Located just 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles and neighboring Hollywood, the city of Burbank rightfully boasts the title of being the “Media Capital of World.” Burbank is bordered by Glendale to the east, North Hollywood and Toluca Lake to the west, Griffith park to the south, and the Verdugo mountains to the north. Burbank’s booming economy can be accredited to the extraordinary presence of the entertainment industry and the Burbank Hollywood Airport. More people work in Burbank each day than actually reside in the city. With a prosperous economy, high emphasis on education and community safety, convenience of transportation, a variety of shopping options in downtown, and charming homes in the foothills.
Burbank is dubbed the Media Capital because it is home to the headquarters or significant production facilities of entertainment industry giants: The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, NBC Universal’s The Burbank Studios, Cartoon Network Studios, and Insomniac Games. The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Entertainment employ over 15,000 individuals in the city of Burbank. Another top employer in the city is the Burbank Hollywood Airport, formerly known as Bob Hope Airport. Lockeed Martin Corp. used to have a production facility in Burbank, but the area near the airport was transformed into Burbank’s massive outdoor-mall, The Empire Center. The mall provides yet another 3,500 jobs for the people of Burbank. The massive, 450,000 square foot IKEA store in Burbank that opened in 2017 is the largest IKEA in all of North America. The old IKEA store that was also located Burbank is being converted to mixed-use residential and commercial properties.
In addition to the Empire Center, in the heart of “Beautiful Downtown Burbank” is the Burbank Town Center. The mall is anchored by Macy’s, Burlington, AMC Theaters, and a variety of other retail stores and restaurants. Adjacent to the Burbank Town Center, is the San Fernando Strip. Along the street is a modern urban village mall with upscale apartments above.
Burbank Unified School District is made up of 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 3 high schools. The school district takes pride in being one of the top-rated districts in the area. In addition to the public school system, Burbank is home to Woodbury University, a private college that offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs.
The Magnolia Park area and Rancho Equestrian area are two of the most distinct and desirable neighborhoods in Burbank. The Magnolia Park area is known for its small-town feel and its main street, Magnolia Boulevard, is known for its antique shops, boutiques, thrift shops, and corner markets. The sheltered residential community is also very bike friendly and has preserved its vintage appeal. The Rancho Equestrian area is known for its parks, open spaces, and premium single-family homes. Many of the homes have stables and horse stalls. The area has many riding trails that connect with Griffith Park Trails and neighboring trails in Glendale.
Burbank is booming city of wonderful neighborhoods with infinite career opportunities and a variety of entertainment options.