Studio City

Television studios, yoga studios, and coffee connoisseurs take five near LA's popular amusement park, Universal Studios.

Cradled within the San Fernando Valley, Studio City's stylish small-town allure is equally adored by entertainment industry elite and elementary-school PTA leaders. In step with the trends, Studio City's main boulevards brim with organic soft-serve desert shops and yoga studios specialising in savasana. Staying in Studio City means you're separated from the coast, but getting to oceanfront destinations like Santa Monica is simple with a car.

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On the Map

Studio City is bordered by Hollywood Hills, Valley Village, Laurel Canyon, Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Bel Air/Beverly Crest, and Cahuenga Pass

LAX Airport: 35 minutes by car or 1 hour & 35 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 30 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 15 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 35 minutes by car
The Grove: 20 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

Studio City: Stylish In the San Fernando Valley

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Studio City's mixture of hip enclaves and residential escapes attract big-name celebrities, struggling actors, studio execs, and Los Angeles families.

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Quite possibly the San Fernando Valley's most stylish neighbourhood, Studio City rocks and rolls along Ventura Boulevard.

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The Boulevard's collection of taverns, sushi houses, shops, and cafes lend Studio City its ardent appeal.

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The neighbourhood was named after the CBS studio built by Mack Sennett in 1927.

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The CBS Studio Centre is home to 18 sound stages and 223 dressing rooms.

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Exit through the studio lot.

Studio City: Stylish Shopping

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Ventura Boulevard brims with upcycled thrift shops, vintage decor boutiques, and nostalgia-inducing toy stores.

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Over time, its old-timey movie marquees transformed into bookstore billboards.

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Barnes and Noble now stocks the bookshelves of Studio City's retro theatre space.

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Studio City: Stylish Dining

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From espresso bars to sushi houses, Studio City's dining scene is exceptionally diverse.

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Local staple, Henry's Tacos, recently shut its doors. They're slated to reopen just across the street.

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Like many Angelenos, Studio City residents often prefer patio seating.

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Venture beyond Ventura Boulevard to Tujunga Avenue and you'll be greeted with a myriad of diners, dives, and pizza-pie vendors to choose from.

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When at a diner, always try the pie.

All-Natural In the Valley

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Living in the Valley has its advantages.

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Nestled between rolling hills and lushly-forested mountains, Studio City boasts green space for miles.

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Hiking and biking trails wind through Fryman Canyon.

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Even Studio City's river edge's are gaining green.

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The neighbourhood is transforming the wash's banks into walkable pathways.

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Residential Retreats In Studio City

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There's a reason why Studio City feels like home.

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Wholesome family sitcoms like "The Brady Bunch" were filmed in the neighbourhood.

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Studio City isn't all shrouded in nostalgia.

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The sculpted lines of contemporary homes contrast with the neighbourhood's natural backdrop.

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Weave your way up Mulholland Drive and view the Valley from great heights.

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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:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."

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.