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Tough suburb. So tough I wished my Mother-in-law lived there. Serious social problems persist, including, but not limited to, drugs, gang violence, car crime, murder, stupidity and self-deception. Home to the Grove Street Families, once the toughest and most respected gang in south central Los Santos, now seriously in decline.
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Ganton is a neighborhood of Los Santos, San Andreas, that appears in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


The neighborhood is bordered by Idlewood to the west, East Los Santos to the north, Willowfield to the south and East Beach to the east.

Ganton is the main stronghold of the Grove Street Families, as Grove Street is located here, and is populated by many Grove Street Family gang members. These include Carl Johnson, Sweet Johnson and Lance "Ryder" Wilson. Former residents revealed at the beginning of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas include Beverly and Brian Johnson (both deceased) and Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris (who moved to Idlewood in 1989). The area is majority African-American.

Ganton has a very high crime rate, with prostitution, gang violence, car crime (especially carjackings), poverty and drugs (especially crack-cocaine) as the main issues. Upon nightfall many prostitutes, Grove Street gangbangers, and drug dealers will spawn.

Because of this, Police Mavericks (also known as "ghetto birds") regularly patrol the area, flashing searchlights on gang members and other criminals. These helicopters will not pursue Carl unless he has a 3-star wanted level or higher. Vehicles may occasionally travel onto Grove Street, either performing U-turns or parking in random driveways.

On the bridge going over Grove Street, if the player is driving fast enough, they can crash through a particular section of the wall and land onto the cul-de-sac below (this happened to Frank Tenpenny in the final mission of GTA San Andreas, "End of the Line").

Ganton is structured as two different areas. The first area is highly residential, consisting of many small, single-family houses, a bar (Ten Green Bottles), and a long street from the Ganton/Idlewood border which runs and ends into Grove Street. There are two turns here, a small bridge which takes the player into East Los Santos and a small road that takes the player into the second half of Ganton.

The first area primarily consists of pedestrians (especially Grove Street itself). The second area is much busier, containing more traffic, and a long busy road which stretches from East Beach to Idlewood. The second area also contains housing projects known as the Ganton Courts, a southern road which takes the player into Willowfield, and a long, raised bridge which takes the player over Grove Street and into East Los Santos.

There is a higher level of gang violence at the Ganton/Idlewood border. The two neighbourhoods are separated by the Brown Streak Railroad. This is because Idlewood is Ballas territory while Ganton is Grove Street Families territory. It is not uncommon to see Grove Street/Ballas shootouts from across the train tracks.


Events of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

Ganton is the main stronghold of the Grove Street Families, but begins to come under increasing pressure from Ballas gang members (especially through the crack cocaine epidemic), hoping to take the area for themselves. This is enforced by Big Smoke, Ryder and Mark "B-Dup" Wayne, who are secretly affiliated with the Ballas through a clandestine deal. Drugs have become a large problem in Ganton, mainly through Smoke and Ryder buying drugs from the Loco Syndicate (Mike Toreno, T-Bone Mendez and Jizzy B.).

Ganton eventually falls into the hands of the Ballas, after Carl Johnson is taken to Angel Pine by C.R.A.S.H. and Sweet Johnson is taken to a prison hospital during the mission The Green Sabre. The Grove Street Families disband with no leadership, although former gang members continue to wear the green colors. They more than likely continue to reside in Ganton, although they are not visible on the streets during Carl and Sweet's absence, instead, Ballas will start to form a presence on the streets. The former Grove Street gang members, under the influence of Big Smoke, cooperate with the Ballas and Los Santos Vagos.

Carl and Sweet (released via Mike Toreno) later return to Ganton, which is in disarray due to the influx of drugs and Ballas. They reclaim Ganton for the Grove Street Families during the mission Home Coming (re-establishing the Grove Street Families as a major force in the Los Santos gang underworld, and use Ganton as a base for attacking other districts (such as Idlewood). Ganton, along with the rest of Los Santos, is later plagued by riots following the acquittal of Frank Tenpenny, although Carl and Sweet manage to "lock down" Grove Street, and bring stability to Ganton as a whole. Ganton also serves as the location of Frank Tenpenny's death, when he dies from injuries sustained when the Fire Truck he is driving lands in Grove Street after crashing off the bridge going over the street.


The name is a play on real life city Compton, California, located within Los Angeles County. However, the housing projects areas where B-Dup formerly resided is more based on and partly resembles the Imperial Courts Housing Projects in Watts, Los Angeles. Likewise, the main road in Ganton primarily resembles Rosecrans Avenue in Compton. The name "Ganton" may come from a district in Edinburgh (the Scottish city where the Rockstar North HQ is located) named "Granton".

Gang Control[]

Ganton is a stronghold for the Grove Street Families and it remains one of their few territories in eastern Los Santos after the gang's decline. Ganton is often attacked by the Ballas and the Vagos as the neighbourhood is completely surrounded by their territories.

In the mission Drive-Thru, Carl, Ryder, Smoke and Sweet were dining at a Cluckin' Bell in Willowfield, and spotted a Ballas' Voodoo heading to Grove Street, the four successfully gave chase to the invading Ballas and destroyed their car, killing the intruders.

Another attempt, depicted in the mission "House Party", three huge swarms of Ballas tried to attack Grove Street during a house party hosted by Jeffrey Cross, AKA OG Loc. Going through all possible alleyways and bridges to take the Families by surprise. Later on, the GSF lost a fight against the Ballas resulting in Sweet's arrest and resulted in the GSF being completely disbanded in Los Santos, and Ganton falling into the Ballas control.

Near the end of the game, Sweet is released from prison and orders Carl to take him back to Grove Street, there, the two brothers in a cooperative effort eliminate all the Ballas in the Grove Street within Ganton, taking the neighborhood back as a GSF territory again. However, the southern area of Ganton can still be attacked by the Ballas, but the Grove Street area cannot be taken over by any gang.

Notable Residents[]






The following vehicles may be seen around the district:

Stationary vehicles[]


  • Basketball Court (besides Sweet's house in Grove Street, in his front garden).
  • Pool Table (inside the Ten Green Bottles bar).
  • Sprunk machine (in front of Ten Green Bottles bar).
  • Video Game (inside the Johnson House in Grove Street).



  • When drunk, Jimmy De Santa from Grand Theft Auto V can say that his hood is "from Ganton to Rockford Hills", implying that the HD Universe equivalent, the incorporated city of Davis, may have been named "Ganton" during early development.
  • Some female residents who sit on the stairs outside their homes will often ask CJ to have sex with them. No matter what the response is, CJ will always reject saying he's "too busy".

See Also[]


[ ve ]Grove Street Families (3D Universe)
LeaderSean "Sweet" Johnson
MembersCarl Johnson (underboss) | Big Smoke(lieutenant, formerly) | Ryder(lieutenant; formerly) | OG Loc | B Dup (formerly) | Big Bear | Emmet | Big Devil † | Little Devil † | Tony † | Dope
AssociatesPeople: Beverly Johnson † | Kendl Johnson | Cesar Vialpando | Denise Robinson | LB | Ran Fa Li | Wu Zi Mu
Gangs: San Fierro Triads | Varrios Los Aztecas
EnemiesPeople: Big Smoke † | Eddie Pulaski † | Frank Tenpenny † | Ryder
Gangs: Ballas | C.R.A.S.H. | Los Santos Vagos | Russian Mafia | San Fierro Rifa | Loco Syndicate
FrontsEmmet's | Johnson House | Sweet Johnson's House
TurfOwn Turf: Ganton | Playa del Seville | Santa Maria Beach | Temple
Acquirable Turf: East Beach | East Los Santos | Glen Park | Idlewood | Jefferson | Las Colinas | Los Flores | Verona Beach | Vinewood | Willowfield
SetsSeville Boulevard Families | Temple Drive Families
[ ve ]Neighborhoods and areas in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Los SantosCity Hall * | Commerce | Downtown | East Beach | East Los Santos | El Corona | Ganton | Glen Park | Idlewood | Jefferson | Las Colinas | Little Mexico | Los Flores | Los Santos International Airport | Marina | Market | Mulholland | Mulholland Intersection | Ocean Docks | Pershing Square | Playa del Seville | Richman | Rodeo | Santa Maria Beach | Temple | Verdant Bluffs | Verona Beach | Vinewood | Willowfield
San FierroAvispa Country Club | Battery Point | Calton Heights | Chinatown | City Hall | Doherty | Downtown | Easter Basin | Easter Bay Airport | Esplanade East | Esplanade North | Financial | Foster Valley | Garcia | Hashbury | Juniper Hill | Juniper Hollow | King's | Missionary Hill | Ocean Flats | Palisades | Paradiso | Queens | Santa Flora
Las VenturasBlackfield | Blackfield Intersection | Creek | Greenglass College | Julius Thruway East | Julius Thruway North | Julius Thruway South | Julius Thruway West | K.A.C.C. Military Fuels | Las Venturas Airport | Linden Side | LVA Freight Depot | Old Venturas Strip | Pilgrim | Pilson Intersection | Prickle Pine | Randolph Industrial Estate | Redsands East | Redsands West | Roca Escalante | Rockshore East | Rockshore West | Spinybed | The Strip | Whitewood Estates | Yellow Bell Golf Course
Red CountyBlueberry | Dillimore | Palomino Creek | Blueberry Acres | Fern Ridge | Fisher's Lagoon | Hampton Barns | Hanky Panky Point | Hilltop Farm | Montgomery Intersection | Northstar Rock | The Panopticon | Montgomery
Flint CountyBack o Beyond | Beacon Hill | Easter Bay Chemicals | Fallen Tree | The Farm | Flint Intersection | Flint Range | Flint Water | Leafy Hollow | Los Santos Inlet
WhetstoneAngel Pine | Mount Chiliad | Shady Cabin | Shady Creeks
Tierra RobadaAldea Malvada | El Quebrados | Bayside Marina | Bayside Tunnel | Robada Intersection | Bayside | Las Barrancas
Bone CountyFort Carson | Las Brujas | Arco del Oeste | Area 69 | The Big Ear | El Castillo del Diablo | Green Palms | Hunter Quarry | Lil' Probe'Inn | Octane Springs | Regular Tom | Sherman Dam | Sherman Reservoir | Unnamed Town | Verdant Meadows | Las Payasadas | Valle Ocultado
* denotes not considered a neighborhood in-game, only on the official GTA San Andreas map

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