SHERMAN OAKS Comfortable Valley Living
Sherman Oaks, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, has vigorous
The company holding of a thousand acres was subdivided and sold in 1927
commercial development along major boulevards and leafy, almost rural-
for $780 per acre.
feeling residential roadways that lead south from Ventura Boulevard and The San Fernando Valley was a rich agricultural area, with vast acreage
climb to the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains at Mulholland Drive.
dedicated to orange groves that scented the air with their flowers. Eventually, The earliest known settlers in the area were the Chumash and Tongva
neighborhoods grew up to accommodate the expanding population and took
peoples, who occupied small villages in the coastal region and inland hills
the place of farms and orchards. The boundaries of the community have
for thousands of years. Spanish explorers and missionaries left their mark
been redrawn a number of times, several neighboring areas seeking to be
on the landscape and, as with much of California’s history, the region was
part of the more affluent Sherman Oaks. The population of Sherman Oaks
divided into expansive ranchos. Encouraged by the Homestead Act of 1862,
is 70,464 (city-data.com), with a high percentage of college graduates and
the population grew steadily through the decades.
Sherman Oaks and its neighboring Valley communities are still part of greater
Many people associate Sherman Oaks with the Galleria, where “Fast Times
Los Angeles, operating within the school system and benefiting from other
at Ridgemont High” was filmed, and which inspired Frank Zappa to coin
city municipal services. Moses Hazeltine Sherman, a partner of the Los
the term “Valley Girl.” But with its proximity to the 405 and 101 freeways,
Angeles Suburban Homes Company, developed Sherman Oaks and left
its easy access to the Westside, Studio City and the Conejo Valley and its
the legacy of his name on streets, schools and parks throughout the area.
lovely residential neighborhoods, Sherman Oaks has come a long way.
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