It is located just north of the North Hills and Northridge districts, west of the Mission Hills and Sylmar districts, and just east of the Porter Ranch district. It is accessible by the Ronald Reagan (SR 118), San Diego (Interstate 405), and Golden State (Interstate 5) Freeways. Major thoroughfares include Balboa Boulevard, Woodley, Hayvenhurst, and Haskell Avenues, as well as Rinaldi Street, San Fernando Mission Boulevard, Chatsworth Street, and Devonshire Street.
In 1916, the San Fernando Valley's first oil well was drilled in what is now Granada Hills. The oil well was located at the northern tip of Zelzah Avenue. Granada Hills was founded in 1927 (as "Granada;" the "Hills" was added 15 years later) and started out as a dairy farm and orchard known as the Sunshine Ranch. Among the crops harvested here as the nation prepared for the Roaring '20s were apricots, oranges, walnuts and beans. Vestiges of former citrus groves can still be seen as small groups of orange, lemon or grapefruit trees in some residential yards.
As of the 2000 census, and according to the Los Angeles Almanac there were 54,700 people and 28,833 households residing in Granada Hills. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 65.36% White, 20.91% Hispanic(of any race), 16.40% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 3.93% African American, 0.49% Native American, 8.86% from other races and 4.87% from two or more races.
Median household income in 2000 was $68,801.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Granada Hills neighborhood statistics: population: 50,535; median household income: $83,911.
Los Angeles Fire Department Stations 18 (Knollwood/Granada Hills) and 87 (Granada Hills) are in the area.
The United States Postal Service Granada Hills Post Office is located at 18039 Chatsworth Street.
Located within the boundaries of Granada Hills is Granada Hills North; a community bounded by LA City Line to the North, Aliso Canyon to the West, the 405 to the East and the 118 Freeway to the South. The Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council was formed in the Fall of 2002.
Granada Hills is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
K-5 elementary schools in Granada Hills include El Oro Way Elementary School, Haskell Elementary, Van Gogh Street Elementary School, Tulsa Street Elementary School, Danube Elementary School, Knollwood Elementary School and Granada Elementary School.
6-8 middle schools in Granada Hills include Robert Frost Middle School (the Timberwolves), George K. Porter Middle School (the Trojans), and Patrick Henry Middle School (the Patriots).
9-12 high schools in Granada Hills include Granada Hills Charter High School located at 10535 Zelzah Avenue, and John F. Kennedy High School, located at 11254 Gothic Avenue. Residents of the Granada Hills attendance zone are also eligible to attend Northridge Academy High School.
6-12 schools include North Valley Charter Academy. Residents of Granada Hills are eligible to attend. Raffles are held for those outside the area.
Bishop Alemany High School, a Catholic high school teaching grades 9-12, is located on the border between Granada Hills and Mission Hills at the old seminary grounds on the San Fernando Mission property, at 11111 North Alemany Drive in Mission Hills.
Los Angeles Public Library operates the Granada Hills Branch.
O'Melveny Park, the second largest park in Los Angeles, consists of a large undeveloped area and a much smaller developed section with several dozen citrus trees, a small intermittent stream, and grass and picnic areas. Hiking trails and fire roads invite exploration of this 672-acre (2.72 km2) park, including a grassy promontory from which a view of the northeastern portion of the San Fernando Valley may be seen.
In 1927, when the California Legislature established the State Park Commission, Henry W. O'Melveny (the namesake for this park), became one of the original commission members along with: Major Frederick R. Burnham, W. F. Chandler, William E. Colby (Secretary), and Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur.
Mission Point and its environs are popular mountain biking and hiking areas. The view from the top of Mission Point, the highest point in Granada Hills, is striking, taking in most of the San Fernando Valley. In clear weather, one can see the Pacific Ocean and Downtown Los Angeles. The area around the peak is home to quails, bobcats, mule deer, mountain lions and rattlesnakes.
Granada Hills High School's stadium, the John Elway Stadium (named after the quarterback, an alumnus), is the home of the Los Angeles Rampage women's soccer team and the former home of the San Fernando Valley Quakes.