Sherman Oaks is a 8.1-square-mile (21 km2) district in the San Fernando Valley area of the city of Los Angeles, California. In contrast to much of the Valley, the area is relatively urbanized, with commercial buildings along Ventura Boulevard as well as scattered throughout. In addition, residential densities are highly mixed, with apartment and condominium neighborhoods alongside single-story residential ones. The area is a local hub for regional transportation, business, and shopping. Sherman Oaks is an affluent neighborhood, with several high-end fashion boutiques, and features many upscale houses and restaurants. One of the city’s main claims to fame is the presence of the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Other local shopping options include the Westfield Fashion Square (formerly known as Sherman Oaks Fashion Square), and an assortment of boutiques and restaurants located along Ventura Boulevard. Aerobics and Fitness Association of America operates in Sherman Oaks. Every third Sunday in October, the Chamber of Commerce produces a popular Street Fair, closing down a half-mile stretch of busy Ventura Boulevard for booths, food, and entertainment (including rides for the kids). Sherman Oaks in reflective of the geographic features of LA. Urban closeness and amenities next door to hiking trails, hills, mountains, coyotes, canyons, views, and plenty of green.
Introduction to Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks sits on the Los Angeles River, bounded by Bel Air and Beverly Hills to the south, Encino to the west, Van Nuys to the north, and Studio City to the east. This San Fernando Valley community has convenient access to two major freeways – the San Diego Freeway (I-405) and the Ventura Freeway (S.R. 134) – and is crisscrossed or bounded by several major thoroughfares, including, among others, Beverly Glen Boulevard, Sepulveda Boulevard, Mulholland Drive, Oxnard Street, Coldwater Canyon Avenue, and Ventura Boulevard. Sherman Oaks traces its history back to 1910, when the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company bought nearly 50,000 acres in southeast San Fernando Valley. This was done in advance of and with an eye toward the impending 1913 development of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. About a year after the purchase of that huge swath of land, General Moses Hazeltine Sherman, a partner in the company, bought 1,000 acres, which he eventually subdivided and sold by the acre starting in the late 1920s.
Sherman Oaks Economy
Sherman Oaks thrives, an economic lynchpin of metropolitan Los Angeles that stands unique in the San Fernando Valley. The skyscrapers, medium-sized office buildings, soaring apartment complexes, and large condominiums found in Sherman Oaks are not found much elsewhere in the Valley. Sherman Oaks is home to video game developer Spark Unlimited, scores of financial companies, banks, insurance agencies, agricultural cooperative Sunkist Growers, and major radio networks such as Premiere Radio and Fox Sports Radio. Additionally, Devry University has a Sherman Oaks campus, and Warner Bros. Studios keeps a large office building in Sherman Oaks.
Living in Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks real estate is always in demand, and it is diverse. At any given time, hundreds of single-family homes are on the market. Though hit hard in 2008 and the ensuring years by the economy and foreclosures, Sherman Oaks has returned to its perch as a popular destination for potential buyers and investors, affording affordable opportunities galore. As one would imagine, commercial real estate is hot, as well. Sherman Oaks is a place to be seen for celebrities, and the community is commonly featured in the movies and on television. Such productions filmed occasionally or even completely within Sherman Oaks include Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Two and a Half Men, Terminator 2, Transformers, Desperate Housewives¸ and more. There was even a short-lived television series filmed on location here and called, appropriately enough, Sherman Oaks. The community events calendar is always full in Sherman Oaks. The biggest and perhaps most renowned is the Sherman Oaks Street Fair, held on the third Sunday of every October on half-mile stretch of Ventura Boulevard. It attracts well over a 100,000 visitors each year.
Shopping in Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks residents revel in its deserved reputation for fine shopping and dining. A wide variety of boutiques, shopping centers, excellent restaurants, and trendy bars and taverns lure everyone from locals and celebrities to industry insiders and tourists.
Sherman Oaks Galleria is a must-see shopping paradise now, after being completely rebuilt after the Northridge earthquake and then struggling for several years. There are too many shops and restaurants housed inside to mention here; you must go and see for yourself. For more information first, though click here. Other popular shopping include the Westfield Fashion Square (over 200 stores) and the Village at Sherman Oaks, which many consider the economic hub of the entire region. The Village is home to an eclectic mix of downtown businesses, but not without a suburban residential feel. It’s the best of both worlds. The Village takes up several busy blocks completely stuffed with retail stores, upscale boutiques, sumptuous spas, thriving restaurants, and more. Visitors, celebrities, and residents alike can find nearly anything to satisfy their shopping needs. For example, there’s an Ed Hardy store that attracts celebrities, tourists, and anyone who’s there to shop, see, or be seen. Other boutiques include Iguana Vintage Clothing, Groove Riders, Buffalo Exchange, and more. Tattoo parlors abound, as well as big retailers such as Best Buy. For more information on The Village at Sherman Oaks, please click here.
Sherman Oaks Food & Drink
As one would imagine with such a popular, trendy locale, Sherman Oaks features a wide-ranging, diverse selection of restaurants and bars, not only within the Village, but also throughout the entire community. In fact, many consider this to be one of the main enticements to the area. Traditional bars, late night hot spots, quick-service eateries, restaurant chains, local establishments, fine dining, and more are all to be found and evaluated at one’s leisure. A short list of specific places include the
- Mad Bull Tavern,
- Clay Oven,
- Fab’s Corner Cucina,
- Oliva Trattoria,
- Thai Jasmine,
- Koraku, and the
- Barrel Sports Bar.
- Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop and Diner,
- Corky’s Restaurant & Bar,
- The Pita Kitchen,
- Solley’s Deli & Bakery,
- Café Cordiale, and
- Mogo’s Restaurant
- Hoagies & Wings,
- In-N-Out Burger
- El Torito.
Whatever your dining delight, Sherman Oaks has it.
Parks to entertain the whole family, young and old alike, are featured through the community. One of the most popular is the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park. It’s an amazing park with everything one could want: an auditorium, eight baseball diamonds (two lighted and six unlighted), indoor and outdoor basketball courts (both of which are lighted), a children’s play area, a huge community room big enough for accommodate 60 people, a lighted football field, a soccer field with lights, lighted tennis courts, an indoor gym (without weights), and plenty of picnic tables. On the same grounds is also the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool, a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool. Furthermore, within the park is The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Tennis Courts facility, featuring eight nice courts. Click here for more. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center (formerly Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Senior Citizen Center or the Bernardi Center), also sits on the grounds. It’s popular within the senior community, housing an auditorium and multi-purpose room as well as a banquet hall with a dining capacity of 200 and assembly capacity of 300. There are also two community rooms, one that accommodates 50 people and the other that holds 30 people. Additionally, the senior center features two kitchens, a play area, shuffleboard, a stage, and two storage rooms. Please click here for more information. Another family park within Sherman Oaks is Sherman Oaks Castle Park. It houses an arcade, batting cages, and miniature golf facilities. There are also facilities for birthday parties or other special occasions. It’s another choice for a great weekend or night of family entertainment. Please click here for more information.
There’s no shortage of schools in Sherman Oaks. All of the primary and secondary public schools here are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Public elementary schools include
- Sherman Oaks Elementary,
- Chandler Elementary,
- Riverside Drive Elementary, and more.
- Public secondary schools include Van Nuys Middle and Millikan Middle.
Of course, private and/or parochial schools can found in Sherman Oaks, including The Buckley School, Sherman Oaks Presbyterian, Sherman Oaks Lutheran, and more. As for colleges and universities in Sherman Oaks, in addition to the aforementioned Devry University, there’s also a learning center campus for National University. All in all, Sherman Oaks is a fantastic place to live. It’s a hotbed of business, shopping, dining, real estate, education, and everything in between. There’s something for everyone, from tourists to businesspeople, celebrities to everyday folks, and from young to old. Sherman Oaks is the economic hub of the San Fernando Valley and is an excellent place for work or play, regardless of taste.
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