Castaic is becoming kind of a big deal.
The sleepy truck stop of the 80's keeps growing, and growing. It shows up higher and higher in real estate statistics for home prices. Thanks to the prices in Hasley Canyon and Romero Canyon, Castaic has a median sold price very close to nearby Valencia and all of Santa Clarita!
Castaic is often seen as the last vestige of civilization (fast food and gas) to be found on the way out of L.A. to San Francisco, but the residents there know there's a lot more to it. They enjoy a higher median household income than most other communities in L.A. county, and there are dozens of pockets of homes that are situated far away from the noisy 5 freeway truck traffic.
Couple this, with being located next to what is really the only fresh-water lake recreation option anywhere close to L.A., and you realize they are on to something.
Fun facts: Lake Castaic was completed in 1974, as the 24th largest reservoir in California's roster of 37 reservoirs. The Pitchess Detention Center was once a prison farm, first built in 1938 for $80,000 to alleviate L.A. county jails from overcrowding... a concern that remains to this day.
CLOSER THAN PEOPLE THINK
The commute from Castaic to downtown L.A. is just over 40 miles, but the Santa Clarita commuter bus's free wi-fi systems can make that fly by in a snap. It seems like there are a ton of RV travel enthusiasts here, as we see many nice RV's tucked alongside homes. While Castaic residents need to come to Valencia for any pure shopping/medical/nightlife, the city has its own school district, and will open its first high school soon.
The commuting-time to L.A. is shorter than Canyon Country or Saugus, so many people see this as a great new alternative in value priced real estate.