The city of Simi Valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountain Range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and northeast of the Conejo Valley. The valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountains to the north and Simi Hills to the east and south. While the Santa Susana Mountains separate the valley from the Los Padres National Forest in the north, the Simi Hills separate it from Conejo Valley in the south.
Simi Valley was inhabited by three Chumash settlements in the late 18th, early 19th centuries. In 1795, San José de Nuetra Señora de Altagracia y Simi (Rancho Simi) was granted to Santiago Pico, a colonist from Mexico, by Spanish Governor Diego de Borica. This 113,000 acre grant was one of the largest ever made in the United States. In 1887, the newly formed company, Simi Land and Water Company, bought a portion of the rancho. Farms, orchards and groves dominated the valley’s landscape until the 1970s. Simi Valley became an incorporated city in 1969.
Simi Valley is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The library houses Air Force One, used by presidents Nixon through George W. Bush. Also housed at the library is Marine One, the presidential helicopter, as well as several other vehicles used to transport presidents. Tours are available of both the library and Air Force One and Marine One. The library also is home to a stunning piece of the Berlin Wall.
Simi Valley housing consists of apartments to condominium and town home complexes to the prestigious neighborhoods in Long Canyon. Condo and town home prices range from the high $100,000s to the high $500,000s. Single-family homes range from the low $400,000s to the mid $1,000,000s. Rental properties in Simi Valley range from $1800 to $4100 a month.
Simi Valley has numerous parks, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and an equestrian facility to satisfy your adventurous spirit. For your cultural side, there is the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center which features live theatrical, musical, and dance performances. There are four golf courses in Simi, three public and one private course at the Wood Ranch Country Club.
Simi Valley also has a MetroLink station which serves both MetroLink and Amtrak. Featured lines are the Pacific Surfliner which runs between San Luis Obispo and San Diego with stops in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The Coast Starlight line, one of the most beautiful lines in the country, runs between Los Angeles and Seattle with stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Portland.
Schools in Simi Valley are part of the Simi Valley Unified School District. There are four public high schools (grades 9-12) including one continuation school. There is one private high school, Grace Brethren (K-12). There are three middle schools (grades 6-8), and 18 elementary schools (K-5). Many of the schools in Simi Valley are National Blue Ribbon or California Distinguished schools.
Simi Valley added a regional mall, Simi Valley Town Center, in 2005. Shops and restaurants include Macys, Marshalls, The Decor Store, California Pizza Kitchen and Starbucks, to name a few. A Studio Movie and Grill was recently added.
Simi Valley has something for everyone. Affordable housing, luxury housing, shopping, restaurants, lots of outdoor activities and much more! Find your new home in Simi Valley.