5 Best Movie Sets at Universal Studios

Multitudes of films and TV shows have been made at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles. But what are the biggest films shot here? And what sets and locales can be experienced on the studio tour? Los Angeles County Limousine will highlight the best productions on the backlot, where all can be seen on the Studio Tours.

5) Desperate Housewives

When transferring tourists by limousines to the park, Wisteria Lane is a common topic of conversation. The street, as shown in the TV show, is a beloved tram stop.

4) War of the Worlds

An epic set is the airplane crash scenes from this 2005 Spielberg classic. The wrecked airplane, smoke and sirens – all sighted in the movie – still appear untouched to be seen on the tram ride.

3) The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Limousine chauffeurs regularly hear about this 2000 comedy from travelers. The fictional town of Whoville was erected on the backlots and is consistently visited.

2) Jaws: The Revenge

Maybe the most famous release to be filmed on-site, this 1987 masterpiece has iconic sequels done at Universal. The fictional Amity Island and pier scenes were recorded by a manmade pond, which is a stop for trams. Los Angeles limo services have been booked to the sets simply due to the presence of the infamous Jaws’ Pier.

1) Psycho

Los Angeles limos are used for lots of activities. From wine tastings, weddings, and even visits to the notorious Bates Motel from this 1960 classic. Perhaps the most notable site, visitors may have an opportunity to see Norman Bates himself.

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The City of Angeles has an abundance of adventures awaiting. What’s better? Experiencing the LA landmarks by Limos, obviously!

10 Most Dangerous LA Neighborhoods

most-dangerous-la-neighborhoodsNicknamed “the Gang Capital of America”, Los Angeles is the home of over 150,000 gang members and consequentially some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America. Gangs such as Bloods, Crips, MS-13, the Sureños and over a dozen others are active in the LA area. And with 294 homicides in 2016, the murder rate is relatively high and certain neighborhoods are highly crime-infested. In Compton, as an example, FBI figures show 1 in every 3 males are either currently in prison or have previously been incarcerated. While the overall tendency has been a steady decrease of crime, LA saw an unexpected crime increase in both 2015 as well as 2016. While violent crime increased 20 % in 2015 compared to 2014, and increased an additional 10 percent in 2016, according to LAPD data. For the first time in over ten years, all categories of crime increased in 2015 and 2016 – from violent crimes to property crimes. But fear not, LA crime is almost exclusively linked to gang-activity, as for instance stated by Inglewood Police Detective Bureau Captain, John R. Frazier. Furthermore, violent crime is mostly geographically limited to certain low-income areas with high poverty levels and crime-infested neighborhoods. This is the list of the “10 Most Dangerous LA Neighborhoods”, according to the LAPD in 2016.

10. Leimert Park

Located in South Los Angeles, Leimert Park has about 12,300 residents in a 1.2 sq. mi. area. Some of this neighborhoods famous former residents include Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Bradley. While the L.A. Metro rail serves this area, LAX transfers by limousine are also common. Leimert Park won the 2016 Curbed Cup winner by L.A. Curbed and won the title “L.A. Neighborhood of the Year.” Our limo services often serve this neighborhood and places such as the Vision Theatre, the World Stage and the Leimert Park Village.

9. Manchester Square

 

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Manchester Square borders LAX

With a population of 12,100 in a one sq. mi. neighborhood, Manchester Square is a small area in South LA. With over 850 veterans, this neighborhood as a high number of formerly active service members. As the community borders LAX, LAX transfers are popular to and from Manchester Square. It’s for the most part a quiet and naturally beautiful and green community, but has been the victim of the continued growth of LAX and a high homeless population as well as high crime levels.

8. Athens

Athens is also located in South Los Angeles and has a population of 10,000 in a 1.3 sq. mi. community. With over 252.7 crimes per 10,000 resident, Athens is one of L.A.’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Popular LA party bus and limousine destinations here include the L.A. Southwest College and the Chester Washington Golf Course.

7. Vermont-Slauson

Over 28,400 live in Vermont-Slauson’s 1.4 square miles, one of the highest population densities in the city. Also located in South L.A., Vermont-Slauson has one of the cities lowest household incomes and only 3 percent of the city has a college or university degree, one of the lowest rates in the city.

6. Gramercy Park

Gramercy Park is yet another small community of the South region, occupying 1.1 sq. mi. and having a population of about 11,200. Gramercy Park has a high number of gang members and also a high number of veterans. Gramercy Park has a higher average income and higher education levels than Vermont-Slauson, but has a large number of gang members contributing to high crime levels.

5. Green Meadows

los-angeles-streetThe fifth most dangerous L.A. neighborhood, Green Meadows, is situated in South Los Angeles and has a population of 30,500 living in a 2.2 sq. mi. area. With only 3.5 % of the population having a higher education and an household income that averages $31,000 per year, Green Meadows is also struggling with gang violence. Unlike Manchester Square, Green Meadows is far from green and is mostly consisting of residential areas.

4. Vermont Knolls

With 349.1 crimes per 10,000 inhabitant, the community of Vermont Knolls is the fourth most dangerous neighborhood in the city. One of LA’s highest population densities – 21,600 people live in the area’s 1.1 sq. mi.

3. Harvard Park

Harvard Park has a population at about 11,000 people residing in 0.6 square miles. The community in South Los Angeles might be mostly famous for the documentary of the same name which features all the famous baseball players from the community, including Darryl Strawberry and Eric Davis. We have visited this community as recently as yesterday to pick up customers for Los Angeles wine-tours to Downtown’s San Antonio Winery.

2. Vermont Square

The low-income neighborhood of Vermont Square is located within the South L.A. area and has about 48,000 residents residing in 2.5 sq. mi., making it one of Southern California’s most densely populated areas. The neighborhood might be most famous of being home of the Barack Obama Global Preparatory Academy, but is also one of the city’s most dangerous communities due to the many deadly shootings taking place here.

1. Chesterfield Square

Chesterfield Square has with its 6,400 residents in a 0.6 sq. mi. community been named “the most dangerous neighborhood in Los Angeles” by the LA Times. Having an unusual high violent crime rate, Chesterfield Square is where the most deadly gang massacre took place, namely the 54th St Massacre in 1984.

Surprised? Most people would maybe assume to find Skid Row (#34), Compton (#27) or Watts (#14) at this top ten list, but crime in these respective neighborhoods have been on a steady decline. And while this list is based on violent crimes per 100,000 people, the City of Compton was named the 8th most dangerous city in the U.S. by the FBI in 2010 due to its high number of murders. The homicide rate has decreased since then, and in 2015 Compton experienced its lowest number of homicides in history at fifteen murders. A whopping 91 percent of the homicides in Compton were committed by a firearm, compared to 68 percent nationwide. While Compton had the U.S. highest murder rate in California in the late 1960’s, 46 murders per 100,000 resident, FBI ranked San Bernardino as the most dangerous city in the state as of 2016. Inglewood, which also was topping the list at one point, is now down to the 10th most dangerous California city.

 

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Prefer something safer? Try a Los Angeles wine tour to Malibu!

But limousine clients shouldn’t be worried. Keep in mind that the total number of homicides in LA was 294 in 2016, down from 349 in 2001. Although crime is on an increase, the 2011 number of homicides was the lowest in over four decades. Knowing that the number of murders was over 1,000 per year in 1991, 1992 as well as 1993, Los Angeles is steadily becoming a safer city by time. Keep also in mind that the city has gained over a million new residents since 1990. While the murder rate in 2014 was 6.7 per 100,000 resident, the homicide rate as of 1980 was a whopping 34.2 per 100,000. There might still be areas you shouldn’t stroll around in after dark, maybe particularly not alone, but our LA party bus and limo services serve every community throughout the Greater L.A. Area and you can rest assure that you are in safe hands when traveling with us! Seeing things in perspective is also valuable: while Chicago is the 3rd largest city in America by population, the Windy City had more homicides in 2016 than Los Angeles and New York combined! While we shouldn’t compare ourselves to Chicago, the city with the most homicides in the nation, comparing L.A. to other U.S. cities will likely get us to realize that the City of Angels really isn’t all that dangerous. While L.A. had a 2015 murder rate of 6.6 per 100,000 resident, the similar comparable figure is significantly higher in St Louis (59.2/100,000), Baltimore (54.9/100,000), Detroit (43.8/100,000), New Orleans (41.4/100,000), Pittsburgh (22.4/100,000), Memphis (21.4/100,000) and most other larger cities in the United States.

Did you know the Greater LA Area also is home to one of America’s safest cities?

Gruesome Secrets of Simi Valley Cults

sects-in-simi-valley-limo-in-los-angeles-ca-2016-limousineSimi Valley limousine clients and residents are often unaware of Simi’s disturbing and terrifying cult history. Let us refresh your memory and present to you some of Simi Valley’s most seclusive and dangerous sects through time. From the rather large Pisgah Grande sect to the smaller Manson followers, many don’t realize the extensive cult history found in and around Simi Valley. Did you for example now that the Pisgah Grande sect operated a hidden colony in the Las Llajas Canyon or years? At one point, the cult had more than fifty houses and over 300 members living in the secluded canyon in northern Simi. In more recent history, followers of Charles Manson resided in areas surrounding the Santa Susana’s in eastern Simi, and many locals will know the histories from the famous Manson Cave in Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park as well as Spahn Ranch, one of the Manson’s many hangout spots.

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Simi Valley’s official flag. We are proud to be located in Simi Valley, California!

Besides Pisgah Grande, yet another Christian fundamentalist sect once residing in Simi Valley was the famous Blackburn Cult. The sect, – which poisoned people, burned former members in ovens and sacrificed animals, – was established in the 1920’s and found soon its place in Simi Valley. The ghost tours at Strathearn Park is a beloved local treasure definitely worth checking out for all Simi Valley limousine and party bus clients, a tour which often includes theatrical shows depicting the lives of the Blackburns. The Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven – or the Blackburn Sect as they’re more commonly referred to, – is among other things known for their killing of former cult member Florance Turner of Monterey Park, CA. In order to “save her from blood malady,” a brick oven was constructed and the cult burnt Turner to her death in the Simi Valley wilderness. Furthermore, Simi Valley limousine riders will be shocked to hear about the deceased body of 16-year old Willa Rhoads, which was found by authorities surrounded by numerous sacrificed animals and covered in salt. The seven sacrificed dogs surrounding her body was according to sect members a symbol of the angel Gabriel’s trumpet. LAX sedan service clients and other customers in the LA area might also know of the Blackburns. Before moving to Simi, the sect was located in Downtown’s Bunker Hill, an area maybe most visited by contemporary limo services in order to visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles City Hall and other iconic LA landmarks. Besides Simi Valley limousine services, we offer limo services throughout all of Southern California. In addition to Simi, we also have limo- and party bus hubs in Westlake Village, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Palm Springs and Los Angeles.

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Despite countless cult members disappearing and violent scenes, authorities were never able to bring the Blackburns to justice. Its founder, May Otis Blackburn (1881-1951) was also a self declared queen with the ability to communicate with angels… Although a legal case was brought forth against May Otis, but the California Supreme Court made the rule that any attempts to limit the cult would be an intrusion of privacy and in violation with the right to religious freedom. Her book, entitled the Origin of God, was published in 1936 and includes numerous of her proclamations and alleged talks with the divine. Although never charged for murder, May Otis was charged with 12 counts of grand thefts and was later released. Many Santa Barbara limousine and party bus rental customers will wonder: what ultimately happened to the Blackburn Cult? After appealing her case in the early 1930’s and due to the 1931 California Supreme Court rule on religious freedom, Blackburn was released from prison and the sect left Simi Valley and relocated to the Lake Tahoe area.

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Ghost tours at Strathearn Park can be a lot of fun!

While the Manson family and Blackburn sect counted a handful of followers, by far the largest of the Simi Valley cults were the fundamentalist Pentecostal Pisgah Grande sect, founded in Simi’s Las Llajas Canyon, in English translated to the Canyon of the Wounds. Here, many will perhaps know that the sect at one point counted more than 300 members living in complete seclusion in their own “village” in northern Simi. Led by Doctor Finis Yoakum, the community on the Marr Ranch Parkland counted over fifty buildings and locals looking for a party bus rental might recall the sect even having its own post office(!) in the Las Llajas Canyon. The sect ultimately relocated from Southern California to Tennessee. Today, the Canyon of the Wounds is most often visited for its beautiful nature featuring a nearly 50-acre dam, creeks- and creek-beds, oak woodland and beautiful panoramic views of the city, rolling greenery and many hills. While enjoying a picnic, photographing or hiking in today’s northern Simi, there are few hints of the long gone past once dominated by fundamentalists and secret communities. Las Llajas Canyon is located on public lands and you can book limo services or LAX sedan service to this location.

limousine-in-simi-valley-limo-service.jpgAlthough closer to Chatsworth, Spahn Ranch straddles the Simi-Chatsworth city borders. The Manson family lived on this ranch through much 1968 and 1969. At the same time, Spahn Ranch functioned as a movie-filming ranch where a number of movies and TV-series were filmed. An example is the movie Hangfire (1968) featuring Donald Jerome Shea (nicknamed “Shorty”). Shortly after filming the movie, “Shorty” was killed by the Manson family for calling the police to the ranch. He was decapitated at the ranch and his remains were discovered in December of 1969 near the Santa Susana Road. Spahn Ranch is now located within Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park and we still get requests for Simi Valley limousine services with this destination. Customers on local cinematic tours of Simi often love to stop by Spahn Ranch to see the filming locations for some of their favorite movies and television series. Just a few of the TV-series filmed here are Bonanza (1959-1973), The Lone Ranger (1949-1957) and Zorro (1957-1959). Some of the movie classics filmed here include Satan’s Sadists (1969), Hell’s Bloody Devils (1970), The Sadistic Hypnotist (1969), Angels’ Wild Women (1972), The Creeping Terror (1964), Revenge of the Virgins (1959), The Female Bunch (1969), Linda and Abilene (1969), The Ramrodder (1969), Hard on the Trail (1971), One More Train to Rob (1971),  Lash of Lust (1972), and many more. More recent movies filmed here are Curio Shop (2014), Inside the Manson Gang (2007), Frankie in Blunderland (2011), 6 Guns (2010) and Inside the Manson Gang (2007). The address of Spahn Movie Ranch was 12000 Santa Susana Pass Road. We’ve had a Simi Valley limousine trying to find the ranch passed the Santa Susana Pass, but since the address has been changed, seeing the former movie ranch is best by foot in Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, by for example ordering limo services to 10215 Larwin Avenue. We’ve even had tourists utilizing our limo- and LAX sedan service from LAX airport to come check out Spahn Ranch!

Did you know Transformers (2007) was filmed in Simi? Click here to see a list of Best Movies Filmed in Simi Valley!

Whether for chauffeured Simi Valley limousine services, Santa Barbara wine tours, party bus bar hopping or any activity, a visit to one of the many historic sect sites in the valley may be horrifying and educational. And for whatever destination, you will arrive and leave safely with our Simi Valley-, LA- and LAX sedan service. Be safe out there!

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Your Californication

best-attractions-for-LA-limo-services-attractions-landmarks-Los-Angeles-limousineOne of the most fascinating and mysterious place in America, the City of Angels is where you may encounter world famous movie stars at the local convenience store. The restaurant waitress might be a part-time actress, and the salesman at the shopping center might just as well be a screenwriter. You will feel like you are in a movie yourself when maneuvering the city with the sun on your face and palm-lined boulevards in all directions. Maybe the most exciting part about LA is its unique diversity. On the first glance, you may feel L.A. is a superficial glossy paradise. The women may look like Barbie dolls in certain areas, and the men may spend more time at the gym or beach than at work. But Los Angeles is truly the one place that has Everything. The city not only boast 22 Nobel Prize winners and major research centers, but is home of world-class museums, famous galleries, high-caliber art collections and lively theaters. Let the number one limo rental service present to you the city of contradictions: from Hollywood glamour to earthquakes, New Age bastion and the Gang Capital of America. Eternal sunshine and blue clear skies to El Niño rainstorms with major mudslides. Beach fun and gigantic forest fires.

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Amy Poehler at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The mega-metropolis of LA is an experiment that redefines itself each and every day. Offering limos for rent throughout all of Southern California, we serve Los Angeles County’s 10.1 million residents and the more than eighteen million people living in the Greater L.A. Area and its suburbs. LA’s population come from more than a 150 different countries and speak over a hundred languages where English or Spanish is the first language for nearly 85 percent of the city population. Other larger languages include Tagalog, Mandarin, Armenian, Farsi, Russian, Cantonese, Korean, and over a hundred others. With over 300,000 Native-Americans, the State of California has a higher native population than any other state. While there were over 100 spoken native languages in California in pre-colonial times, the most common native languages today include Navajo, Cherokee, Sioux, Apache, and Choctaw. Wanna learn more about the native history of the state? A Thousand Oaks party bus ride to the Chumash Museum in Thousand Oaks can be an educational and exciting experience! Clients can also enjoy seeing ancient Chumash pictographs on various of our Santa Barbara- and Malibu wine tasting tours. Santa Barbara’s Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is a particularly interesting stop where you can interpret and nearly touch 1,000 year-old Indian pictographs!

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LAX’ iconic Theme Building.

For countless years, L.A. has been the place where people cut off from the shackles of their old lives and put everything behind with destination Los Angeles. As the former mayor Tom Bradley has told LAX sedan clients arriving at LAX and other L.A. airports: “If you’re looking for the place to be free, where you can do the things that are impossible elsewhere, you should head to the City of Angels.” Whether you’re heading here with the hope of making money, as a refugee from persecution or just here on your Californication, limo services can make your California adventure memorable, luxurious and adventurous. We’ve even heard countless times from foreigners arriving and rent a LAX sedan rentals services that tell us: “Even flying into LAX is an adventure, especially after dark!” This monster of a widespread metropolis is wider and bigger than most, and with over seventy miles of beaches, the views can be pretty spectacular when you fly in at LAX or other Southern California airport. Limousine rental customer flying into LA can see the more than 6,000 square mile mega city of crisscrossing avenues and boulevards, with patches of green parks – such as America’s largest urban park, the Griffith Park. From Griffith Park you can also enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of Los Angeles and you can go for a stroll in nearby Griffith Park for the chance of spotting a wild mountain lion in the midst of the metropolis(!)

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Wine-tasting in the Malibu Canyons.

While many don’t realize, LA County is in fact compromised of 88 independent and integrated cities, divided by two larger mountain ranges and connected by various networks of crisscrossing highways. The most scenic drive might be the coastal drive up to the City of Malibu, a beloved destination for everything from dining to Malibu wine tasting tours to beaching at some of the region’s most scenic beaches. Enjoy a dinner at Nobu Malibu, Geoffrey’s Malibu or the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant at Malibu Beach Inn for an unbeatable view of the Pacific Ocean and the even bluer skies. You can also spread out the towel for some sunbathing among the surfers at Zuma Beach, or head to the more quiet El Matador State Beach and you might just get a glimpse of the dolphins playing in the Pacific’s waves. From taking a morning bath in the sea you can go for limos for rent heading to Big Bear Mountain for skiing or snowboarding the very same day. Always take the heavy traffic into consideration. Often caused by the long distances and lack of public transportation services, traffic can often be a pain in LA. Further expansions of highway networks rely on costly earthquake-resistant building, but a limousine rental can make your time stuck in traffic more tolerable with state-of-the-art speakers and a full bar, even gaming devices and dancing poles in larger party bus vehicles.

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Olvera Street in Downtown.

The City of Angels started small. Originally named El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula, Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781 in “the Bay of Smoke” (today’s San Pedro Bay, LA’s main harbor). The founders were approximately forty settlers including two from Spain, numerous Native-Americans, African-Americans and mestizos. Today, Downtown LA is the best bet if you’re looking for a place to experience the authentic Los Angeles. Here you can visit the oldest part of town, known as the El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument, or go for a stroll along Olvera Street to hear mariachi bands, shop from the Mexican markets and enjoy signature Mexican cuisine. Cruising Downtown LA by luxury limo services is guaranteed to give you the “big city” feel. Enjoy a dinner or drink at one of the many skyscraper-restaurants here (the Rooftop Bar is a popular choice) before venturing to the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall for a classical performance or LA Live for some of today’s biggest pop music. Wherever you go, the revitalization of Downtown is apparent. From a sleepy office district of town, Downtown’s increasingly becoming a favorite for people riding with limousine rentals in the state.

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Downtown’s L.A. Live Complex.

The center of L.A. nightlife can be found in the Hollywood area, centered around the Sunset Strip on Sunset Boulevard. The elegancy and extreme wealth of places such as Beverly Hills and Bel Air are always interesting to explore. Why not pretend you’re Julia Roberts and go for window-shopping on Rodeo Drive as in Pretty Woman (1990)? In 2010 there were over 270,000 millionaires in L.A. County, and the surrounding suburbs have some of wealthiest communities in the United States. An example could be Thousand Oaks’ Newbury Park, which boasts America’s 4th largest median household incomes. No wonder why so many book Thousand Oaks party bus services for their trips to San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and other out-of-state cities. Booking an LA to Vegas limo for your excursion to Sin City might be worth it. Imagine not having to care about the boring long drive, and instead enjoy a party with champagne in the back of stretch limos… But then again, why leave for America’s desert state when you can enjoy the Pacific Ocean’s beauty in the City of Angels? All the larger boulevards lead to the ocean, including Sunset-, Santa Monica-, Mulholland-, Wilshire- and Venice Boulevards! Enjoy a dinner overlooking the sea at the Santa Monica Pier or take a stroll along the Venice Boardwalk to see the hippies, skater dudes, surfers and fortune tellers. There’s a spectacular view from the ferris wheel at the Pacific Park on the pier where you can see miles and miles of ocean as well as beautiful homes and mountains.

Getting in touch with limo services while in Southern California might be the best decision you’ve made in a long time. Being the entertainment capital of the world, cruising the avenues and boulevards by limos offer truly the iconic LA experience. Why not allow yourself a treat and live the life of your favorite celebrity in this fascinating and mysterious mega-town.