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Take a Virtual Tour of Santa Clarita Valley

Kristin Novotny
"Are You Considering Relocating to Valencia?

Come take a virtual tour of the beautiful Santa Clarita Valley with me!"

- Kristin Novotny,
Santa Clarita Guide

One of the Best Places to Live in the U.S.
That's not just our opinion. Look at the accolades Santa Clarita has received:

Helen Putnam Award for Excellence (for the Special Needs Registry)
-League of California Cities, 2016
This is the 13th Helen Putnam Award for Excellence awarded to the city.

Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County
-The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, 2016

Runner Friendly Community
-Road Runners Club, 2016

Bicycle Friendly Community Award
-League of American Bicyclists, 2015

#20 on America's 50 Best Cities to Live
-24/7 Wall St., 2015

"One of the best economies in Los Angeles County
Union Bank

Movers and Moving Companies in Santa Clarita

We've compiled a list of the major moving companies servicing Valencia and Santa Clarita Valley, along with a link to the U.S. Dept of Transportation's guide on how to select a mover. Our principals have moved so many times they've lost count; we know how important it is to choose wisely.

Sit Back and Take a Tour of Santa Clarita

Sip your favorite beverage, lean back in your chair and tour Santa Clarita with us. We'll introduce you to our favorite places. And once you arrive, we'll help you settle in with pages designed with you in mind.

Still have questions? We're really here. Just drop us an email and we'll do our best to help:

Immigrating to the U.S.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
300 North Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90012
This office serves the counties of: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura.
In order to visit this office or to speak with an Immigration Information Officer, you must have an appointment scheduled by USCIS, or you must schedule an INFOPASS appointment, on the USCIS website.


So what happens if you move out here and hate your job? Santa Clarita has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Los Angeles County (among cities with populations over 100,000). And, we're about 40 minutes from Los Angeles--which, honestly, is over an hour during heavy traffic. But it is still commutable.

We have excellent medical care in the Santa Clarita Valley, and besides, we've got all of the L.A. hospitals right over the Santa Susana mountain range (which separates us from the San Fernando Valley).

As far as education, many parents in Los Angeles relocate to Santa Clarita for our schools because they're in the top 10% in California.

Worried about the smog of LA? Santa Clarita was the recipient of the 2008 Model Community Award presented by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The award was given for the SCV's innovative and aggressive efforts toward improving air quality.

Basically, this is a family community. We've got lots of churches and very few bars. Think "upscale hometown" and that's Santa Clarita. We like it here so much we actually dance in the streets (during our summer concerts).

The Traffic

Is it true the traffic in Los Angeles is horrible? Sure, it's heavy; but if you're living and working in Santa Clarita (or somewhere nearby), the LA traffic is not going to be an issue for you.

About the Earthquakes

Well, scientists tell us it is not possible for California to crack off into the ocean someday. Statistically, California earthquakes over the past 30 years have been responsible for far less deaths than heat in the U.S. In the past ten years the stats are 155 for earthquakes and 235 for heat. (You can use those with your family members when you tell them you're moving to LA.)

National Weather Service Weather Fatalities
United States Geological Survey Report

Buying a Home

Just as anywhere, real estate in Santa Clarita has its ups and downs. We've provided a link for you to learn more about our market, the communities, and details on buying (and owning) a home in Santa Clarita.

Our Location

We're about 40 minutes from Hollywood and an hour to the beaches. In an hour and a half you can be at the ski resorts or Disneyland. And within five hours you'll arrive at San Francisco, Las Vegas or Yosemite. Check out the links for further details.

Our Climate

You can find the latest weather information at the link above. We don't really have "weather" here, as in other parts of the country. Our rain usually arrives between November through March; we get about 15-18". Winters are mild--about 55-65 degrees during the day and dipping down to almost freezing overnight. (If you miss snow, just head to the mountains which are about an hour away.) We get a dry heat here in the summers, usually in the 90's. Late August and September can exceed 100 degrees; evenings can still drop below 60 degrees. But remember, we don't have the humidity, so it doesn't feel as hot as it does in the Midwest or on the east coast.

Oh, and we don't have many flying insects (mosquitos are rare), so plan on enjoying your patio!

Things to do in Santa Clarita

If you like the outdoors, you'll want to spend time rollerblading or walking on our paseos (foot paths). There's the wilderness, within five minutes of the city, and we have plenty of community parks. Of course, there is golfing, Six Flags, and swimming...LOTS of swimming.

Santa Clarita has an aquatics center with three pools, one of which has a zero depth entry for the children. City pools are open all over the valley, and many neighborhoods have their own pools. Additionally, we have a couple of lakes. And the beach, as we've said earlier, is only about an hour away.

Santa Clarita is a mecca of shopping and restaurants. We have a beautiful ice skating center, community gymnasiums, bowling, and laser tag. There's also organized sporting events, community playhouses, and free summer concerts.

You have to work pretty hard to be bored here.

Seeing Celebrities

Because Santa Clarita is located within the "30 mile zone" of Hollywood, hit shows like "Big Love," "The Riches," "NCIS," and "The Unit" film here routinely. Feature films "There Will Be Blood," "Charlie Wilson's War," Star Trek XI," "Yours, Mine and Ours," "Terminator" (2&3), "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," and "Spider-Man 3" have also filmed here. There are hidden studios and movie ranches all around our valley, but many times filming is done in public areas. We even put together some self-guided movie tours for you.

That's the end of the official tour of Santa Clarita. But spend some time checking out the links. Below you'll find some information that may be helpful to you if you are also new to Southern California.

New to Southern California

If this is a cross-country move for you, you'll probably find the details on these pages helpful. From dress codes to wildlife, you'll find answers to your questions here.

Relocating to Valencia, the Santa Clarita Valley, or Stevenson Ranch? You'll love the beautiful location of Valencia, the SCV and Stevenson Ranch. Most people can only dream of moving to this location and climate that you will enjoy here! Check out our demographics section to learn more about your future neighbors and community. Our housing market provides a lot to choose from: new homes, pre-owned homes, rental homes, apartments and apartment homes. To assist you in your move to Valencia, the Santa Clarita Valley or Stevenson Ranch, we have listed moving companies to choose from. Interested in learning how long your commute to Los Angeles will take? We have information and tips for driving to LA and how to cope with the traffic! Have you recently relocated to the Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia or Stevenson Ranch? You'll find helpful information here on the Santa Clarita, California, official local guide regarding turning your utilities on.

Updated January 20, 2017
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