Studio City, California is part arid valley and part lush hillside. It is one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The main drag, Ventura Boulevard runs east/west through the city, essentially dividing it into two main residential areas. The valley portion sits north of Ventura, and the hillside neighborhood lies to the south.
Homes, condos, and townhomes are pricier here that the rest of L.A.County but the range is wide, from large mansions and luxury homes in the hills to small starter homes on the valley floor.
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Studio City Real Estate
Studio City has always been one of the more coveted Los Angeles neighborhoods for homeowners. As such, homes for sale in the area are priced higher than L.A. County average. Home values here also hold their value, dipping a little less during slow periods and snapping back faster in hot real estate market cycles.
Hillside luxury homes and estates in Studio City have more trees on their properties than other parts of L.A., thus offering more privacy for their owners. Incredible canyon and valley views create a respite from hurried urban life. After all, Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the United States. But you don’t have to feel that way living here. Palm tree-lined streets give this neighborhood an inviting, Mediterranean feel.
Studio City’s proximity to major motion picture and television studios (Universal, Warner Brothers, Disney, NBC, and ABC) make it an ideal location for people working in the entertainment business. A few record labels are also nearby. Because of its location, this neighborhood has been home to many celebrities over the years – in fact, too many to list!
Just like the rest of Los Angeles, the architectural styles of homes in Studio City vary widely. The vibe here is an inviting balance between modern and classic. Naturally, there are tile-roofed homes styled like Mediterranean villas including Spanish and Italian Riviera designs. But the area is not without its Contemporary homes in the vein of Farmhouse Modern, Mid-Century Modern, and Ranch. Porches and decks are common home features; both give denizens the opportunity to take advantage of the sweeping city and canyon views.
Studio City Amenities
Parks & Recreation
Fryman Canyon Park is one of the most beautiful and well-known parks in the area. Fryman Canyon Park rests in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains, right above Studio City. Visitors can hike, walk their dogs and even ride horses through the gorgeous mountain trails. There is also an outdoor fitness park.
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks manages the Studio City Recreation Center. Part of the L.A.’s effort to create more “active spaces” in suburban neighborhoods, this rec center is one of several outdoor fitness zones featuring free, state-of-the-art outdoor equipment and more. The Studio City location is home to over a dozen sports teams, summer camps, and community events. The playground is perfect for little kids while youth and adult sports leagues help bring the community together. It’s a great place to connect with neighbors.
Weddington Golf & Tennis is a longtime part of Studio City’s recreational scent, a self-professed “hidden jewel.” The facility features 16 tennis courts, a driving range, and a nine-hole (short play) golf course. They also offer affordable, year-round golf and tennis lessons for all ages.
Woodbridge Park is another local favorite. Folks come here to get their cardio workout. The park comes equipped with a circuit of outdoor strength-training machines and a walking/jogging path. Just make sure you bring water and make it a quick workout – while this park has a lot to offer, except there are no water fountains or bathrooms. The park is open from dawn until dusk.
Shopping & Dining
Ventura Boulevard is the main commercial artery of Studio City. The boulevard is lined with restaurants and bars. Studio City is known around L.A. for having a high density of sushi restaurants., earning the nickname “Sushi Row.” At night, neon signs for lounges and nightclubs light up Ventura Boulevard. The neighborhood has a respectable nightlife. Establishments here are generally hip, some with outdoor seating, making them a great place to hang out with friends in a convivial atmosphere.
Studio City Plaza and Laurel Promenade are two conjoined strip malls, home to some longtime favorites like Trader Joe’s and Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery. The malls sit on the southeast corner of Ventura and Laurel Canyon Boulevards. Be careful in the cramped parking lot; it’s always busy, and spaces are tight. Be cautious when parking nearby on the street or you may get a ticket.
The Silver Triangle is a mixed-use neighborhood that abuts Ventura Boulevard, extending a few blocks south toward the hills. Along this section of Ventura you will find cafes, restaurants, retail clothing stores and anchor tenant Bookstar – a former movie theater turned into a Barnes & Noble bookstore. This area is very convenient for locals as so many goods and services – pet stores, salons, groceries, etc. – are packed into one commercial strip. Residents don’t have to drive very far to shop, pick up daily essentials, or run quick errands.
Moorpark & Tujunga Streets are two more main roads of Studio City. Where they meet, you’ll find coffee shops and restaurants that everyone can enjoy. With food options like vegan, regional and ethnic food, the Moorpark & Tujunga area will entice even the most discriminating taste buds or dietary restrictions. A longtime favorite, Aroma Coffee & Tea, serves up fantastic brunch and lunch. Their outdoor seating is a major plus. If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong ordering any of their excellent pastries!
Studio City Schools
Schools in the area cater to a wide variety of students, with excellent public, charter, independent, and Catholic schools.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
- Walter Reed Middle School, 4525 Irvine Avenue
- Berenece Carlson Home Hospital (special education) 10952 Whipple Street
- Rio Vista Elementary School, 4243 Satsuma Avenue
- Carpenter Community Charter School (elementary), 3909 Carpenter Avenue
Private Schools in Studio City
- Harvard-Westlake (Upper School Campus grades 10-12), 3700 Coldwater Canyon
- Campbell Hall School (K-12), 4533 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
- Bridges Academy, 3921 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
- ABC Little School (elementary), 11728 Moorpark Street
- Oakwood Elementary School, 11230 Moorpark Street
- St. Charles Borromeo (elementary), 10850 Moorpark Street
- Morning Star Christian Academy, 11000 Ventura Boulevard
One of the main reasons people love of Studio City – and Los Angeles as a whole – is the year-round sunny weather. The neighborhood is hotter and drier than the L.A. Basin, which sits just a few miles south, over the Santa Monica Mountains.
Daytime temperatures are typically 20 degrees warmer than you’d find at beaches cities. The hills form a barrier to the cooling ocean breezes that move into the basin in the evening. Thus, The Valley stays warmer and less humid throughout the night.
Studio City REALTORS®
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Studio City Resources
Restaurants, parks, businesses, and civic issues change often. Stay on top of your community by regularly checking these community boards and city calendars.
Studio City Neighborhood Council – a one-stop shop for civic life in the neighborhood. Residents can keep abreast of local issues (land use, sustainability, and cultural affairs) and find the date and time for board meetings. If you want to be an active part of your community, this is the best website to visit.
Keep apprised of events with the Studio City Events Calendar. There’s always something to do here if you know where to look.
Studio City Statistics
- Estimated Population: 37,000
- Median Resident Age: 38 (Old for City of L.A.)
- Zip Code: 91604
- Elevation: 610 feet
- Land Area: 6.31 square miles
- Population Density: 5,395 people per square mile (Average)
- Studio City is the lowest point in the San Fernando Valley.
- The L.A. River flows through the district, mostly at a trickle but a little faster after a seasonal downpour.
- The “Brady Bunch” house is still here, the exterior of which shows up in the opening credits of the iconic television program.
- The original name for the neighborhood was Laurelwood.