Welcome to Encino
is an enclave of the San Fernando Valley
filled with quiet blocks of big houses, as well as areas with clusters of apartment buildings. The area is infamous for being mentioned in Frank Zappa’s 1982 hit song “Valley Girl
” – and in a lot of ways, this upper-middle-class, historic neighborhood hasn’t changed since. Starting in the south at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains, just north of Bel Air
, with Sherman Oaks
to the east, Reseda
to the north, and Tarzana
to the west. It’s divided by bustling Ventura Blvd, where there are many cafes, restaurants, and shopping.
Encino is one of the oldest parts of the Valley. The 1769 Portola Expedition
went over the Sepulveda Pass and stayed near what is now Los Encinos State Historic Park. The name Encino means “evergreen” or “oak” in Spanish and is said to refer to The Encino Oak Trees.