Welcome to Encino
Situated at the intersection of the 405 and the 101, Encino is at one of the most ideal crossroads in Los Angeles. With neighborhood communities and its prime location, Encino is perfect for those who want the best of both worlds. Ranch-inspired architecture was (and still is) popular in the area. However, many houses have also come to embrace more Mid-Century design features in addition to country-style accents in recent years.
Encino has always been at the center of the map. In the early 20th Century, the Encino Roadhouse became a twice-a-day stop for the Overland Mail Stage between Los Angeles and San Francisco in addition to being a fully functioning ranch.
Encino, which is Spanish for “Oak Tree,” also has a rich agricultural history. Before this area was a convenient stopping point, it was granted to the Grabielino Indians as a result of the Mexican Revolution in 1810. Rancho Los Encinos was then later turned into Vincent De La Ossa’s own adobe, which would go on to house over 500 cattle and employ over 20 ranch hands until the 1860s. A part of this adobe still stands today and is an interesting site for those just discovering the area.
Encino is a popular spot for those looking to retire, as the low crime rate and quiet vibe make it an ideal place to settle down and relax. Because of this, college-educated seniors are the predominant demographic in Encino. However, its close proximity to lively cities like Hollywood and Malibu also make it a top choice for urban sophisticates and executives.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Ventura Boulevard, which runs parallel to the 101, is the main street for local entertainment and restaurants. With an array of dining options that feature everything from trendy cafes to exotic eateries, there’s plenty for locals to experience. Spots like Breakfast at the Nook and More than Waffles are favorite brunch destinations while Vino Wine and Tapas Room and The Surly Goat are great for a night out.
For those looking to be entertained, Laemmle's Town Center 5 is an excellent independent movie theater. Outdoor venue Tapia Brothers Inc. features seasonally-themed activities such as a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and Christmas market.
Things to Do
Encino is rich in outdoor attractions, making it perfect for those who enjoy fresh air and having an active lifestyle. The Encino Velodrome has an outdoor bicycle racing track while the Los Encinos State Historic Park features picnic grounds as well as a museum and several historic buildings. The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area has golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, bike paths, and playgrounds. Plus, the area is surrounded by beautiful cherry trees.
In terms of education, Encino has many wonderful private, public, and charter school options.
- Encino Charter Elementary School, Public Charter, K-5
- Lanai Road Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Hesby Oaks, Public Charter, K-8
- Milken Community Schools, Private, 7-12
- High Tech Los Angeles, Public, 9-12