Neighborhood Spotlight Sherman Oaks

Mow a Vibrant Community with Mom and Pop Shops and Quiet Tree Lined Streets.

Sherman Oaks Galleria

After World War II, Sherman Oaks went through a development boom. It's been a retail corridor and began to take shape, with many businesses springing up along Ventura Boulevard. The neighborhood became a landmark for Los Angeles suburban and mall culture in the 1980s. The Sherman Oaks Galleria was featured in various films but was damaged in the Northridge earthquake and since rebuilt.

Some Early Mellenthin Homes

It has close proximity to the 101 and 405 freeways and provides easy access to West Los Angeles and neighboring Studio City. Prominent Valley developer William Mellenthin has constructed hundreds of homes throughout the Valley. His trademark birdhouse ranch-style homes feature a birdhouse on top of the garage, with diamond paned windows and storybook touches associated with the 1950s. Many of been remodeled but some remain in their original conditions. Sherman Oaks is famous for its shopping malls, including Westfield Fashion Square and Sherman Oaks Galleria.

There is plenty of recreation at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, which has an outdoor pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, and Dixie Canyon Park, a 20 acre open space preserve with hiking trails.

Sherman Oaks has public transportation with a regular and rapid bus service. They are considering a major rail system that would run from Van Nuys Blvd. to San Fernando Rd.

Some of the real estate agents based in Sherman Oaks say that when homes have come on the market lately it is an uncommon for things to get picked up between seven and 10 days. The area is highly desirable to buyers because of its proximity to West Los Angeles where real estate is even more expensive. Sherman Oaks offers a slightly larger lot size in homes with character and a very good neighborhood feel. In the 91403 ZIP Code, the median sale price for single-family home is 1.24 million. The Dixie Elementary School tops the charts according to the API rating system. Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School scored 880 out of 1000. Robert A Milliken Middle School scored 875 out of 1000.

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Asada in Laguna Beach

More than a year after announcing plans to return to Laguna Beach, the Anaheim Hills restaurateur Scott McIntosh is finally made a come back with the recent openings of Reunion Kitchen and Drink and Asada Tacos and Beer.

Asada is a limited menu version of the old Asada in Laguna Beach, which closed a few years ago after it's parent company filed for bankruptcy protection. When it closed, Macintosh took the naming rights with him. Though he wanted to reopen Asada as a full-service restaurant, the 42-seat space made waiter service impossible. So instead they take a quick casual service approach, where diners order and pay at the counter but are still tended to buy servers for drink refills. The menu includes tacos, burritos and enchiladas.

Reunion, also at the Boat Canyon Shopping Center, is nearly identical to the Anaheim Hills restaurant. Both restaurants have taken longer than expected to open. At Reunion, the former umami burger kitchen had a fryer and grill. This wasn't going to work for the restaurants and fast modern American menu. He raised the ceilings and enclosed the outdoor patio to accommodate year-round dining. Both restaurants are at 610 North Coast Hwy.

In Orange, social media groups have been tossing out stories that longtime Chinese restaurant Yen Ching is possibly departing and selling is building. They are possibly selling to the diocese of Orange next-door. The church did confirm that they are negotiating a sale. The deal would be a property transfer with the church buying the land from the owners and leasing back the space, which would like to stick around for the foreseeable future. This restaurant was ranked one of the top 20 Chinese restaurants in Orange County.