Lake View Terrace

Lake View Terrace


A suburb nestled in the north east part of the San Fernando Valley, Lake View Terrace is reachable via the Foothill Freeway (I-210). It’s a middle class community with a fairly mixed racial profile made up mostly of Latinos, African-Americans, Whites and Asians. Horse ranches have been in the neighborhood since the 1800’s and there is still a significantly-sized equestrian community. It is also one of the last few areas in the City of Los Angeles where you are allowed to keep your horse at home with you.

Lake View Terrace is notorious for being the site of the Rodney King beating by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991, and was the setting of the 2008 film by the same name, Lakeview Terrace, though interestingly enough, the neighborhood that was used in filming was not in the area. One side of the area is densely populated and the other is much more rural, and it is often considered a “hidden area” that many people do not know about.

If you crave a little of the outdoors, Lake View Terrace has plenty of options. You can choose from a horse-community’s requisite equestrian trails to the many options at the Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, which has light outdoor basketball and tennis courts, an indoor gymnasium, a children’s play area, a community room, picnic tables and barbeque pits. The Hansen Dam Aquatic Center has a 9-acre lake which is used for fishing, pedal boats, and public boating. If you want to learn to sail, you can take a boating class. A smaller 1.5-acre lake is available for swimming. There are also plenty of public restrooms, showers and dressing rooms at the Aquatic Center. Summertime sees an excess of 2,000 people coming through the Aquatic Center for a little cool, wet fun.




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