Oak of the Golden Dream (named later of course) – debunking the ’49’s at Sutter’s Mill tradition – Santa Clarita has been golden! Mentryville (as seen in the photo to the left during a rare snowfall), a state historical landmark, was the site of the first commercially successful oil well in western United States; today it offers beautiful hiking trails. Part of the fun of living in Santa Clarita is discovering its history and exploring the many sites and trails!

Santa Clarita – a Best Place to Live in California!

When Santa Clarita became a city within the County of Los Angeles in 1987 it consisted of the communities of Newhall, Valencia, Saugus, and Canyon Country.

Some communities in Santa Clarita Valley lie outside of the city limits – in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County; these are Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, and some parts of Valencia, Saugus, and Canyon Country. However, areas are being incorporated into the city as time passes.

Each community has some particular features, although there is a sense of unity and many of the features overlap.

The city of Santa Clarita – with its communities of Valencia, Newhall, Saugus, and Canyon Country – is one of the top 50 places to live in the United States. and it’s one of the top 3 safest cities with populations of over 150,000 people.

The population of the Santa Clarita Valley is over 275,000, and within the city limits it is about 200,000. It has a Mediterranean climate with an elevation of about 1200 feet, and is surrounded by the Sierra Pelona Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest, and the Santa Susana Mountains – all of which create a beautiful backdrop for this popular suburb of Los Angeles County. This creates a beautiful valley with lovely views, including that of snow capped mountain tops in the winter.

And even in sunny Southern California, Santa Claritans experience a special treat about once every 10 years…a sprinkling of snow in our yards!

Proof that Santa Clarita is a Great Place to Live:

  • Valencia, a community within Santa Clarita Valley, is listed in the book “Lee and Saralee Rodenberg’s 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family”.
  • The January 2004 issue of Money Magazine, lists Santa Clarita as #7 of “America’s Hottest (as in best places to live!) Towns” to live in the West with a population of over 100,000.
  • Recently, CNN named Santa Clarita as the #18 Best City to live in the United States – in fact Santa Clarita was the top California city named!

Within the Santa Clarita Valley, yet outside of the city limits are the communities of Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, and parts of the master planned community of Valencia.

Why make the Santa Clarita Valley your home?

We think it is just simply the best place to live in Los Angeles County!

Bottom line: Santa Clarita, the third largest city in metropolitan Los Angeles is a beautiful, clean, safe, business friendly, Tree City about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, yet worlds away.  With award winning Santa Clarita schools, great shopping, restaurants, churches, recreation, good transportation, friendly people, master planned communities, 3 PGA quality golf courses, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and, 3 colleges including California Institute of the Arts, it’s easy to see why the Santa Clarita is a great place to live!

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Santa Clarita Valley Schools

Education is always the key to a brighter future. It is in this regard that Santa Clarita Valley excels with exemplary and affordable schools. Students in this area are served by Acton-Agua Dulce School District, Castaic Union School District, Saugus Union School District, William S. Hart Union High School District, Newhall School District, and Sulphur Springs School District.

Santa Clarita Valley Parks & Recreation

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful place to walk your beloved pet or a nature trail that allows you to explore the area, you’ll find several options in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Valencia Heritage Park features a playground, a multipurpose field that is lighted, picnic area, restrooms, and BBQ grills. It also has a tennis court that is lighted. This park is located at 24155 Newhall Ranch Road in the 91354 zip code area.

Bridgeport Park features a multipurpose sports field, picnic area, playground, and restrooms. It also has a ball diamond that is lighted. This park is located at 23521 Bridgeport Lane in the 91355 zip code area.

Central Park is a full feature park with a multipurpose field that is lighted, picnic areas, restrooms, playground, fitness area, and disc golf. It also has a ball diamond and a basketball court, both are lighted. You’ll also find there is access to Central Bark, an area set aside for dogs. Central Park is located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road in the 91350 zip code area.

Santa Clarita Velo California is a club that promotes cycling through the Santa Clarita Valley. There are five routes used by club members, and membership is required for this non-profit club.

The Santa Clarita Community Hiking Club has over 3,000 members. Hiking opportunities include camping, backpacking, and snowshoe hiking. They often bring in special speakers and sponsor events with a focus on keeping Valencia clean. They welcome all ages and fitness levels.

Santa Clarita Valley Weather

Los Angeles County borders the great Pacific Ocean. Just like any other area close to the ocean, the Santa Clarita Valley experiences cool western breezes from the sea. The average high temperature is 79 degrees in July, but it does get as high as 96 degrees. The average low temperature is 52 degrees in December, but it does drop to as low as 44 degrees. The month with the most precipitation is September.

Santa Clarita Valley Real Estate

Because Santa Clarita Valley is comprised of different communities with their own unique vibes, you’ll find a large variety of real estate opportunities and architectural styles here. Whether you’re looking for a luxury estate with all the amenities one could expect or a modest single-family home in a smaller community, there’s a home for you in Santa Clarita Valley.