Nestled in the hills of North Los Angeles is a quaint, tree-lined community with a long history in the film industry. Studio City originated as a master-planned, movie-making community by silent film production legend Mack Sennett. When he developed his then state-of-the-art film studio in this area in the late 1920s, he hoped to draw other filmmakers to live and work in this area. He lent his actresses to developers for the marketing campaigns to add to the appeal. It was not long before residential bungalows and craftsman-style cottages began to be built around his studio. Over time, gorgeous Studio City luxury homes were also developed.
Today, much of Sennett’s original vision has been realized, as Universal Studios, NBC, Universal, and CBS have their studios here, and Studio City real estate is populated by many Hollywood elites, as well as affluent families seeking choice locations in which to raise their families. Read on to learn why families love this suburb.
The Los Angeles River runs through the heart of Studio City. The southern border of this neighborhood is defined by a series of gorgeous canyons and nature preserves, providing ample opportunities to escape the urban jungle and rejuvenate in peaceful surroundings.
Wilacre Park offers beautiful panoramic views of the valley as residents hike and explore 122 acres of nature trails. This area is popular for hiking, jogging, dog walking, and picnicking.
A charming sculpture garden called Valleyheart Greenway contains imaginative art and place names developed by elementary children. The greenway meanders alongside the river and provides another kid-friendly place to get outdoors and explore nature.
Golf and tennis
Bronson Canyon may engender a sense of deja vu, as visitors are sure to recognize the rugged terrain of the old quarry used as an outdoor filming location for dozens of movies and TV shows over the years. Travel Town Museum invites today’s children to imagine and engage in a bygone era of train travel and ride a miniature steam train.
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Families looking for something to do with their little ones love to visit The Coop. This interactive play space was designed with both parents and children in mind. Therefore, it features a cappuccino bar and a picturesque outdoor garden for parents to relax and watch their children as they play in ball pits, rope tunnels, and so much more.
Families can enjoy a day of thrills and attractions at Universal Studios, where some of the biggest Hollywood Blockbusters come to life in rides, shows, and interactive experiences. Especially popular are Harry Potter, Jurassic World, and Minions. Annual passes are available for a discounted rate so that locals can come back and enjoy their favorite again and again.
Decor Art Galleries has collected and displayed a unique view of Hollywood and the film industry. See behind-the-scenes photographs of actors, studios, and old Hollywood from throughout the golden age of cinema history.
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