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Century City

Coordinates: 34°03′20″N 118°25′01″W / 34.05556°N 118.41694°W / 34.05556; -118.41694
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Century City
Century City in 2009
Century City in 2009
Century City is located in Western Los Angeles
Century City
Century City
Location of Century City in West Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°03′20″N 118°25′01″W / 34.05556°N 118.41694°W / 34.05556; -118.41694
Country United States
State California
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles
Named for20th Century Studios
Elevation88 m (289 ft)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)310, 424

Century City is a 176-acre (71.2 ha) neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles, California, United States. Located on the Westside to the south of Santa Monica Boulevard around 10 miles (16 km) west of Downtown Los Angeles, Century City is one of the most prominent employment centers in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and its skyscrapers form a distinctive skyline on the city's westside.

The district was developed on the former backlot of film studio 20th Century Studios, and its first building was opened in 1963. Important to the economy are the Westfield Century City shopping center, business towers, and the Fox Studio Lot.[2]


Avenue of the Stars in Century City in 1978

The land of Century City belonged to cowboy actor Tom Mix (1880-1940), who used it as a ranch.[3] It later became a backlot of the former 20th Century Fox, which has since divided to become 20th Century Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, and Fox Corporation, which has its headquarters just to the southwest.[3] The area is named for 20th Century Pictures, which merged with Fox Film Corporation, in 1935.

In 1956, Spyros Skouras (1893-1971), who served as the President of the former 20th Century Fox from 1942 until 1962, and his nephew-in-law Edmond Herrscher (died 1983), an attorney sometimes known as "the father of Century City", decided to repurpose the land for real estate development.[3][4] The following year, in 1957, they commissioned a master-plan development from Welton Becket Associates, which was unveiled at a major press event on the "western" backlot later that year.[3]

In 1961, after Fox suffered a string of expensive flops, culminating with the financial strain put on the studio by the very expensive production of Cleopatra, the film studio sold about 180 acres (0.73 km2) to developer William Zeckendorf and Aluminum Co. of America, also known as Alcoa, for US$54 million (US$533 million in 2023 money) who had plans for a $300 million (3 billion 2023) development.[3] Herrscher had encouraged his uncle-in-law to borrow money instead, but once Skouras refused, he was out of the picture.[3]

The new owners conceived Century City as "a city within a city".[5] In 1963, the first building, Gateway West Building, was completed.[3] The next year, in 1964, Minoru Yamasaki designed the Century Plaza Hotel.[3] Five years later, in 1969, architects Anthony J. Lumsden and César Pelli designed the Century City Medical Plaza.[6]


According to the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning, Century City constitutes census tract 2679.01.[7]

Century City is generally bounded by Santa Monica Boulevard to the north, the city of Beverly Hills to the east, Pico Boulevard to the south, and Century Park West to the west (including the west side of Century Park West between Santa Monica Boulevard and Constellation Boulevard).[8] These boundaries correspond with those recognized by the Century City Business Improvement District Association.[9][10]

Neighboring Century City are Beverly Hills to the east, Cheviot Hills to the south, West Los Angeles to the west, and Westwood to the north.

Mapping L.A.[edit]

The Mapping L.A. project of the Los Angeles Times extends Century City's western boundary to Beverly Glen Boulevard.[11] However, this more expansive definition is not consistent with other L.A. Times reports: a 1999 article sets Century Park West as Century City's western boundary,[12] and a 2017 article refers to the neighborhood to the west of Century City (between Century Park West and Beverly Glen Boulevard) as distinct from it.[13]


Climate data for Century City, Los Angeles
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 67
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 48
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.36
Source: [14]


A 2009 aerial view of Century City with 20th Century Studios visible in the lower left

Century City makes up census tract 2679.01, which is 0.4 square miles. The 2000 U.S. Census counted 2,428 residents and 1,812 housing units, for an average of 1.34 persons per household.[7]

The 2017 American Community Survey estimated a population of 2,235 in Century City, or 5,170.1 people per square mile, and 1,929 housing units. Per capita income was $148,638 and median household income was $123,889.[15]

Mapping L.A. data[edit]

The following data apply to Century City within the boundaries set by Mapping L.A.:

In 2008, the median age for residents was 46, older than average for the city and the county. The percentage of residents aged 65 and older (26.4%) was the highest for any neighborhood in Los Angeles County. The percentages of widowed men and women and of divorced men were among the county's highest. Military veterans accounted for 11.9% of the population, a high rate for the city and the county.[16][17]

The neighborhood was considered "not especially diverse" ethnically, with a high percentage of white residents. The breakdown was whites, 82.5%; Asians, 8.6%; Latinos, 4.4%; blacks, 1.4%; and others, 3,0%. Iran (21.2%) and Canada (6.1%) were the most common places of birth for the 25.5% of the residents who were born abroad—a low percentage, compared to the city at large.[16]

The median yearly income in 2014 was $95,135, a high figure for Los Angeles. The percentage of households that earned $125,000 and up was high for Los Angeles County. The average household size of 1.8 people was low for Los Angeles. Renters occupied 39.6% of the housing stock and apartment owners held 60.4%.[16]


Constellation Place, formerly MGM Tower, in Century City

Westfield Century City and Fox Studios occupy important[clarification needed] acreage in the neighborhood. Westfield Century City underwent an $800 million renovation and expansion aiming to maintain the center's status as one of the Westside's premier shopping and entertainment destinations.

One tower, Constellation Place (formerly the MGM Tower),[18] has the headquarters of Houlihan Lokey,[19] ICM Partners,[20] and International Lease Finance Corporation.[21] Crystal Cruises is also headquartered in Century City along with haircare manufacturer, John Paul Mitchell Systems.[22][23]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Santa Monica Airport facing east toward Century City

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Century City.[24]

Los Angeles Fire Department Station 92 is the assigned fire station for the district.[25] The Los Angeles Police Department operates the West Los Angeles Community Police Station at 1663 Butler Avenue, 90025, serving the neighborhood.

Santa Monica Airport is nearby. Major roads including Santa Monica Boulevard, Pico Boulevard, the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10), and the San Diego Freeway (I-405) are all located next to Century City. Olympic Boulevard goes through Century City.

Phase II of the D Line Extension, set to open in 2025, will add a subway stop (Century City/Constellation) on the D Line at the intersection of Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Boulevard, in the heart of Century City.


The Century City campus of Lycée Français de Los Angeles in March 2008

Fifty-five percent of Century City residents aged 25 or over had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high figure for Los Angeles.[16]

Los Angeles Unified School District is the school district of Century City.

Three private schools are located in or near Century City  — VINCI Academy Daycare & Preschool, at 1940 Century Park East; Lycée Français de Los Angeles, at 10361 Pico Boulevard; and Temple Isaiah Preschool and Kindergarten, at 10345 West PIco Boulevard.[26]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Worldwide Elevation Finder".
  2. ^ Groves, Martha and Stevens, Matt (June 18, 2014) "Do all roads to Century City's future lead to more traffic?" Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Gary Baum, Why Century City Ranks Among the Worst Real Estate Deals in Hollywood History, The Hollywood Reporter, September 26, 2013
  4. ^ Online Archive of California: Edmond Herrscher papers, ca. 1890s-1935, 1947-1982 (Collection LSC.1829)
  5. ^ Vincent, Roger (June 3, 2008), "Next Century Associates buys the 1960s-era landmark built on a former studio back lot.", Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Century City Medical Plaza, laconservancy.org; accessed December 15, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Environmental Impact Analysis
  8. ^ Century City Interactive Map (map of Century City showing both commercial and residential developments)
  9. ^ CCBID Map (Note: The map shows non-participatory members in the district as well.)
  10. ^ "Century City Business Improvement District Management District Plan (final)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  11. ^ http://www.latimes.com/includes/projects/img/mapping_la/mappingla.pdf Colored map, Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  12. ^ Julie Tamaki (September 12, 1999). "At Home : Living in an Urban Aerie : Century City offers convenience, security, a prestigious business district and views that are terrific". Los Angeles Times. Century City, which is part of the city of Los Angeles, is bounded roughly by Little Santa Monica Boulevard to the north, Pico Boulevard to the south and Beverly Hills and Century Park West to the east and west.
  13. ^ David Zahniser (April 4, 2017). "When developers strike deals with homeowner groups: 'Hush money,' or a way to defend L.A. neighborhoods?". Los Angeles Times. The Tract No. 7260 Assn., which represents homeowners west of Century City, has repeatedly challenged Westside projects on the grounds that they increase traffic and place new burdens on city services. (emphasis added)
  14. ^ "Zipcode 90067". www.plantmaps.com. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  15. ^ "Census profile: Census Tract 2679.01, Los Angeles, CA".
  16. ^ a b c d http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/neighborhood/century-city "Century City," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  17. ^ http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/age/65-and-up/neighborhood/list "65 and Up," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  18. ^ Vincent, Roger. "Energy cells help power Century City skyscraper." Los Angeles Times. February 5, 2012. Retrieved on February 5, 2012.
  19. ^ Steinberg, Julie. "Bucking the Trend, Houlihan Lokey Still Hiring." Finance (The Wall Street Journal). January 24, 2012. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "Houlihan Lokey, the Los Angeles-based investment bank,[...]"
  20. ^ Nash, James. "Lights, camera, Katrina: rebuilding of Louisiana will affect production in L.A." Los Angeles Business Journal at AllBusiness. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "[...]International Creative Management Inc., the Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency."
  21. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2011-05-12 at the Wayback Machine." International Lease Finance Corporation. Retrieved on 6 May 2011. "10250 Constellation Blvd. Suite 3400 Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA"
  22. ^ "Contact Us". Crystal Cruises. Retrieved on January 20, 2010. "Crystal Cruises 2049 Century Park East Suite 1400 Los Angeles, CA 90067"
  23. ^ "Article: Los Angeles-Based Crystal Cruises Moves to Nearby Location[dead link]." PR Newswire. August 19, 1998. Retrieved on January 20, 2010. "Effective September 8, Crystal Cruises is relocating to larger headquarters a few blocks from its current location in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California."
  24. ^ "About Us." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  25. ^ "Fire Station 92," Los Angeles Fire Department
  26. ^ http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/neighborhood/century-city/schools "Schools: Century City," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times

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