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As one of the most affluent parts of the San Fernando Valley, Encino is known for its beautiful residential architecture and prime location. Ventura Boulevard connects the neighborhood to Sherman Oaks and Tarzana. The neighborhood’s proximity to Mulholland Drive also adjoins the area to the Hollywood Hills and the West Side. Encino is also ideal for nature lovers, since it flows directly into Topanga State Park.
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Flanked by Reseda to the north, Tarzana to the west, Sherman Oaks [link to neighborhood page] to the east, and Brentwood [link to neighborhood page] to the south, Encino’s central location in the south San Fernando Valley has contributed to its appeal for commuters, but also those that frequent surrounding Los Angeles neighborhoods [link to primary neighborhoods page] frequently. The local economy provides jobs primarily in health care, social services, and professional services such as financial and real estate.FIND AN AGENT
Encino has a history that dates back to 1769 when Spanish-European travelers on an expedition ventured up the Sepulveda Pass and stayed two nights at a village near what is now Los Encinos State Historic Park. A Franciscan missionary travelling with the expedition named the area “El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos.” All that remained later was the name Encino.
The lifestyle of Encino is quite active and catered to residents that enjoy being outside, taking advantage of the numerous eateries and shops along Ventura Blvd such as the Encino Commons, The Surly Goat, Aroma Cafe, Lakeside Cafe, and Benihana.
In addition to Los Encinos State Historic Park, which boasts historic buildings, a pond and a natural spring, Encino is also home to the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area that contains three golf courses, the Balboa Sports Complex, an off-leash dog park, and Balboa Lake.
There are a large number of schools in Encino, many of which are private. Public and private schools of note include Emelita Street Elementary School, Lanai Road Elementary School, Sage Academy, and Crespi Carmelite High School.
Encino real estate saw a 8 percent increase in median home sales price over the last year showing a strong investment opportunity.
With a large stock of single family homes, condos, multi-family buildings, Encino is a good market for first-time home buyers, as well as investors and developers.
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