About Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks is often confused as a city, but it’s actually a neighborhood within the City of Los Angeles. Popular with families seeking suburban comforts, the area is highly desirable in part due to its proximity to West Los Angeles, where real estate is more expensive. Sherman Oaks typically offers a slightly larger lot, homes with character and a strong neighborhood feel.
Once blanketed by citrus groves, like much of the San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks became one of the first commercially and residentially developed neighborhoods during the 1950s. The community is named after its developer, Gen. Moses Hazeltine Sherman, a partner of the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company. The company subdivided 1,000 acres of land each of which was sold for $780 in 1927.
Bordered by busy freeways, it features a pair of slick shopping malls – the open-air Sherman Oaks Galleria and the Westfield Fashion Square. Ventura Boulevard, the area’s main commercial strip, is easily navigated and pedestrian friendly. A great collection of hip eateries and watering holes keep company with old-school Mexican and burger joints and mom-and-pop shops on quiet, tree-lined streets. The area serves as a backdrop for many energetic events, including the Sherman Oaks Chamber Street Fair, the biggest annual event in the Valley drawing more than 100,000 attendees.
As movie studios outgrew Hollywood, they spread into areas such as Sherman Oaks. Film stars moved to the Valley in search of a neighborhood that offered both proximity and privacy. Silver screen legends Marilyn Monroe and Bing Crosby both owned homes in Sherman Oaks and the neighborhood is the birthplace of modern day notables Jennifer Aniston and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park houses an auditorium, baseball diamonds, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a 60-person community room, a lighted American football field, an indoor gymnasium, a lighted soccer field, and lighted tennis courts. With a children’s play area and picnic tables, it plays host to many family gatherings. Also on site is the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool, a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool. Nearby, the Dixie Canyon Park, a 20-acre open space preserve features many hiking trails. The city also operates the Sherman Oaks Castle Park house an arcade, batting cages and miniature golf facilities.