Where the San Fernando Valley actually gives way to the Santa Monica Mountains, you will find Sherman Oaks, just north of the prestigious Bel Air and BHPO neighborhoods. Nestled among the hills and mountains, Sherman Oaks has a lower population density than much of the rest of Los Angeles, making it a go-to community for suburban tranquility.
First developed in the 1920s, Sherman Oaks still carries the distinctive stamp of “Old LA,” with many grand old houses coexisting elbow-to-elbow with elite contemporary mansions. The “downtown” strip of Ventura Boulevard that runs through Sherman Oaks is a haven of both chain restaurants and fine dining, trusted brands and high-end boutiques, with trendy coffee shops and wine bars popping up to add class and pizzazz to a neighborhood that already had a lot going for it—easy access to I-405 and Highway 101, excellent schools, and a mix of homes catering to different demographics and earning profiles.
The cost of living in Sherman Oaks is a little higher than in some of the surrounding bedroom communities, with list prices at a median of about $1.5 million. However, young families with the means see Sherman Oaks as an opportunity to live the good life, to settle down for the long haul in a community that has never lost its charm and never let its residents down.
There’s lots to do in this family-friendly community, like visit Sherman Oaks Castle Park, a recreational park that features batting cages, mini golf, and an arcade. There’s also Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, an outdoor wonderland festooned with sports courts, an auditorium, picnic areas, a community center and indoor gym, and the heated outdoor Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Community Pool. Bordered by Mulholland Drive to the south, the Skirball Cultural Center and American Jewish University sit just outside Sherman Oaks to the southwest.
One of the most centrally located, culturally relevant, and scenic enclaves of LA, Sherman Oaks embodies effortless elegance.
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