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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.

post-graduate degrees.

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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