Los Angeles has lots of wonderful neighborhoods to explore, and one of our favorites is often overlooked. Encino, a Spanish term for “evergreen” or “holm oak,” was named after the beautiful oak trees found in the valley—or perhaps just one in particular. The Encino Oak Tree, also called the Lang Oak, was a 1,000 year-old tree, felled naturally in El Nino storms in 1998. However, you can still visit a monument in honor of this historic tree on the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Louise Ave.
There’s lots more you can do in Encino, though. Check out our favorite neighborhood hot spots and family hangouts, and visit Encino if you’re exploring the LA area.
The Encino Velodrome
The Encino Velodrome is a huge outdoor track where cyclists of all ages go to practice, train, or just to have fun. It is run by volunteer and kept up by donations alone, so this space means a lot to the community and the people who visit. You can find low-cost and free classes, watch races, or—once a quarter—you can go to the swap meet!
Parks and Recreation
Of course, a velodrome isn’t for everyone, but you can find a wide range of outdoor activities to do with the family in this neighborhood. Where Encino meets Van Nuys, you can find the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area. With a beautiful Japanese garden, hiking trails, tennis courts, and our favorite off-leash dog park, there’s something for everyone. The Encino golf course is within this area as well. And, it’s been a popular filming spot for many movies and TV shows over the years.
Take the kids to the Balboa Sports Complex to let out some energy. Everything you need is right here, including a soccer field, basketball court, volleyball courts, a kids’ play area, and more.
Places to Eat
You’ll find most of the best dining along Ventura Boulevard, and you’ll be glad you stopped by. There’s a diverse selection of cuisines including Mediterranean, Indian, and Japanese.
One of our favorite spots to enjoy a nice meal is Scratch Bar and Kitchen. Here, the menu changes every night, because the chefs believe in creating something just for your tastes with fresh, seasonal ingredients and meals served family style.
When we’re craving sushi, we pay a visit to Okumura, which LA Weekly voted as one of the top 10 restaurants in Encino. And if you’re looking for a trendy place to take your date, stop by Vino Wine & Tapas Room.
Homes in Encino, CA
Encino has been home to some big names over the years, but it’s a great place for anyone to build a home or start a family. With parks, plenty of dining options, shopping, a vibrant history, and lots more to explore, this may be the next step on your life’s path. If you’re considering new construction in Encino, CA, reach out to our local contractors. We would love to work with you.
Call the licensed and insured contractors at Advanced Builders & Contractors for construction and remodeling services in Encino and throughout the LA area.