I specialize in this area and there are several homes on the market right now that would meet your criteria. I definitely understand what you're saying about being able to get "more bang for your buck" in the Valley and have several clients who have bought in Sherman Oaks and neighboring areas for that reason. I would be happy to help you find a great home! Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, and I'd be happy to talk about the current market, send you some listings and show you some homes.
Keller Williams Realty
#1 Buyers Agent KW Los Angeles