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Ventura Blvd. and nearby streets have become a haven for car break-ins and home burglaries. More homeless hover, talking to themselves or to you. There's new construction but many storefronts sit empty, with "Piken" the most visible name on the boulevard. Quality of life in SO is down in the civic domain, although people can withdraw from the streets to the relative safety and cleanliness of our two big malls or our better neighborhoods in the hills.

— Moses Sherman
June 22, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.

Known crime in my area of Sherman Oaks...3 years ago a murder at the apartment building on Magnolia and Woodman that related to drugs and 2 days ago a home invasion and assault of a 60 year old man at Matijila and Addison (near Woodman and Magnolia.) We all need to keep an eye open for situations that do not look right. If you feel uncomfortable about a situation, call 311 (non-emergency help) and the police will check it out. In the case of the home invasion, neighbors saw 2 men walking the neighborhood knocking on one alerted the police. We need to watch out for each other or we become easy targets.

— M Carlucci
December 21, 2011 at 5:32 p.m.

I enjoy the farmer's market Tuesday nights. Try the fig and vanilla vinegar and blood orange virgin olive oil with the rosemary and lemon whole wheat sour dough. Open 'til 8.

— What's not to like?
August 7, 2011 at noon

More serious crimes South of Ventura now: in June two armed robberies on Valley Vista (dog-walkers beware!), and a home burglary. It's not just theft from vehicles anymore. Here they come.

— Robbin' Hood
June 30, 2011 at 8:37 a.m.

Can't believe most of the comments here are about the boundary lines. Really? Sherman Oaks, like the rest of LA, is an ever-changing, -evolving area. Don't know why this is so surprising to people or why the rivalry between neighborhoods exists. Is it all about property values and money? Is that all anyone cares about?

— pm
June 6, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.

I was just checking on the crime rate near my sister, Woodman and Magnolia. There is none. It is Sherman Oaks. The crime on the map is grand theft auto, a little, and a little theft from auto. These are nothing. There is no burglary, no armed robbery, no shootings, no breaking & entry. What are people complaining about in Sherman Oaks? I know Van Nuys is to the North, and they have higher crime rates, but that doesn't change the fact that the crime has not drifted down below Burbank Boulevard. They can call themselves San Francisco, that doesn't change the facts.

— Joanne
May 28, 2011 at 11:02 p.m.

Geez, you'd think there was an all out war between Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks - people get hysterical! I still like Sherman Oaks and administer the Facebook Sherman Oaks page:

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.

The crime map is interesting. Criminals do cruise through our hillside neighborhoods, looking for cars with items to steal, garages left open, homes conspicuously vacant. Luckily, many crooks prefer the flat Valley areas (see all the thefts on Riverside Drive, Moorpark, Ventura), because the hillside streets are confusing and too slow for a quick getaway.

— Camino
January 14, 2011 at 6:49 p.m.

You do live in Sherman Oaks and I live nearby and see it changing for the worst.

— Danny
December 17, 2010 at 8:53 a.m.

I live 2 blocks from Van Nuys and Magnolia. Do I live in Sherman Oaks?

— Kevin
December 6, 2010 at 8:29 a.m.

The only thing that came out of the boundry changes in Sherman Oaks is, now Sherman Oaks has a ghetto...

— Danny
October 16, 2010 at 11:13 a.m.

The neighborhood changes are not initiated by Sherman Oaks, but rather by neighborhoods or areas that want a better image for property values. The Times maps are interesting. Hills of Sherman Oaks are now Beverly Crest!

— Moses
October 11, 2010 at 7:08 p.m.

What a bunch of snobs many of the people who have commented are. Sherman Oaks wants to stay as far away from Van Nuys as possible, and yet they keep moving the borders to include parts of Van Nuys. I was raised in Van Nuys and the border has shifted twice to change my old neighborhoods into Sherman Oaks. NO THANKS, I'm from Van Nuys and that's okay with me! The flatlands have always been looked down upon. Well now, S.O. you have to take your "good" with our "bad"! HA!

— Annie
October 10, 2010 at 2:23 p.m.

The "new" part of Sherman Oaks is still considered Van Nuys to us lifers. No matter what your address says it still looks like Van Nuys...But thanks for bringing more crime onto the Sherman Oaks crime map!! Good job!

— tj
October 7, 2010 at 2:32 p.m.

Anyone familiar with the vacant land on Sepulveda that's next to the Motel 777 / Galleria and the 101 freeway? Are there any known plans for commercial development or a park? It's an eyesore.

— Lesley
July 23, 2010 at 4:36 p.m.

My spouse worked at Disney, and I in West L.A. - it's the perfect midway point. Close to everything - the traffic is bad everywhere in LA but at least not as bad as the Westside - I know, I know, it's cooler - but it's also got way too much May Gray and June Gloom! Give me the Valley with a pool anyday! And oh yes - 30 minutes to Zuma in Malibu, easy access to the 101, 405, you name it! Love Sherman Oaks!

— Greg Boisvert
June 7, 2010 at 11:47 a.m.

I haved lived in Sherman Oaks with my wife and 2 kids for 10 years and I love the area. Walking distance to the grocery,cozys,bizou, ect... The downside? above ground power and phone lines, which is everywhere in the valley anyway, so I guess it dosent matter....

— kirk
June 7, 2010 at 7:49 a.m.

Why doesn't Sherman Oaks or this side of the Valley have any decent stores anymore like they do in Northridge & Woodland Hills. I don't like having to shop all the time at Sherman Oaks Gallaria. And I don't like to travel to Northridge or Woodland Hills either.

— Sherry
March 23, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.

Please update the Sherman Oaks map. It is time to recognized the new area as part of Sherman Oaks neighborhood! Like it or not, it is now the law.

— CHFriedman
February 17, 2010 at 6:14 p.m.

I moved to Sherman Oaks over 34 years ago, . . the northern border street was Riverside Drive. Beyond that was Van Nuys (middle-lower range income properties. Members of the City Council wanted a higher property value in their domain, therefore voted themselves as part of Sherman Oaks.

What right do they (outsiders) have the right to decide they are a part of someone else's community? The community is just the same as Old VanNuys—stealing the Sherman Oaks name.

Within the next couple years, the Community of Panorama City, will probably impose itself into the fray. What next? Pacoima will become North Sherman Oaks?

What a farce!

Why didn’t these people choose a new name, like North Hollywood; who became Valley Village. Being a Senior Citizen, I remember the ‘Original’ boundaries were Muholland Drive to the south, and Ventura Boulevard was the north.

Getting too old to make a fuss about nothing ... fact of the matter is: it’s still all part of Los Angeles.

— James Love
January 14, 2010 at 3:59 a.m.

The vibe north of Chandler is totally different; I live at Ethel between Chandler and Burbank and culturally I feel more linked to Valley Glen. Also the humongous homes on Chandler end at Ethel and the ever-so-controversial Chabad marks the heavily Jewish vibe of Valley Village; in fact the streetlight at Chandler and Ethel changes on Friday and Saturday to accommodate for Shabbat pedestrians. Finally north of Magnolia when Chandler ends on the west has a totally Van Nuys feel. I don't know how other residents feel about these little boundary changes.

— Lipson
January 11, 2010 at 12:21 a.m.

Why was the border changed? Real estate values? Give me a break.

— Greg
December 17, 2009 at 1:01 p.m.

I live in Studio City, and not once have I ever considered myself to be living in Sherman Oaks!!

— H Osborn
October 15, 2009 at 6:41 a.m.

I don't understand why all neighborhoods in the valley and some other parts of Los Angeles use their neighborhood name in lieu of the city name on their mailing addresses. I live in the northeast corner of Sherman Oaks with the Valley Glen area code but I occasionally see Van Nuys as the city on my address. Wouldn't using Los Angeles for every neighborhood zoned in the city avoid all the confusion? Funny because my father who's lived here for 15 years now thought he lived in a suburb of Los Angeles until I told him otherwise.

— Jack
September 18, 2009 at 10:57 p.m.

Yes, please correct your map! The boundary of Sherman Oaks now extends north of Burbank to just south of Oxnard Street, from Sepulveda to Hazeltine.

This area was formerly considered Van Nuys but was annexed to Sherman Oaks early this summer, by vote of the Los Angeles City Council.

— Leslie
September 2, 2009 at 10:55 p.m.

I remember going to the Sherman Oaks Galleria and seeing the mall in use as a movie set on many occasions. Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Valley girl, Commando and many more. Ahh the 1980's. Some great memories.

— Tony
August 26, 2009 at 2:38 p.m.

The border of Sherman Oaks has now changed. See Part of Van Nuys is now Sherman Oaks.

— James D
June 23, 2009 at 5:53 p.m.

My parents build their house in 1955, in a new development, Royal Woods, east of Sepulveda in the hills, and we always considered ourselves in Sherman Oaks. Our mail was adressed Sherman Oaks. In the hills Sepulveda was the boundary between Sherman Oaks and Encino; it was also the border of the Van Nuys High and Birmingham High districts, and of the Royal Oaks (Encino) and Royal Woods (Sherman Oaks) developments.

— David Parris
June 3, 2009 at 4:54 p.m.
— Dean
June 3, 2009 at 3:43 p.m.

Despite Neighborhood Council borders, there is a motion floating out there that was passed by city council giving the official borders of Sherman Oaks and I kick myself everyday for not keeping that PDF and I can't seem to find it. But as I remember, there are a couple of nuances still to go on this map.

1. Van Nuys Blvd down to Magnolia is still Van Nuys. When the borders were made, the businesses along the Van Nuys auto row felt they were still van nuys.

2. The western portion goes along the zip code line, which I believe extends beyond the 405 freeway along Sepulveda.

3. The eastern portion south of the 101 is the zip code line. I haven't brought out my map to double check, but I believe longridge, not fulton, becomes the zip code line b/w the la river and mulholland.


— Zach Behrens
June 3, 2009 at 10:32 a.m.

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