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Where Is The Valley, Anyway? Everything to Know About the Los Angeles Area

The Valley isn't just the name of Bravo's new show, it's also the name of a 250 square-mile region of Los Angeles County with a history all its own. 

By Jill Sederstrom

Fans are buzzing with anticipation for the premiere of The Valley, a new Bravo series that will have some fan favorite Bravolebs trying their hand at adulting, but just where is the Valley that earned the show its name? Is it still in the area where SUR is, and can it really be so different from Vanderpump Rules?

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As the official synopsis for the show explains, The Valley will follow five different couples as they “trade bottle service in West Hollywood for baby bottles in the Valley all while they navigate bustling businesses, rocky relationships and feisty friendships.”

The cast will include a mix of Vanderpump Rules alums and new friends, including Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright, Kristen Doute and Luke Broderick, Danny and Nia Booko, Jesse and Michelle Lally, and Jason and Janet Caperna

Here's what to know about the new location.

Where is The Valley Located?

The Valley is a term used to refer to California’s San Fernando Valley, a mecca for entertainment, restaurants, office buildings, and residential neighborhoods that offers a quieter pace to life.

According to California State University, Northridge, The San Fernando Valley — or The Valley as it's more affectionately known — is located in Los Angeles County and encompasses many neighborhoods within the City of Los Angeles itself, like Encino, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, and Reseda, just to name a few. 

But its reach doesn’t end there. The Valley also includes the cities of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando, Hidden Hills, and Calabasas. 


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“The San Fernando Valley is one of L.A.’s entertainment capitals, home to NBC Studios, Warner Bros. Studios and more,” Discover Los Angeles boasted of the area. “In addition to broad streets, abundant parking and economical meeting and event venues and restaurants, the Valley also has sophisticated hotels and sleek alternative event venues and conference centers. Countless bustling restaurants line Ventura Blvd. and the NoHo Arts District is a vital creative hub.”

The Valley covers around 250 square miles and is home to a million and a half people, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Split of Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright, Kristen Doute, and Luke Broderick on the supertease for the TV show,The Valley

Over the years, The Valley has been linked to its share of pop culture moments. As the paper recounted, blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe was “discovered” while working at a defense plant in Van Nuys during World War II and the Sportsman’s Lodge was once a favorite watering hole for Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood even used the famed restaurant Casa Vega, located along The Valley’s “restaurant row” on Ventura Boulevard, for a cocktail scene in the critically acclaimed movie.

But the associations haven’t all been rosy. In the 1980s and 1990s, Frank Zappa’s hit song “Valley Girl” seemingly shot the concept of a “valley girl” into the pop culture stratosphere. 

The stereotype that emerged was that of a young, white woman who had her own way of speaking with an uptilt at the end of each sentence as if everything was a question, according to a blog post from The College of William & Mary. 

The stereotype was played up in movies like Clueless and Heathers, and soon had young girls everywhere doing their best “Valley Girl” impressions. 

Today, it’s paving its own new history as the backdrop to Bravo’s newest reality show. 

The show’s promo even hilariously played up the region’s suburban feel as Jax toured a neighborhood dressed to the nines and riding a child’s motorized car through the streets, proving no matter where they live there’s nothing dull about this group. We can't wait to see what happens there!

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