Studio City is an affluent neighborhood of Los Angeles located about 5 miles northwest of Downtown. Once known as Laurelwood, the city was renamed after a CBS studio lot developed in the area in 1927 by film producer Mack Sennett. The land owner at the time, James Lankershim, along with several other developers, started the Lankershim Ranch Land and Water Company with the intent of selling the land to farmers, but when the city of Los Angeles gained control over water use in the area, large-scale farming became uneconomical. Starting in 1913 the land-owners, led by Harry Chandler (a manger at the Los Angeles Times newspaper), started developing the area for real estate and the present day Studio City was formed from the existing town of Lankershim and other adjoining areas. Studio City is bordered on the north by Valley Village, on the east by Toluca Lake and Universal City, on the south by Hollywood Hills West, on the southwest by Beverly Crest, and Sherman Oaks on the west. Other nearby communities are Van Nuys, North Hollywood, and Laurel Canyon. Studio City, which lies within the San Fernando Valley, is widely regarded as the best city to live in by both the elite of the entertainment industry and the moms and dads in the local PTA. It is a hip and friendly place where celebrities can be spotted doing the “regular” chores of life, or dining at some of the best restaurants and cafes. Notable celebrities living in the area past and present include Ed Asner, Gene Autry, George Clooney, Gary Cole, Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Shatner, Alex Trebek, and many, many more!
Some of the cuisine found in Studio City includes Argentine, Mediterranean, Venezuelan, Mexican, Thai, Lebanese, sushi, and all types of American. There are 11 schools, public and private, serving Studio City, and a public library. Residents of Studio City can enjoy several public parks such as Moorpark Park, Woodbridge Park, Wilacre Park, and the Studio City Mini-Park, an unstaffed “pocket park”. The Studio City Recreation Center (a.k.a. Beeman Park) offers an auditorium, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, an outdoor running and walking track, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, picnic tables, tennis courts, and many programs and classes including one of the largest youth baseball program of any of the counties public parks.
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