It is surrounded by the Chatsworth Reservoir in the north, Canoga Park in the east, Woodland Hills in the south, Hidden Hills in the southwest, and the Simi Hills in the west. Much of West Hills was called Canoga Park before c. 1990. The postal codes are 91307 and 91304.
The area was originally inhabited by Native Americans of the Tongva tribe that lived close to the Los Angeles River, which originates in West Hills from El Escorpion and Bell Creeks. It is believed that a meeting point for the Tongva and Chumash tribes was located at the base of Bell Canyon Park.
A former ranch within West Hills has been turned into a park. It is Orcutt Ranch, a former citrus orchard and retreat of William Warren Orcutt. Another ranch close to West Hills is Shadow Ranch Park, featuring a ranch house that dates to the earlest ranching days in the San Fernando Valley.
The post office for West Hills is located near the West Hills Hospital complex on Sherman Way. An impressive sight and good hiking in West Hills can be found in Castle Peak Park. The library serving West Hills is the Platt Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (although the library is technically located in Woodland Hills).
Temple Judea (West Campus) is located on the corner of Valley Circle Boulevard and Kittridge Street. Shomrei Torah Synagogue is located near Stone Gate Drive and Valley Circle Boulevard.
Knapp Ranch Park located on Kittridge is a popular place to play pick-up basketball and tennis, as well as skateboard. Knapp Ranch also hosts numerous little league games.
West Hills Baseball is a very popular youth baseball park that has sent natives of West Hills to Major League Baseball. The West Hills Baseball facility has been up and going since 1970. There fields have been known as "Little Dodger Stadium".
There are several small tributaries of the Los Angeles River that originate in the Northwest San Fernando Valley. The Los Angeles River itself begins at the confluence of Calabasas Creek and Bell Canyon Creek, and the latter of these runs through West Hills. These and other small creeks supply runoff water to the Los Angeles River, and several are considered year round creeks. Although the creeks are now channeled and run within concrete walls, they do form a significant urban wildlife landscape and contribute to the population of indigenous wildlife left within the San Fernando Valley. Dayton Creek in particular has received attention due to its vicinity to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, which is under field cleanup due to its fundamental use as a testing center for rocket and missile fuel, nuclear power research, and high technology defense systems. Contaminants include Chromium, Lead, Benzene, and many other components of rocket fuel.
While there are neighboring cites with finer eating establishments, West Hills is predominantly occupied by fast food eateries. In the 1980s there were even news stories on the number of fast food eateries adjacent to the intersection of Platt and Victory. To this day, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Carls Jr., Quiznos, Subway, Ameci Pizza, a donut shop (formerly a Donut Inn), El Pollo Amigo (similar to El Pollo Loco), Starbucks, Panda Express, Green Burrito and Carls Jr. are all within a short walking distance. Naugles, a restaurant similar to the regional chain Del Taco ceased to exist in the 1980s, as did Tom Sawer's Fried Chicken, Round Table Pizza, Valley Dogs, Sizzler then later Rosie's, a barbecue restaurant in the late 90's. Honorable mention to Jack in the Box formerly located at Platt and Vanowen until the late 70's.
Public elementary schools serving West Hills include:
A small portion of West Hills is zoned to Las Virgenes Unified School District.
Residents are zoned to:
Kadima Hebrew Academy is a private Jewish day school located on Shoup Avenue, just south of Sherman Way.