Gated estate-style homes and parks showcasing the region's natural beauty.
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Welcome to Encino

Discover Encino: A Hidden Gem in the San Fernando Valley

Encino is home to many celebrities and is known for its private, gated estate-style homes and parks showcasing the region's natural beauty. With a population of around 47,000, Encino offers a luxurious suburban atmosphere, complete with cul-de-sac subdivisions and a tranquil environment away from tourist crowds. From a peaceful daytime vibe to vibrant nightlife, Encino attracts those who can afford its upscale real estate.

The Layout of Encino

Ventura Boulevard serves as the main retail hub, dividing Encino into northern and southern sections. The northern part has a grid-like layout and is relatively flat, while the southern section features sprawling cul-de-sac subdivisions and ascends into the hills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The northern area offers a compact suburban feel, while the southern part boasts spacious estates. Encino is known for its single-family homes with a mix of mid-century, contemporary, Craftsman, and Spanish-style architecture. Many homes are surrounded by tall bushes, hedges, fences, and gates, providing privacy. Houses in Encino typically stay on the market for 36 days, with a median sales price of $1.6 million as of 2024 and one of the most expensive sales exceeding $18 million. Due to moderate flood risk, prospective buyers should consider flood insurance.

Recreation in Encino

Encino is flanked by two expansive parks, offering year-round recreational opportunities. The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area in the northern part features a lake with paddle boats, a public golf course, and a Japanese garden. To the south, Topanga State Park offers scenic hiking trails through the Santa Monica Mountains. Centrally located Encino Park is popular for its lit basketball courts, playground, and classes for children and adults.

Shopping and Dining on Ventura Boulevard

Ventura Boulevard, lined with palm trees, offers a bustling shopping and dining scene known as "Encino Commons: The Valley’s Miracle Mile." This urban downtown area features businesses on the ground level of mid-rise and high-rise buildings, including upscale eateries, boutiques, big box stores, and chain restaurants. Notable shopping centers include Encino Pharmacy Valley Shopping Center, Encino Marketplace, and Encino Town Center.

Education in Encino

Encino is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has a B-plus rating from Niche. The district, which serves about 450,000 students, boasts an A rating in teacher quality and an A-minus in college prep, with a student-teacher ratio of 20-to-1. Nearby higher education institutions include Pierce College, West Coast University – Los Angeles, and Casa Loma College.

Community Life and Events

The Encino Farmers Market is a weekly year-round event featuring organic produce, local entertainment, and pop-up book sales. The Encino Community Center offers summer camps, creative arts programs, and seasonal events such as a Halloween Carnival and Spring Egg Hunt.

Transportation and Accessibility

Encino residents have convenient access to larger Southern California cities. U.S. Route 101 connects Encino to Los Angeles (about 20 miles, 45 minutes) and Glendale (about 20 miles, 30 minutes). Public transportation includes Metro bus and rail services. Future developments include the Mercedes Benz Tower, a 12-story mixed-use apartment space next to Los Encinos State Historic Park. Encino Hospital Medical Center provides nearby healthcare, and the closest major airport is Hollywood Burbank Airport (Bob Hope) in Burbank, California.

Around Encino, CA

There's plenty to do around Encino, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Pete's Sweets, Ceramic Art Space, and Yin's Tae Kwon DO.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.88 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.48 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.03 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.3 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.67 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.89 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Encino, CA

Encino has 19,372 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Encino do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 47,626 people call Encino home. The population density is 13,035.193 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Encino, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Encino. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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