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Panorama City, Los Angeles is located in San Fernando Valley
Panorama City, Los Angeles
Panorama City, Los Angeles
Location in San Fernando Valley
Panorama City, Los Angeles is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Panorama City, Los Angeles
Panorama City, Los Angeles
Location in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles

Panorama City is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California, in the San Fernando Valley. It has a generally young age range as well as the highest population density in the Valley. Ethnically, more than half of its population was born abroad, a higher percentage than Los Angeles as a whole. Known as the valley's first planned community after a transition from agriculture to a post-World War II housing boom, it has produced several notable residents. It is now a mixture of single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings.

Panorama City has three high schools, two recreational centers, a senior center, two hospitals and a chamber of commerce.


Panorama Theater Converted into Evangelical Church
Former Panorama theater converted for church services, 2008

Panorama City is known as the San Fernando Valley's first planned community. In 1948, it was developed as such by residential developer Fritz B. Burns and industrialist Henry J. Kaiser. Burns, seeing the tremendous potential fortune that could be made as large numbers of World War II veterans came home and started families, teamed up with Kaiser in 1945 to form Kaiser Community Homes. The vast majority of the houses were bought with loans issued by the FHA or the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the G.I. Bill. Homes in the area were sold with racially discriminatory covenants. A "Conditions, Covenants, Restrictions" document filed with the county recorder declared that no Panorama City lot could be "used or occupied by any person whose blood is not entirely that of the white or Caucasian race." Such restrictive covenants, which sometimes also limited ownership to people "of the Christian faith", were common in many communities at the time, and although rendered legally unenforceable by the Civil Rights Act of 1968 they may still be found on some older property deeds. De facto integration was accelerated by the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. The CRA-insured credit was provided to the entire community without regard to race or income, causing white flight as with many other areas of the San Fernando Valley. During the period of forced school busing, Panorama City was exempted due to its diversity.

In its history, Panorama City was once adjacent to General Motors' largest assembly plant to date. Today, the Van Nuys Assembly plant has been replaced with a large shopping center named The Plant, which includes stores and restaurants such as Regency Theatres, Ross, Babies "R" Us, The Home Depot, Hometown Buffet, In-N-Out Burger, Starbucks Coffee and others.


Panorama City touches Mission Hills on the north, Arleta on the northeast, Sun Valley on the east, Valley Glen on the southeast, Van Nuys on the south and North Hills on the west.

For the most part, the community is a mixture of small single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings.

Notable places

The oldest IHOP in the world is located at 8555 Vesper Avenue.

Two time Grammy-winning La Sierra Records is located at 8632 Van Nuys Boulevard.

The Jenni Rivera (Grammy-winning singer) boutique is located inside Plaza Del Valle at 8610 Van Nuys Boulevard.

Nearby places

Relation of Panorama City to nearby places, not necessarily contiguous:


The 2010 U.S. census counted 69,817 residents in the neighborhood’s 91402 ZIP code. The median age was 30.1, and the median yearly household income at that time was USD$41,467.

In 2008, the Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A. project described Panorama City as an area that was "moderately diverse" ethnically, with a high percentage of Latinos and a significant population of Filipinos. Filipinos and Mexicans were the most common ancestries in the neighborhood. At that time, the breakdown was Latinos, 70.1%; whites, 11.5%; Asians, 11.9%; blacks, 4.3%; and others, 2.2%. Mexico (52.1%) and El Salvador (13.4%) were the most common places of birth for the 55.0% of the residents who were born outside of the United States—a high percentage for Los Angeles.

As of the 2010 census, renters were occupying 64.8% of the housing stock, while owners held 35.2%.

There were 2,849 families headed by single parents. The rate of 20.2% was considered to be a high one. There were 1,837 veterans, or 4.3% of the population, a low percentage compared to the rest of the city and county.

Parks and recreation

  • The Panorama Recreation Center is in the community. The center, which also functions as a Los Angeles Police Department drop-in facility, has an auditorium, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, an indoor gymnasium, picnic tables, and unlit tennis courts.
  • The Sepulveda Recreation Center is located in Panorama City. The center has two indoor gymnasiums, both of which can be used as auditoriums. The center also has a lighted baseball diamond, lighted indoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, and lighted tennis courts. The Sepulveda Pool is an outdoor unheated seasonal pool in the Sepulveda center.
  • The Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center is in Panorama City. The center has an auditorium, a kitchen, and a stage. The building was originally a convalescent home. As of July 2000 the former convalescent home was being converted into the senior center.


Panorama City was the largest center of major retail outlets in the San Fernando Valley, starting with the opening of what would later become the Panorama Mall in 1955. At the time, this small complex included The Broadway and five other stores. Three other major department stores — Ohrbachs, J. W. Robinson's and Montgomery Ward – opened nearby over the next ten years, and they were marketed collectively as the Panorama City Shopping Center. By the 1970s, the area had lost business to nearby communities. The freestanding Ohrbach's building, designed by the architectural firm Welton Becket and Associates, is significant in that it represents "an early and important phase of commercial development" in the neighborhood. It is now the site of the Valley Indoor Swap Meet.

The Panorama Mall remains an important local mall, with a Walmart and Curacao discount stores, the latter catering to the Hispanic market.


Thirteen percent of Panorama City residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, an average percentage for both the city and the county. The percentage of the same-age residents with less than a high school diploma was high for the county.

Schools within the Panorama City boundaries are:


Panorama High School
Panorama High School c. 2008
  • Panorama High School, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd.
  • Liggett Street Elementary School, 9373 Moonbeam Avenue
  • Primary Academy for Success, elementary, 9075 Willis Avenue
  • Valor Academy Charter, middle, 8755 Woodman Avenue
  • Panorama City Elementary School, 8600 Kester Avenue
  • Chase Street Elementary School, 14041 Chase Street
  • Vista Middle School, 15040 Roscoe Boulevard
  • Burton Street Elementary School, 8111 Calhoun Avenue
  • Cal Burke High School, continuation, 14630 Lanark Street
  • Ranchito Avenue Elementary School, 7940 Ranchito Avenue
  • Michelle Obama Elementary School, 8150 Cedros Avenue
  • Alta California Elementary School, 14839 Rayen St


St. Genevieve High School, Panorama City
St. Genevieve High School, 2008
  • St. Genevieve Elementary School, 14024 Community Street
  • St. Genevieve High School, 13967 Roscoe Boulevard

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