In fact, the whole of Studio City is a location scout’s dream with its tidy ranch homes and architecturally significant masterpieces in the hills. The area is an eclectic blend of the old and new. 4322 Wilkinson combines the innocence of a 1960s TV show like Leave it to Beaver with the smart home technology of today’s Mr. Robot.
Originally known as Laurelwood, Studio City was formerly a part of Rancho Mission San Fernando. In 1913, with the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, water reached the San Fernando Valley and the real estate market boomed. Together with infamous developers, Hobart Whitley, Isaac Van Nuys, and James Lankershim, Harry Chandler of the L.A. Times acquired the land.
Meanwhile, the “King of Comedy”, Mack Sennett—actor, director, and producer extraordinaire and creator of the Keystone Cops and umpteen slapstick comedy film classics starring greats like W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton—had a dream.
Sennett wanted to consolidate all the motion picture studios in Los Angeles into a single district. The dream soon became a reality when Harry Chandler gifted 20 acres of land on what was once a fruit orchard to Sennett in hopes that it would lure other studios to the neighborhood. Sennett christened the area “Studio City”.
But Studio City wanted to be more than just a factory town. It wanted to be a model middle-class bedroom community with charming homes and all the amenities of small town living with good schools, grocery stores, movie theaters, dry cleaners, drug stores, and restaurants.
With the acquisition of 503 acres of lush ranch land in what was then called North Hollywood on a charming stretch of the L.A. River dotted with walnut and fruit trees galore and the only pecan orchard in Southern California, the dream was realized.
Sennett’s studio—future home of CBS Studio Center—produced some the most famous TV comedies in 50 years including Gilligan’s Island, Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Seinfeld, Will and Grace and Parks and Recreation.
Studio City became the model bedroom community it set out to be and many of its own homes have been used as locations in popular TV shows and films.
Absolutely stunning and in the highly sought after Footbridge Square neighborhood of Studio City, this four bedroom, four bath home is walking distance to the shops and restaurants on Ventura Boulevard.
Built in 1939, the home maintains the history, warmth and character of the period but is updated and modern with a large open single-story floor plan perfect for entertaining.
The spacious gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking range and Sub Zero refrigerator, smooth concrete countertops, and large marble center island opens to a vast living room with a dramatic cathedral ceiling.
The light-filled kitchen has abundant cabinets and cupboards.
And the laundry room offers even more storage.
Dark, hand-distressed hardwood floors stretch throughout the home as does custom lighting, skylights, oversized baseboards, and dual pane windows.
Each one of the four bedrooms has custom-built closets and its own fully updated bathroom.
The light bright master suite has an expansive walk in closet, and a fully updated bathroom that features a spa-like bathtub, oversized shower, and custom dual vanity.
Step outside and you’ll find a private backyard with grassy lawn, mature trees, and concrete slab patio complete with terracotta fire pit. Meditative and tranquil, its a sanctuary retreat.
4322 Wilkinson is an updated gem nestled in a neighborhood that still retains the charm and small town ambience of its origins. Studio City is a timeless enclave with a unique cinematic history and this home a stunning remake of a long-running family classic.
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