Located at the foothills of the rolling Santa Monica Mountains, Encino, California, is a paragon of exceptional commercial and cultural value. This hilly district of Los Angeles is located just outside Hollywood and is widely known for its arresting beauty and its flourishing art scene. Unlike the surrounding areas, which have become increasingly urban, Encino has maintained a small town feel. Neighbors know one another, and community involvement begets a thriving familial atmosphere, making Encino the perfect place to call home!
The area currently known as Encino was originally inhabited by Grabielino Indians, who were on hand to greet Spanish adventurer Gasper de Portola upon his landing in 1769 underneath the iconic oak trees of the Monterey region.
Due to its sprawling beauty and lush landscape, Encino soon became known throughout California.
In 1810, following the Mexican Revolution, Rancho Los Encino’s’ hilly seven square miles were granted to the favored indigenous peoples.
In 1835, Mexico declared Los Angeles to be a city. The next few years were tumultuous and full of both growth and struggle.
In 1836, a large scale civil war broke out and consumed the region, pitting northern Californians against Southern. This year also saw the first official census taken of Los Angeles, as well as the first vigilante justice task force commissioned.
In 1839, Mexico’s Governor exiled all foreigners who would not become Mexican citizens, but a few short years later fate would have it that gold would be discovered in a Californian stream, resulting in a frenzied influx of prospectors and settlers pursuing better lives and dreams of wealth.
In 1848, Mexico and the United States reached an agreement to end the Mexican War, and California was subsequently admitted to the Union following a Congressional compromise. This decision was likely influenced by the population explosion resulting from the California gold rush.
In 1927, Encino began a Chamber of Commerce, which has worked closely with the community to develop and promote the exuberant Southern California city.
Much like the mighty oaks that give Encino its name, the local community is mighty and deeply rooted. Today Encino serves a vital role in area commerce and in all things evidences excellence.
Encino offers visitors the chance to revisit history while enjoying the transcendence of nature. Nestled between the most repudiated state parks in Southern California, the oak dotted hills of Encino are themselves home to exemplary recreation spots and historic sites.
Los Encino State Historic Park
This five acre state park includes many original buildings such as the Garnier Building, a blacksmith shop, and the nine-room de la Ossa Adobe. It also features a gorgeous natural spring and lovely pond.
16756 Moorpark St
Encino, CA 91436
Phone: (818) 784-4849
The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area
This renowned game area features the best grass cricket pitches in the United States and is located near golf courses, sport centers, and gardens. A paved bike bath circles the perimeter ideal for jogging or roller-blading.
17017 Burbank Boulevard,
Encino, CA 91316
Phone: (818) 756-8060
This charming park includes the Encino Community Center and contains basketball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds and barbeque pits.
16953 Ventura Boulevard
Encino, CA 91316
Phone: (818) 995-1690
Encino is situated in one of the most exciting regions in the world, with more museums and attractions per capita than any other city in the United States. Located minutes from downtown Hollywood and Los Angeles, Encino has become home to numerous celebrities and offers every experience imaginable except a dull moment!
Universal Studios Hollywood
Step into a world of magic at this movie studio and theme park located just minutes from Encino. In addition to being the oldest operating movie studio in existence, Universal Studios offers thrilling attractions, rides, tours, and live entertainment.
100 Universal City Plaza
Phone: (800) 864-8377
Millions of visitors each year flock to this amusement park located on the world famous Santa Monica Pier for the games, rides, and festive atmosphere.
380 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 260-8744
This community center and summer camp offers programs in sports, drama, arts, music, yoga, cooking, dance, theater, and much more! Complete with shaded play areas for toddlers, safe, clean, fenced areas for children, and strong support networks, Camp Encino offers unparalleled value to its community.
4935 Balboa Boulevard,
Encino, CA 91367
Phone: (818) 995-1690
Encino Chamber of Commerce Calendar
Events in Encino