Welcome to Sherman Oaks
Shopping mecca known for its quiet residential streets and convenient central location
Known as an affluent suburban haven with proximity to the city, Sherman Oaks lies between Encino and Studio City, approximately 20 minutes from downtown LA. Sherman Oaks is awash with upscale shopping and top-tier restaurants, centrally located with access to major routes, and includes a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains, making for enchanting topography.
Named after one of its developers, Moses Hazeltine Sherman, Sherman Oaks was developed in 1927. After WWII, the area experienced a residential and commercial boom that led to Sherman Oaks being recognized as one of LA’s premier shopping destinations.
Residential architecture in Sherman Oaks spans the decades evenly, and the homes are a good mix of styles that can appeal to most aesthetics. Expansive single-family homes are the hallmark of this neighborhood, where contemporary new-builds and Tuscan estates, charming bungalows, and luxurious Santa Barbara-style houses make an eclectic but refreshing mix of architectural diversity.
What to Love
- Lower population density and room for privacy
- Small-town appeal with easy access to big-city amenities, including chains and name-brands
- Upscale malls and shopping centers
People & Lifestyle
Sherman Oaks is an affluent suburban dreamscape whose impeccably kept streets and collection of shopping locations radiate with a clean and inviting warmth. With several celebrities living in the area, a serene atmosphere, and ample to do, Sherman Oaks residents get access to a feeling of exclusive privilege.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
With a great mix of several mom-and-pop shops and world-class shopping malls, it’s impossible to run out of places to enjoy a little retail therapy in Sherman Oaks. Head to the lively open-air shopping center, Sherman Oaks Galleria
, to encounter restaurant favorites like P.F. Chang’s
and The Cheesecake Factory
right next to stores like DSW
Local dining options are plentiful in Sherman Oaks as well, and notable restaurants include those like The Local Peasant
. Featuring chef-driven, American comfort food, this gastropub specializes in locally sourced brews and craft cocktails. Craving a classic slice of pizza in a relaxed atmosphere? Head to Robbie Mac’s Italian Kitchen
and choose from its wide array of gourmet pizzas and appetizers.
Things to Do
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the abundance of parks and recreational options in Sherman Oaks, contributing to its suburban feel. Most popular is the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Recreation Center
, whose impressive amenities include playgrounds, lighted sports fields, an indoor gym, jogging paths, and picnic areas. The center also provides programs for activities such as dance, tennis, gymnastics, soccer, softball, baseball, and more.
For a more secluded outdoor excursion, residents can visit any of the many hiking trails in the area, including the small tract of Dixie Canyon Park
. Located adjacent to Longridge Park
, Dixie Canyon is a woodland paradise of coast live oaks and California black walnut trees, making a shady trek for hikers interested in a leisurely meander.
Sherman Oaks is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- KIPP Raices Elementary School, K-4, highly-rated public elementary school
- WISH Community School, K-8, highly-rated public elementary and middle school
- Larchmont Charter School, PK-12, highly-rated public school