Culver City

The Community

One of LA’s hottest areas on the Westside is a central hub for entertainment, production, and fashion.

Home to Sony studios, National Public Radio west and the NFL Network, Culver City is a hot spot for the creative minds that inhabit LA. Culver City also offers an abundance of fantastic restaurants and activities, including the Downtown Arts District and Helms District. The completion of the expo line in 2012 put both downtown L.A. and Santa Monica a short train ride away. Known for highly rated schools, walkability and an active nightlife scene, Culver City is a desirable location for young professionals and families.

Culver City Community Highlights + Fun Facts

Hayden Tract
Situated near Downtown Culver City, Hayden Tract consists of abandoned industrial warehouses that have been transformed into creative and tech studios. Los Angeles architect Eric Owen Moss built a collection of experimental buildings called Conjunctive Points, which occupies a large portion of the tract.

The Culver City Hotel
After founding Culver City in 1917, Harry Culver built the Culver Hotel in 1924. Both the exterior and the interior have been featured in numerous films, television shows, and commercials. The hotel has also hosted many stars during film production including the munchkins from the Wizard of Oz!

Culver Center
Located on Venice Boulevard near Overland Avenue, Culver Center is actually known as one of Southern California’s very first shopping malls. It was completed in 1950. 

Hughes Aircraft
Opened in 1941, Hughes Aircraft built the H-4 Hercules transport (also known as the “Spruce Goose”). This company was an active World War II subcontractor and assisted with development of parts for loading machine guns on B-17 aircrafts. They produced more ammunition belts than any other American manufacturer.

Julian Dixon Library
The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is the third busiest library in the LA County public library system. It features free classes, guest speakers, clubs, music events, and much more.

Helms Bakery
Built in 1931, Helms Bakery was originally operated as a bakery making all sorts of baked goods including bread, cakes, pies, doughnuts, and cookies. Today, the historic landmark is home to furniture shops and restaurants.

The highly celebrated film studio Metro Goldwyn Meyer (MGM) was built in Culver City in the 1920s. The studio is now Sony Pictures and the back acreages were transformed into Raintree Plaza.

Kirk Douglas Theatre
The historic Kirk Douglas Theatre in Downtown Culver City debuted in 1947 as a movie palace. The theatre has since been renovated but most of its exterior has been preserved including the box office and signature mezzanine tile.

The Rollerdome
The Rollerdome, located on the corner of Washington Place and Bentley Avenue, was a hotspot in the 1940s. People from all over LA flocked there to skate. Former mayor Harry Culver believed in quality family time and wanted to provide a place for parents and their children to enjoy together. Today that site is Tellefson Park.

Culver City Airport
The Culver City Airport was originally located on Sepulveda Boulevard by Jefferson Boulevard when it first opened in 1927 as Baker Airport. The L-shaped airport was then closed in 1951 when it became Mayfair Market and Sunkist Park housing. 

Culver City
There’s a reason why Culver City is known as “The Heart of Screenland.” Numerous big movies have been produced at Culver City’s studios including The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, King Kong, E.T., and the Tarzan series.

Culver City has served as a home to not one but two racetracks. The first racetrack, designed by engineer Art Pillsbury, was inaugurated on February 28, 1920.

Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball
With so much movie magic happening, it’s no surprise that beloved television icons Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball were named honorary mayors of Culver City in 1958.

Why We Love Culver City—Our Pardee Picks!
With so much history in moviemaking and aviation paired with buzzing dining and nightlife, what’s not to love about Culver City? It’s a great neighborhood for families and young professionals alike and gaining more and more popularity each day. We love it for all it has to offer!

The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea, & Cocoa
A Culver City staple since 1995, The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea, & Cocoa, or as the locals call it “The Conservatory,” has a little something for everyone. There’s delicious dark roast drip, a selection of 50 loose leaf teas and blends, hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, and lots of pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Jackson’s Market
Jackson’s Market has been in business for over 80 years. Head to the neighborhood market and deli to pick up groceries or treat yourself to one of their delicious salads, wraps, or sandwiches made with French bread and fresh produce.

Sorrento Italian Market
If you’re looking for authentic and specialty Italian goods, this is the place. It’s owned by Albert Vera and his family who are from Italy. They import items from grocery goods to wine and baked treats. There’s only one word to describe this charming market: amazing!

Culver City Stairs
There’s nothing more rewarding than hiking your way to the top of the lush Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook on Jefferson Boulevard, also known as the Culver City stairs, and taking in the beautiful city views. Look out for blooming wildflowers as well as bird and wildlife sightings.

Lundeen’s Gift Shop
This cozy shop offers an eclectic selection of gift items for every occasion that you won’t find anywhere else—think stationery, books, jewelry, baby toys, candles, and even decorative plates adorned with famous faces like David Bowie, Prince, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Hidden behind FIN Restaurant and a couple of velvet ropes, the Alley is a modern-day speakeasy serving artisanal grilled cheeses and delicious craft cocktails. Former Culver City mayor, Michael ‘Mehaul’ O’Leary, owns this sophisticated and trendy lounge.

S & W Diner
Known by its full name to Culver City locals, Sam and Woodies, this cash-only place has some of the best breakfast diner food. The Sam’s Special coffee is a tasty mix of coffee and hot chocolate.

Bar Nine
This hipster coffee shop takes specialty coffee to a whole new level. And they don’t just serve you a good cup of joe, they show you how to make them too. Sign up for one of their classes and learn how to create your own latte art and brew the perfect pour over.

Blind Barber
This retro-inspired barbershop is where all the cool kids go to get a haircut, trim, or fresh shave. The best part? There’s a secret vintage bar in the back serving up food (think grilled cheese with smoked gouda and jalapeno) and unique cocktails.

The Compound Salon
Whether you treat yourself to a Brazilian blowout or balayaged tresses, you’ll walk out of The Compound feeling like your best self. Stylists are trained by industry heavyweights like Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and bumble. They also collaborate with local artists, businesses, and schools to host special events and classes. 

At Akasha, chef Akasha Richmond offers a menu filled with California and New American cuisine made with local ingredients all inspired by his travels around the globe. The menu changes seasonally so expect to taste something new every time you visit.

Museum of Jurassic Technology
Quite possibly the strangest (and creepiest) spots in the city, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is unlike any other museum you’ve seen. There are odd and unique relics to discover in every dark corner. Prepare to leave feeling inspired or perhaps a bit confused.

Tito’s Tacos
Craving Mexican cuisine? There’s no better place in Culver City to satisfy that craving than Tito’s Tacos. The celebrity-approved casual eatery has been serving up mouthwatering tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and tostadas since 1959.

Coolhaus Ice Cream
Coolhaus Ice Cream is known for its palate-pleasing artisanal ice cream in all sorts of fun, unique flavors like brown butter candied bacon and fried chicken and waffles. Swing by for a scoop, or better yet, an ice cream sammie.

Lodge Bread
Bread lovers, rejoice! Lodge Bread’s loaves are what dreams are made of. Options include cinnamon raisin, Kalamata olive, and oat porridge all made fresh in-house. And if you want to take your baking skills up a notch, take one of their classes to learn how to make your own sourdough at home.

 Culver City Farmer’s Market
The Culver City Farmer’s Market in Downtown Culver has been drawing in people for more than 20 years and it’s easy to see why. The produce is in season and locally sourced from California farms. And the prepared food caters to health-conscious locals with organic and vegan options. Stop by on Tuesdays from 2-7pm. 

The Studio (MDR) East
Get tight and toned with regular sweat sessions at The Studio (MDR) East. Classes feature a mix of Pilates, cardio, and weight training moves done on Mega reformers to give you a total body workout and help whip you into shape in no time.

Community Stats

Percentage of households earning over $125,000/yr.

Percentage of residents 25 years old & older with a 4 year college degree.

Percentage of residents who own their homes in the area.

38,816 people U.S. Census, 2000
7,475 people per sq mile
Median Income
5.19 sq miles