The city of Encino (Spanish for “oak tree”) is located in the San Fernando Valley in the greater Los Angeles area. Located on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains, it is flanked on the east side by the San Diego Freeway (405) and the Ventura Freeway (101) runs east/west through it. One of Encino’s great assets is their wildly popular stretch of Ventura Blvd. “The Boulevard”, as it is often referred to, boasts a wide variety of businesses, services, shops and of course, restaurants! There is something for everyone: Versaille’s Cuban menu, Lum Ka Naad’s Thai, Jerry’s “Famous” Deli, Okumura’s sushi and the must-see “Pope’s Table” at Buca di Beppo, featuring a bust of “Il Papa”, encased in glass on a giant round table that seats a dozen hungry souls!
Encino has been home to many celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gable (the Gable Estates are named after him), the Jackson family, as in Michael Jackson, George Kennedy, Rue McClanahan, and Scott Baio just to name a few, and known for the 1992 film, “Encino Man” starring Pauly Shore!
Encino is a beautiful city and is considered one of the most prestigious locations in the San Fernando Valley. It is home to a variety of neighborhoods, with real estate prices varying from the more expensive “South of the Boulevard” to the more affordable homes and condos as you head farther north. The city is in the midst of reinventing itself with new homes being built and a wave of remodeling, seen on almost every street!
For families in Encino, there is a wide variety of top-rated schools, from Pre-K to High School. The Los Angeles Unified School District has some great public schools such as the highly acclaimed Lanai Road Elementary (K-5). Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter is a fine K-8 charter school.
Encino real estate prices range from around $250,000 for a small condo to over $10,000.000 for a large custom home. Encino has many housing options from amazing view properties overlooking the San Fernando Valley, to large lots such as the prestigious pocket of Royal Oaks that features many oak trees. There are more affordable homes with smaller lots in some areas north of the boulevard, as well as areas with condos and townhomes. No matter the area, Encino is sought after and viewed as a great place to live!
With the Westside of Los Angeles becoming ever more crowded and real estate prices out of reach for many families, Encino has become a popular option to settle down in, while still allowing easy access to major freeways, for those who work in the city.
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