Century City

Century City


Century City is comprised of 176 acres of commercial and residential property. The city’s famed skyscrapers that sit along Wilshire Boulevard were some of the first built in the Los Angeles area, and were erected in the 1960’s when the earthquake ordinance restricting building height was lifted. Century City is home to Creative Artists Agency, a well-known and well-debated talent agency in LA. Many prestigious law firms, corporations, music company headquarters, and film studios reside within the boundaries of Century City. The community’s most notable residents are MGM, Sun America, and 20th Century Fox. Century City sits on the Westside of Los Angeles, west of Beverly Hills, south of Westwood and UCLA, and just east of the 405 freeway. The area was once a backlot of 20th Century Fox, and was sold to Alcoa Corporation. The new owners envisioned a “city within a city,” building the Century Plaza Hotel as the precursor for much grander plans.

Consisting primarily of businesses, Century City does have its share of residential properties that are mostly modest to upscale houses and condos situated around Wilshire Boulevard and its side streets. The Westfield Century City Mall serves the community with sophisticated retail stores, high-end eateries, a casual food court, flagship stores like Microsoft, and an AMC Theater. Within minutes, residents can enjoy fine art at the Getty Center in Brentwood, stroll the quaint streets of Westwood Village, or hit the beach in Santa Monica.

Century City streets have been known as a source of traffic congestion for years. A failed freeway proposal would have directed cars through the area without clogging residential and retail areas, and on-going construction projects aimed to help alleviate the city’s traffic problems often brings about new transportation challenges. There are plans for a possible extension of the Metro’s Purple Line, which would make a stop in Century City. Major thoroughfares in Century City are Santa Monica Boulevard, Olympic Avenue, and Pico Boulevard. The community is served by the LAPD, LAFD, and LAUSD, which directs school children into Westwood Charter Elementary School, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Webster Middle Schools, and University High School. The state’s Department of Health Services has an office in Century City. Major employers in the area are Crystal Cruises and MGM. The median income of families residing in Century City is $95,135.

Its many skyscrapers are a contrast to the single-family detached homes and small apartment buildings in the surrounding less-dense neighborhoods. In place of ABC Entertainment Center and Shubert Theatre, now stands a modernistic glass building called Death Star, part of Century Park. Famous landmarks include the Fox Plaza, 492 feet high 20thCentury Fox’s headquarter better known as Die Hard’s “Nakatomi Tower”, and the two 571 feet tall and 44-storeyed Century Plaza Towers, called the Twin Towers, the tallest skyscrapers outside downtown LA.

Other skyscraper landmarks are the 533 feet high AIG-SunAmerica Center with 39 floors, being the 3rd tallest building in LA, and the fifth tallest 491 feet Constellation Place or MGM Tower having 35 floors. Famous hotels include the 19-story renowned Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, the choice of celebrities, dignitaries, and Hollywood VIPs, the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City, and the family-friendly Courtyard by Marriott Century City. More attractions are the Century City Shopping Center with over 140 stores, 14 theaters, and restaurants, and the Rancho Park Golf Course.




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