Studio City, CA Local Area Information

About Area

Studio City is an affluent residential neighborhood within the City of Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley. Studio City expands over four ZIP code areas: 91604 and sections of 91602, 91607 and 90210.

Studio City occupies land formerly part of Rancho Ex-Mission San Fernando. This land changed hands several times during the late 19th Century and was eventually owned by J. B. Lankershim and eight other developers who organized the Lankershim Ranch Land and Water Company. In 1899, however, the area lost most water rights to Los Angeles and was no longer viable for farming.

Construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct began in 1908 and water reached the San Fernando Valley in November, 1913. Real estate boomed, and a syndicate led by Harry Chandler, business manager of the Los Angeles Times, with Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Isaac Van Nuys, and James Boon Lankershim acquired the remaining 47,500 acres (192 km2) of the southern half of the former Mission lands - everything west of the Lankershim town limits and south of present day Roscoe Boulevard excepting the Rancho Encino. Whitley platted the area of present day Studio City from portions of the existing town of Lankershim as well as the eastern part of the new acquisition.

In 1927 Mack Sennett began building a new studio on 20 acres donated by the land developer. The area around the studio was named Studio City.

Studio City is located in the southeast section of the San Fernando Valley (the "Valley") in the City of Los Angeles, California, United States.

Studio City is bordered by the communities of Beverly Crest and Hollywood Hills to the south, Sherman Oaks to the west, Valley Village and North Hollywood to the north and Toluca Lake and Universal City to the east.

Highway 101 is the major freeway linking the area to Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles and the western San Fernando Valley. Access to other parts of the city is also provided by Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Coldwater Canyon Avenue, and Ventura/Cahuenga Boulevards.

Studio City is bounded roughly by Mulholland Drive and the northeastern foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains to the south, Ethel or Longridge Avenues to the west, Highway 101 or Whipple Street to the north and Lankershim Boulevard to the east.

Many residents work in film, television, music and other entertainment related industries. According to the 2008 LA Department of City Planning estimates, Studio City has a population of 37,201 and a density of 5,395 people per square mile, among the lowest densities for the City of Los Angeles. The median age is 38.

Education: 49.4% of residents 25 and older have a four-year degree, high for the City of Los Angeles and high for the County of Los Angeles. Within the County of Los Angeles, Beverlywood, Santa Monica and Hollywood Hills have the nearest percentage of residents 25 and older with a four-year degree.

Studio City Landmarks

  • CBS Studio Center
  • Fryman Canyon Park
  • Wilacre Park
  • Los Angeles River walk
  • Exterior of Brady Bunch house
  • Exterior of the Wilkersons' House (Malcolm in the Middle) - 12334 Cantura Street
  • Exterior of the "Gidget" house (SE corner Hortense St. and Beeman Ave.)
  • Sacred Heart set from Scrubs
  • Several buildings by Rudolph Michael Schindler.

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