Studio City

In 1927, producer Mack Sennett founded the film studio that still exists as the CBS Studio Center. A few other studios have sprung up in Los Angeles since then, but there’s still only one “Studio City”—the southeastern stretch of the San Fernando Valley that straddles Ventura Blvd between Highway 101 and the Santa Monica Mountains, just to the west of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.

One of the smaller distinct neighborhoods in Los Angeles, it encompasses only 5.6 square miles, with a population just over 30,000, and it includes the lowest geographic elevation in the San Fernando Valley—the very bottom, that is, before creeping into the Santa Monica Mountains. Despite the small size, Studio City is broken down into several distinct neighborhoods. Fryman Estates is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in LA, bedazzled with $5 million-$15 million homes occupied by the likes of Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, William Shatner, and Bruno Mars.

A few short miles away is the Silver Triangle, with much more affordable price points at median $1.4 million for 2,000 square-foot three-bedroom homes. Prices in nearby Colfax Meadows range as low as $1 million median, but be prepared—Colfax Meadows is a favorite neighborhood for films and television shows to film. If you don’t mind—if you even enjoy—having your street turn into a movie set, your home possibly the backdrop of a primetime drama, Colfax Meadows has you covered.

With such compact geography, fun is never far away. The stretch of Ventura Blvd that runs through Studio City is rife with taverns, coffee shops, sushi bars, gastropubs, and opportunities for vintage shopping. It’s hard to believe that so much lifestyle could be packed into such a small area, celebrities rubbing elbows with the upper middle class… but Studio City makes that delicate balance look easy.

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