The Sherman Oaks district is a prosperous and sophisticated bedroom community in the San Fernando Valley bordered by Studio City to the east, Van Nuys to the north, Encino to the west and the Santa Monica Hills to the south. Like much of the Valley, it is home to many who work in the entertainment industry. A thriving financial center is characterized by high-rise office buildings along the district’s main street, Ventura Boulevard. The recent resurgence of appreciation for mid-century architecture and design has given new vitality to the market for Sherman Oaks homes, built in the 1950s and ‘60s. Among the modest and affordable neighborhoods, one can find original Mellenthin “birdhouse” homes in mint condition, and suspended in the hills, Richard Neutra gems built in the ‘50s. The Chandler Estates (named for famed LA Times owner Otis Chandler) and Hidden Woods neighborhoods are more affluent and offer a selection of opulent properties. As the community has evolved in its sophistication, so have its shopping and dining choices. Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks Galleria, and the Village at Sherman Oaks offer excellent shops and restaurants, attracting people from all areas of Los Angeles.
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