In 1769, Spanish Portola Expedition, traveled north through (what became) the Sepulveda Basin settling for a few nights at was in now Los Encino State Historic Park. A Fransican Monastery traveling with the group named the area, which was later shortened to Encino. Many ranchos were created during the secularization of California missions which began in 1834. Encino derives its name from the rancho.
Encino is situated within the center of the San Fernando Valley, with the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains to the south, Reseda and Sepulveda Basin to the north, Sherman Oaks to the east and Tarzana to the west. Bel Air and Brentwood are on the southeast/south corner.
It is home to Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter School, Encino Charter Elementary School, and such privates school as Sage Academy, Westmark School, and various religious schools.
Los Encinos State Historic Park, where the original settlers came, including the nine room building, pond and natural spring is a great spot to walk to dog or have a picnic. Lastly, it is home to the Sepulveda Dam Basin and Sports Complex. Including a golf course, dog park, man-made lake with small watercraft, tennis courts, basketball courts and so on. It will also be home to the coming Summer Olympic Games.
For more information on Encino - visit www.encinochamber.org