Located near Sherman Oaks, Studio City is known for its trendy streets and nature filled residential areas. Thanks to the lively Ventura Blvd. and peaceful hiking trails, Studio City has the best of both worlds and has been a home to the entertainment industry’s best. Just west of the Cahuenga Pass, Studio City was named after the studio lot established in the area in 1927 by Mack Sennett, which is now CBS studios. Previously known as Laurelwood, Studio City is now known as the Jewel of the Valley and is home to some of the most well-known actors, musicians, writers and more, as the iconic city boasts a less hectic lifestyle than Hollywood but is still close enough for all the action. The quaint and trendy area offers many boutiques, great eateries, and nightlife spots, but is also known for its tree-lined streets and beautiful Santa Monica foothill scenery in the residential areas. In those residential areas, people can also find the original Brady Bunch House, as well as other architecturally stunning homes and hillside houses. With approximately 5.8 square miles of space and a population of around 38,000, the destination is best known for its cultural scene. Studio City is also known for its fresh local fare every Sunday during its Studio City Farmers Market. With plenty of organically-grown produce, hand-crafted olive oils, artisan breads, grass-fed beef, and fresh seafood, it’s become a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. For nature lovers, Studio City offers some of the best hikes. Located on the northern side of the Hollywood Hills, making them less busy, Studio City has hiking trails like Fryman Canyon Trail, which goes through residential areas behind Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Mulholland Drive, as well as North Valleyheart Riverwalk trail, which is adjacent to the Los Angeles River, and the Dearing Mountain Trail, among others.
Tarzana: This family friendly city has plenty of well-known eateries, shopping areas, and history, as the city is located on the site of a former ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who famously wrote Tarzan. With multiple hiking trails and city views, Tarzana is a residential suburb with a population of just over 40,000. Measuring about 8.79 square miles, Tarzana is boarded on the south by Topanga State Park, on the east by Encino, on the north by Reseda and on the west by Woodland Hills. With an urban feel, this small-town suburban and affluent area is home to shopping centers with chain restaurants, upscale chain restaurants, salons, spas and more. A popular destination for professionals and growing families, the city has plenty of apartment buildings and residential areas. The culturally rich community has been home to several notable figures and entertainment professionals and draws in people thanks to its private community feel with lush and rural surroundings. Most notably, Ventura Blvd is the active area to be in Tarzana. Filled with restaurants that offer kosher dishes, Middle Eastern cuisine, sushi and exciting activities that include an oxygen bar, the central street offers something for everyone to do and see. Reseda Blvd is also home to many of the popular bars in the area and has plenty of lounges and fast food chains. Though the city doesn’t boast an active nightlife, the few bars and music venues along Reseda Blvd have plenty of tribute band performances, pool halls and places to dance. In addition to its rich history, Tarzana has activities for people of all ages, including horseback riding at Topanga State Park or other areas around the Santa Monica Mountains.