The Sherman Oaks district is a prosperous and sophisticated bedroom community in the San Fernando Valley bordered by Studio City to the east, Van Nuys to the north, Encino to the west and the Santa Monica Hills to the south. Like much of the Valley, it is home to many who work in the entertainment industry. A thriving financial center is characterized by high-rise office buildings along the district’s main street, Ventura Boulevard. The recent resurgence of appreciation for mid-century architecture and design has given new vitality to the market for Sherman Oaks homes, built in the 1950s and ‘60s. Among the modest and affordable neighborhoods, one can find original Mellenthin “birdhouse” homes in mint condition, and suspended in the hills, Richard Neutra gems built in the ‘50s. The Chandler Estates (named for famed LA Times owner Otis Chandler) and Hidden Woods neighborhoods are more affluent and offer a selection of opulent properties.

As the community has evolved in its sophistication, so have its shopping and dining choices. Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks Galleria, and the Village at Sherman Oaks offer excellent shops and restaurants, attracting people from all areas of Los Angeles.

Sherman Oaks History

A partner of the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company, Gen. Moses Hazeltine Sherman, developed Sherman Oaks. The company had subdivided 1,000 acres (400 ha) of land that would become Sherman Oaks. In 1927 each acre was sold for $780.[1] Sherman’s other major venture was the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad.

In 1991, a group of homeowners living in the Chandler Estates area successfully petitioned former Los Angeles City Councilmember Zev Yaroslavsky to re-draw the boundaries of Sherman Oaks from Magnolia to Burbank Blvd to the north, and from Coldwater Canyon to Van Nuys Blvd to the west, with the goal of including their neighborhood. This request was not anything new to the San Fernando Valley; other neighborhoods had either sought to change their names, or sought to attach themselves onto more affluent neighborhoods to escape from what they saw as growing urban blight and the collapse of their social status.[2] Residents in the area argued, however, that the area was originally part of Sherman Oaks, but was labeled Van Nuys instead through the creation of ZIP codes in 1962; some residents were able to produce a few property deeds to present their case.[3]

Just a few weeks after the Chandler Estates area successfully seceded from Van Nuys, Magnolia Woods, a 45 block area bordered by Van Nuys Boulevard on the east and the San Diego Freeway on the west, and between Burbank and Magnolia Boulevards, also successfully petitioned Los Angeles City council member Marvin Braude to secede from Van Nuys and join Sherman Oaks. Petitioners in the area argued that their neighborhood was also part of Sherman Oaks, though they were only able to produce 22 deeds showing so. As a result of this change, Van Nuys Middle School became separated from its namesake neighborhood.[4]

Finally, in 2009, the Los Angeles City council voted to redraw neighborhood boundaries again to allow an area of about 1,800 homes in Van Nuys to be included. This proposal attracted criticism from locals.[5]

The 1994 Northridge earthquake caused damages in the surrounding area. The Community Redevelopment Agency sought to manage the rebuilding efforts. The homeowners in the Sherman Oaks area later won a lawsuit to prevent the agency from managing efforts.,_Los_Angeles

Sherman Oaks Activities

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From lunch time spots, to happy hour, to weekend activities, My Sherman Oaks is here to help you make the most of our neighborhood.

5 Best Late Night Spots In Sherman Oaks

Sherry Joushan
Friday, July 14, 2017
From The Woodman, The Local Peasant, The One Up and more, we’ve listed out the top late night spots in Sherman Oaks. Read more

Here Is Your New Favorite Sherman Oaks Date Spot

Larry Serebryany
Friday, July 14, 2017
When you have a job that requires you to travel often all over your region/territory, you end up stumbling upon some amazing places that you might have otherwise missed. Because I’m constantly traveling, I’ll take any opportunity to have my girlfriend join me for dinner after a long day. It’s a good way to continue to explore Sherman Oaks, while getting some personal time. After exploring a bunch, here are five of my faves. Read more

Best Places to Enjoy Drinking Wine in Sherman Oaks

Fran Kerzner
Friday, July 14, 2017

The Best CHEAP Happy Hour Spots in Sherman Oaks:

Taylor Baresic
Friday, July 14, 2017
We all have those days. You know, the ones where you need to end it venting over a good, stiff, drink and a bite to eat. Lucky for you, eating and drinking in Sherman Oaks is something I consider myself to be a semi-pro at & and I’m here today to introduce you to some , some of the best Happy Hour hotspots in Sherman Oaks Read more

Find Your New Sherman Oaks Pizza Obsession

Vicki Nussbaum
Friday, July 14, 2017
Pizza – the best food on earth. Who doesn’t love it? Classic pizza by the slice, the brick oven pizza, deep dish pizza, thin crusted Roman style pizza. The list goes on and on, and believe me, I have an opinion on every type. Never the less, I am up for the challenge. Let me know what you think. Read more