Thousand Oaks is one of those rare California cities that genuinely has it all — or at the very least, comes extremely close to it.
Proximity to the beach? Absolutely: the city is situated between the surf capitals and communities of Ventura, Oxnard, and Malibu — and is less than an hour away from the lovely coastal gem that is Santa Barbara.
Near the second largest city in the U.S.? Yes to that, too — downtown Los Angeles is a mere 45 minutes away (pending traffic).
Spellbinding scenery? Oh yes: Thousand Oaks received its name because of the breathtaking oaks that flourish throughout the region, while the city itself has 15,250 acres of shielded open space.
Between its excellent schools — including the top-ranking private college, California Lutheran University — beautiful homes, superb dining and shopping, and serene, suburban feel, it’s no wonder Thousand Oaks has been sought-after since its inception. Read on for Bryan Castro’s guide to living in this majestic setting.
Many of the neighborhoods in Thousand Oaks enjoy proximity to grocery stores, schools, and parks, while the city itself is known for being well-heeled and well-kept\; this, of course, extends to its residences. Overall, it is a close-knit, family-centric community, the sort of place where you are bound to know everyone’s name, from your grocer to your mail person.
Thousand Oaks is served by the Conejo Valley Unified School District and is known for its educational excellence. Some of the high-ranking schools in the area include Westlake Village High School, Meadow Arts and Technology Elementary School, Bridges Charter School, Ladera Star Academy, and Century Academy.
Dining in Thousand Oaks has reached new heights with the opening of several stellar new restaurants, but it also maintains timeworn and beloved-by-locals spots. Westlake Village’s Moody Rooster is a hit, while Mastro’s Steakhouse — a refined, upscale eatery in Thousand Oaks proper — is the place to celebrate a special occasion. You will also find various universal favorites, from The Cheesecake Factory to P.F. Chang’s, as well as boutique spots for brunch and coffee, casual cafes, and bustling taverns. In other words? Thousand Oaks offers a wide array of dining choices to satisfy an equally wide range of preferences.
More than 150 hiking, biking, and walking trails are found throughout Thousand Oaks. Ranging from difficult, such as the Secret Passage to Simi Peak, to mild, like the Stagecoach Bluff Loop Trail in Wildwood Regional Park, these treks celebrate the abundance of classic California beauty Thousand Oaks has to offer.
The Thousand Oaks Center offers nearly 36 acres dedicated to outdoor adventures, including picnic areas, softball fields, and tennis courts. Thousand Oaks is also home to several outstanding golf courses and country clubs, including Sherwood Country Club and Westlake Golf Course. And while the city ranks rather low in terms of walkability scores, don’t let it deter you from tossing on your running shoes or getting on your bicycle: the weather here practically begs people to get outside.
Thousand Oaks is ideally located just outside of Los Angeles and is near several of SoCal’s leading amusement parks, including:
- Knott’s Berry Farm
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Six Flags Magic Mountain
- Malibu Beach
- Malibu Canyon
- Santa Monica
- Downtown Los Angeles
- Mt. Baldy
- Big Bear
- San Diego
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To explore more of Thousand Oaks’ fantastic traits, reach out to Bryan Castro. A native of Newbury Park and a loyal, trusted agent, he provides excellent, thoughtful counsel on Thousand Oaks real estate — and why you may want to have it as your zip code.