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Old Granada Hills

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.

Granada Hills is a small community in the north San Fernando Valley. Although a part of the great City of Los Angeles, Granada Hills maintains a small town ideal.

Orange trees from former orchards still fill yards.

This community was once named 'Zelzah,' still the name of a major street through the community's core.
George K. Porter acquired the land in 1881 to be used for agriculture. In 1917, the area between Balboa nad Zelzah and north of San Jose to the hills, was sold to J.H. Mosler who built a farm and named it Sunshine Ranch. By 1925, the land was subdivided, first to larger lots, and then smaller lots. The first house in Granada Hills was built for (Police) Captain and Mrs. J.L. Butler and is still at the corner of Kingsbury and White Oak. more Text soon


Starting in the Spring of 2001, Granada Hills held the first Annual Street Fair in which four blocks of Chatsworth Street west of Zelzah. In 2004, the fair was moved to fall. I didn't photograph the first and was unable to attend the second and third.
Fourth Annual (2004)
Fifth Annual (2005)
Sixth Annual (2006)
Seventh Annual (2007)
Eigth Annual (2008)
Ninth Annual (2009)

Deodar Cedar Trees

The community is proud of its Deodar Cedar Trees which are Cultural Heritage Board Monument Number 41 (August 3, 1966). These trees line about a mile of White Oat Avenue between San Jose Street on the south and San Fernando Mission Boulevard on the north, about 10 blocks. It is believed that John Orcutt, superintendent of the Sunshine Ranch, planted 144 Deodar Cedar trees in 1927. A few trees have been lost, but most are still healthy.
Sign. Photo date: 9-25-04.
Looking North
Looking north from Chatsworth Street. Photo date: 9-25-04.
Looking North
Looking north from San Jose Street. Photo date: 9-25-04.
North of Mission Boulevard
North of Mission Boulevard. Photo date: 9-25-04.
Close-up. Photo date: 11-14-04.
Looking North from Chatsworth Street
Looking North from Chatsworth Street. Photo date: 11-14-04.

Chatsworth Street

Veterans Memorial at Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue. The flagpole was dedicated May 30, 1961 by VFW post 2323. Plaques on the back of the sign commemorate various groups who gave their lives in various wars. Granada Hills has an annual Street Fair. Click here for photos from the Forth Annual Street Fair. Links to other street fairs above.

Chartsworth Street
Photo date: 11-14-04.
Chartsworth Street
Photo date: 11-14-04.
In about 2010, Chatsworth Street became the location of the largest spontaneous gathering of food trucks in the nation. It grew to a major event every Wednesday and Friday evening. Opinions among the locals was mixed as the event brought attention, customers, trash, and parking problems. Eventually the Wednesday evening gathering faded but Friday evening remained active. When I revisited in late January 2016, about half of two blocks still had trucks, but there were still spaces for cars between.

Balboa Boulevard

Balboa Boulevard
Balboa Boulevard. Photo date: 11-14-04.

Photo date: 11-14-04.

San Jose Street

Palm in Wind
Photo date: 11-14-04.
Palm in Wind
Photo date: 11-14-04.

Photo date: 1-30-05.
Palm trees in the wind that is common to Granada Hills in the fall.

In 2007, the people of Granada Hills went head-to-head with Kohl's Department store to prevent an oversized store from being built in a perfect sized shopping center.
The area northeast of San Fernando Mission Boulevard and White Oak Avenue has a consentration of Christmas Light displays.

Sand Canyon Firw viewed from Granada Hills on July 22, 2016.

Parade 2006

These three photographs of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade for 2006 were shot by Joy Bentley on December 3, 2006

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