A neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, Reseda had been primarily an agricultural community for a long time. It was during the late 1940s that real estate development commenced in the region, making it one of the very first suburbs in the Valley. Reseda is located 53 minutes north-west of the city of Los Angeles.
Geographically speaking, Reseda lies to the south of Northridge, which is an affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles County. Reseda is on the west of the Lake Balboa. It is surrounded by two of the most elite neighborhoods, Encino, and Tarzana on the southern side. On the western side of Reseda is Winnetka, another neighborhood of Los Angeles County. Reseda has an area of 5.87 sq. miles.
One can easily notice the fact that the population of Reseda comprises people from diverse ethnicities. The eclectic combination of Whites, Asians, Blacks, Latinos, and other minor ethnic groups make Reseda highly diverse for the LA County. The population density is in line with the average of the LA County.
Coming to Reseda’s climate, the region is sunny for the most part of the year. The summers are somewhat dry and the winters are chilly. However, the temperatures aren’t enormously extreme in either season.
Reseda boasts over 10 elementary schools and 4 high schools, both public and private. There are learning centers for adults as well; such as the Reseda Community Adult School. Special schools like the Joaquin Miller Career and Transition Center, and institutes like Sven Lokrantz Special Education Center, Diane S. Leichman Special Education Center, Applied Scholastics Academy Valley came into being for specialized training and focus on specific fields of study.
The major proportion of the working population of Reseda is engaged in sales, and office administration jobs, followed by managerial level assignments in the financial services and business administration. A large number of professionals are involved in activities like production, material moving, transportation, building maintenance, and catering services. A small portion of the working populace belongs to the engineering healthcare, personal care, entertainment and law enforcement. Farming and fishery have taken backseat overtime.
Though a small neighborhood, there is a strong sense of belongingness among the people towards their community. The cultural scenario in Reseda is very strong. People come together at the Reseda Park and Recreation Center to mingle as they picnic together or play sports. Like most other recreational centers, this one too has barbecue pits, picnic tables, and children’s play area. In addition, there are tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, volleyball courts, a baseball diamond, and a swimming pool for the sports enthusiasts.
Reseda has been featured in films like The Karate Kid, Boogie Nights, Erin Brockovich, Terminator 2: The Judgment Day etc. Apart from the movies, some episodes of the popular TV series like My Name is Earl, Entourage, The X-Files, and many more were shot in Reseda. There are some famous people who have lived in Reseda CA. They are actor Martin Donovan, boxer Zachary Wohlman, former member of LA City Council Donald Lorenzen, and NASCAR driver Jim Robinson.
Over the last eight decades, the population of Reseda has risen from meager 1800 to a whopping 74,641. Real estate development has certainly made Reseda an excellent place to live. Reseda is a peaceful neighborhood.