If you’re thinking about moving into the sun-drenched southern half of the Golden state, you should put Encino, California on your set of places to move into. There’s a good variety of apartments rentals, condominiums and full size homes available from the $200,000s to millions of dollars depending on your preferences. The aesthetic of the region is basically no-frills, with enjoyable earth tones and Spanish-influenced structures complemented by lush green yards dotted with palm trees.
Encino can be found in the central part of the southern San Fernando Valley and on the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is flanked on the north by Reseda and the Sepulveda Basin, on the east by Sherman Oaks, on the southeast by Bel-Air, on the south by Brentwood and on the West by Tarzana.
HISTORY OF ENCINO
In 1769, the Spanish Portola expedition, first Europeans to visually perceive inland areas of California, peregrinated north through Sepulveda pass into the San Fernando Valley on August 5 and stayed two nights at a native village near what is now Los Encinos State Historic Park. Fray Juan Crespi, a Franciscan missionary travelling with the expedition, designated the valley “El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos” (The Valley of St. Catherine of Bononia of the Oaks). All of Crespi’s designations was later dropped except “encino”.
Rancho Los Encinos (Ranch of Oak Trees) was established in 1845 when an immensely colossal parcel of former Mission San Fernando land was granted to three Mission Indians by governor Pio Pico. Many ranchos were engendered after the secularization of the California missions, which commenced in 1834. Encino derives its name from the rancho.
PERKS OF LIVING IN ENCINO
- The Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area
This recreation area includes the Woodley Worel/Magnus Cricket containing the four best grass cricket pitches in the United States. Host to many famous stars and games reflecting cricket’s inchoation in Los Angeles from 1888. Also included in the basin is the Encino Golf Course and the Balboa Golf Course, having a total of 36 golf apertures. The Balboa Municipal Golf Course, a short-length golf course, was lengthened by Steve Timm in 2008. The Balboa course has a banquet room, back nine play, cart rental, club rentals, classes, a lighted driving range, a lounge, practice chipping greens, practice putting greens, and a restaurant. The Encino Municipal Golf Course, the second course of the two Sepulveda Dam courses, is a medium-length course that was built by William P. Bell and Sons and opened in 1957. The course has large, tree-lined fairways. The course has the same features that the Balboa course has.
- Los Encinos State Historic Park
The park includes the pristine nine-room de la Ossa Adobe, the Garnier Building, a blacksmith shop, a pond, and a natural spring. You can also visit the the Sepulveda Garden Center, a community garden with 16 acres of land and 420 garden plots. With a hundred parking spots around the park, there is always a place for you and your family!
- Encino Commons
Known as the Valley’s Miracle Mile, the Encino Commons is expeditious becoming a destination for locals to shop, get a repast or just sit on a bench and people watch. Or if pabulum is more of your thing, check out the Farmer’s Market on Sundays between 8AM and 1PM.