Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles
|Neighborhoods of Los Angeles|
The Citibank (l) and City National Bank (r) Buildings in Sherman Oaks
|Nickname(s): The Village at Sherman Oaks|
|Named for||Land developer Moses Sherman|
Sherman Oaks is an affluent neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. It has two city parks and a senior center. The neighborhood includes eight public and seven private schools. The main commercial pedestrian-friendly shopping district was established in 1999 and is known as "The Village at Sherman Oaks." This shopping district is the heart of the commercial area. The Village at Sherman Oaks is located along Ventura Boulevard between Van Nuys Boulevard and Cedros Avenue. It continues along Van Nuys Boulevard between Ventura Boulevard and Hortense Avenue.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Population
- 4 Government and infrastructure
- 5 Education
- 6 Parks and recreation
- 7 Notable people
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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. Sherman's other major venture was the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad.
In 1991, a group of homeowners living in the Chandlers 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 wasn't 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. Residents in the area argued, however, that the area was originally part of Sherman Oaks, but was labeled Van Nuys instead though the creation of zip codes in 1962; some residents were able to produce a few property deeds to present their case.
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, however. As a result of this change, Van Nuys Middle School became separated from its namesake neighborhood.
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, bordered by Hazeltine Avenue to the east, Sepulveda Boulevard to the west, Burbank Boulevard to the south and Califa and Tiara Streets to the north, to join Sherman Oaks. Homeowners in the area created a movement known as, "Part Of Sherman Oaks." They argued that they were separated geographically by the industrial zone located on Oxnard Street and by the Orange Line right-of-way. They also argued that they more closely identified with Sherman Oaks because its where they shopped and their children attended school. Like other neighborhood name changes that took place in the valley, there were critics who accused proponents of attempting to increase their property values and social status by disassociating themselves from what they seen as urban blight.
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 filed a lawsuit to prevent the agency from managing efforts, and the lawsuit went in the favor of the homeowners.
In contrast to much of the Valley, the area is relatively urbanized, with commercial skyscrapers along Ventura Boulevard as well as scattered throughout. In addition, residential densities are highly mixed, with apartment and condominium neighborhoods alongside single-story residential ones. The area is a local hub for regional transportation, business, and shopping.
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As of the 2010 census, according to the San Fernando Valley Almanac, Sherman Oaks had a population of 52,677 people and 25,255 households. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 82% non-Hispanic white, 5% Asian American and 3% African American; 11% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Other races made up less than 1%.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the 2000 U.S. census counted 61,166 residents in the 9.15-square-mile Sherman Oaks neighborhood, including a wide swath of the Santa Monica Mountains—or 6,687 people per square mile, among the lowest population densities for the city. In 2008, the city estimated that the resident population had increased to 65,436.
In 2000, the percentages of residents aged 19 to 49 and 65 and older were among the county's highest.
The neighborhood was considered "not especially diverse" ethnically within Los Angeles, with a high percentage of white residents. The breakdown was whites, 73.8%; Latinos, 11.8%; Asians, 5.7%; blacks, 4.4%; and others, 4.4%. Iran (14,1%) and Mexico (8.8%) were the most common places of birth for the 26.2% of the residents who were born abroad—an average percentage for Los Angeles.
The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $69,651, considered high for the city. The percentage of households that earned $125,000 and up was high for Los Angeles County. The average household size of two people was low when compared to the rest of the city and the county. Renters occupied 58.9% of the housing stock and house- or apartment-owners held 41.1%. The median single-family housing value as of August 2009 was $575,000.
The percentages of divorced residents and of widows were among the county's highest.
Government and infrastructure
Los Angeles Fire Department operates Station 88 Sherman Oaks and Station 102 South Van Nuys/Valley Glen in Sherman Oaks. In addition the department operates Fire Station 78, which serves Sherman Oaks, in Studio City.
County, state, and federal representation
Richard Close, the president of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA), stated that, as paraphrased by Dinah Eng of the Los Angeles Times, in 1978 Sherman Oaks "played a key role in the drive for Proposition 13" and in 2002 "was the epicenter of the ill-fated San Fernando Valley secession movement".
Forty-five percent of Sherman Oaks residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high percentage for both the city and the county. The percentage of those residents with a master's degree or higher was also high for the county.
Schools within the Sherman Oaks boundaries are:
- Van Nuys Middle School, LAUSD, 5435 Vesper Avenue
- Kester Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 5353 Kester Avenue
- Community Harvest Charter, high school, 5300 Sepulveda Boulevard
- Chandler Elementary School, LAUSD, 14030 Weddington Street
- Robert A. Millikan Middle School, LAUSD, 5041 Sunnyslope Avenue
- Sherman Oaks Elementary, LAUSD, 14755 Greenleaf Street
- Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary, LAUSD, 4220 Dixie Canyon Avenue
- Riverside Drive Elementary School, LAUSD, 13061 Riverside Drive
Scott Glover of the Los Angeles Times stated in 1993 "many Sherman Oaks residents do not have school-age children, and many others send their children to private schools".
- Village Glen School, K–12, 13130 Burbank Boulevard
- ABC Little School, elementary, 14926 Burbank Boulevard
- Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center, elementary, 15365 Magnolia Boulevard
- Notre Dame High School, 13645 Riverside Drive. A co-ed Catholic college preparatory high school, it was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1947 as an all-boy school, but it became a co-educational school in the 1983-1984 school year.
- St. Frances De Sales, elementary, 13368 Valleyheart Drive
- Emerson Academy for Arts and Sciences, 12749 Ventura Boulevard
- The Buckley School, K–12, 3900 Stansbury Avenue, the oldest co-educational independent day school in the Los Angeles area.
- Exceptional Minds, a non-profit school and a computer animation studio for young adults on the autism spectrum.
Parks and recreation
The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park is in Sherman Oaks. Dinah Eng of the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2002 that the park "is a popular site for family gatherings." The park has an auditorium, two lighted baseball diamonds, six unlighted baseball diamonds, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a 60-person community room, a lighted American football field, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, a lighted soccer (football) field, and lighted tennis courts. Located in the same place as the park, the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool is a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool.
The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Senior Citizen Center (also known as Bernardi Center), also on the park grounds, has an auditorium and multi-purpose room; its banquet capacity is 200 and its assembly capacity is 300. The senior center also has two community/meeting rooms; one can hold 50 people and one can hold 30 people. The senior center has two kitchens, a play area, a shuffle board place, a stage, and two storage rooms. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Tennis Courts facility in the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park has eight courts.
In addition the city operates the Sherman Oaks Castle Park, with arcade, batting cages, and miniature golf facilities, in Sherman Oaks.
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