Home to most of LA’s major movie studios – including Warner Bros, Disney and Universal – ‘the Valley’ is an exercise in sprawl. Car culture was also basically invented in the Valley, which claims to have given birth to the mini-mall, the drive-in movie theater, the drive-in bank and the drive-in restaurant.
Attractions are few and scattered about; Burbank has the studios, and North Hollywood, west of here, is home to a growing arts scene. Studio City, west of Universal, has some superb sushi on Ventura Blvd. At last count there were 21 sushi bars within a six-block radius, which is why some call it LA’s Sushi Row. Studio City’s grooviest shopping and cafe strip can be found on leafy Tujunga Blvd.
Note that temperatures here are usually 20°F (11°C) higher – and pollution levels worse – than in areas further south. But it’s not all bad. In fact, with lower-cost housing and the lack of congestion, the Valley is more laidback and down to earth than elsewhere in the city.
Burbank consists of two distinct areas: a downtown, in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains, and flatlands, at the east end of the San Fernando Valley.
The neighborhood within Burbank set at the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains has a more upscale feeling than the communities to the West of the 5. The yards tend to be spacious, remodeled and many have been added onto. You will also find newer homes which were built after tearing down the original home. West of the 5 is flatter, and feels more middle income. A great community for bike riding, pushing strollers and walking. There is a 2 mile running/biking path along Chandler Blvd. In the Southwest corner of Burbank is the Equestrian community which is well-treed and has many charming homes.
Entertainment has generally replaced the defense industry as the primary employer, who are attracted by the relative safety and security offered by its own police and fire departments, highly rated schools and hospital. Other reasons cited are its small town feel while located only 10 minutes away by car to the hip clubs and restaurants of Hollywood.
The revitalized downtown Burbank provides an urban mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. The San Fernando Strip is an exclusive mall designed to be a modern urban village, with apartments above the mall. An upscale shopping district is located in the state-of-the-art Empire Center neighborhood. The Burbank Town Center is a retail complex adjacent to the downtown core that was built in two phases between 1991 and 1992.
Corey Chambers, Realty Source Inc, BRE#01889449