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Grove Street

Grove Street in Ganton, showing the cul-de-sac (foreground), and East Los Santos (distance); as depicted in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Grove Street
is an iconic street in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and re-appears in Grand Theft Auto V but with minimal role in the storyline. It is located in Los SantosSan Andreas. Both renditions distinctively feature a cul-de-sac.

GTA San Andreas


Grove Street is located in the middle of Ganton in South Central Los Santos, and is the main base of operations for the Grove Street Families. It is based on Spruce Street in Compton. Grove Street is the home of Sean "Sweet" Johnson and Carl "CJ" Johnson, the two leaders of the Grove Street Families. They, along with their two siblings Kendl and Brian, were born and raised in the Johnson House. Beverly, their mother, continued to raise her three remaining children (Brian had died in 1987) in Grove Street, until her death during a drive-by shooting on her house. Her son, Carl, returns after leaving for Liberty City, and begins living in her house.

Sweet, although no longer living in the Johnson house, continues to live in Grove Street. Kendl now lives in El Corona with her boyfriend, Varrios Los Aztecas leader Cesar Vialpando. Lance "Ryder" Wilson and Jeffrey "OG Loc" Cross also live in Grove Street, and Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris had lived in Grove Street until moving to Idlewood.

Grove Street, as the main base for the Grove Street Families, comes under attack from Ballas gang members. One instance is the drive-by shooting that led to Beverly Johnson's death, and when OG Loc hosted a party at his house; three waves of Ballas members attempt to take Grove Street, although they ultimately fail. However, following the arrest of Sweet and the forced relocation of Carl (by C.R.A.S.H.), Grove Street and all other Grove Street Family territories fall into the hands of the Ballas. This is helped by Ryder and Big Smoke, who had aligned themselves with the Ballas.

Sweet is later released (via Mike Toreno) and Carl returns, and together they re-claim Grove Street and Ganton for the Grove Street Families. Grove Street once again becomes the main stronghold of the Grove Street Families, who use Grove Street as a base for expanding into other districts (such as Idlewood). Following the acquittal of Frank Tenpenny, Grove Street residents (along with residents of Los Santos) begin rioting. Carl and Sweet manage to 'lock down' Grove Street, and bring stability to Ganton. Grove Street serves as the place of death of Tenpenny, who dies after crashing a Fire Truck off a bridge and into Grove Street.

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Panorama of upper Grove Street just west of the cul-de-sac.


  • Carl Johnson (? - 1987, 1992 - ?)
  • Sean Johnson
  • Kendl Johnson (? - 1992, moves to El Corona to live with Cesar Vialpando).
  • Beverly Johnson (? - 1992, killed)
  • Brian Johnson (? - 1987, died)
  • Lance "Ryder" Wilson (? - 1992, killed)
  • Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris (? - Early 1990s, moved to Idlewood)
  • Jeffrey "OG Loc" Cross



  • AK-47 - Inside the Johnson House after spraying all 100 gang tags.
  • Brass Knuckles - Under the overpass next to Ryder's house.
  • Camera - In the second floor of the Johnson House.
  • Molotov Cocktail - Inside the Johnson House after spraying all 100 gang tags.
  • Micro SMG - Underneath the bridge leading from the Lost Santos Forum to Ganton.
  • Pistol - Behind the second house north of Sweet's house.
  • Sawn-off Shotgun - Inside the Johnson House after spraying all 100 gang tags.
  • Spray Can (x2) - One on the second floor of the Johnson House after completing Tagging Up Turf, and one on top of the Pawn Shop behind the Johnson House.
  • Tec-9 (x2) - One on top of Sweet's house, and one inside the Johnson House after spraying all 100 gang tags.
  • Shovel - Behind Ryder's house.

Stationary vehicles

  • BMX - Parked in front the home next to OG Loc's house.
  • Greenwood - Parked in front of Sweet's house.
  • Hydra - On top of Sweet's house after gaining 100% completion of the game.
  • Picador - Parked in front of Ryder's house.
  • Rhino - Parked under the overpass next to Ryder's house after 100% completion of the game.


Grand Theft Auto V


Grove Street in GTA V


Grove Street highlighted on a map of South Los Santos in GTA V


A new incarnation of Grove Street makes an appearance in GTA V, located in the city of DavisSouth Los Santos. The Ballas control Grove Street, unlike the Families did in GTA: San Andreas. A video and map location can be found here.

In the mission Hood Safari, a drug deal between Lamar, FranklinTrevor and the Ballas is taking place. After reaching Grove Street shortly, everyone gets out of the van and follows Lamar up to one of the houses. The door opens as all three men are presented with a dealer holding a white block wrapped in plastic. Once it's cut open, Lamar gets a taste and is extremely eager to hand over a large sum of money. Trevor, however, is much more skeptical. He asks if they can take a sample from the other side of the brick, but the dealer refuses to do so and instead plays hardball. As Trevor's frustration grows, he snatches the block out of the guy’s hands and breaks it in half, confirming his suspicions - revealing that it's just a gram of nose-candy hidden inside a fake brick.

The throbbing score violently begins to increase as the deal goes completely wrong and the dealer calls for Ballas to attack them. Chop can be spotted running around, barking, drawing fire and even biting the angry batch of Ballas. In the heat of the battle, the LSPD show up to bring the urban uprising to a halting conclusion. Franklin and Trevor follow Lamar through the Storm Drain that he found in an effort to help the men escape.

Contrary to popular belief, the Grove Street in GTA V is not the same exact street as in GTA San Andreas. They are set in two different universes, the HD Universe and the 3D Universe. These universes each have their own unique story, and they don't crossover at all, so technically, the events during the storyline of GTA San Andreas never happened in the HD universe. The whole of Los Santos has been reimagined for the HD universe, and Grove Street has been redesigned to match its surrounding neighborhood. There are some exceptions such as Lazlow Jones or Jock Cranley, who made appearances in both the HD and 3D universes due to the simplicity of their roles (meaning there is no affect of celebrities and company names reappearing in the HD universe)



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