Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County. The neighboring communities are Bel-Air, Beverly Crest, Brentwood, Encino, Studio City, Valley Glen, Valley Village and Van Nuys.
As of 2008, the median household income of $69,651 was high for the city of Los Angeles but about average for the county. The neighborhood includes a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains, which gives Sherman Oaks a lower population density than some other areas. Although this Sherman Oaks isn’t known for its trendiness, a smattering of hip cafes and boutiques are close by on Ventura Boulevard.
The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, located in Sherman Oaks, has an auditorium, two lighted baseball diamonds, six unlighted baseball diamonds, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, a 60-person community room, a lighted football field, and more. Located in the same place as the park, the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool is a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Tennis Courts facility in the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park has eight courts. In addition the city operates the Sherman Oaks Castle Park, with arcade, batting cages, and miniature golf facilities, in Sherman Oaks.
The Sherman Oaks Galleria is a shopping mall and business center located at the corner of Ventura and Sepulveda Boulevards in Sherman Oaks. The teenage mall culture that formed around it inspired the 1982 satirical song “Valley Girl” by Frank Zappa and daughter Moon Zappa. The mall has also been a shooting location for many films, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High & the 1983 film Valley Girl, both of which focused on the early 1980s San Fernando Valley youth culture.