7170821_origSherman Oaks, California

Though only 8 square miles, Sherman Oaks packs a big punch. Unlike the rest of the San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks is a heavily urbanized area that is home to small skyscrapers, big business, and great shopping.  But just because it’s structured like a mini “Downtown Los Angeles” doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of quiet neighborhoods to find a home for you and your family.  What better place to lay down your own roots than a neighborhood that offers both a strong retail/restaurant corridor and yet is still full of parks and quiet residential streets?

Neighborhood Guide

Sherman Oaks was actually one of the earliest developed areas of the Valley. With the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913 allowing for bigger populations to move into the area, a group of local businessmen – with names like, Chandler and Sherman…sound familiar? – purchased the Lankershim Ranch from Issac Newton Van Nuys – familiar now? – with plans to build new towns in the vast farmland and create the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company.  With the largest land sale on record, 47,000 acres were subdivided into what we now know as the Valley today. It worked.  In 1927, General Moses Hazeltine Sherman carved out his own 1,000 acres from the company and sold off parcels for the staggering price of $780/acre. The people came and Sherman Oaks was formed.

The people are still there.  Sherman Oaks now boasts a population of 52,000 thanks to a slew of businesses that call the city home.  Both national radio networks Premiere Radio and Fox Sports Radio are headquartered there.  The Comerica Bank building is a host to dozens of financial business and brokerage houses.  A collective of over 6,000 citrus growers formed the Sunkist growers agricultural collective that calls Sherman Oaks home.  In short, the small down packs a large wallop in the business world.

Public Schools:
Los Angeles Unified School Distrcit operates the public schools in Sherman Oaks.
Sherman Oaks Public Elementary Schools:

  1. Dixie Canyon Community Charter School
  2. Riverside Drive Charter Elementary School
  3. Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School
  4. Hesby Oaks School – K-8

Sherman Oaks Public Middle Schools:

  1. Ivy Bound Academy of Math, Science, and Technology Charter Middle
  2. Robert A. Millikan Middle School

Sherman Oaks Public High Schools:

  1. Ulysses S. Grant High School

Private schools 
The private schools are:

  1. St. Francis De Sales School
  2. The Buckley School
  3. ABC Little School Sherman Oaks
  4. C. and E. Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School
  5. Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center
  6. Village Glen School
  7. Bridgeport School
  8. Sunrise School
  9. Notre Dame High School
If you’re looking for a good place to spend some money, head down to the Sherman Oaks Galleria.  Located at one of the busiest intersections of the world–The 101 and 405 Freeways.  With over 11 restaurants, a movie theater, and tons of shops, the Galleria provides a great place to have a one stop shop or a day of people watching.  For those still looking for a mall but aren’t willing to face the crowds at the Galleria, tryWestfield’s Fashion Square Mall instead.  During the summer, Fashion Square even hosts outdoor movies for patrons to watch.  If you prefer more of a personal experience, try any of the Mom and Pop shops lining Ventura.

Or if food is more of your thing, check out the Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays between 3PM and 8PM.  The great thing about Sherman Oaks is the slew of restaurants available for non-gourmets.  Practically just a stone’s throw from anywhere in the neighborhood can fantastic restaurants be found for any type of craving you may have.

Sherman Oaks knows how to have fun–and proves it by hosting the city ran Sherman Oaks Castle Park.  Castle Park offers miniature golf, batting cages, and an arcade for resident amusement. But if you prefer to have some more time with the great outdoors, then Hazeltine Park orVan Nuys Sherman Oaks Park are the places to be.  Van-Nuys Sherman Oaks park is a particular draw for residents with many rec center programs and community outreach.  With an auditorium, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis, swimming pool, basketball–the most athletic neighbors can find something todo.  The grounds also house playgrounds for the kiddos and the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Senior Citizen Center (Bernardi Center) so that no matter how young or old you are, there is something for you. And if you need an even better reason to get out of the house, once a year the Sherman Oaks City Council puts on a street fair with music, dancing, shops, crafting, and TONS of food.

Market Update | Week Ending 08/09/19

August 12th, 2019|0 Comments


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