Sherman Oaks

Sherman Oaks


Stretching over 8 square miles, between Studio City, Van Nuys and Encino, Sherman Oaks is a largely urbanized district in the San Fernando Valley. Drive along Ventura Blvd, and you’ll see commercial skyscrapers sandwiched between shopping centers. Residential development includes dense areas of apartments and condominiums as well as pockets of streets with single-family homes. Sometimes the two are even side by side as you make your way down a street in Sherman Oaks. It is a Valley hub for shopping and business.

Historically, Sherman Oaks was one of the original communities in the San Fernando Valley to participate in active real estate development. As early as 1913, the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Co. began purchasing acreage in the area to subdivide into housing tracts. Sherman Oaks is not a separate city and still falls under the jurisdiction of the City of Los Angeles. Many financial corporations, including banks and brokerage firms, are headquartered in Sherman Oaks. Shopping is also a prominent industry in the community, with several high-end boutiques dotting Ventura Blvd. The Sherman Oaks Galleria, which was badly damaged during the Northridge Earthquake was once known as a 1980’s iconic locale, where valley girls used to meet with their friends. The label valley girl stuck after being made famous in the 1983 movie, Valley Girl. The Galleria has since been rebuilt into an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment mecca. The community also has a more traditional mall, The Westfield Shopping Town Fashion Square, which is bookended by Bloomingdales and Macy’s and has everything you could want in between.

In the recreation department, Sherman Oaks has a number of activity options at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park. There’s an auditorium, two lighted baseball diamonds and six unlighted ones, lighted indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, a community room, lighted football and soccer fields, lighted tennis courts and an indoor gymnasium. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool offers nearby seasonal outdoor heated swimming. There is also a Senior Citizen Center on the park grounds, which has an auditorium and meeting and banquet rooms of its own, as well as two kitchens, a play area and even a spot to play shuffle board. The separate tennis courts facility has eight courts. And just nearby, should crave some good old fashioned family fun, you can find Castle Park, which has an arcade, batting cages and miniature golf.




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