Located in the western San Fernando Valley, West Hills real estate is noted for the family neighborhoods with many parks and outdoor recreation that may be enjoyed by residents. The community contains many newer homes located on flat lots with nice-sized yards. This is an affluent neighborhood of approximately 38,814 residents. Buying West Hills homes for sale will provide residents access to the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as the Las Virgenes Unified School District, which serves some of the small areas within the community. There are also many private schools in West Hills including the Chaminade College Preparatory School, a Roman Catholic high school which opened in 1961.
Included in West Hills real estate are two historic ranches and the estate of a silent film star that are recognized and protected by Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument status. One of the historic ranches located in West Hills is the Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center Rancho Sombra Del Roble. This residence is amidst 24-acres of gardens which include formal flower beds, ancient oak trees, flowering plants, exotic shrubs and garden paths for visitors. Among several oak trees located here is one that is approximated to be over 700 years of age. It is more than 33 feet around. Once owned by William Warren Orcutt, this West Hills real estate was originally a 200-acre estate. Rancho Sombre del Roble means Ranch in the Shadow of the Oak. W.W. Orcutt is well known for his contributions to modern geology.
Other parks that can be enjoyed by those who purchase West Hills homes for sale include El Escorpion Park, Bell Canyon, Roscoe/Valley Circle Park and Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. The parks offer panoramic views in addition to a variety of activities from hiking to walking, mountain biking and horseback riding. With many neighborhood parks in addition to sports and play areas, West Hills provides a multitude of activities for all ages.
Due to the location of West Hills real estate, residents enjoy a Mediterranean climate that is conducive to many outdoor activities. Bordered by the communities of Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Woodland Hills, Hidden Hills and Bell Canyon, there are a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities that may be enjoyed year round. They include the performing arts, theaters, county fairs, recreation centers with gymnastics venues and annual events as well as many others.