Encino is a district of Los Angeles, California, located in the central portion of the southern San Fernando Valley. It derives its name from the Rancho Los Encinos (Ranch of the Oaks), a parcel of land given to three Mission Indians by the Spanish government following its abandonment of the California missions in the early 1800s.


Encino is bordered by Tarzana on the west, the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area on the north, Sherman Oaks 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 Balboa Boulevard, Hayvenhurst Avenue, and Haskell Avenue.

Census data

As of the 2000 Census, the population of Encino was 40,946, with a population density 3,864.9 per square mile. 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.

Encino in popular culture

It is the setting of the 1992 comedy, Encino Man,

Encino is mentioned in Frank Zappa’s 1982 hit song, “Valley Girl.”
“The Point” from Fast Times at Ridgemont High was located in Encino (Encino Little League Field).

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

Encino is where specials on the popular cartoon SpongeBob Square Pants takes place.

Encino is the setting of the first half of Chilean 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 Jackson Family have owned a mansion here since the 1970’s, with all their children including Michael and Janet growing up there. Parents Joe and Katherine still live in the gated mansion on Hayvenhurst Ave in Encino.

Notable attractions

The Encino Velodrome has provided an outdoor oval bicycle racing track since 1963.

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