Where’s the New Celebrity Hot Spot in L.A.?

In the world of L.A. real estate, Encino is the new celebrity hot spot. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s a beautiful, quiet neighborhood with lots of parks, restaurants, outdoor activities and spectacular San Fernando Valley views. (And no, I’m not saying all this because I live there!)

Take for example Anton Zaslavski (AKA DJ Zedd) who in 2023 purchased a 17,500-square foot estate in Encino for $18.5 million, making the DJ my new Encino neighbor! The Nordic-inspired property called “Odin” is located in the Royal Oaks area of Encino. At the time, it was recorded as the highest-priced sale in the area.

Before that, in 2021, DJ Zedd spent $15.2 million to purchase an Encino home from singer Joe Jonas and actress Sophie Turner, also the highest-price sale of that year. Recently DJ Zedd sold the home to pop star Meghan Trainor for about $17.1 million.

According to the latest Reports on Housing data from the wonderful Steven Thomas, Encino has 155 active listings and an average days-on-market time of 141 days as of April 29, 2024. Median active list price is $2.8 million, which remains just about unchanged from month-ago figures. 

But DJ Zedd and Meghan Trainer aren’t the only celebrities that call Encino home. Two years ago, I represented the sellers of a teardown listing in the neighborhood that has a new celebrity owner, but I won’t reveal the name quite yet … 

And while celebrities may be flocking to Encino now, it’s always been something of an A-list destination. Alice Faye, Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Johnny Carson, Johnny Cash, Julie London, Tom Petty, John Wayne and George Harrison all called Encino home. If that didn’t convince you, it’s also a recurring location in the Spongebob SquarePants series, the featured locale of 1992 film Encino Man, the location where many scenes from Fast Times at Ridgemont High were filmed and even played a role in the Columbo TV series episode, “A Bird In Hand,” where Columbo visits a car dealership that was actually located in Encino!

So for film buffs, nature enthusiasts and L.A. luxury home seekers alike, Encino is THE place to be! 

Andrew Manning • REALTOR® • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties • DRE: 00941825 • 818-380-2147 • andrew@andrewmanning.com