Northridge, California is home to California State University, Northridge and is located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. It has a unique history that goes back around 2,000 years ago when it was settled by an indigenous tribe of people known as the Tongva.
In 1769, Spanish explorers, along with the Tongva bathed in waters fostered by underground streams, now located under the intersection of Parthenia and Reseda Blvds. Reseda Blvd. is a main thoroughfare from the Santa Monica Mountains in the south to the Susana Mountains in the north.
The university plays an important role in Northridge, providing jobs in the area and contributing as much as $686 million a year to the local economy. It is home to the world’s largest fuel cell power plant of any university campus.
A company called MiniMed, maker of the insulin pump, arranged to develop a biotechnology center, now part of the North Campus. The 65-acre piece of land, formerly known as Devonshire Downs, was turned into a research, development and manufacturing department of which the division called Medtronic Diabetes is a part.
Devonshire Downs was quite different in the 1960s as it was the focus of two rock festivals. One was only exceeded by Woodstock in size. Many of the neighborhood populace were terrorized by what they classified as “hippies.” The result was a ban on rock festivals.
Northridge has 11 public and 8 private schools. The 2008 census showed a population of around 62,000 residents. The average price of a home in the area as of December, 2014 was $483,250. This is 4.1% over 2013. The average price per square foot is $277.
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