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Check out the LA Times Encino neighborhood profile.
Located just west of where the 101 and 405 cross, Encino provides a quiet yet convenient residential neighborhood with great access to the studios and the Westside as well as close proximity to outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking. Although Encino does tend to get pretty hot in the summer, you can cool off at the 80-acre Lake Balboa Park, which features a lake with water sports, a sports complex, multiple playgrounds and an off-leash dog park. Encino is a good compromise for the young family wanting more space but not willing to give up amenities or proximity to urban life. Encino has excellent restaurants as well as many of the conveniences one would find on the “other side of the hill,” including a Gelson’s, an Equinox, a Bikram Yoga, and Bar Method. There isn’t, however, a booming nightlife. If that’s your thing, you may want to stick closer to town.