Finding Apartments for Rent in Pacoima, CA
With relatively low rents and easy access to multiple major freeways, downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando valley, Santa Clarita, Glendale and more, Pacoima has many advantages over other parts of the valley. Yet Pacoima also faces many challenges, such as gang activity, relatively high crime rates and an overall majority of low-income residents. Renters seeking housing in the San Fernando Valley may be attracted to Pacoima by its affordable housing, or may be deterred by the social and economic problems endemic to the area.
Top Neighborhoods in Pacoima, CA
Technically, Pacoima is itself a neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles, located in the San Fernando Valley. According to the LA Times Pacoima area profile, it's also a relatively non-diverse area, with the majority of residents (over 85%) being Latino. In other words, there's a lot of consistency throughout the community and many neighborhoods within Pacoima are not very different from one block to the next.
That said, over 43% of the residents of Pacoima are renters and there are many apartment buildings, townhouse complexes and rental homes located within Pacoima's boundaries. Like much of the San Fernando Valley, Pacoima's roads are grid-like. Commercial businesses line the criss-crossing major avenues and quieter, residential roads are found in between. For easy access to businesses and freeways, renters should look at apartments located along major roads like Laurel Canyon, San Fernando Blvd and Van Nuys Blvd.
Pacoima has higher crime rates than many of its neighbors, including the communities of Mission Hills, Shadow Hills, Arleta, Sun Valley, Sylmar and Lake View Terrace. Renters seeking the affordability of Pacoima, but the lower crime rates and other advantages of neighboring communities may find what they're looking along Pacoima's borders.
Transportation Options in Pacoima, CA
Pacoima is serviced by buses from the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). Buses have local and rapid (express) services. The MTA is an extensive network that services the entire City of Los Angeles. Many residents of Pacoima will find the bus to be an affordable alternative to driving. However, Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolitan area known for its choked freeways and surface roads. Transportation by car can be very slow at peak traffic times, and transportation by bus can be even slower.
For this reason, many residents travel by car. Residents of Pacoima enjoy easy access to the 5, 170, 210 and 118 freeways. Many of these freeways feature carpool lanes for vehicles with multiple passengers.
Weather in Pacoima, CA
Typical of weather throughout the Los Angeles area, weather in Pacoima has little variation from one day to the next. Average high temperatures range between 67 and 88 degrees from January to December, with the vast majority of days being sunny with low humidity. Blue skies are the norm throughout the year, with very little rain falling from the months of April through October. Pacoima sees the majority of its rainfall in February.
The San Fernando Valley is bordered on all sides by mountains that serve to trap heat throughout the year. This means that the San Fernando Valley is a microclimate, and the average afternoon temperatures in Pacoima may be significantly warmer than temperatures found just over the mountains in other parts of Los Angeles.
Cultural Attractions in Pacoima, CA
Although Pacoima is not itself home to very many cultural attractions, it is centrally located in the San Fernando Valley and housed within the borders of the ethnically diverse and culturally rich City of Los Angeles. The San Fernando Valley and the rest of LA is home to museums, theaters, historical landmarks and more. Here’s a (very) brief list of the many cultural attractions near Pacoima:
- San Fernando Mission Rey de Espania – Located in the neighboring community of Mission Hills, the San Fernando Mission is one of 21 California Missions, making it a particularly popular attraction among tourists and grade school students.
- Getty Center – This free museum located in the mountains on the southern border of the San Fernando Valley is home to countless works of art and features architecturally impressive buildings as well as gorgeous views of LA's west side.
- Griffith Park – Located just south of Pacoima on the 5 freeway, the 4,210-acre Griffith Park is the site of hiking paths, bridle trails, a train exhibit, zoo and botanical gardens and observatory. In the summer months, visitors to the park enjoy free outdoor productions of Shakespeare.
For a more comprehensive list of things to do around Pacoima and throughout the LA area, check out this site on US News.View Apartments in Pacoima, California
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