Sherman Oaks, close to two major freeways, serves as a gateway to the San Fernando Valley. The community is perhaps best known as the home of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, considered by many to be the undisputed residence of the Valley Girl, a cultural label popularized by the song and 1983 movie of the same name. Two large shopping malls in the area, numerous smaller boutiques and plazas line Ventura Boulevard, providing residents and visitors with endless window-shopping opportunities.
Summer concerts at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
Many members of the financial industry, including banks and brokerage houses, are located in the area. And Sunkist Growers, one of the country's oldest and largest agricultural cooperatives, has been rooted in Sherman Oaks for almost 30 years.
This community was one of the hardest hit by the 1994 Northridge earthquake and has had to put itself back together. As the last of the major earthquake repair projects nears completion, Sherman Oaks now turns its attention to improving what has always been its "Main Street" -- Ventura Boulevard.
Recreation and Parks Department
One of the amenities of life in Sherman Oaks is the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park located at 14201 Huston Street, Sherman Oaks. Grounds can be accessed from Van Nuys Boulevard and from Hazeltine Avenue. The ball fields accessed from Magnolia Boulevard are also within the boundaries of this large facility. Huston Street is just north of the Ventura Freeway.
The park is operated by the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks and offers a great variety of activities year-round for pre-school age children to retired adults. One building on the west side of the property is devoted to activities for senior citizens.
For program details, please call the park office at 818-783-5121. Be sure to let it ring as staff may be outside directing activities.
Sherman Oaks Boundaries
Our southern boundary has always been Mulholland Drive. The western boundary is Firmament as it crosses Ventura Blvd. The current northern boundary is Burbank Blvd. and the eastern boundary is Coldwater Canyon Ave. from Burbank south to Magnolia where it jogs west so as to reach Fulton Ave. at Ventura Blvd. The line then follows Longridge south to Mulholland.
Caution: The area between Magnolia and Burbank Boulevards was approved by a Los Angeles City Council Member, but was not approved by the U.S. Post Office, so it is necessary to use a Van Nuys area zip code - probably either 91401 or 91411. We suggest that you check with the Post Office.
There is a small area near Coldwater and Riverside, which may be called Sherman Village because it was left off of other maps.
Why do we have this confusion? Almost all of the San Fernando Valley is actually City of Los Angeles. However, real estate companies and dissatisfied citizens decided that a name makes a difference during the late 1980s and early 1990s. They began circulating petitions in order to upgrade a neighborhood. Wishing to help their constituents, members of the city council said okay, and the community had a new name! Property Deeds were not changed, tax bills, council districts and city service districts weren't changed. But many people have felt better about themselves and their neighborhood.