Encino is a Spanish word for ‘Oak Tree’ and has been a growing seed of the Los Angeles area since the mid-1800s. It is an enclave of the San Fernando Valley filled with quiet blocks of big houses, as well as areas with clusters of apartment buildings. The area is stretched along the North bend of the Santa Monica Mountains, offering a sunny escape far from Downtown for all the residents of the valley.

Encino is the perfect combination of a quiet, residential neighbourhood and vibrant nightlife! The place is at the heart of the San Fernando Valley, with Sherman Oaks to the east, Tarzana to the west, and the Topanga State Park to the South.! 

If you are looking to buy a homey atmosphere that treats its residents with love & care, then Encino is the preferred option. The area is amplified with a local farmer’s market, community garden, meeting spots, playing area, picnic grounds, and other kinds of attractions. 

Shopping and Malls

Encino has lots of shops and restaurants on Venture Blvd. There is the “Encino Town Center, which has stores and restaurants. The closets Malls for the Encino area are the Sherman Oaks Galleria, which has stores, restaurants and offices and the Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, which has over 150 stores, including restaurants, Macy’s and Bloomingdale.

HISTORY

The first Europeans to see inland areas of California is the Spanish Portola Expedition. They travelled north through Sepulveda pass into the San Fernando Valley and stayed few nights at a native village near present-day Los Encino’s State Historic Park. The valley was then named ‘El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bolonia de Los Encino’s’ by a Franciscan missionary (Fray Juan Crespi) traveling with the expedition. Later all of the Crespi’s name was dropped except ‘Encino’.

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    In 1845, Rancho Los Encino’s (Ranch of Holm Oaks) was established when a large parcel of former Mission San Fernando was granted to three Mission Indians by Governor Pio Pico. After the beginning of the secularization of the California mission in 1834, many of the ranchos were created and Encino derived its name from the rancho.

    POPULATION

    According to the 2008 U.S. Census, the city estimated the resident population to be 44,581 in the 9.5-square-mile Encino neighbourhood. The median age for residents was 42. 

    The racial make-up of the area –

    Whites: 80.1%

    Latinos: 8.5%

    Asians: 4.9%

    Blacks: 2.4%

    Others: 4.1%

    Iranian: 30.1%

    Russians: 6.4%

    ECONOMY

    In 2008, the median yearly household income was $78,529 and is considered high for the city. The average household of 2.3 people was low as compared to the rest of the city and county. The local economy is primarily based on health care services (Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center hospitals), professional services (real estate, accounting, financial services, and legal), and social services. There are around 3,800 businesses in the region employing 27,000 people at an annual payroll of $1.4 billion. 

    EDUCATION

    Public schools in the region –

    Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter School (K-8 school), LAUSD, 15530 Hesby Street

    Encino Charter Elementary School, LAUSD, 16941 Addison Street

    Emelita Street Elementary School, LAUSD, 17931 Hatteras Street

    Fred E. Lull Special Education Center, LAUSD, 17551 Miranda Street

    Lanai Road Elementary School, LAUSD, 4241 Lanai Road

    Private schools in the region –

    Sage Academy, elementary, 5901 Lindley Avenue

    Westmark School, 5461 Louise Avenue

    Holy Martyrs Armenian High School/Ferrahian, 5300 White Oak Avenue

    Crespi Carmelite High School, 5031 Alonzo Avenue

    Our Lady of Grace School, elementary, 17720 Ventura Boulevard

    Los Encinos School, elementary, 17114 Ventura Boulevard

    Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, elementary, 4650 Haskell Avenue

    Valley Beth Shalom Day School, 15739 Ventura Boulevard

    International School of Los Angeles (Lycee International de Los Angeles), 5933 Lindley Avenue

    PARKS AND RECREATION

    The most famous of all is the Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino operated by California State Parks. It includes the original nine-room de la Ossa Adobe, the Garnier Building, a blacksmith shop, a pond, and a natural spring.

    It has Sepulveda Dam Recreational area, located in Encino that includes the Woodley Worel/Magnus Cricket Complex with the four best grass cricket pitches in the United States.

    There is also Balboa Sports Complex in Encino includes a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, a community room, a lighted football field, a lighted handball court, an indoor gymnasium without weights and with a capacity for 400 people.

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    Encino is ideally located for those who want easy access to some of the best shopping and amenities that Los Angeles has to offer, but without the intense crowd that can be found in a major metropolitan Center.