Simi Valley covers 39.2 square miles of land dotted with Coast Live Oak and California Wild Rose as well as a variety of other plants and animals. It is hard to believe that so much space and untouched hills could be so close to a city as large and as fast paced as Los Angeles, but the beauty of Simi Valley shows that California has many hidden treasures.
The Southern California Metrolink Commuter Train makes the commute to Los Angeles easy. To the east are the San Diego (405) and Golden State (5) freeways. The Ronald Reagan/Simi Valley-San Fernando Valley (118) Freeway creates the arterial pathway through Simi Valley. To the west, the Moorpark (23) Freeway meets Highway 101 that offers north and south access. Both Los Angeles International Airport and Burbank Airport are less than an hour away.
The Simi Valley Unified School District includes 21 elementary schools, three middle schools, four high schools and a continuation school. Special education of all kinds is also available. Simi Valley is less than an hour from some of the country's most prestigious colleges and universities including UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Cal Lutheran, California State University at Northridge and the new California State University Channel Islands, just to name a few. Two community colleges are only minutes away and Simi Valley Adult School offers a variety of vocational programs.
In addition to its family-oriented communities, Simi Valley also offers excellent business opportunities. The city has a proactive Chamber of Commerce and a business-friendly local government. In fact, Simi Valley is committed to being the most desirable place to do business and recognizes the importance of a strong local economy. The city features a talented and diversified workforce with over one-third of the city's population designated as professional, technical or managerial.
Simi Valley proudly boasts a friendly, hometown atmosphere, while always looking for new ways to improve the quality of life for residents. The city is constantly making efforts to increase employment and shopping opportunities as well as refurbishing historical sites and protecting open space. Simi Valley is also very proud of its Simi Town Center Mall, a new outdoor oasis of retail stores, restaurants and specialty shops. The design of this mall keeps the convenience of its shoppers in mind, where you can shop for one specific item, take a casual stroll, or have an evening out with an upscale meal.
With an active Boys and Girls Club and the Simi Valley YMCA, along with many parks and soccer fields, the city offers a vast array of recreational activities for people of all ages. Residents take pride in the city's open spaces, dozens of beautiful parks, camping and picnic facilities, miles of bike trails, pools, tennis courts, ice-skating rinks, three golf courses and one of the largest equestrian trail systems in the United States. In addition, the city's Cultural Arts Center offers professional and local stage productions. Plus, Simi Valley's proximity some of Southern California's finest harbors and beaches allows for all types of water sports. In winter, skiing is just a few hours away in the San Bernardino Mountains. And if that isn't enough to keep you busy, Dodger Stadium, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Bowl, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Disneyland are all within driving distance.