Valley Village was once part of North Hollywood, until it became designated as its own neighborhood. This community in the San Fernando Valley is considered to be an upscale residential area, although there are many shops, restaurants, services and commercial businesses along main roads, providing walking destinations for residents. This neighborhood is bordered by the Hollywood Freeway to the east, the Ventura Freeway to the south, and Burbank Boulevard to the north, making it easily accessible and providing access to nearby communities for residents. Pet supply shops, boutiques, groomers and veterinarians are located within the Valley Village community, servicing local pet owners. Other pet services are available in adjacent communities providing lots of options.
Because the weather is very hospitable walking with your dog in Valley Village is pleasant, however, the San Fernando Valley experiences some deviations in climate from coastal Los Angeles, with hotter summers and colder winters, due to its inland location and the surrounding hills. In winter you may want to consider a light jacket, and you may want to avoid walking in the heat of the day during particularly hot, dry, summer days.
Because the area has been well established for some time, landscaping in residential properties is mature, with large trees providing plenty of shade, and beautifully kept yards featuring lawns and garden features. Some parts of Valley Village have green spaces separating pedestrian walkways from roadways that are lined with mature trees, giving passersby the feeling of being in a park. Other residential areas do not feature sidewalks, and because most roads are through roads, traffic can be an issue in the area. Pedestrians are encouraged to keep pets secure and leashed and watch for traffic.
Valley Village is central in the valley and away from the surrounding natural areas, however, well-developed landscaping in residential areas give the neighborhood a green, park-like feel. The Valley Village Park located on the east side of the community features a walking and jogging trails, grassy areas, public restrooms and lots of benches and picnic sites to rest. There are also several schools and recreational sports facilities in the areas, that provide athletic fields and open areas where you can walk your dog.
The North Hollywood Park is located on the east side of the community, just across the Hollywood Freeway and is a larger park, with lots of amenities. There are two dog parks just a short drive away. Laurel Canyon Dog Park and Whitnall Off Leash Park are accessible via a short drive by car and feature off-leash areas and opportunities to socialize with other dogs and dog owners nearby.