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Idlewood, Los Santos (near), showing Big Smoke's home (light green) and Downtown Los Santos (distance); as depicted in GTA San Andreas.

Idlewood is a district in Los Santos, located slightly to the east of the city center. It is likely that Idlewood is based on real life [[1]]. Idlewood, in 1992, had become a stronghold for the Ballas gang, but the district had previously been held by Grove Street Families. The only notable resident of Idlewood is Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris. Carl Johnson can acquire Idlewood as GSF turf by starting a gang war, depending on the player's actions.

Events of GTA San Andreas

Idlewood in Los Santos is based of the the city of Inglewood.In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Idlewood is a stronghold for the Ballas gang, in particular the Front Yard Ballas, who use the area to launch attacks on both the Grove Street Families and the Varrios Los Aztecas, in order to take control of Little Mexico and Ganton. Idlewood is the home of Big Smoke, a Grove Street Family gang veteran; however the Ballas do not attack him (as it is later revealed that Smoke had been collaborating with the Ballas).

Idlewood, after the return of Carl Johnson and Sweet Johnson, becomes a district under the control of the Grove Street Families. The Ballas are pushed out of Idlewood, and begin to lose other districts also. The Grove Street Families continue to control Idlewood through the end of GTA San Andreas.



  • Big Smoke's House



Stationary Vehicles


  • Sprunk soft drink vending machine (replenishes health)
  • Ten Gang Tags
  • One Unique Stunt Jump
  • Muliplayer Icon down the street from Big Smoke's house it is also next to a gang tag.
Neighborhoods and districts in Los Santos, San Andreas
CommerceDowntownEast BeachEast Los SantosEl CoronaGantonGlen ParkIdlewoodJeffersonLas ColinasLittle MexicoLos FloresLos Santos International AirportMarinaMarketMulhollandOcean DocksPershing SquarePlaya del SevilleRichmanRodeoSanta Maria BeachTempleVerdant BluffsVerona BeachVinewoodWillowfield