Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles
|Named for||Moses Sherman|
Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, founded in 1927. The neighborhood includes a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains, which gives Sherman Oaks a lower population density than some other areas in Los Angeles.
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 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 nothing new to the San Fernando Valley; other neighborhoods had either sought to change their names, or sought to attach themselves onto more affluent neighborhoods. 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; a resident produced a property deed to butttress the 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. 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 to be included.
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.
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 percentages of divorced residents and of widows were among the county's highest. 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 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 neighborhood had a median household income of $69,651 in 2008, which was high for the city of Los Angeles but about average for the county as a whole. (Median household income reports the amount of money earned by the household that falls exactly in the middle of the pack.) The percentage of households that earned $125,000 and up was high for Los Angeles County.
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 , said that in 1978 the neighborhood played a key role in the drive for Proposition 13 and in 2002 was the epicenter of an unsuccessful 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.
LAUSD schools within the Sherman Oaks boundary include:
- Van Nuys Middle School. The school was in the Van Nuys community until 1991, when City Council member Marvin Braude directed that a 45-block area that included the school be renamed as part of Sherman Oaks. The school continued to use the name "Van Nuys Middle".
- Kester Avenue Elementary School
- Chandler Elementary School
- Robert A. Millikan Middle School
- Sherman Oaks Elementary
- Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary
- Riverside Drive Elementary School
Charter schools within the Sherman Oaks boundary include:
- Ivy Bound Academy for Math, Science, and Technology on Morrison Street
- Community Harvest Charter School, closed in 2012
Private schools include:
Los Angeles Public Library operates the Sherman Oaks Branch, also known as the Sherman Oaks Martin Pollard Branch. The library was renamed in 1970, as a tribute to Martin Pollard, owner of the nearby Casa de Cadillac.[circular reference]
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.
- Paula Abdul, entertainer, singer, television personality
- Baba Ali, Islamic comedian
- Jennifer Aniston, actress, born in Sherman Oaks
- Noah Beery, Jr., actor
- LeVar Burton, actor
- June Christy, singer
- Andrew Dice Clay, comedian and actor
- James Dean, actor
- Clint Eastwood, actor, film director
- Chip Esten, actor
- Wally George, Conservative radio and talk-show host
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor, director and producer
- Ben Gottschalk (born 1992), NFL football offensive linesman
- Brian Grazer, film and television producer
- Melissa Joan Hart, actress
- Marsha Hunt, (born 1917) actress, model, and activist
- Michael B. Jordan, actor
- Shia LaBeouf, actor
- Sondra Locke (1944–2018), actress, film director
- Demi Lovato, singer
- Jeannie Mai, television personality, stylist, talk show host
- Jenna Marbles, YouTube personality
- Bridget Marquardt, actress
- Christopher Mayer, actor
- Duff McKagan, musician
- Tana Mongeau, YouTube personality
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth Olsen, actresses
- Bill Paparian, mayor of Pasadena, California
- Luke Perry (1966-2019), actor
- Yasiel Puig, baseball player
- Chuck Riley, voice actor 
- Jean Rogers, actor
- Herbert Ryman, Disney artist and imagineer.
- Charlie Sheen, actor
- Hal Stalmaster, actor 
- Warren Stevens, actor
- Daniel Van Meter, historian and inventor
In popular culture
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Sherman Oaks.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles.|
- Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council
- Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce
- Sherman Oaks crime map and statistics, Los Angeles Times
- Colored map, Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
- View of Sherman Oaks valley, from a home on Round Valley Drive, Sherman Oaks, 1934. Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive (Collection 1429). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.