Picturesque beauty and abundant serenity define this affluent San Fernando Valley suburb
Sherman Oaks is an oasis of quiet in a region world-famous for its exhilarating, nonstop action and array of thrilling activities. Located next to Encino in the gorgeous San Fernando Valley, the well-heeled, multicultural city has carved out a niche for itself as one of the choicest places to live in the greater Los Angeles area. Celebrities ranging from Jennifer Aniston to Joseph Gordon-Leavitt have lived in this suburb for the tranquility and manicured green spaces it offers its fortunate residents, while access to splendid cuisine and terrific cuisine is downright effortless.
Part of Sherman Oaks’ draw is its ideal location. It’s just over the canyons from Westside Los Angeles, where you’ll find gems like Santa Monica, Venice, and Beverly Hills, and a short distance away from the lovely communities of Woodland Hills and Calabasas. This renders it a natural fit for urban professionals and their families, who have a panoply of striking, polished residences from which to choose and convenience to everything from live music to art museums.
Sherman Oaks has a strong community feel thanks to its high concentration of families and the peaceful energy it maintains. Neighbors here often greet each other by name and run into each other at community festivals and school events or at one of the city’s beautifully-preserved parks and playgrounds. You’ll find a great mix of well-heeled people from around the globe in Sherman Oaks. It’s this warm, hospitable ambiance that has turned into such a desirable place to call home.
Sherman Oaks’ dining scene offers an ideal blend of swank eateries, casual restaurants, and familiar venues. Blue Jam Cafe underscores the city’s reputation as one of the best spots in the Valley for brunch. The lively, inviting hotspot features delicious dishes ranging from blueberry crepes and French toast to Norwegian Benedict. Their dishes are perfectly prepped to savor on a Sunday morning.
The Cheesecake Factory is reliably sumptuous (and ideal for the whole family). The One Up is the optimal spot for cheering your friends over cocktails while enjoying live entertainment or playing a vintage arcade game. The libations here are for the record books, from their Depeche Mode with Gifford Orgeat and housemade bitters to their Night Machine with tequila, mint, lemon, honey, and jalapenos.
Sherman Oaks is also home to the renowned Sherman Oaks Galleria, a posh, sprawling plaza that boasts an array of retailers, an enormous theater, and a 24-hour fitness center.
Residents of Sherman Oaks are perfectly positioned to spend their free time in a variety of exciting and restorative settings. The verdant, 17-acre Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center offers dozens of ways to have fun under the sun, while the Riverwalk Trail is a stand-out choice for biking or hiking alongside the scenic L.A. River.
Castle Batting Cages provides a unique way to spend a Saturday with or without the children in your life. The Sherman Oaks Farmers’ Market showcases Southern California’s world-famous fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
The high-ranking schools in Sherman Oaks are one of the leading reasons it’s a coveted city to live in. A few of the top schools in this tony suburb include:
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