Studio City, Los Angeles

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Studio City
—  Neighborhood of Los Angeles  —
Ventura Boulevard and Laurel Canyon, the heart of Studio City
Studio City is located in San Fernando Valley
Studio City
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
Coordinates: 34°08′37″N 118°23′43″W / 34.14357°N 118.39526°W / 34.14357; -118.39526
CountryUnited States
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles
 • Total6.88 sq mi (17.8 km2)
Population (2008)
 • Total37,201
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
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Coordinates: 34°08′37″N 118°23′43″W / 34.14357°N 118.39526°W / 34.14357; -118.39526

Studio City
—  Neighborhood of Los Angeles  —
Ventura Boulevard and Laurel Canyon, the heart of Studio City
Studio City is located in San Fernando Valley
Studio City
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
Coordinates: 34°08′37″N 118°23′43″W / 34.14357°N 118.39526°W / 34.14357; -118.39526
CountryUnited States
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles
 • Total6.88 sq mi (17.8 km2)
Population (2008)
 • Total37,201
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)

Studio City is an affluent residential neighborhood within the city of Los Angeles, California, in the San Fernando Valley. Studio City expands over three ZIP code areas: 91604, and sections of 91602 and 91607.[1] Ventura Boulevard is the neighborhood's principal commercial corridor. Its neighboring communities are Beverly Crest, Hollywood Hills, Hollywood Hills West, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Universal City and Valley Village.[2]



Map of the Lankershim Ranch properties, 1887

Originally known as Laurelwood, the area Studio City occupies was 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.[3]

In 1927 Mack Sennett began building a new studio on 20 acres donated by the land developer.[4] The area around the studio was named Studio City.[5]

In 1955 Studio City's Station 78 became the first racially integrated station in the Los Angeles Fire Department.[6][7]


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 \ Hollywood Hills to the south, Ethel or Longridge Avenues to the west, Highway 101 or Whipple Street to the north and Lankershim Boulevard and Universal City to the east.[8]


Many residents work in film, television, music and other entertainment related industries.[9] 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.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 Theater, now a Barnes & Noble branch

Local government officials

Studio City is part of the city of Los Angeles and sits largely within City Council District 2 with portions also lying in council districts 4 and 5.

Studio City is represented to the city of Los Angeles by the Studio City Neighborhood Council, one of 90 such Neighborhood Councils in the city created and funded by the city of Los Angeles.[15]

The area is also represented by Los Angeles County District 3 Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, District 23 California state Sen. Fran Pavley, California state Assemblyman Mike Feuer and U.S. Rep. Howard Berman.

Parks and recreation

The Studio City Recreation Center (also known as Beeman Park) is in Studio City. It has an auditorium, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, picnic tables, unlighted tennis courts, and many programs and classes including the second-largest youth baseball program in the public parks.[16] Moorpark Park, an unstaffed pocket park in Studio City, has a children's play area and picnic tables.[17] Woodbridge Park on the eastern border of Studio City has a children and toddler's play area. Wilacre Park, an unstaffed park, is in Studio City.[18] In addition, Studio City has the Studio City Mini-Park, an unstaffed pocket park.[19]


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Studio City is zoned to Los Angeles USD schools. Carpenter Community Charter School, Colfax Charter Elementary School, Rio Vista Elementary School, Walter Reed Middle School, and North Hollywood High School serve the community.[20] Carpenter Community Charter School, Rio Vista Elementary School and Walter Reed Middle School are in Studio City. Colfax Charter Elementary School and North Hollywood High School are in Valley Village.[21]

Private schools

Studio City is also home to private schools The Emerson Academy Campbell Hall Episcopal School, Oakwood School's Elementary School campus, Harvard-Westlake School's Upper School as well Bridges Academy, a private middle and high school for gifted students with learning disabilities.[21]

Public libraries

Notable residents

References not listed here can be found on the linked pages.

Film and Television




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