It is a GREAT area and not only do I work in this area, I live here myself. I raised 2 children here in Valley Village, which is very close to Studio City. I love having the convenience of being near the 101, 134, 5,118, & 405 freeways. I feel that I am at the center of everything and within minutes I'm on a freeway going in any directions I need.
The shopping is phenomenal, everything from grocery stores such as, Gelson's, Ralph's, Von's, Cambridge Farms, Jons Market and drug stores like CVS, Rite Aid, Longs etc.. There are also many mini malls for neighborhood shopping that feature convenience stores, beauty shops, bakeries etc...
I moved to Valley Village in 1991 and I love it! There is a very strong Valley Village Homeowners Association, as well as the Valley Village Neighborhood Watch. In fact, in a recent Homeowners meeting where Zev Yaroslavsky was the keynote speaker, he announced that the Valley Village Homeowners Association was the most accomplished and successful.
My children went to school here in Valley Village and walked to the neighborhood ice cream shops, bakeries, Pizza shops, Blockbuster video, restaurants and places of worship. I highly recommend Valley Village for its neighborhood ambiance, you see the same people at the Post Office and grocery stores, the Starbucks Coffee at Laurel Cyn & Riverside, the beauty shops. It is a very friendly community and I truly welcome you to join us in our town.
Please let me know if you'd like to get more specific information about Valley Village - I'd be happy to do it as I truly love living here.