Some of you may have heard of this quiet residential area of Sherman Oaks with boundaries of Fulton to the West, Coldwater Cyn to the east, Chandler to the North and Riverside to the south, but for those of you who have not here is a little info for you.Called by Realtors over the years as “Hidden Woods” it is here that the words “pocket” and “neighborhood” exude their true meaning where the perfect combination of dead end and mature tree lined streets, carefully subdivided lots and a one of the areas great home builders William Mellenthin all came together in the late 40’s and early 50’s.
Some of you know a classic Mellenthin (pronounced Mellen-tine) house when you see it. The cupola or “bird houses” located above the garage, wood siding, pitched roofs, large picture windows, used brick wood burning fireplaces, “Mellenthin blocks” in the kitchen and gorgeous oak hardwood floors.
The dead end tree lined streets and many cu-de-sacs made the area and his little homes that much more desirable. In fact, these homes are known to sell for more money than similar starter homes because of their character and their location.
Mellenthin himself even lived in Hidden Woods purchasing a home from the Silsby family on Addison in 1949 on several acres and made one of his largest purchases the Buck Jones estate on 12.5 acres located between Fulton and Leghorn and Chandler and Magnolia for his development of “rustic homes.”
Known for having wonderful community events such as semiannual block parties, 4th of July parades and active neighborhood watch groups, Hidden Woods has become one of Sherman Oaks most desirable neighborhoods.