Encino, California

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A wealthy Los Angeles suburb, located in the San Fernando Valley, in the northwestern part of the city. Encino was home to the Grabielino Native peoples and was colonized by the Spanish in 1769 and given its name, which is Spanish for “oak tree.” During the 1840s, Vincent De La Ossa acquired ownership of much of the land in the area, establishing a large adobe ranch. Encino is now a major center of business and high-end shopping; many celebrities from the entertainment industry live in the area.

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