Palmdale, California

Palmdale is an incorporated city in the northern section of Los Angeles County in the Antelope Valley section of the Mojave Desert. Palmdale is south of Lancaster, north of the Angeles National Forest and the City of Los Angeles, and northwest of the Santa Clarita Valley and Santa Clarita. Lake Los Angeles is directly to the east. Victor Valley is approximately 53 miles to the east. Neighborhoods in or near Palmdale include Anaverde, Central Palmdale, Desert View Highlands, East Palmdale, Lake Los Angeles, Quartz Hill, Rancho Vista, and West Palmdale.

Palmdale was first established as an unincorporated town in 1886 and became incorporated in 1962. Palmdale is one of the fastest growing cities in California.

Many investors are acquiring rural land, including desert land in California for commercial campsites, solar farms, and wind farms, all of which can generate monthly income. Others, including land bankers, acquire such land for recreational purposes or long-term investment.


Palmdale Regional Airport

The Palmdale Regional Airport is a joint public and military airport in the City of Palmdale which is in the Antelope Valley section of northern Los Angeles County. It is approximately sixty miles north of Downtown Los Angeles and seventy miles to Los Angeles International Airport. The airport was established in 1930 and is jointly operated by the City of Palmdale and the United States Air Force.


United States Air Force Plant 42

United States Air Force Plant 42, also known as Palmdale Plant 42, is a classified aircraft manufacturing plant in the Antelope Valley located about 60 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The plant covers over 5,800 acres of land and shares a runaway with the Palmdale Regional Airport. Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin operate at the facility, making It the second largest employer in the Antelope Valley. The facility is controlled by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and has been operating since 1935. The Blackbird Airpark Museum is open to the public.


Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

The Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, formerly known as the Palmdale Plant 42 Heritage Airpark, was established in 1998 in Palmdale, California. The 26.4-acre aviation museum and airpark is located adjacent to the United States Air Force Plant 42 and the Blackbird Airpark Museum. There are over 40 modern and historical aircraft on display. The Antelope Valley facility is owned and operated by the city of Palmdale. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.


Palmdale Regional Medical Center

The Palmdale Regional Medical Center, founded in 2010, is a 239 bed private, for profit community hospital in Palmdale, California. The hospital specializes in acute care and has a 35 bed emergency department complete with a heliport. Adjacent to the hospital is a 60,000 square foot medical office tower called Palmdale Medical Plaza. Palmdale Regional Medical Center serves the entire Antelope Valley.


Lake Palmdale

Lake Palmdale, formerly known as Harold Reservoir, is a man-made lake in Palmdale developed in 1924. The lake has a surface area of 586 acres and two small islands. It is
approximately 1 mile long and one-half mile wide. The lake serves as a major source of water for the Palmdale Water District and is also used to generate electricity. The Antelope Valley Lake is fed by the California Aqueduct and is part of the California State Water Project. Lake Palmdale has a small pier and is stocked for fishing. Small boats are permitted to be operated by members of the Palmdale Fin and Feather Club.


Desert View Highlands

Desert View Highlands is a census-designated place in the Antelope Valley that is completely surrounded by the City of Palmdale. The population is 2,500.


Leona Valley

Leona Valley is a census-designated area in northem Los Angeles County, just west of Palmdale, south of Quartz Hill, at the far west and of the Antelope Valley. Leona Valley is home to both Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth. The Angeles National Forest is to the southwest. Leona Valley is known for its wine grapes and cherries. Its population is under 2,000. The original inhabitants were the Tatavian people.


Antelope Valley Country Club

The Antelope Valley Country Club, established in 1954, consists of 149 beautiful acres in central Palmdale. The private golf course was designed by Bill Bell, Sr. and consists of an 18 hole 72 par course with several lakes and lots of trees. The club features tennis, a beautiful pool, a large clubhouse, a game room, a lounge, and excellent banquet and dining facilities. Antelope Valley Country Club is a first class operation.


Rancho Vista Golf Club

The Rancho Vista Golf Club, located in Palmdale, offers residents of Palmdale and Lancaster exceptional golfing and dining. The 18 hole 72 par golf course was designed by Ted Robinson and opened in 2000. Amenities include a clubhouse, a grass tee driving range, putting greens, dining facilities, and beautiful scenery. Memberships are available.


Desert Sands Park

Desert Sands Park is a large community park in Palmdale featuring two tennis courts, volleyball, basketball, baseball, picnic areas, walking trails, and plenty of open space and trees.


William J. McAdam Park

The William J. McAdam Park is a large community park in Palmdale. The popular park features a heated outdoor swimming pool, 3 tennis courts, several group picnic areas, barbeques, a children's play area, extensive walking paths, the Domenic Massari Gardens, and the Historic Palmdale Schoolhouse.


Pelona Vista Park

Pelon a Vista Soccer Park

Pelon a Vista Park is a 73 acre park in Palmdale. Amenities include 10 lighted soccer fields, extensive trails, restrooms, picnic areas, a children's play area, and lots of green open space.


Domenic Massari Park - Palmdale

Domenic Massari Park is a large community park in Palmdale. Amenities include two tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, volleyball, a children's play area, picnic areas, walking paths, and lots of open space with shade trees.


Soledad Canyon

Soledad Canyon is a long canyon located between Palmdale in the Antelope Valley and the City of Santa Clarita in the Santa Clarita Valley. Soledad Canyon is part of the Santa Clara River Valley. The upstream section of the Santa Clarita River runs through the canyon. The canyon lies between the Sierra Pelona Mountains to the northwest and the San Gabriel Mountains to the southeast. The canyon terminates at Soledad Pass just south of Lake Palmdale.


Soledad Pass

Soledad Pass is a mountain pass in northern Los Angeles County located at the highest point (3,209 feet above sea level) along Soledad Canyon. The pass provides a direct route between the Antelope Valley and the Santa Clara River watershed.


Palmdale Chamber of Commerce

The Palmdale Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1941, represents the interest of businesses in Palmdale, Lancaster, and the greater Antelope Valley area in northem Los Angeles County. There are more than 500 members in the Palmdale Chamber.


Gypsy Players - Gypsy Productions

Gypsy Production presents unique dinner entertainment events in Simi Valley, Palmdale, and Thousand Oaks. Each dinner involves the audience participating in an interactive murder mystery dinner theater event.



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