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Studio City

As a community that was born out of the entertainment industry, Studio City is often called as the “Jewel of the Valley.” After spending some time here it’s not hard to see why. The neighborhood attracts actors, musicians, writers, and studio executives.

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Stroll the Studio City Farmers Market on Sundays and you’re bound to run into creative entertainers as diverse as Paul Thomas Anderson, Miley Cyrus, or Ryan Gosling.

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You’ll love starting your day at Aroma Coffee & Tea. Perfect for morning coffee or a light breakfast, all of their ingredients are sourced locally.

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And a must check out is Black Market Bar. There is no signage, but if it’s happy hour you won’t be able to miss it. The seasonal cocktails and food by former Top Chef contestant Antonia Lofaso rival any restaurant in the city.

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There’s also the landmark Sportsmen’s Lodge, a lovely hotel for you or friends to stay.

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In recent years, Studio City’s downtown shopping area has developed a great neighborhood vibe, with many new shops – for your kids, your pets, your living rooms – opening often, like Mimi & Hy, which bills itself as the “General Store for the Fabulous” or Hide & Seek Vintage Home Boutique.

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One thing I love about real estate in Studio City is that many of its homes offer spectacular views of the valley.

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They feel removed from the hustle and bustle of our company town, but still right in the thick of things.

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And many of them are straight up showstoppers.

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Demographics

The 2000 U.S. census counted 34,034 residents in the 6.31-square-mile Studio City neighborhood—5,395 people per square mile, among the lowest population densities for the city but about average for the county. In 2008, the city estimated that the resident population had increased to 37,201. In 2000, the median age for residents, 38, was considered old for city and county neighborhoods; the percent of residents age 19 and older were among the county’s highest. The neighborhood was considered “not especially diverse” ethnically, with a high percent of White residents. The breakdown was whites, 78%; Latinos, 8.7%; Asians, 5.4% ; blacks, 3.7%; and others, 4.1%. Iran (7%) and the United Kingdom (6.7%) were the most common places of birth for the 21.1% of the residents who were born abroad—a low percentage for Los Angeles. The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $75,657, considered high for the city. The percent of households earning $125,000 and up was high for Los Angeles County.

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Schools

  • Harvard-Westlake School, private, grades 10-12, 3700 Coldwater Canyon.
  • Campbell Hall School, private K-12, 4533 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Founded in 1944 by Alexander Campbell, the school is home to approximately a thousand students fromkindergarten through high school.
  • Walter Reed Middle School, LAUSD, 4525 Irvine Avenue
  • Bridges Academy, private, 3921 Laurel Canyon Boulevard. It is a grade 5-12 middle and college preparatory high school dedicated to educating students who are twice exceptional, or “2e,” (gifted and highly gifted with learning disabilities).
  • ABC Little School, private elementary, 11728 Moorpark Street
  • Oakwood Elementary School, private, 11230 Moorpark Street
  • St. Charles Borromeo, private elementary, 10850 Moorpark Street
  • Berenece Carlson Home Hospital, LAUSD special education, 10952 Whipple Street
  • Rio Vista Elementary School, LAUSD, 4243 Satsuma Avenue
  • Carpenter Community Charter, 3909 Carpenter Avenue
  • Morning Star Christian Academy, private, 11000 Ventura Boulevard

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Film History

Studio City was created by the movie industry. Studio City received its name as a result of the filming activities of Mack Sennett during the silent film era in the 1920’s. The sound stages Sennett built have been in continuous use by CBS Television. Until then, Studio City was a large parcel of rural land. Ventura Boulevard was only a country road and the Studio City Business District consisted of nothing more than a drug store, a grocery store, a small bank, a couple of hamburger stands and a few businesses.

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