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Studio City – a name that connotates a bustling and gregarious town.  I always imagined the city constantly moving, constantly working with something always a buzz.  And truthfully, it’s not so far off.  Just on the other side of Hollywood, and packed with the movie and film industry, Studio City is filled with people who want just outside of Hollywood–but close proximity to still be a part of the action.  But under that ‘buzz’ is still a much needed respite from the city.  Picture tree-lined streets and people riding their bikes down quiet neighborhood streets.  Picture hillsides that lend a view. All just a stone’s throw to the other side of the hill.

Neighborhoods of Interest

Beeman Park neighborhood
Colfax Meadows
Footbridge neighborhood
Longridge Estates
Silver Triangle
South of the Blvd / Studio City Hills
Studio City Flats / North of the Blvd
The Dona Streets
Tujunga Village

Neighborhood Guide

Like a lot of Southern California cities, the history of Studio city dates back to when California was a part of Mexico.  Originally considered a part of an area known as Rancho Ex- Mission San Fernando with the rest of the San Fernando Valley, the Mexican government eventually sold the Ex-Mission lands as apart of a way to raise money for the Mexican-American War.  Eulogio de Celis, the owner of a hide trading business, purchased the lands as part of a land grant from Governor Pío Pico in 1846 – however by 1848 wiht the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the American government took over, still honoring the original deal – though not recognizing it officially until after de Celis’ death.  In 1874 de Celis’ son sold his portion to California Senator Charles Maclay, whose portioned off his share from partners Benjamin and George Porter at Sepulveda Blvd.  The Porters took the west, Maclay took the east.

Eventually the famous Lankershim family purchased the area and made it a ranch and water company. In 1899, it unfortunately lost it rights to supply Los Angeles with water and was deemed non-viable for farming but business boomed after the Los Angeles Aqueduct brought water to the area.  The property was eventually divided up between Harry Chandler, a business manager at the LA times, Hobart Whitley, Isaac Van Nuys and James Lankershim.  The area known as Laurelwood, the original name for Studio City, was platted out by Whitley.  Eventually in 1927, a wealthy land developer donated 20 acres to build a studio for actor/producer Mack Sennett and began developing the land–renaming the surrounding area Studio City. Today Studio City is home to CBS Studios and in close relation to Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney and many pre/post production houses.

Public Schools:
Los Angeles Unified School District operates the public schools in Studio City.
Studio City Public Elementary Schools:

  1. Carpenter Community Charter Elementary School
  2. Colfax Charter Elementary School
  3. Lankershim Elementary School
  4. Rio Vista Elementary School

Studio City Public Middle Schools:

  1. Walter Reed Middle School
  2. Roy Romer Middle School

Studio City Public High Schools:

    1. North Hollywood High School
    2. East Valley Senior High School


Private schools 
The private schools are:

  1. Bridges Academy
  2. Campbell Hall
  3. Emerson Academy for Arts & Sciences
  4. Havard-Westlake School
  5. Hollywood Alternative Schooling
  6. Morning Star Christian Academy
  7. Oakwood Elementary School
For those new to the area, perhaps their first stop should be to check out some of the namesakes that add the STUDIO to Studio City.CBS Studios can be found in the heart of Studio City, and houses many shows that offer tickets to live tapings.  Another good source of entertainment is bowling at Pinz.  Always a popular locale, Pinz has become a Studio City institution.

If having a celebrity sighting more naturally is your thing and you happen to be a foodie, check out one of many restaurants located along Ventura Blvd.  It is not uncommon to find celebrities going about their usual day, picking up coffee or having lunch, in this part of town. Studio City is also well known for the eastern portion of Ventura being known as “sushi alley” with many great sushi spots hitting all price points.  Foodies will also love the weekly SundayFarmer’s Market from 8AM-1PM. One of the largest Farmer’s Markets in the area, it is also oneof the best organized.  You can find everything from your weekly shopping to a petting zoo for the kiddos while you shop.

Being so close to the mountains, Studio City has some wonderful outdoor recreation areas.  Woodbridge Park is a large area in the south of the city. Wilacre Park is a unique park featuring an open grass wild area.  Studio City Recreation Center (Beeman Park) is the party where a lot of good times are had.  This park has barbeques, performance stage and ball fields for all ages.

Great Schools
National Center for Education Statistics
City Data Statistics and Demographics
Studio City Neighborhood Council
Studio City Chamber of Commerce
Studio City Public Library

Moorpark Park
South Weddington Park
Studio City Recreation Center (aka Beeman Park)
Wilacre Park
Woodbridge Park

Weddington Golf & Tennis Club: Driving range & 9 holes

AMC Universal City Walk: Universal City
Arclight: Sherman Oaks
Cinemark Century 8: Valley Glen
Laemmle NoHo 7: North Hollywood
Valley Plaza 6: North Hollywood

Ralphs (Ventura & Coldwater Canyon)
Ralphs (Ventura & Vineland)
Trader Joes
Vons Markets

Nearby Communities:
Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, Valley Glen, North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Hollywood Hills, Universal City

Market Update | Week Ending 08/09/19

August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

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