One of the upscale communities in Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch, is set in the foothills of the Santa Susanna Mountains and lies west of the I-5 freeway. Stevenson Ranch consists of 4,000 acres of rolling hills offering a variety of homes, from condominiums and town homes, to upscale homes. A planned community, it was approved by the county in 1987. The Valencia Marketplace and Stevenson Ranch Shopping Center are additions to the community as well as restaurants and hotel facilities.
Stevenson Ranch offers two elementary schools, Pico Canyon Elementary, and Stevenson Ranch Elementary, one of the many Santa Clarita schools having earned the designation as a California Distinguished school. This area backs up to the historic, oil-mining town of Mentryville, founded in 1875. The mountains that surround the homes create a very attractive community.