Studio City, California—L.A.'s best kept secret
Studio City Realtor Nicole Costas is passionate about Studio City, California. Where else in San Fernando Valley—or anywhere in Los Angeles—can you find this combination…
- Award-winning public AND private schools?
- Mature, tree-shaded, walkable neighborhoods?
- Trendy Ventura Blvd. shops and restaurants nearby?
- Progressive, family-friendly, civic-minded community?
- Spectacular mountain views, hiking and walking trails?
- Haven for film + TV celebrities, with a "small town" feel?
- Minutes from Movie Studios, West Side, and Downtown?
Whether you're a first-time home buyer, experienced investor, or longtime resident looking to sell, you need the knowledge, creativity, and 25 years of residential and commercial real estate experience that Nicole brings to every transaction.
Nicole's knowledge of Studio City includes all of its unique and wonderful neighborhoods: Colfax Meadows, Beeman Park, Fryman Estates, the Donas, the Silver Triangle, Studio City Hills, Footbridge Square, The Grove, and Tujunga Village-Woodbridge. Nicole also specializes in Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Lake Balboa and Encino, and recently sold homes in Brentwood and Pacific Palisades as well.
Nicole Costas and her world-class team are obsessed with customer service. Their goal is not merely to exceed your expectations, but to create a customer for life—which is why nearly half of Nicole's business comes from repeat customers and word-of-mouth referrals.
Nicole can help you achieve your real estate dreams.
Call Nicole today at (818) 432-1517.
Studio City History
Studio City was named after the studio lot built on 20 acres of rural land in 1927 by silent comedy film producer Mack Sennett—now known as CBS Studio Center. At the time Ventura Boulevard was just a country road, and the Studio City Business District consisted of a drug store, grocery store, bank, and—some things never change—some hamburger stands.
With the advent of sound in 1929, Sennett produced short films with a young unknown singer named Bing Crosby. But in 1933 the Great Depression forced Sennett into bankruptcy and the Studio became an independent production facility. In 1935 various independent producers took over and redubbed the lot Republic Studios. Republic produced over fifty features a year on its six sound stages, launching future movie stars like Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Joan Crawford, Ronald Reagan and Barbara Stanwyck. With the advent of television in the early 1950's, Republic started producing TV series, now with 23 sound stages and the world's largest scoring studio.
In 1967 CBS purchased the studio and dubbed it CBS Studio Center. The lot continued to grow, and produced 60's and 70's television classics like Gunsmoke, Gilligan's Island, Get Smart, My Three Sons, Bob Newhart, and Mary Tyler Moore. In 1982 CBS and 20th Century Fox formed a joint venture, CBS/Fox Studios, but two years later MTM Enterprises (clever Mary) bought out Fox and the facility became CBS/MTM Studios. Classic TV shows produced in the 80's included Roseanne, Thirtysomething, St. Elsewhere, Newhart, Hill Street Blues, and Falcon Crest. CBS acquired MTM's interest in 1992 and the lot once again became the CBS Studio Center, producing 90's classics like Seinfeld, Grace Under Fire, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Cybill. Recent hit shows produced on the lot since include Will & Grace, Big Brother, and That 70's Show.
Today Studio City is one of 24 named communities in the San Fernando Valley which are part of the incorporated City of Los Angeles. Located only 12 miles northwest of Downtown L.A., Studio City is a prime location for easy access to employment centers in Hollywood, Downtown, the Valley and Beverly Hills—ideally situated for living, working or relaxing in Southern California.
Studio City Location
Studio City is nestled in the foothills of the north slope of the Santa Monica mountains in the southeast section of San Fernando Valley, immediately south and west of the Hollywood Freeway and Ventura Freeway interchange (where the 101, 170, and 134 meet).
Studio City is known for its central location, a true hub of SF Valley that offers easy access to neighboring cities throughout Los Angeles. It is bordered by the 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 south and east.
Studio City offers convenient access to Burbank, NoHo and Pasadena via the 134 and 170 freeways, and to Sherman Oaks, Encino, Woodland Hills and the West Valley via the 101 North. Studio City also offers access to the West Side—Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, and West L.A.—via Coldwater Canyon, and to WeHo, Hollywood and Downtown L.A. via Laurel Canyon or the 101 South through the Cahuenga Pass.
Many people buy homes here because they work at CBS, NBC, Universal, Warner Bros. or the Disney Studios, all of which are near Studio City. Another key advantage of its location—the weather in Studio City tends to be 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the Valley!
Travel Times from Studio City…
LAX Airport: 35 minutes by car (1.6 hours by public transit)
Bob Hope Airport (Burbank): 20 minutes
Santa Monica Pier: 35 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 15 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 35 minutes by car
The Grove: 25 minutes by car