A CITY WITHIN A CITY.
The city of Thousand Oaks is the second largest in the county of Ventura- with 55 square miles, in comparison, 20% larger than the city of San Francisco. The area prides itself on leaving one-third of its acreage designated open space, and was named after the trees that inhabit the area- of which there are an estimated 50,000 to 60,000. The name was suggested by a 14-year-old and adopted after a vote of nearly 90%. Since the 1960s, the city has had ordinances in place to prevent the removal of any oak trees without strict approval. The city injects diseased oaks with pesticides to try to save them from crippling fungi. And when an older tree dies, the city’s policy is to plant a new one.
Thousand Oaks was originally part of a master-planned city, created by the Janss Investment Group in the 1950s. The city is consistently rated as one of the top 5 safest cities in America. Neighborhoods in the city include Eagle Ridge, the OakBrooke Highlands, Cobblestone Homes, and Woodridge homes.
Residents have access to over 68 schools in the area, both public and private, offering a wide array of options.
A smaller city within the Thousand Oaks area, Newbury Park is consistently rated as one of the richest and/or safest communities in the United States. Newbury Park is well-known in the region for its biotechnology firms and technology corporations. The community contains two major new residential areas, Rancho Conejo Village and Dos Vientos Ranch. The first planned community in Newbury Park was Casa Conejo.
About Agoura Hills
With a population of over 20,000 Agoura Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California. It is approximately 30 miles from Los Angeles, and is located in the eastern Conejo Valley between the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains.
The area was settled around 10,000 years ago by Native Americans. By 1900, Agoura Hills was used as a popular stage stop for travelers. Its natural areas are covered by hundreds of local plant species, some of which are very rare.
See why people come from all around to experience Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park’s world-class shopping experiences.
It is well known throughout the region that Thousand Oaks is home to some of the best shopping in the Ventura County. Residents from all over Southern California flock to the quaint city to find exactly what they’re looking for.
The Oaks Mall, perhaps the Thousand Oaks’ most amazing shopping destination, is half indoor and half open-air, and includes state-of-the-art amenities like family restrooms, security escorts, and a children’s play area (free of charge). Among its 180 stores are the AMC Theatres, Apple Store, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Dejaun Jewelers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Forever 21, GNC, Macy’s, JCPenny, and so many more. A one-stop-shop for Ventura and Los Angeles County residents, the Oaks is one of the premiere shopping destinations in the area.
The iconic Janss Marketplace offers Thousand Oaks an entire new addition including Nordstrom Rack and DSW on top of its previous offerings. Home of the Conejo Valley Art Museum, the popular shopping center also hosts numerous family events year-round including summer concerts and holiday celebrations. Its shops also include a Burlington Coat Factory, Panera Bread, and Sears.
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Explore some of the recreation spots that make Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park a prime destination for lovers of the outdoors.
A city named after its picturesque nature, it’s no surprise that Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park value their open space. Thirty-five parks around the city of Thousand Oaks offer residents and visitors plenty of opportunities to get in touch with their surroundings, and allow families to partake in all sorts of activities from baseball to soccer.
Within Thousand Oaks, residents have access to all sorts of activities through the city- in all age levels from infants to senior citizens; there’s truly something for everyone. A rare gem, Thousand Oaks also hosts a public Equestrian Center that partners with the not-for-profit organization Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship to teach horseback riding to children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.
Newbury Park offers its residents 14 parks, despite the city’s smaller circumference. These offerings include the region’s most well-known Skate Park for Newbury Park’s teen skating enthusiasts. The Stagecoach Inn park offers families the opportunity to peer into Newbury Park’s history as a lucrative stop on the journey west.
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NEIGHBORHOODS / TRACTS
Environment & Wildlife
The Ballard Mountain, which is named after the pioneer settler and freed slave John Ballard, is located in Agoura Hills. Agoura Hills is host to an immense variety of wildlife ranging from mountain lions to steelheads.
Agoura Hills is mainly known for its music scene. Currently, it is mostly for the nu metal music genre. In the 1960s, its music scene was born, which has had its highs and lows in popularity between the 1980s and mid 1990s.