Simi Valley is a beautiful suburban community just North of the Conejo Valley off the 23 and 118 freeways. Located about an hour to Santa Barbara and 45 minutes to Los Angeles, Simi Valley is in a wonderful location. The city has its own train station with Amtrak and Metrolink trains allowing for commuters to work and easy travel for vacation.
Rancho Simi was 113,000 acre Spanish Land grant given to the Pico family in 1795 by the Governor.
Simi Valley got its name from the Chumash word Shimiyi, which refers to the stringy, thread-like clouds that typify the region and was the Chumash Native American village.
The population is approximately 125,000.
Simi Valley has very comfortable year-round temperatures.
Santa Susana Field Laboratory and its almost 3000 acres in the Simi Valley hills were used for the development of pioneering nuclear reactors and rocket engines beginning in 1948.
Simi Valley is known for the beautiful Reagan Library with its incredible views and Air Force One. This is where the former president was buried in 2004.
SafeWise ranked Simi Valley #27 on its list of safest cities in California. It has been ranked twice as the 18th most conservative city in the United States. A study done by the University of Vermont ranked Simi Valley as the fifth-happiest city in the United States. Simi Valley is also known for the Rodney King trial. The former Corriganville Movie Ranch and its Fort Apache film set, now Corriganville Regional Park, is the Santa Susana Knolls. Many television series were filmed there during the 1950s. Other areas of filming includes Big Sky Ranch, where the Little House on the Prairie was filmed, Poltergeist was filmed on Roxbury Street, and Welcome Danger and numerous others in Santa Susana.
Simi Valley schools rank highly on www.GreatSchools.org. Santa Susana High School was named as a silver medal winner in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top 500 Schools in America” for 2013 and 2014.
There are approximately 40 Simi Valley parks with a variety of amenities including picnic pavilions, ball fields, soccer fields and tennis courts.
Simi Valley has a few golf courses: Simi Hills, Sinaloa, and Wood Ranch Golf Clubs.
In Simi Valley there are two main areas of industry — one in the eastern part of the city and the other one in the west. The primary industry is machinery and tools with 69 firms, and the secondary is the metal Industry with 51 firms, both situated in the eastern and western industrial areas. Other industries such as Lumber/Wood Products, Food, Plastic Products, Apparel/Textiles and Minerals, are also concentrated largely in these industrial areas.
The largest employer in Simi Valley with over 2000 employees is the Simi Valley Unified School District. Other top employers are Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care, City of Simi Valley, AeroVironment, Vons and Milgard Manufacturing.
Some of the annual events in Simi Valley are Round Up, Cajun & Blues Music Festival, 4th of July Carnival, Simi Valley Days Parade & Carnival, Halloween Carnival and Holiday Tree Lighting.
Some favorite restaurants in Simi Valley are Larsens Grill, Blue Fin, California Pizza Kitchen, Cammarranos, Don Cuco, Firehouse Café and Market Broiler.
Simi Valley homes for sale: There are 2 master-planned communities in Simi Valley, Big Sky and Wood Ranch. Big Sky is on the North side of the 118 freeway in the hills. The subdivisions there include Bluffs, Glenmeadow, Highlands, Plum Creek, Tioga and Walnut Grove. Wood Ranch subdivisions include Autumnwood, Cantrice Court, Cross Creek, East Ridge, Fairway Gardens, Fairway Patio, Hearthstone, High Meadows, Hillsborough, Laurel Wood, Legacy Collection, Long Canyon, Marlborough Villa, Mountain View, Parkside, Regalia, Ridgemont, Stone Canyon, Sycamore Creek, Sycamore Heights, The club, The Greens and Valley View Estates. Other popular neighborhoods in Simi Valley are Bridle Path, Wildhorse Canyon, Indian Hills Ridge and Sinaloa Highlands. Simi Valley Homes for Sale.