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Lake View Terrace


Lake View Terrace is a suburb in the north-east San Fernando Valley nestled between the Angeles National Forest, Little Tujunga Canyon, Big Tujunga Canyon, Hansen Dam, Kagel Canyon, and a portion of the Verdugo Mountains. The community shares the 91342 ZIP code with Sylmar.

There is some discussion as to what is actually included in Lake View Terrace. Essentially I include North of the 210 Foothill Freeway, from the Pacoima Wash in the West across to Big Tujunga Canyon in the East and up into the Angeles National Forest. The unincorporated community of Little Tujunga Canyon is sometimes included (at times it is included in Sylmar), but not that of Kagel Canyon.

No matter what boundaries you use to describe it, Lake View Terrace is as close to Country living in the City as you’re likely to find. It enjoys one of the lowest population densities in the City of Los Angeles, along with a lot of horse properties. With the Angeles Forest rising behind, it really is possible to get far from the madding crowd in a matter of minutes. I can personally attest to this as I rarely see any other person on my morning hikes.

The community sits alongside the floodplain created by both Big and Little Tujunga Canyons. Historically this has been the scene of massive flooding coming down from the Angeles Forest. In 1939 the US Army Corps of Engineers seized a large part of the ranch belonging to Homer and Marie Hansen in order to create Hansen Dam and prevent devastating flooding in the San Fernando Valley below. When the Angeles National Golf Club was proposed in 1987, it took ten years of environmental studies before construction could begin. The Jack Nicklaus designed course finally opened for play in 2004.

Unfortunately the community gained notoriety as the site of the Rodney King beating in 1991 and was also the setting for the 2008 film Lakeview Terrace (note that locals insist the community has three distinct words in the name), although that film was actually shot in Walnut, California.