Located in the San Fernando Valley, Encino is north of Brentwood – between Tarzana and Sherman Oaks – occupying the northern face of the Santa Monica Mountains. Encino is a laid-back, quiet residential community offering both the canyon lifestyle and more urban lifestyle in Encino Village down along Ventura Boulevard.
Residents love its convenient location, especially the easy access to the 101 Freeway that makes it easy to get in and out of the areas. A quick jaunt down the 101 or 405 Freeways will take you to the Westside, beach cities or across the Valley to Sherman Oaks, Studio City or Burbank.
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Home prices in Encino are higher than the L.A. County average. The housing stock in the district is comprised of single-family homes and condominiums. The hills above the Valley are dotted with large luxury homes and estates. Enclaves within the community contain plenty of trees. You’ll never be very far from a park or the convenient shopping areas along Ventura.
The suburb of Encino possesses splendid architecture amidst the many green spaces, canyon roads, and gated communities. Traditional English, Cape Cod, Mid-Century Modern, Ranch, and Contemporary houses are some of the styles you will find here. In the pricier enclaves, you will find Mediterranean, Tuscan, and Traditional homes. Renowned architects like Martin Stern, Robert Byrd, and Richard Neutra have all left their mark here.
- Rancho Estates is a highly coveted neighborhood right below the Encino Reservoir, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Homes here sit on large lots amidst winding, tree-lined streets. Properties that include backyard pools and tennis courts are common. You can also find Ranch homes designed by Robert Byrd here.
- Amestoy Estates is another affluent enclave of Encino located just south of Ventura Boulevard. Cape Cod and Mediterranean homes are some of the beautiful
- Clark Gable Estates is a desirable part of Encino, situated just north of Ventura. Formerly home to the iconic actor, Clark Gable Estates is an attractive 30-acre neighborhood with estate homes.
- Lake Encino is a peaceful, scenic neighborhood around the reservoir with Ranch houses and estates, many built in the 1970s.
- Encino Village, once home to RKO’s studio, is now a lovely, relatively walkable residential neighborhood north of the 101 Freeway. Architect Martin Stern, Jr. designed many of the homes which fall into four main categories: traditional, ranch, transitional and modern. There are also several luxury condominiums available here, too.
- Encino Woods is a quiet enclave with a mix of homes and condominiums.
- Encino Flats sits just south of Ventura Boulevard near the 405 Freeway.
- Encino Hills/Royal Oaks is a lush hillside community abutted by the 405 Freeway along its eastern border.
On average, San Fernando Valley has 288 sunny days and less than 20 inches of rain annually. In the summer, temperatures will climb into the 90s F (and sometimes into the 100s), but it is a temperate climate. If you like low humidity, this is one area of Los Angeles that will suit your preference.
Encino has a rich history dating back centuries. In 1769, the Spanish explorer Portola led a group, which included missionary Juan Crespi, through the Sepulveda pass into the San Fernando Valley. Crespi called the Valley “El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos.”
Almost 75 years later, Rancho Los Encinos was established as part of a land grant which landed in Vincent De La Ossa’s hands and soon became a cattle ranch. Many more ranches sprouted up across the valley, and it wasn’t until the 1900s that the Encino community started to grow substantially, aided by the Encino Chamber of Commerce, and for a time, its demand as a Hollywood filming location.
Encino Farmers Market
Do you enjoy healthy, fresh produce? Check out the Encino Farmers Market. It’s open every Sunday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. What’s more, it was voted the best farmers market in San Fernando Valley. Live music and face painting and other kid’s activities can be found here, too.
Encino-Tarzana Branch Library
The branch library of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) system is open Monday-Saturday, serving both neighborhoods. Not only will you find books, reading groups, and computers, but their programming even includes yoga classes.
Parks & Recreation
Lake Balboa Park (a.k.a. Anthony C. Beilenson Park)
Part of the massive Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, this 80-acre water recreation area/park offers boating, fishing, and variety of other water activities on the 27-acre Lake Balboa. There are great paths for jogging and biking and ample locations for picnics and barbeques.
The Balboa Sports Complex
The sports complex includes lighted outdoor basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, a handball court, football field and baseball diamond. It also has an extensive gymnasium, children’s playground, and community room.
Technically in the Van Nuys section of the basin, but still part of the broader recreation area, Woodley Park is home to Leo Magnus Cricket Complex where some of the city’s best cricket players convene. It also houses the Woodley Park Archers which is open daily and free Saturday mornings. There are also open spaces to bring your dog.
Japanese Garden (aka SuihoEn)
SuihoEn, meaning “garden of water and fragrance,” is an authentic Japanese garden on the northeastern corner of the Sepulveda Basin just north of Woodley Park. Inspired by strolling gardens constructed in the 18th/19th century, this 6.5-acre space is the perfect retreat with flowers for all seasons, including cherry blossom and magnolia trees.
Also within the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area are three golf courses:
- Woodley Lakes Golf Course
- Balboa Golf Course
- Encino Municipal Golf Course
Los Encinos State Historic Park
Near the corner of Balboa and Ventura Blvd, Encino’s 4.7-acre park is a lovely haven with a lot of history. Officially deemed a California state park in 1949, it has a pond and natural spring, along with some of the original 19th-century adobe/limestone structures from Rancho Los Encinos.
Caballero Canyon Trail
In neighboring Tarzana, just up Reseda Boulevard, sits the Caballero Canyon Trail. Hikers take advantage of the networked trails to get a good workout, especially on a few of the steeper ascents. Trekkers are always rewarded by nature’s calming influence as well as panoramic views of the Valley.
Other nearby hiking options include:
- Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park
- San Vicente Mountain Park
Shopping & Dining
Ventura Boulevard offers a wide range of culinary options from Middle-Eastern mainstays, Japanese restaurants, American diners, pizza joints and cafes providing healthy fare. The boulevard is the main shopping drag in the area with both prominent national brands as well as locally-owned and operated specialty shops. Encino Commons is a hub of restaurants, spas and yoga studios, with Plaza De Oro Shopping Center just blocks away.
Encino has some a few lounges and gastropubs for happy hour and late-night libations. And in adjacent Tarzana, other area gems include a saloon with live music and bar games. Paladino’s boasts a whole line-up of bands and entertainment.
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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) operates the public and charter schools in Encino. Several private and religiously-affiliated schools are also available.
- Hesby Oaks (Elementary) – 15530 Hesby St., Encino, 91436
- Fred E. Lull Special Education Center – 17551 Miranda St., Encino, 91316
- Encino Elementary – 16941 Addison St., Encino, 91316
- Lanai Road Elementary – 4241 Lanai Rd., Encino, 91436
- Emelita Academy Charter – 17931 Hatteras St, Encino, CA 91316
- Encino Charter Elementary School – 16941 Addison St, Encino, CA 91316
- Crespi Carmelite High School – 5031 Alonzo Avenue, Encino, 91316
- Our Lady of Grace (Elementary) – 17720 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, 91316
- Westmark School (2-12) – 5461 Louise Ave, Encino, CA 91316
- Los Encinos School (Elementary) – 17114 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, 91316
- St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Elementary) – 4650 Haskell Avenue, Encino, 91436
- Valley Beth Shalom Day School (Elementary) – 15739 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, 91436
- Our Lady of Grace (TK – 8) – 17720 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
- Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School – 5300 White Oak Ave, Encino, CA 91316
- Estimated Population: 47,000
- Land Area: 9.50 square miles
- Population Density: 4,947 people per square mile (Low for L.A. County)
- Zip Code(s): 91316, 91403, 91436
- Elevation: 774 feet
- Encino (meaning “oak tree”) was named after one particular 700-year-old oak tree when Spanish explorer Portola happened upon it when hiking up the Sepulveda Pass in 1769. Sadly, only its stump remains.
- In the 1920s, Hollywood first came to Encino to take advantage of the ample land, shooting dozens of westerns here. And soon after, Frank Capra’s iconic It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed here.