Encino got its name in 1769. The Portola Expedition of Spaniards, who became the first Europeans to see inland California, stayed for two nights in a Native American village near the current site of Los Encinos State Historic Park. The expedition’s chaplain, Fray Juan Crespi, named the site “El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bolonia de Los Encinos” (The Valley of St. Catherine of Bologna of the Holm Oaks).
Shortened to “Encino,” the neighborhood today is a haven for young professionals and retirees, blending suburban peace with urban convenience in the form of abundant restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The historic park features a museum and preserved buildings, in addition to being a great place to take in a stroll or a picnic.
The recreation opportunities continue in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, a sprawling sporting development featuring baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, and a major Cricket complex that has hosted internationally renowned Cricket teams. The basin features a lake surrounded by hiking and biking trails, lined with over 2,000 anonymously-donated cherry blossom trees that burst into breathtaking bloom every Spring.
Also known in popular culture as the home of Patchy the Pirate from Spongebob and Brendan Fraser’s caveman breakout role in Encino Man, Encino is the kind of homey community where families dig in, nest, and stay for several generations. Homes average a comfortable 3,000+ square feet, with most listings falling in the $1 million-$2 million range.
Despite the proximity to the amenities and glamour of Los Angeles, Encino has a decidedly small-town feel. There’s a farmer’s market, a community garden, and tons of places to have a picnic. With easy access to Hwy 101 and surrounded by great schools and the beautiful scenery of the Santa Monica Mountains, Encino is a spectacular place to call home.
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