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We are thinking of purchasing a property on Zelzah Ave. at the cross section of white oak and ventura blvd. Is this a safe area?

— Caroline
June 27, 2012 at 10:49 p.m.

I stumbled into my place in Encino, and stayed for over 3 years. Loved what Ventura has to offer, walking to coffee shops, being at the base of the Santa Monica Mtns and in the nook of the 101 and 405. Miss it dearly.

— Amanda
August 23, 2011 at 9:59 a.m.

Encino Man,you are on the money baby! I did research,and you are right about Encino being the safest in the valley.This is true,especially for its size.I mean,Toluca Lake has safer number,but its the size of my thumb.I recently moved from Studio City,and I love it here.There's no party scene here,or a wanna-be actor over-saturation like Studio City.I want to live in quiet,which I do here in Encino.If i want the party,I can drive to it,not live in it.

— Marcella17
June 14, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.

IMO this is the best spot in the valley to live. Minimal north/south traffic because of the park, also the park serves as a buffer to areas north. Access to the 101 and 405 is exceptional. Also, with all the restaurants, you can't get a bad meal. Plus the "high-rise" financial district on Ventura guarantees that not too many fugly strip malls will pop up.

Bottom line - best, safest place to live in the valley.

— Encino Man
April 19, 2011 at 9:37 p.m.

Encino is a great place to live-but it is getting tougher everyday thanks to over development . It seems everyday another ugly monster apartment building or condo complex springs up. Traffic on Ventura and Sepulveda is a nightmare, and getting worse daily. I remember when I moved here, twenty years ago, and why I moved here, I really loved it. However, if the current trend continues, I will have to seriously consider moving out--of California. I cannot see myself living anywhere but Encino, so if I can't stay here, I just won't stay in the State. Hopefully the people who can stop the destruction of Encino will come to their senses in time to salvage the best place in California to live, and raise your children-Encino. I do all I can to make a difference, but it takes a village as they say. Encino residents, please, help keep Encino the place we all have come to love. Help stop the over development, make the effort, make the noise, saving Encino is well worth it. Together we can keep Encino just as we have grown to love it, a friendly, neighborly, lovely place to live.

— Encino Homeowner
January 23, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.

We're in a friendly pocket north of the Boulevard. The neighbors all know each other, the dogs all know each other. Lots of trees and urbanized wildlife like coyotes, raccoons, possums, skunks, squirrels and roof rats. But for cats, it's the Bermuda Triangle. Freeway close (101/405) to everywhere. Who do we call to get DASH service?

— Encino Mini-Estate
October 1, 2010 at 2:46 p.m.

Missing Hesby Public School in Encino on your list....

— Hesby
June 7, 2010 at 4:32 p.m.

We love in Encino and love the large lots and abundance of trees in the hills where we live. What Encino is sorely lacking in is a medium to decent sized mall. The little boutiques are going out of business daily. It would be great to have a Pottery Barn; Gap;William Sonoma; Macy's ,etc. in a small Westfield Mall that we don't have to drive 5 or more miles to get to. We have way too many office buildings that cause excessive traffic on Ventura and not one decent mall. How about giving Encino decent retail shopping without having to go to Sherman Oaks or Woodland Hills?

— Kim Krieger
April 13, 2010 at 6:15 a.m.

Encino is a an undiscovered gem. Once you cross Ventura Blvd and are south of it the area is really lovely. The lots are much bigger here than in Studio City so there is more privacy. The homes and property are better taken care of than in Studio City and the prices are very similar. It is close to the 405 and 101 and guess what? No air traffic noise. Occassionally we hear a small jet from Van Nuys airport but that is rare. Remember, south of Ventura Blvd is a whole different world. If you want quality food shopping there is a Gelson's, other wise there is a new Ralph's on Ventura near Balboa.

— patricia
January 21, 2010 at 3:14 p.m.

The Sepulveda Dam recreation area is AMAZING. Playgrounds, bike paths, bird sanctuary, lake and so much more. The annual flowering of the cherry blossom trees in the Spring is breath-taking. I love the fact that there is so much greenery right in the middle of the city, and if you want to see what the LA River could look like (all wooded and naturalistic...except for the damn plastic bags) you should check out the portion that runs through Encino. My biggest wish for Encino is that I wish we had a DASH that ran around the park and then down to Ventura and along Ventura. This would really help eliminate a lot of traffic in the area and be a great boon to the very young and old in the area.

— Alegre
June 4, 2009 at 2:50 p.m.


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