When Nook Sales Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.
When you’re running late in Los Angeles, you usually say that you’re “twenty minutes away.” A seasoned Angeleno understands that they shouldn’t wait for you, but will see you at some point. If you live in Sherman Oaks, however, you actually could be just twenty minutes away from almost anywhere (depending on the traffic gods, of course).
Sherman Oaks sits right where the 101 and the 405 intersect, close to all those excellent surface streets that move you anywhere you need faster than the freeway at rush hour: Riverside Drive, Sepulveda, Burbank Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard, to name a few. The Metro buses are frequent and more efficient than in Hollywood, and there’s a nice selection of neighborhoods for a beautiful adventure on wheels or by foot.
Architectural styles in Sherman Oaks create beautiful homes set against the hills and landscapes that gave The Valley its iconic name. Charming English Tudor, exquisite Mediterranean inspired estates, mid century ranch, and a Celebrity Mediterranean Villa with City Lights View offer residents their own private oasis tucked away in the safety of their neighborhoods, yet still close to many desirable amenities in L.A.
You can also find some of the most eclectic cafes here, for nearly any taste or atmosphere you want. I love visiting Marie et Cie, a lifestyle boutique and French-themed cafe. They have three kinds of seating: indoor and cramped but comfy if you want the Parisian cafe of old feel, the kind where your conversation may happily overlap with your neighbor’s simply because of proximity. They have chaise lounges and seats in a makeshift patio on the residential side, perfect to curl up with a book or a baby or get some of that intensive creative work done. Then their outdoor seats place a European, dog and kid friendly feel directly onto Riverside Drive, which should feel jarring but keeps the experience lively and interesting. Besides French themed goodies, they are also a mid to high end boutique where I find cool presents and fragrant incense for all occasions, and especially the very unique housewarming gift!
Sherman Oaks also has the hidden secret of some of the best rated schools in The Valley. The highly desirable Roscomare School District, Robert A. Millikan Middle School, Dixie Canyon Community Charter, Colfax Charter Elementary and the private school for children of all abilities and needs, The Help Group, are just some of the wonderful programs available ere.
Since the parks and recreation areas of Sherman Oaks are so lovely, brunch is really important around in Sherman Oaks. TIme Out recently included two Sherman Oaks restaurants in their roundup of Best Brunch in L.A.: that’s the Blu Jam Cafe and Eat (with its highest recommendation for Killing Me Softly French Toast). Yes, please!
If pizza’s your jam, try a few different flavors with Midici, On the Thirty and Mulberry St. The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce is also a great resource to support local businesses with a excellent reputations. You don’t have to look far to find almost anything you need, right in your own nook.
To find the many ways to connect with your neighbors, look no further than the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC), your very own matchmaker for like minded folks. They host a Summer Film Series on the baseball diamond at Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park; film starts at dusk and admission is free. There are themed family activities around the movie (like hula lessons for “Moana” and a princess costume contest for “Beauty and the Beast”), bubbles, picnics -- just a great time!
If you’re looking for a nook that takes its neighborhood feel seriously, check out our Sherman Oaks listings to learn which beautiful homes are on the market.