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Studio City has retained its coveted “Jewel of the Valley” status with a strong partnership between the commercial and residential communities, and continues to be one of the more desirable places to live in the Los Angeles area.  Bridging both the Hollywood Hills and the San Fernando Valley, real estate in the Studio City community offers a wide range of architectural styles. You can search this site for a Studio City home that meets your needs, and will place you in this wonderful community. Please contact Judy Graff for all of your Studio City needs real estate needs.

Prices are high in Studio City because of high demand, naturally. Studio City is one of the nicest, most centrally located communities in the San Fernando Valley and hills and offers very easy access to Hollywood, downtown and the Westside.  Some of the higher end homes in the hills have spectacular views and are architecturally significant.  Elementary schools are good to great, too — Carpenter Charter, Rio Vista and Colfax Charter are  particularly excellent.  And there are lots of fun, trendy restaurants, bars and shops there, too – please see “The Best of Studio City” page here. Although every community was hurt during the recession, this area did not have the serious price drops and foreclosure issues that other neighborhoods in L.A. County experienced.

Regarding condos, the older units and “conversions” tend to be the most attractively priced.  Several new buildings with all sorts of architectural bells and whistles have opened in the last few years and those tend to be priced higher, naturally. If you don’t want to pay Studio City condo prices, you may want to consider the North Hollywood Arts District.  Many, many new loft-style condos have been built there recently, and the neighborhood is becoming much more upscale.  Again, prices have not declined as they have in other neighborhoods.

History and Information about Studio City

Studio City’s modest start took place on a large parcel of rural land in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Ventura Boulevard was only a country road then, and the business district consisted of a drug store, grocery store, a small bank, a couple of hamburger stands and a handful of other businesses.

In June of 1927, a newly formed corporation for the development of movie studio sites arranged construction of a $20 million film center on the Northeast corner of Ventura Highway and what is now Laurel Canyon Blvd. Phase one of this project was the creation of the 200 acre Mack Sennett Studio, dubbed “Studio City”. It’s mission-style administration building boasted two stories, and was one of the tallest structures in the San Fernando Valley at the time. In 1935 it became Republic Pictures Studio, and later, CBS Studio Center.

When the Sennett Studios began shooting “The Keystone Cops” and the “Oh-You-Kid Bathing Beauties” along the hillsides of this picturesque locale in 1928, the Studio City moniker became official. A traffic signal was placed at Ventura and Lankershim Boulevards; a historic first for both Studio City and the Valley.

Sennet’s successor Republic Studios made a number of memorable motion pictures; The Sands of Iwo Jima, Flying Tigers, Fighting Seabees, The quiet Man, Johnny Guitar, and many others. Famous names associated with the studios over the years included D.W. Griffith, Mabel Norman, Ben Turpin, Charlie Chaplin, Harry Langdon, W.C. Fields, Carole Lombard, Gene Autry, Barbara Stanwyck, Rory Calhoun, Ward Bond, and more.

In the late 1940s and the early 50s, Studio City was a magical place. Actors such as Errol Flynn walked the streets along with countless others, especially the “Hollywood cowboys”. Indeed, a large number of the residents stabled their own horses, and there were still places in the Santa Monica Mountains to ride. It was and still is an area where people go for walks at night. Destined to become the Valley’s closest approximation of a “bohemian” neighborhood, Studio City attracted musicians, writers, movie-hopefuls, and other artists.

By the 1980s, The City had grown to over 25,000. CBS Studio Center, located just north of Ventura Boulevard, was the only studio still in operation. The center produced many shows through the 1990s including Newhart, Roseanne, The Twilight Zone, Seinfeld, etc., as well as feature films like Addams Family Values, I Love Trouble, Boys on the Side, and Desperate Measures.

Studio City Today

Things to do: Shopping is outstanding along Ventura Boulevard and Tujunga.  These avenues feature both small, chic boutiques, large national chains and everything in between.  Westfield Shopping Plaza, just over the border in Sherman Oaks, is one of the top malls in the Valley and features the Valley’s only Bloomingdales.

The Sunday Farmers Market  on Ventura Place and Laurel Canyon is one of the best in the entire area — go early for the best picks and parking.   There is even a petting zoo for the kids.

For recreation, there’s the famous Studio City Golf and Tennis Club and hikers can enjoy several great hiking and walking paths in the adjacent Santa Monica Mountains. Runyon Canyon is great for hikers and for celebrity-spotting, too.

Dining: Studio City is home to several of Los Angeles’ most highly-renowned, critcally acclaimed restaurants in addition to plenty of mom-and-pop establishments and chain casual dining places. Ventura Boulevard here is considered “sushi row” for its top-notch and plentiful sushi bars.

Schools: 

See below for research on GreatSchools.net regarding public elementary schools in Studio City, Sherman Oaks and Valley Village.  We all know that Carpenter is a fantastic charter elementary school, but some home buyers are looking for other schools in areas outside the Carpenter boundaries.  GreatSchools.net isn’t the be-all and end-all of school research, and some of the schools below have very high APIs even though they didn’t rate as high as Carpenter.  But anyway, here’s what I learned.

Carpenter has a “10” rating.

Rio Vista has a “9.”

Dixie Canyon is “8.”

Riverside Elementary is “7.”

Colfax Charter is a “10.”

See also…

Studio City Residents Association is very active in all sorts of community affairs.

Please visit my personal “Best of Studio City” page!  Please feel free to contribute and send me your personal favorite streets, restaurants, shops, etc. and I’ll include them with your name.  Just email me at info@judygraff.com.  Of course, you can also check out my San Fernando Valley real estate blog, with an emphasis on Burbank, Toluca Lake and Studio City.