City of Encino
The City of Encino is known for its L.A. Charm, and is one of the oldest parts of the Valley.
The name Encino means “evergreen” or “oak” in Spanish.
Encino has a small town feel, but offers an array of amenities within walking distance. The main area for shopping and dining is situated along Ventura Blvd, home to more than 300 businesses.
If you are an active person, you are guaranteed to have a great time here. Encino offers a bounty of activities and events.
It is a upper middle class, historic neighborhood, with quiet blocks mostly consisting of big houses, as well as areas with clusters of apartment buildings.
With a low population of 52,002, Encino is one of the best places to live in California.
Encino is situated in the central portion of the southern San Fernando Valley and on the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is flanked on the north by Reseda and the Sepulveda Basin, on the east by Sherman Oaks, on the southeast by Bel-Air, on the south by Brentwood and on the west by Tarzana.
Forty-six percent of Encino residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2019, a high percentage for both the city and the county. The percentage of residents with a master’s degree was also high.
Encino is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD):
• Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter School (K-8), 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
• 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
Parks and recreation
California State Parks operates the 5-acre, Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino. The park includes the original nine room de la Ossa Adobe, the Garnier Building, a blacksmith shop, a pond, and a natural spring.
The Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area, located in Encino, includes the Woodley Worel/Magnus Cricket Complex with the four best grass cricket pitches in the United States. Host to many famous stars and games reflecting cricket’s origins in Los Angeles from 1888. Also included in the basin is the Encino Golf Course and the Balboa Golf Course, having a total of 36 golf holes. The Balboa Municipal Golf Course, a short-length golf course, was lengthened by Steve Timm in 2008.
The Balboa course has a banquet room, back nine play, cart rental, club rental, classes, a lighted driving range, a lounge, practice chipping greens, practice putting greens, and a restaurant. The Encino Municipal Golf Course, the second course of the two Sepulveda Dam courses, is a medium-length course that was designed by William P. Bell and Sons and opened in 1957. The course has large, tree-lined fairways. The course has the same features that the Balboa course has. The 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, an unlighted soccer field, lighted tennis courts, and lighted volleyball courts.The Sepulveda Basin Off-leash Dog Park is a dog park in Encino. The dog park has 6.5 acres of leash-free dog area, a 0.5-acre small dog area, an on-leash picnic area, 100 parking spots, and public telephones. The Sepulveda Garden Center, a community garden area in Encino, has about 16 acres of land and 420 garden plots.