Film studios set against the backdrop of residential streets, greasy spoon diners, and retro vintage shops.

Big stars produce blockbuster films amid Burbank's small-town atmosphere. Known as "The Media Capital of the World," entertainment studios from Walt to Warner and Nickelodeon to Cartoon Network create visual content at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains. A neighbourhood that still welcomes visitors with the sight of a water tower, Burbank's retro aesthetic recalls an era when sock-hops and going steady were just the niftiest. What else tops the charts? Getting to nearby Hollywood is reasonably easy on the bus.

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On the Map

Burbank is bordered by Glendale, Sun Valley, Hollywood Hills, North Hollywood, Hollywood, and Toluca Lake

LAX Airport: 35 minutes by car or 2 hours by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 35 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 20 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 40 minutes by car
The Grove: 25 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

Movie Studios In San Fernando Valley Suburbia

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Located mere miles from Hollywood, Burbank is the film capital's home away from home. From Warner Bros. to Walt Disney, countless production studios crowd into Burbank's slopes, foothills, and flatlands.

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Burbank's entertainment scene may focus on filmmaking, but its 50's-style diners, cafes, and restaurants offer a break from the spotlight.

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While its film studios add whimsy to the neighbourhood, its studio apartments recall Burbank's roots as a small-town that produces big motion pictures.

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Next to Hollywood and several miles north of LA's Downtown, Burbank lacks a big-city vibe despite its proximity to the bustling metropolis.

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Preserving the Past In Burbank

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A retro feel permeates Burbank's glossy production-studio exterior.

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Magnolia Boulevard boasts some of Los Angeles' favourite vintage shops.

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Pin-ups, tintypes, and typewriters contribute to Burbank's from-the-past atmosphere.

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From corner candy shops to arcade-friendly bowling alleys, innocent amusements make their mark in Burbank.

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Burbank sits at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains and skirts the eastern edge of the San Fernando Valley. Its mild climate encourages equestrian lifestyles.

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Nearby Griffith Park goes great with a gallop.

Local Eats

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Although Burbank isn't known for its progressive culinary scene, its local restaurants, lounges, and pool halls add flavour to the neighbourhood.

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New restaurants are beginning to join Burbank's burgeoning dining scene.

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From Film Studios to Front Yards

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Quiet streets and freshly cut lawns dominate Burbank's wholesome residential landscape.

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Modern Amenities and Mega Malls

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Burbank brims with suburban conveniences.

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Crosswalks, parking lots, and multi-story shopping malls contribute to a full day's agenda.

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Downtown Burbank bustles by night.

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Brightly-lit and invitingly walkable, its downtown centre attracts evening entertainment-seekers to its shops, theatres, and sidewalk stoops.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Alex Stanlioff

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Having studied film at NYU, Alex returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in motion pictures but found a greater passion in the world of stills. For this project, through walking around on foot in a city normally traversed by car, Alex was immersed in a completely different town, engaging with people he never would have otherwise approached just to capture their unique experiences.

Lauren Devon

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Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighbourhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.