9324074_origEncino, California

Nestled on the north face of the Santa Monica Mountains is the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Encino. Known as the “Bedroom to the Stars”, many a leading man or starlette has called Encino home.  From Ashlee Simpson’s wedding to Pete Wentz to Al Jolson’s honorary mayor status, the city is known to have hosted many moments in entertainment history.  Encino has all the big city wants – stores, parks and entertainment – with all the suburban needs – quiet neighborhoods, a private space and good schools. Encino truly is a bustling little suburb that has the heart of big city.

Neighborhoods of Interest

Neighborhood Guide

On August 5, 1769, Gaspar de Portola and his Spanish explorers crossed the Sepulveda Pass, becoming the first white men to enter the San Fernando Valley and naming it El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos.  The city eventually started as a land grant given to a local band of Mission Native Americans by the Mexican Government after the secularization of the country’s many missions that dotted the California landscape. The city proper – then known as Rancho Encino – was officially set up in 1845. It’s name derives from the Spanish for “Ranch of the Evergreens” and is called so with reason. Even though the town has grown over the years, it still retains it’s idyllic forested hills that allow for amazing views of the Valley.
Public Schools:
Los Angeles Unified School Distrcit operates the public schools in Encino.
Encino Public Elementary Schools:

  1. Emelita Elementary School
  2. Encino Elementary School
  3. Lanai Road Elementary School
  4. Hesby Oaks School – K-8

Encino Public Middle Schools:

  1. Mulholland Middle School
  2. Portola Middle School
  3. Hesby Oaks School – K-8

Encino Public High Schools:

  1. Birmingham High School
  2. Reseda High School

Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies  and Zane Grey Continuation High School are also in the area.

Private schools 
The private schools are:

  1. Children’s Community School,
  2. Los Encinos School,
  3. The Learning Center Foundation
  4. Valley Beth Shalom Day School,
  5. St.Cyril’s of Jerusalem
  6. Westmark School
  7. Holy Martyrs Armenian High School, and
  8. Crespi Carmelite High School.
  9. Our Lady of Grace
Encino has you covered on any sort of activity you might desire.

If shopping is your sport of choice, head down historic Ventura Boulevard you can visit some of the 300 (!) shops and restaurants in the new Encino Commons area of the city. Billed as the Valley’s Miracle Mile, the Encino Commons is fast becoming a destination for locals to shop, get a meal or just sit on a bench and people watch.  Or if food is more of your thing, check out the Farmer’s Market on Sundays between 8AM and 1PM.

If the outdoors is what you prefer, the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area is a massive outdoor play space that includes cricket fields and two golf courses. The nearby Balboa Sports Complex includes 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.  For you serious bikers, the Encino Velodrome has all of your bicycling needs.

Want to be outside but not swing a golf club? Why not stop by the 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. Or you can visit the the Sepulveda Garden Center, a community garden with 16 acres of land and 420 garden plots. Finally, why not bring Spot with you and visit the the Sepulveda Basin Off-leash Dog Park with it’s six and a half acres of leash free space and half an acre “small dog” park. Make a day of it and have a picnic at the on-leash picnic area. With a hundred parking spots around the park, there is always a place for you and your family – both furry and not!

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