Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Zip Code Controversy!

At least one reader thinks that house on Margate (see comment in post below) really is in Sherman Oaks. The commenter says that Sherman Oaks cuts off at Burbank. Which would mean that 91401 is half in Sherman Oaks and half in Van Nuys. Which is silly, really. As far as I'm concerned there are two Sherman Oaks zip codes: 91423 and 91403. Check out their cutoffs below.



Nevertheless, apparently the post office will recognize a few homes in 91401 as Sherman Oaks (using their address look up tool). Any of you Valley politicos reading this who care to share the city council history on this naming convention -- please feel free to do so in the comments. Or if you just want to wax poetic about your thoughts on Valley neighborhoods: hey, it's a free country. Knock yourself out!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sherman Oaks Adjacent. You knew it was coming...

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone can clarify something. Doesn't the "Studio City" Post Office branch building on Laurel Canyon south of Ventura Blvd. say "North Hollywood, Calif."? It's an old (circa 1950s/60s?) branch; I'm wondering if the definitions of Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and North Hollywood have been fluid for decades.

"Sherman Oaks Adjacent"? LOL. How about: SOPO (Sherman Oaks Post Office)?

Kate said...

Well, assuming you believe this is Sherman Oaks, then it's VAN NUYS ADJACENT. I wonder why you never see it advertised that way?

Charlie Two Fingers said...

For me, this whole area has always been "Reseda Adjacent."

Mike Johnson said...

Well, silly or not, Burbank Boulevard really is the boundary and has been for a long time.

Zip Codes are a product of the USPS. They don't necessarily follow any particular geographic or political boundaries. The point of the zip code is to make mail sorting and delivery more efficient, and artificial boundaries would just get in the way. You really can't rely on a zip code to tell you anything other than how the mail is processed.

The USPS can and will change zip codes if they change where mail is sorted. People in Newbury Park recently fought to prevent the USPS from sorting their mail in Oxnard. Had the USPS made that change, all sorts of zip codes would've been affected.

the problemwithcaring said...

I don't get it. South of Burbank is Sherman Oaks. The house is north. Umm.. what controversy?

Sherman Oaks Map

Mike Johnson said...

That's what I thought at first, too. Kate's map has a pin north of Burbank. But the address, 13465 Margate, is actually south of Burbank.

Kate said...

the pin is for the zip code -- not the house at issue.

Anonymous said...

The northern boundary of Sherman Oaks used to be Magnolia. That's when the Zip codes were established. About 15 years ago the people that lived between Magnolia and Burbank had the northern boundary of Sherman Oaks changed to Burbank. The Zip codes did not change.

My uncle has lived just south of Burbank Blvd for over 30 years. His address changed from Van Nuys to Sherman Oaks but his Zip code is still 91411.

Anonymous said...

I recently looked at a house on Vesper Ave. north of Burbank. The listing agent told me they are trying to get that area north of Burbank included in Sherman Oaks. I know my house would be more valuable in Sherman Oaks than Van Nuys, but come on, how easy is it for a group of realtors and neighbors to change the zip codes?

dan said...

At the USPS' website, you can see all cities in a zip code. They state that Sherman Oaks does fall in 91401 and 91411. They also accept Van Nuys for 91423 and 91403, should anyone want to use that. What I'm unclear on is Sherman Village--which they list as a city in 91607.

http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/citytown_zip.jsp