Culver City

Culver City

Culver City is a small incorporated city that is located in the southwest area of Los Angeles.  Culver City is surrounded by various LA neighborhoods: Palms to the north, Baldwin Hills to the southeast, Mar Vista and Venice to the north west and Playa Vista to the west.  There are sections of Culver City in the western section that share Los Angeles City services such as police, school and trash pickup yet have a Culver City zip code.  Ballona Creek is located in the southern part of Culver City and is one of the last significant wetlands in Los Angeles.  While at one time a simple creek, today it is a water run off for heavy rains. Ballona Creek has a great bike path that connects Culver City to Marina Del Rey known as the Ballona Bike Path and once you get to Marina Del Rey you can take the bike path south to Redondo Beach or north past Santa Monica.

Culver City is known as the Heart of Screenland and was originally known for being the home of the MGM Studios movie lot and located a good distance from Hollywood.  MGM studios made some of the early Hollywood and  Golden Era of Hollywood's most famous movies.  During the the 1960's and early 1970's MGM studios fell on hard times and sold 30 acres of the "backlot" for redevelopment.  There are five condominium buildings on Jefferson Blvd that were built as a result of the "backlot" studio sale.  Four buildings were built around the studio landscape and a man made lake with fountains used in movies.  The lake and lush studio landscape are such an integral part of the condo buildings grounds that they factor into the desirability of the condominiums.  One of the buildings is named after an MGM movie filmed on the "backlot" sale off - Raintree Condominium.  The film, "Raintree County",  starred Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Cliff and was one of the last of the lavish "Gone with the Wind" style films of old Hollywood.

 

The sale of a large portion of MGM hit Culver City hard and for many years this sleepy small city located in the shadow of monstrous LA was a hidden secret.  In the early 90's, MGM was sold to Columbia Studios and then bought out by Sony Studios. Tours of the studio are available most days. In the early 2000's the city started major redevelopment in the eastern downtown area.  Today, this sleepy little town has grown up and is filled with movie theaters, playhouses, some of the hippest and trendy restaurants,  wine bars and craft brew places in LA and is simply a great, exciting place to hang out and live. You can spend the evening in downtown Culver City, have dinner at many of the diverse restaurants such as Ford's Filling Station  owned by Harrison Ford's son, walk a few blocks to see a Broadway play at The Kirk Douglas Theater or catch Tim Robbin's Actor's Gang located at the historical Ivy Substation on Venice Blvd.  After the play, take a walk to the Culver Hotel for a nightcap and listen to music.  After the weekend excitement head over to the Culver City Farmer's Market located just off Venice Blvd at Main St.and Culver Blvd which is held on Tuesdays from 2:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.