3+2+Den private vintage Home , plus detached studio/office in quiet, safe upscale Encino. We're just at the foothills so you can walk into the Los Angeles wilderness (yes, there actually is one) - but also walk into the hub of the shopping, dining, entertainment, nightlife, and public transportation.
You'll have a private fenced garden, fireplace, double door entry, over-sized tub, oak floors, and newer carpet. Quiet, tree-lined street with friendly neighbors, yet steps to the Center of Everything. Lake Balboa, with a boating lake, hiking trails, and sports activities is only a mile away. Universal Studios, Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Santa Monica are an easy commute.
There's a big dining area supported by a full-size refrigerator, convection and microwave ovens, large vintage gas range, and washer & dryer.
The garden, in season, has grapes, blackberries, lemons, guavas, and figs. See our photo of our fruit basket breakfast from our organic soil.
There is a driveway shade cabana for parking your car as it gets hot here in the summer.
NOTE: For now we are seeking a longer-term tenant.
The entire home & facilities is yours.
Interaction with Guests
I will be available to answer any questions you have about your new home and travel throughout Los Angeles - but I live offsite.
Awhile back, a European friend asked why it seemed that the LA TIMES newspaper often snubbed “the Valley” in favor of the snobby Westside. She wondered what made WLA worth the price and reputation? Here was my answer…
For those who may not know, Encino is a suburb of Los Angeles and about 8 miles NW of Beverly Hills. The Post Office records indicate that there are more “celebrities” here than in any other area of Southern California! More importantly, you don’t need to ever be bored or lonely in this burb. There are Post-WW2 bungalows on quiet and gracefully tree-lined streets. But it is also definitively cosmopolitan and bisected by one of the great avenues of the world, "Ventura Boulevard", which stretches 14 miles across the southern edge of the San Fernando Valley, without once passing through anything less than an upscale neighborhood. Try that Sunset Boulevard!
And there are hundreds of restaurants along that corridor that serve authentic cuisines from Japan, China, Thailand, Israel, France, Italy, Greece, India, Cuba, Armenia and Russia. There are a dozen grocers incl. Gelson’s, Ralph’s, Von’s, Trader Joe’s, There’s also a modern public library, a Laemmle six movie theater, a significant hospital (hope you don’t need that), and a host of venues selling everything one could dream of, good quality public schools incl. one of the highest rated in the USA, Lanai Road Elementary.
And a short traverse to south Encino will take you into bucolic mountain hiking trails – wilderness in the middle of LA. Imagine that! And in the middle of bustling Encino is the largest system of usable parkland in Los Angeles: the Sepulveda Basin with a real boating Lake Balboa, the Japanese Gardens, several public tennis courts, a golf course and a baseball field.
And for being part of a huge metropolis, it is also one of the comparatively safest communities, where you can actually find parking places. My friend in Brentwood often circles her apartment building several times before parking two blocks distant and trudging home after a hard day. Yet the neighborhoods on three sides of me are equally good or better, Where else is that true?
Not many would prefer to live in what real estate agents often hype as “Beverly Hills, adjacent.” After all, if one travels just a bit more south and east, one might just as easily call the neighborhood “Compton adjacent.” Not too many rich rappers have been moving into “the Hood.”
The only way one might duplicate the niceties and advantages of Encino and perhaps slightly improve the yearly overall climate is to live just north of San Vicente and Barrington (but just try to find a parking place there), or very near Sunset and Chautauqua. There’s also PCH and Malibu Colony Drive. But there you will trade suffering months of damp and gloom for a dry hot summer. And about comparable in quality of life and convenience, but also at twice the price, is living just north of Santa Monica or just south of Wilshire in Beverly Hills. But, by contrast, any place super walking convenient in or around Hollywood or Santa Monica will be dirty, unsafe (if you doubt this ask why home and car insurance is more than double there), and will confound you with horrific traffic. And in the Hollywood environs you even get higher air pollution and neighbors with a high ratio of drug and sex offenders – or in the case of Santa Monica, quite literally, the omnipresent schizophrenic homeless. By contrast, in all of Encino, there are exactly five down-and-outers – and I’m on speaking terms with all of them.
There are plenty of great neighborhoods in LA: Brentwood and Santa Monica north of San Vicente; the hills of Redondo Beach, etc. But you can’t walk to everything there. Pretty much, to find related advantages, you must live similarly within a few blocks of Ventura Boulevard, going from east to west: in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Tarzana, and Woodland Hills. Sherman Oaks and Studio City have a bit more air pollution but may be a bit trendier. Woodland Hills has better shopping but is even further from the greatly convenient interchange of the #405 and #101. The other 20 plus communities of the Valley, Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena suffer declining civility and increasing crime and air pollution. And the 50+ other communities on the Los Angeles side of the Santa Monica mountains compete for polluted air, unsafe streets, and just plain unsavoriness.
I understand my European friend’s confusion. I’ve had Westside colleagues sneer when they hear I prefer “The Valley.” They mistakenly claim to be closer to the Music Center or better restaurants. But they obviously never compared the travel times it takes to drive “across town,” rather than go directly down the #101. They’ve likely never looked in a ZAGAT’S GUIDE or actually walked into any of the hundreds of restaurants that line Ventura Boulevard. Their West LA is a fool’s paradise. But for the well-informed, Encino is best. How about you?
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