Santa Clarita Lifestyle

SCV benefits from increased film permits and shooting days in 2014.

Belfast Ireland, Northern California, they mythical town of Bon Temps, Louisiana…These are just a smattering of locations from well known televisionThe Santa Clarita Valley. Photo courtesy George D Cummings shows that were actually filmed here in the Santa Clarita Valley.

With its fairly diverse topography, the Santa Clarita Valley has become a choice shooting location for many television and film productions over the years. For those of us who have lived here for a while, we are giddy with excitement when we see a Santa Clarita landmark on our TV screens.

With that, our valley benefits greatly from these film and TV shooting locations in the form of increased revenue and jobs. In fact, shooting in the Santa Clarita Valley, which has become known as “Hollywood North,” has increased by 8 percent in the number of film permits, and 6 percent in the number of shooting days in 2014. The Santa Clarita Valley saw a positive economic benefit to the tune of over $32 million in 2014. Continue reading

Parenting Magazine ranks the top 10 best cities in America.

When it comes to living in a great area that’s still close to everything that’s fun to do in Southern California, Santa Clarita consistently ranks near the top on many lists.Bridgeport NightC (Medium)

Recently, Parenting Magazine put together their “Top 10 Safest Cities In America”  list, which included our fair city. Here they are ranked in order from lowest to highest:

10. Sterling Heights, MI. A suburb located 25 miles north of Detroit.

9. Surprize, AZ. A suburb of Phoenix.

8. Naperville, Ill.

7. Gilbert, AZ.

6. Amherst, NY

5. Irvine, CA

4. Woodbridge Township, NJ

3. Santa Clarita, CA

2. Port St. Lucie, FL

1. Edison, NJ

This list was composed based on crime statistics and the “peace index” as determined by the Institute For Economics and Peace.

As you may know, Santa Clarita is now the third largest city in Los Angeles County, and has consistently ranked near the top of on several lists regarding safety and quality of life, demonstrating the true sense of community we have here in our valley.

Are you ready to make a move to Santa Clarita?

A wide selection of housing to fit nearly any budget, award winning schools, plenty of things to do for the whole family, AND close to all of the great things Southern California has to offer, Santa Clarita is a great place to call home! With interest rates dropping yet again, buyers should be aware of the tremendous purchasing power that’s at their disposal. Interest rates as of November 26th:

30 year fixed-rate mortgage: 3.89%

15 year fixed-rate mortgage: 3.11%

FHA 30 year fixed: 3.38%

5/1 year Adjustable Rate Mortgage: 3.24%

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Central Park offers 130 acres of fun, pleasure, and things to do for Santa Clarita residents.

Central Park has become Santa Clarita’s premiere place for residents and families to get together to relax, play, and enjoy many events throughout the year.Central Park in Santa Clarita CA

A variety of facilities including baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, a Frisbee golf course, and great walking/hiking/running trails are only a few of the amenities this great park has to offer.

Located centrally in the Santa Clarita Valley off of Bouquet Canyon in Saugus, Central Park is home to many special events throughout the year, including the Relay For Life, which benefits cancer research and survivors, the City of Santa Clarita’ Earth Arbor Day Celebration, and of course, the wildly popular Summer Concerts In The Park Series.

Learn more about Central Park by checking out the video below. Continue reading

Sixth annual event educates families and kids about healthy living with fun and exciting activities.

On Saturday, August 23rd the City of Santa Clarita will once again host the 6th Annual Youth Sports & Healthy Family Festival at the Santa Santa Clarita SportsClarita Sports Complex.

This event offers a wide variety of opportunities for kids and their parents to better understand lifestyle choices to allow for a healthier and more fulfilling childhood leading into adulthood. Events and activities include demonstrations, sports activities, interactive lessons, and healthy food demonstrations.

20 “activity zones” have been designated with recreational activities and traditional team sports including soccer, basketball, and cheerleading. Other activities will include SNAG golf, indoor soccer and snorkeling.

Stage demonstrations will include hoop dance, Hawaiian dance, TK tae kwon do, boxing, and futsal, which is a variant combination football and soccer that can be played indoors.

A tricycle course will add to the fun, which is available for adults as well.

Healthy Family Experiences

Kaiser Permanente will be at the event with a presentation called Healthy Family Experiences, promoting healthy lifestyle and activity choices for children and adults alike.  Continue reading

The Santa Clarita Valley is full of fun events and things to do, many at no cost to you!

The SCV is known for its family-friendly environment. That being said, most of us know that to do many things that can be entertaining for everyone can take a bite out of

Iron Horse Trail-Photo Copyright George D. Cummings

Iron Horse Trail bridge leads to one of many bike paths in Santa Clarita.

our bank accounts.

So here is a list of the top 5 things you can do with your family in Santa Clarita that will cost you nothing but a good time!

1. Explore Our Bike Trails

The Santa Clarita Valley is criss-crossed by more than 70 miles of biking trails and paths, many of which can be easily accessed by bicycle from most Santa Clarita neighborhoods. They are easy to ride, with very low rises and dips, you can get to practically any other fun spot including the Westfield Valencia Town Center, and many parks and green belts.

2. Take a tour of the William S. Hart Ranch & Museum

Silent film star William S. Hart made Newhall his home until his passing in 1946. The land that was his home was donated to the city and is now known as William S. Hart Park, located on Newhall Avenue, where Main and Newhall merge at the roundabout in Old Town Newhall. His mansion, which sits at the top of the hill, is open for tours during certain days of the week. It is filled with classic western decor, and you’ll learn some fascinating stories about the man himself. Continue reading

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Approves Community Standard Measures For Agua Dulce

Vasquez Rocks Natural Park, Agua Dulce CA

Vasquez Rocks Natural Park, Agua Dulce CA

For many, the American dream involves “moving to the country.” Fortunately for Angelenos, the “country” isn’t too far away. The community of Agua Dulce lies just north of the City of Santa Clarita, and is sometimes referred to as an “equestrian paradise.” It’s rolling hills, country stores, 2 lane streets, and ranch style living provides a much needed getaway from the Los Angeles rat race.

Agua Dulce is a tight knit community. As the Pacific Crest Trail winds its way through the area, some residents even host weary hikers during the season; giving them a change to rest before continuing on their journey.

Vasquez Rocks Natural Park Area is not only a great place for hiking and horseback riding, it’s been featured in an untold number of movies, television shows and commercials.  Continue reading

How did a tiny farming town “way out in the country” become one of Southern California’s top bedroom communities?

Henry Mayo Newhall

Henry Mayo Newhall

It goes without saying that Santa Clarita is a great place to live. Those who move here marvel at the diversity and quality of housing, schools, commuter access, and things to do. Hardly a transient town, many residents have spent their whole lives in this valley, and those who move here rarely move away…unless they have to.

The Santa Clarita Valley has come a long way since its humble beginnings as little more than a railway stop in the late 19th century, when Henry Mayo Newhall leased a throughway for the Southern Pacific Railroad for one dollar a year. He was a visionary, and foresaw big things for “Little Santa Clara (English translation for the Spanish name of “Santa Clarita”, thus named by early Spanish settlers who thought the Santa Clarita Valley looked a lot like the Santa Clara valley in Northern California).

Newhall met an untimely death in 1882 after being thrown from a horse. In the wake of his passing, his surviving family founded the Newhall Land and Farming Co. to oversee the development of the valley they now inherited. Continue reading

Business-Friendly Santa Clarita Offers Many Incentives For Companies Large and Small

There are many reasons that make up why Santa Clarita is a great place to live. We regularly write about things to do, lifestyle, and great neighborhoods. All of these are Santa Clarita aided by the fact that Santa Clarita’s economy has remained not only stable, but “in the black” even during the roughest days of the Great Recession. Santa Clarita also boasts a lower than average unemployment rate (Currently at least 3 percent lower than Los Angeles County as a whole).

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation named Santa Clarita the “Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County” in 2008. Santa Clarita was also named one of the Top 20 Retail Markets in California by the California Retail Survey in 2012, and “Best City For Industrial Development” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.  Continue reading

Low crime and a healthy and creative lifestyle help to make Santa Clarita one of the best places to live in California.

In a study conducted by Safewise.com, Santa Clarita was ranked 37th out of the top 50 safest cities in California.

Criteria was based on many factors, with the minimum requirements for consideration was for the city to have had at least a population of 20,000 as of 2011. California has

Old Town Newhall

Old Town Newhall sparkles with lights this time of year.

296 cities that meet this criteria.

The City of Santa Clarita comprises just over 47 square miles with a population (as of 2012) of 179,013. Its diversity in business, housing, and entertainment make it one of the best places to live within commuting distance of metropolitan Los Angeles.

Low Crime and Creativity Key

Santa Clarita’s relatively low crime rate played a big role in its designation by Safewise. Public safety and law enforcement is contracted to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Santa Clarita Division promotes regular interaction with community policing, family-friendly events, and Nixle updates that inform the community of their activities and efforts. Another factor included the city’s effort to promote a healthy and creative lifestyle for its residents that includes bike trails, parks, open spaces, hiking trails, and plenty of city-sponsored events that are open to all ages. The renovation of Old Town Newhall has given the city an opportunity to promote its ArtSLAM and Senses on Main eventsContinue reading

Historic Park in Newhall To Receive Much Needed Upgrades and Renovations

William S. Hart Mansion

William S. Hart Mansion

Planned renovations began on November 12th on the grounds of the William S. Hart Park in Newhall as construction began that will include brand new pavement in the parking lot, security lighting, and an automated irrigation system.

While parking will be limited to the main lot during these renovations, improvements will make this historic Santa Clarita landmark even more enjoyable for those wishing for a day outdoors.

William S. Hart Park: Hiking, Picnicking, Mansion Tours…BUFFALO?

The William S. Hart park is named after the silent film star who made over 65 movies in 11 years, most notably in western and adventure dramas. He had begun his acting career in his 20’s and was a successful Shakespearean actor before making his transition to motion pictures at what would now be considered an unseemingly age of 49. Hart retired after filming his last motion picture, Tumbleweeds, in 1925. He moved to the Santa Clarita Valley and built his home which he named La Loma de los Vientos (The Hill of the Winds), a 10,000 Continue reading

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