Sherman Oaks

Photo from The Higher Path

Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. The history of the area is quite interesting, as it goes back to 1910 when a company called the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Co. purchased 47,000 acres of land. They believed that there would be a surge of interest in the area due to the City of Los Angeles’ plans to develop the area’s aqueduct.

The land was then subdivided and named Tract 1000, and in 1911, a man by the name of General Moses Hazeltine Sherman, who was also one of the partners of the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Co., purchased 1,000 acres for himself. In 1927, he subdivided and sold off the land at $780 per acre, thus giving birth to the neighborhood of Sherman Oaks.

Sherman Oaks is situated between Studio City, Van Nuys, Encino, Bel Air, and Beverly Hills. The northern border of the neighborhood originally went up to Burbank Blvd, but in July 2009, the council for the city of Los Angeles granted a request to extend the boundary further north all the way to Oxnard St.

In 1991, a group of homeowners in the Chandler Estates area successfully petitioned to re-draw the boundaries of Sherman Oaks, with the goal of including their neighborhood. This request was not new to the San Fernando Valley as other neighborhoods had either sought to change their names or attach themselves onto more affluent neighborhoods.

Furthermore, 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 in Sherman Oaks.

Sherman Oaks Boundary Map from Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council

The 1994 Northridge earthquake caused damage in the surrounding area and the Community Redevelopment Agency sought to manage the rebuilding efforts. However, homeowners in the Sherman Oaks area later won a lawsuit to prevent the agency from managing efforts.

The People of Sherman Oaks

As of the 2010 census, Sherman Oaks had a population of 52,677 people and 25,255 households, according to the San Fernando Valley Almanac. The majority of the population was non-Hispanic white (82%), followed by Asian American (5%), African American (3%), and 11% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Other races made up less than 1% of the population.

Education is highly valued in the area, with 45% of residents aged 25 and older having earned a four-year degree by 2000, which is a high percentage compared to the city and county. Additionally, the percentage of residents with a master’s degree or higher is also high for the county.

Education in the City of Sherman Oaks

Known for its excellent schools, the city is a popular destination for families looking for a safe and secure place to raise their children. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the top schools in Sherman Oaks.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) serves the students in Sherman Oaks, and the schools within the boundary include Van Nuys Middle School, Kester Avenue Elementary School, Chandler Elementary School, Robert A. Millikan Middle School, Sherman Oaks Elementary, Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary, and Riverside Drive Elementary School.

Van Nuys Middle School is considered one of the best schools in Sherman Oaks. The school has a great reputation for its academic excellence and diverse student population. It offers a wide range of programs, including Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and has a dedicated staff that works hard to ensure that all students succeed.

Van Nuys Middle School Photo from The Mirror

Kester Avenue Elementary School is another top school in Sherman Oaks. The school has a strong focus on literacy and math, and offers a variety of enrichment programs, including music and art. The school also has a great parent-teacher association (PTA) that works hard to provide support for the students and staff.

Photo of Kester Avenue Elementary School from MyHistoricLA

Chandler Elementary School is a highly-rated school that offers a strong academic program and a variety of extracurricular activities. The school has a great reputation for its dedicated teachers and supportive staff. Additionally, the school has a great parent-teacher association (PTA) that works hard to provide support for the students and staff.

Facade of Chandler Elementary School. Photo from chandlerla.org

Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary is a public school located in the neighborhood of Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles, California. It is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and serves students in grades K-5. The school has a strong focus on academic excellence, with a dedicated and experienced faculty and staff who work to provide students with a well-rounded education. Additionally, the school offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including sports teams, music and art programs, and clubs, to help students develop their talents and interests outside of the classroom. Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary is also known for its strong sense of community and parent involvement, with regular events and volunteer opportunities for families to get involved in the school. Overall, Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary is a great choice for families looking for a high-quality education in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Facade photo of Dixie Canyon Avenue School by Carl Petersen

Other top-rated schools in the area are Riverside Drive Elementary School, Sherman Oaks Elementary, and Ivy Bound Academy of Math, Science and Technology Charter Middle.

Some Hot Spots in the Area

Sherman Oaks is known for its many landmarks, one of which is the famous Sherman Oaks Galleria. This mall has been a major landmark for many years and is popular throughout the entire San Fernando Valley. Unfortunately, it was damaged during the 1994 Northridge earthquake and had to be torn down, but it was rebuilt into a beautiful open-air mall that still stands today. The Galleria has been featured in many films throughout the years, such as Valley Girls (1983) and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).

Photo of the Galleria from Sherman Oaks Galleria

Another famous landmark in Sherman Oaks is Castle Park Miniature Golf. This is one of the top miniature golf parks in the country and is known for its lavish castle-like front. Other notable landmarks in Sherman Oaks include Burke Williams Beyond Spa and The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, which is a popular site for family gatherings.

The Miniature Golf Park of Castle Park. Photo from Only In Your State

The park has an auditorium, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, a children’s play area, a community room, a football field, an indoor gymnasium, picnic tables, a soccer field, and tennis courts. Additionally, located in the same place as the park, the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool is a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool.

Also known as Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Recreation Center. Photo from LAPARKS.

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