A real-life “movie set” of the perfect neighborhood
Who knew back in 1927 that the 20 acres donated for the development of a new studio (CBS Studio Center) would blossom into today’s Studio City neighborhood? While no one might have imagined the possibilities, today, everyone benefits from the foresight of good planning in this beautiful San Fernando Valley neighborhood. There’s a sense of community and inclusion with good neighbors and walkable streets that are pet-friendly.
Quality of life is important to the residents, and many parks and open green spaces abound for a suburban feel. Everything you need is at your fingertips and within walking distance, making daily car use optional even in a very car-dependent city. There are many quirky boutiques, upscale restaurants, delis, and shopping centers. Homes are well-kept, with nicely landscaped yards and tree-lined streets, and the Santa Monica foothills make a perfect backdrop. Real estate includes beautiful post-war architecture masterfully mixed with spacious new estates, modern new homes, luxurious condominiums, and posh townhouses.
Life is slower-paced in Studio City compared to most of Los Angeles. Many streets are tree-lined and shady, with a particularly beautiful “tree tunnel” of sycamore trees on Cantura Street, now a historic landmark. People shop locally because everything they need is at their fingertips, and they can get their shopping and exercise done in one shot. At the Studio City Farmers Market, residents get the freshest produce and artisan bread, enjoy pony rides and face painting for the children, and shop for unique crafts by local artists. It’s a nonprofit farmers' market, so all proceeds after expenses go back to the community.
Grab a great breakfast at Aroma Coffee & Tea Company’s sunny backyard patio, and make sure you try the Chipotle Steak Benedict. At SunCafe Organic, you can find rustic, old-world food taste with a modern twist of being vegan. For a flavor explosion, order the Enchilada Skillet. If you have a penchant for Armenian cuisine or want to develop one, head over to Granville and enjoy the delicious rainbow trout “big plate.” For a special date night in a romantic setting, go straight to the atmospheric Firefly and enjoy the prix-fixe Mary’s Chicken Breast followed by the Chocolate Pot de Crème.
There are many unique little shops and boutiques to wander through in Studio City. Wander down Ventura Boulevard perusing the shops and fun restaurants, or plan an evening to explore the quaint Tujunga Avenue. Make a night of it with food, drinks, bowling, and leagues at Pinz Bowling Center, or schedule your next big party there. At the Campo de Cahuenga museum, you can explore a huge treasure of California history with exhibits, collections, historical reenactments, and more.
Theme park lovers rejoice – when you live in Studio City, you’re just steps away from Universal Studios Hollywood! Here, you can experience the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, ride thrill rides, and immerse yourself in Hollywood history by hopping aboard the iconic Studio Tour. Locals can enjoy the benefits of annual passes and frequent holiday celebrations.
Explore the universe at the nearby Griffith Observatory with their high-powered telescopes, live shows in the planetarium, Tesla coil exhibit, star parties, and lectures by visiting astronomers. Nature lovers will adore Coldwater Canyon Park for the many biking paths, hiking trails, and jogging and walking paths. The 5.5 acres include picnic tables, a fountain, and art sculpture.
The Los Angeles Unified School District serves Studio City and is notable for the following schools.
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