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Understanding the Valley's Communities & Neighborhoods

Glowing Growth of Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) by Mike Monzon


Great maps of the Santa Clarita Valley may be found here from the City of Santa Clarita.


The Santa Clarita Valley rests between the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) and the Antelope Valley Freeway (State Hwy 14), with new growth swelling beyond these borders. The valley is about 200 square miles, 56.8 square miles of which belong to the City of Santa Clarita.

Interstate 5 is the main highway connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. Along Interstate 5 are the communities of Stevenson Ranch, Valencia, and Castaic. Newhall Ranch is a planned community of 20,000+ homes that will lie west of Interstate 5 and south of State Hwy 126.

Along State Hwy 14 are the communities of Canyon Country and Sand Canyon.

There are currently three major cross-valley connectors: Lyons Avenue to Newhall Avenue, Valencia Boulevard to Soledad Canyon Road, and Newhall Ranch Road to Golden Valley Road.

In the center of the valley are Newhall (located near the base of the valley on San Fernando Road), and Saugus (located on the north end of the valley off Copperhill Road and Plum Canyon Road). The City of Santa Clarita encompasses Canyon Country, Newhall, Valencia, and Saugus.

City of Santa Clarita Communities

The governing authority for these communities is the City of Santa Clarita.

Canyon Country

This bedroom community is one of the earliest such communities in the valley and includes Sand Canyon. Starting out as a collection of rural homes spread out throughout the canyons, it was renamed in 1968. Choose this area for its close proximity to State Hwy 14.


The oldest area of Santa Clarita, with a well-preserved, rich filming history. The area is undergoing a redevelopment, focusing on its western heritage. There are several new home developments in Newhall. Choose this area for its down-home, cowboy atmosphere and proximity to State Hwy 14.


Another bedroom community that sprang up in the mid-1900s, the area is bespeckled with new home developments. It is located near the boundaries of Valencia, yet backs up against the Angeles National Forest. Saugus is known for its excellent schools. Choose this community for its value--many developments do not have homeowners association fees, Mella Roos, or school bond taxes. It is also convenient to both Interstate 5 and State Hwy 14. Choose this area if you want to avoid HOAs yet be conveniently located to Valencia.


A community designed to integrate work, shopping, play, medical care and home as promised by Newhall Land & Farming Company. Winding paseos, or footpaths, seamlessly connect residents to commercial properties. Here is where you will find Valencia Town Center, loaded with your favorite retailers, restaurants and movie theaters and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Choose this community for its excellent schools and small town atmosphere. It is also in close proximity to Interstate 5.

Unincorporated Communities

The governing authority for these communities is Los Angeles County.


This rural community is grouped in with both the Antelope Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley. Here you'll find mainly equestrian communities, Blum Ranch, and animal rescues. Choose this area for it's rural appeal and close proximity to Hwy. 14.

Agua Dulce

This rural community is known for Vasquez Rocks, its equestrian ranches, wineries and animal rescues. Close to Hwy 14. Choose this area for its rural, western, and small town charm.


Historically a truck stop, Castaic sits about four miles north of Valencia off Cal State 5. There are many new home developments in Castaic, along with the pristine Castaic Lake Recreation Area. Choose this area for its close proximity to Interstate 5.

Stevenson Ranch

A bedroom community known for excellent schools, set in the foothills and adjacent to Valencia. Many commercial properties are located here. Choose this community for its excellent schools, new developments, and proximity to Interstate 5.

In each of these neighborhoods (with the exception of the rural neighborhoods), you'll find new or renovated grocers, strip malls, restaurants and medical facilities, as well as historically intriguing landmarks. All are within easy driving distance of one another.

Planned Community

Newhall Ranch

UPDATE: Newhall Ranch has been renamed "Valencia". See story at
This area is forcasted to include 21,500 homes, 75,000 permanent jobs, 11.5 million square feet of "job generating uses", 10,000 acres of open space and 50 miles of trails.

January 13, 2020 SCVNews reported that Five Point Holdings LLC announced the sale of 781 homesites at Valencia (formerly Newhall Ranch) in the fourth quarter of 2019.


Updated January 13, 2020
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