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Stuido City has safe walkable and dog friendly neighborhoods, with great restaurants and lots of mature trees. The downside is helicopter and jet noise. I have lived on the Westside, Burbank, Hollywood and West Hollywood; Studio City is by far the best place to live in LA.

— David
August 28, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.

Watchful and politically organized neighbors for safe and sane living, great restaurants along Ventura Boulevard and a great "hub" to the north, south, east and west designations.

— Stephen
December 13, 2011 at 9:02 a.m.

Helicopter noise: check

Airplane noise: check

Traffic near schools: check

Safe neighborhood: check

Clean neighborhood: check

Family friendly: check

20 minutes to Burbank airport: check

10 minutes to Hollywood: check

15 minutes to Home Depot: check

5 minutes to Vons, Jons, Gelsons & Trader Joes: check

Great restaurants: check please!

20 years living in the Valley, 10 in Studio City and lovin' it!!!

— Phillip
November 8, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.

It's funny that almost every person mentions the air traffic. I don't even notice it. Maybe if I spot a plane, I hear it, but most of the time, I have no idea there are planes flying over. And please, helicopter noise? This is LA, the land of the police chase. There's probably only a few neighborhoods in LA that don't have to deal with helicopters from time to time.

I've been here two years, and it's walkable, with great shops and pubs and great food, with more coming every day. And who can beat our Farmer's Market? Traffic can be a pain, but that's why you live close to the Boulevard and walk when you can.

— Ana
August 1, 2011 at 6 p.m.

I left a big house on a stunning lot in the Hollywood Hills to move to a simpler but BETTER life in Studio City and never looked back! I love being able to walk places, to know my neighbors, and it is the most centrally located nice community in LA - I feel like I can get anywhere easily.

— Jill
May 31, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.

Until that confounded BRIDGE is finally built on Colfax, traffic on nearby through streets is a constant, ongoing headache. Living on Tujunga Ave. seems like the 405 is right out my door. Constant, round the clock traffic, including rattling, oversized trucks. After 10 p.m., this Ave. becomes a drag strip, starting at Ventura Blvd.

— Tomohawk
February 24, 2011 at 8:28 p.m.

My parents bought a home on Camellia ave from a Frank Angell in 1952. I came along in 1958 and I have to say if you were a kid or teenager during the 50's/60's/70's and living in Studio City, you were having the most fun a kid could have because there was at least 5 to 10 other kids to play with on just about every street. Traffic was minimal and so were the aircraft (although sonic booms occurred at least a couple times a week that would just about make you wet yourself). Went to Kit Kraft several times a week with four or five other friends for either a model or 'scientific' supplies (snickers) for our chemistry sets.

I'm back here on Camellia taking care of my Dad who is 95. I have to say a lot of that 'magic' is gone. No kids on the street, minature golf is gone, Giant slides off of Whitsett are gone, Buddy Brown, Baskin Robins -gone, and way too many cars clogging the road (dont even bother driving by a school at 730am or 3pm). Aircraft taking off from Burbank are tolerable (they been doing that since the day I was born). BUT, the helicopters early in the morning and late at night are a complete nuisance when they hover or circle a crime scene (although THERE ARE several ground units there - PARKED. Its overkill and a waste of taxpayer money. The LAPD seemed to do just fine in the days before helicopters were heavily used. Also I never thought I'd appreciate the Ventura and Hollywood freeways for being 'barriers' between Studio City and the rest of the valley but I do these days! -Paul Jaeger NHHS '76

PS: I know where Howard Hughes hid from congress in '47 until he flew out to D.C. and set them straight - in the bedroom I grew up in here on Camellia. The bedroom was added-on for him by Frank Angell. Mr. Angell was one of his PI's and chief of security at Hughes Aircraft. Long live Studio City!

— Paul Jaeger
November 20, 2010 at 8 p.m.

I love Studio City! Easy access to FWYs and 10 min. from hollywood. you can run errands with less traffic than in the surrounding cities. Its a wonderful city to live in.

— Buddie
October 12, 2010 at 8:44 p.m.

Studio City is one of the only parts of the valley that does not have a 'box-cutter suburbia' feel. Studio City is also close to the trendy areas of Fairfax Village, Hollywood, and West Hollywood and is the stepchild of L.A.'s trendiest neighborhoods. However, McMansions are ruining the character of the neighborhood and do not fit in among the smaller and lovelier tract houses of the '30s and '40s.

— jis
August 18, 2010 at 8:36 p.m.

The most liveable place to live if you work in the industry. Shortest Average Distance to all the Studios. It's a best kept secret. Friendly neighbors. The very best of Los Angeles.

— arden rynew
June 7, 2010 at 9:55 a.m.

Have lived on whitsett near Valleyheart for the last 14 years and the traffic has become a problem. Whitsett is now a virtual freeway and there is a new gigantic fire station there (complete with stained-glass windows for the firemen to enjoy) which adds to the noise.So with the airplanes,freeway-like traffic,fire and ambulance traffic it's really a trade off to be in such an otherwise nice and convienient location. We want to move.

Also there are three different parking restrictions on Whitsett now so you have to set alarm-clocks to remember to keep moving your vehicles around or face $78 fines.Nice.

— BrianAlex
May 30, 2010 at 4:03 p.m.

Lived on Farmdale St. on the block that dead ends to the north side of the 'wash'. Moved to Woodland Hills in the year 1949 at the age of three! And still remember it. I now reside in Columbus, OH.

— Warren
February 25, 2010 at 8:37 a.m.

Relative to most of LA, Studio City is a walker's paradise. There is a fine network of hiking trails and fire roads in the Hollywood Hills providing spectacular views over the Valley. And Ventura Blvd. provides a bit of the boulevardier's life, with interesting stores and restaurants and stylish pedestrians.

— Steve Sailer
January 27, 2010 at 1:36 p.m.

I have lived in Studio City for over 12 years and it is one of the best places to live in LA. So many restaurants to choose from and shopping opportunites. Love the ambiance and many mature shade trees and great neighborhoods. Air traffic, both helicopters from Van Nuys and jets from Burbank are a big drag, but it is cooler both in temperature and attitude than the rest of the Valley.

— David McDonald
December 17, 2009 at 2:54 p.m.

I lived in Studio City—on Arch Drive—during the 1980s when I was a member of the local band Café Society. I worked at a bank on Fairfax Avenue and even had lunch with Johnny Depp. Studio City was a great place to live. All my neighbors were in "the business," even one of the last Marlboro Men lived in an apartment upstairs that I eventually moved into after he'd moved out. My best memories were my Wednesday night dinners at the Thai Cottage where I would always see Dweezil Zappa and Molly Ringwald having dinner. And somehow every time I would shop at Gelson's, Jon Voight would be shopping there with his trashed backpack and would always say hello to me.

— Richard Morris
September 22, 2009 at 9:02 a.m.

The west boundary south of Ventura Boulevard still needs to be corrected. It follows Longview, rather than Coldwater. Please take a look at the boundaries listed on the Studio City Neighborhood Council website for the accurate street listings.

— Paul Waters
September 7, 2009 at 4:50 p.m.

We been living on Vally Spring next to Weddington Park, Studio City/N. Hollywood/W.Toluca Lake, for last 15 years the zip code is N. Hollywood and the LA Times Map puts us at Studio City and we receive invitation to Toluca Lake Association, well it really doesnt matter we love our place, Air traffic is like other part of city but we get the benefit of Burbank Airport travel opportunities. It's 10 minutes $20 cab ride including tip, it's $1.25 free parking Red Line 24 minutes ride to Downtown LA and 5 minutes drive and free hick to the best metropolitan parks in the country "Griffith Park'. As for the weather it's 10 degree cooler than the rest of the Valley most of the time year round. In fact we need a bigger house but we can not accept to get out to another neighborhood.

— Behzad Yassan
August 19, 2009 at 9:18 a.m.

I discovered this 'Garden of Eden' in 1979 & been here ever since. I love it when people knock this place. Stay away that's fine with me. Air traffic....I love air traffic. It puts me to sleep. Within in 3 blocks of home, I have evrything I need to sustain life. Yes Studio City is the place to be.

— Alan Beckwith
August 18, 2009 at 12:10 p.m.

I love Studio City and I call it home. No matter where I am in the world I always miss it. I lived in Beverly Hills, Glendale, WeHo and Santa Monica. For me, Studio City, is the best place to live in LA County and I don´t want to ever move from here.

— Sandie
August 18, 2009 at 2:12 a.m.

STUDIO CITY Simply THE BEST!!!

I moved to Studio City in 1999 from Australia to work with a travel company. I lived on Arch Drive which runs off Ventura Blvd.Its one of the best places to LIVE in LA County.

Studio City is very unique, its on the door step of most things Los Angeles has to offer: from Weho, Burbank, Universal City, Hollywood the list goes on. The METRO Red Line Subway is my hidden treasure, it so convinient and fast, it stops at Universal City Station (next to Studio City) and has an area to park your car,You can take the Subway to Hollywood,Downtown and make connections to Pasedena and beyond, all in no time and without the stress of traffic. Its an area where you can walk the dog or "cat" and feel extremely safe and your most likely to bump into someone famous :) Ballys Gym On Ventura is walking distance from Arch Dr which is great and with the mini mall that opened 2000 it has A Supermarket, Juice place , Coffee Shop and Pharmacy (Drug Store) its way cool.Im now back in Melbourne, Australia and miss Studio City Dearly....

— Aussie Rob
August 15, 2009 at 8:41 p.m.

I lived in Studio City for 12 years. The air traffic can be deafening. So loud--as soon as you think its gone, another plane comes in, right over your house. Bleh.

— LILLL
July 15, 2009 at 9:26 p.m.

My spouse and I have enjoyed living in Studio City since 1994. We love our classic ranch style home and garden. We enjoy our wonderful, quiet neighborhood of manicured lawns and gardens, and majestic mature trees. We love Ventura Boulevard's traditional "main street" and pedestrian friendly character. We enjoy patronizing the many interesting restaurants and shops along Ventura Boulevard. We also enjoy the convenience and proximity to major freeways, and to some of L.A.'s most interesting neighborhoods --- downtown, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank & Pasadena. The downside is the traffic on main street Ventura Blvd. can be challenging. Landmarks -- Ventura Blvd, Studio City Golf & Tennis, and The Sportsman's Lodge

Regards, Victor Caponpon

— Victor Caponpon
June 3, 2009 at 11:07 p.m.

Do not be fooled by the high price of living in Studio City...this area, as any, has its own hidden demons. Namely- AIR TRAFFIC. First, there is the helicopter problem. I've been told that helicopters follow the freeways in an attempt to cut down on noise problems. Here, however, that is not the case, and looking at the map, one can see why. The 101 heads NORTH out of Hollywood and then cuts WEST as it meets the 134. Most pilots shortcut this dogleg- passing directly over some of the highest priced homes in the valley, heading NW to Van Nuys airport or SE into Hollywood. (The military helicopters are easily the worst- flying low and in tandem, they rattle windows and nerves.) Unfortunately, these are not the only air traffic problems. As if to add insult to injury, Burbank airport has recently added this area in ITS flight path as well. Planes fly out from Burbank starting at 7 AM- My own personal alarm clock. If you want to live on a tarmac, this is the place for you.

— travis stewart
June 3, 2009 at 9:38 a.m.

Studio City

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County. It contains Universal City.
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