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Lake Balboa, an artificial lake in Encino's Balboa Park.
Rancho Encino, part of the town's original namesake, 1900.
Encino (Spanish for evergreen or holm oak) is a hilly district of the City of Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker. Specifically, it is located in the central portion of the southern San Fernando Valleymarker and on the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountainsmarker. It derives its name from the Rancho Los Encinosmarker (Ranch of the Evergreens), a parcel of land given to three Mission Indians by the Mexican government following its secularization of the California missions beginning in 1834. Rancho Encino was established in 1845. [51509]

The portion of the Los Angeles River that runs through the Encino area is one of only two unpaved areas necessitated by the high water table. The original aquifer that fed the City of Los Angeles is the one located below Encino.


Encino is bordered by Tarzanamarker on the west, the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area on the north, Sherman Oaksmarker on the east, and the Encino Reservoir of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on the south. The district's boundaries are roughly Mulholland Drive on the south, Lindley Avenue on the west, Victory Boulevard on the north, and the San Diego Freeway on the east. Major thoroughfares include Ventura, Magnolia and Burbank Boulevards, as well as White Oak Avenue, Balboa Boulevard, Haskell Avenue and Hayvenhurst Avenue.


As of the 2000 Census, the population of Encino was 40,946, with a population density of 3,864.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the district was 89.90% White, 1.78% African American, 4.38% Asian, 0.19% Native American, and 4.13% belonged to other races. Hispanic or Latino residents, of any race, were 4.62% of the population.

18.25% of the population was under 18, and 20.08% was over 64. The district contained 18,159 housing units in a land area of 10.59 square miles (27.44 square kilometers). Water covers 0.13 square miles (0.33 square kilometers) of the district.

In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Encino neighborhood statistics: population: 41,905; median household income: $78,529.


The local economy provides jobs primarily in health care (including one of two Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center hospitals), social services, and professional services (accounting and financial services, real estate, and legal) sectors. There are approximately 3,800 businesses employing about 27,000 people at an annual payroll of $1,400,000,000.

Government and infrastructure

Local government

Most of Encino lies within Los Angeles City Council District 5, the portion north of the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) being in District 6. Encino is also represented in the city by the Encino Neighborhood Council, an advisory body under the auspices of the city Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE).

Los Angeles Fire Department Station 83 (Encino) and Station 100(West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa) serve the community.

Los Angeles Police Department operates the nearby West Valley Community Police Station.

Federal, state, and county representation

Encino is in Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors district 3.

The United States Postal Service operates the Encino Post Office at 5805 White Oak Avenue and the Balboa Van Nuys Post Office at 4930 Balboa Boulevard.


Post-secondary education

Encino is the location of Phillips Graduate Institute and a Pepperdine Universitymarker satellite campus.

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Area public primary and secondary schools are operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The area is within Board District 4. As of 2008 Marlene Canter represents the district. Canter announced that she will not seek re-election after her term expires in June 2009.

The public elementary schools serving Encino are:
  • Emelita Elementary School
  • Encino Elementary School
  • Lanai Road Elementary School]
  • Hesy Oaks School

The public middle schools serving Encino are:
  • Mulholland Middle School
  • Portola Middle School
  • Hesby Oaks School

The public high schools serving Encino are:

Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies is a magnet school in the area.

Zane Grey Continuation High School is in the area.

Private schools

The private schools are:

Public libraries

Encino-Tarzana Branch
The Los Angeles Public Library operates the Encino-Tarzana Branch at 18321 Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.

Notable residents


Encino Sun is a local community newspaper.

Encino in popular culture

It is the setting and namesake of the 1992 comedy, Encino Man.

Within Encino is what was the Encino RKO Ranch, where the mythical town of Bedford Falls stood during the filming of It's A Wonderful Life.

Dave Grohl mentioned wearing a black "Encino" shirt to the MTV Movie Awards in a Spin Magazine interview and says of Encino, "There are some really good delis out here." Grohl also mentions, "Dude, I love the Valley!"

Encino is mentioned in Frank Zappa's 1982 hit song, Valley Girl.

It is a place where the crew of Blue Thunder, a 1983 film with Roy Scheider, during their helicopter shift secretly watch a woman performing physical exercise at her house while elsewhere LA councilwoman Diane McNeely is shot.

"The Point" from Fast Times at Ridgemont High was located at one of the baseball fields in Encino Little League.

Ali's (Elisabeth Shue) family lived in Encino in the movie The Karate Kid. Their country club was Encino Oaks and they lived on Alonzo Avenue.

Encino is where live-action specials on the popular cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants take place. The character Patchy the Pirate from SpongeBob SquarePants lives in Encino.

Encino is the setting of the first half of Chileanmarker author Alberto Fuguet's novel Las películas de mi vida (The Movies Of My Life).

Encino is where, according to a recurring on-air gag, Match Game panelist Brett Somers would take host Gene Rayburn to a nice hotel after the show if she were "feeling frisky."

The 40-Year-Old Virgin was partly filmed in Encino.

Tribal Tech, a progressive Jazz fusion band, has a song called Sheik of Encino.

In the 2008 movie Hancock, Ray Embrey, one of main characters, states that his son plays on the little league soccer team the Encino Hurricanes, suggesting that the movie is at least partially set there.

Miles Straume of Lost claims to be from Encino.

A bonus level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is set in a museum located in Encino.

Notable attractions

The stump pictured is all that remains of the historic millennium-old California Live Oak
The Encino Velodrome has provided an outdoor oval bicycle racing track since 1963.

Los Encinos State Historic Park features historic buildings, a small museum, and picnic grounds.

The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area is a large area in Encino with multiple golf courses, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, bike paths and a lake bordered by about 2,000 Pink Cloud Cherry Trees that blossom in the Spring and were donated anonymously.

For over a millennium, the area known as Encino was the home of a massive California live oak known as the Encino Oak Tree. It is possible that Encino is named because of this particular tree. It was known for both its size and longevity. The tree died on February 7, 1998 after an El Niño Storm felled it. Today there is a monument to the great tree at the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Louise Avenue where the Encino Oak once stood.

Encino is home to L.A.'s largest Earth Day festival held annually at Woodley Park.


  1. "Encino" entry on the Los Angeles Times "Mapping L.A." website
  2. Encino Neighborhood Council
  3. Station 83
  4. Station 100
  5. [1]
  6. " Post Office Location - ENCINO." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  7. " Post Office Location - BALBOA VAN NUYS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  8. Board District 4 Map. Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
  9. " Board Members." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
  10. " Two LAUSD board members retire, Friedlander wins Shoah scholarship prize." The Jewish Journal. November 12, 2008.
  11. Lanai Road Elementary School
  12. Hesby Oaks School - K-8
  13. Mulholland Middle School
  14. Portola Middle School
  15. Holy Martyrs Armenian High School
  16. " Encino - Tarzana Branch Library." Los Angeles Public Library. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  17. Clark Gable
  18. David Hasselhoff
  19. Chick Hearn, House of Representatives
  20. Michael Milken
  21. [2]
  22. Tom Petty
  23. Ashlee Simpson, People
  24. John Wayne
  25. John Wooden, NBC 4
  26. Encino Sun
  27. [3]
  28. [4]
  29. [5]
  30. [6]
  31. [7]
  32. Encino's "1,000 Year Old" Oak Tree
  33. [8]

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