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Our housing market is very strong with prices up 14.1 % from last year. Our inventory is at a seven year low. We are hovering around 300 active listings, which is about 15% of what we normally have at this time of the year. Half of these listings are over $1,000,000. (April 2013)
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Conejo Valley comprises the following cities and communities: Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Oak Park and Agoura. Other near-by areas are Calabasas, Moorpark, Simi Valley (including Wood Ranch) and Camarillo.
Note as you read that the sales tax in Ventura County is less than the sales tax in Los Angeles County.
Thousand Oaks is a city in Ventura County and is just west of Los Angeles. It is chiefly a residential city of approximately 123,000 people with some light industry. Our largest employers are Amgen, Baxter and California Lutheran University, which was founded in 1959. The city is located in an area which was settled in the 1870's.
The city's history dates to the Chumash Native Americans who dwelled in the Conejo Valley hundreds of years ago. In 1542, the area was discovered by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, who claimed the land for the Spanish king.The area remained virtually unsettled until the early 1800's when the Spanish governor granted 48,671 acres of land grants to loyal soldiers --- land which included the Conejo Valley. (Conejo is the Spanish word for rabbit. Rabbits are abundant in the area.)
Throughout the 19th Century, pioneers migrated to the area. The first post office was built in 1875, and the small settlement became a stop on the stagecoach route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With the invention of the automobile and the construction of a highway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Conejo Valley began to evolve.
In the early 1900's, the Janss Family purchased 10,000 acres of farm land and began planning the community. The family would leave a positive local imprint, and the Janss name remains highly visible in the Conejo Valley.
Chicken ranches, dairy farms and appricot orchards dotted the valley when Louis Goebel opened his Lion Farm in 1927. Crowds flocked to see Goebel's performing jungle animals. In later years, his tourist attraction was called Jungleland. Soon the motion picture industry discovered the Conejo Valley's beauty. Scenes from hundreds of movies and television shows were filmed here--- especially westerns. (See our separate section of Historic Movie Filming in the Conejo Valley.)
In an effort to maintain its natural environment, more than 14,000 square acres have been designated as "Open Space" containing more than 75 miles of trails for hiking , biking or walking. This preserved space enables our residents enjoyment of the natural beauty of the area.
Another source of pride in our community is the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Opened in 1994, the Civic Arts Plaza features world-class entertainment, musicals, concerts children's shows, ballets and much more. Thousand Oaks, a family-orientated community, is home to excellent schools, outstanding parks and extensive shopping opportunities.
Settled snugly in the northern foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains in western Los Angeles County, the City of Westlake Village is nine miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and 38 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. Occupying only 5.4 square miles, averaging 900 feet above sea level, the community is framed by the Simi Hills to the north and the Santa Monica Mountains to the south.
When the Spanish settled the area in the late 1700's, they were given huge land grants, the largest of which was Rancho Simi, which was given to the Pico family. When Mexico won independence from Spain in 1821, California became a territory of Mexico, and a few more land grants were given. California was admitted to the union in 1850 and most of the land that later became Ventura County was divided among only 19 families. The picturesque future Westlake Village site among rising knolls, arroyos, barancas and ancient oaks was recognized as the central part of two Mexican land grants: Rancho El Conejo and Rancho Las Virgenes.
In 1881, the Russell brothers purchased a large portion of the land for cattle ranching. Andrew Russell beat the competition in buying the land by racing across 6,000 acres on a fifteen-minute trip in a buskboard and sealed the deal with a $20 gold piece. The price per acre was $2.50! The area continued to be known as the Russell Ranch although it was sold in 1925 to William Randolph Hearst and sold again in 1943 to Fred Albertson. The Russell family leased back part of the land to continue its successful catle ranch ooperation while the Alberson Company used the vast acreage as a movie ranch. Many movies and television shows were filmed here, including "Robin Hood", "King Rat", " Laredo" and various episodes of "Tarzan", "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza" and "Wagon Train"
In 1963, the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company bought the 12,000-acre ranch for $32 million and --- in partnership with Prudential Insurance Compnay --- commissioned the preparation of a master plan for a "city in the country". The Conejo Valley has become a nationally acclaimed model for the planned community concept. "The city in the country" was named Westlake Village and has become recognized as one of the finest areas to live, work and raise a family.
The population of Westlake Village is 8,905. The Los Angeles and Ventura County lines transects the original master-planned community of Westlake Village diagonally. The Los Angeles County side, consisting of 3,456 acres , was incorporated as the City of Westlake Village in 1981 and became the 82nd municipality in Los Angeles County. The Ventura County side, comprised of the remaining 8,544 acres of the original Russell Ranch, was annexed into the City of Thousand Oaks in two portions in 1968 and 1972.
Settled in 1928 and originally called "Picture City", (See our separate section of historicmotion picture filming which includes Agoura Hills on this web site) Agoura Hills was incorporated on December 8, 1982, making it the 83rd municipality in Los Angeles County. Located just 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, the city encompasses eight square miles of predominantly hillside landscape and is home to 21,000 people.
Agoura Hills is set at the gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and features a man-made lake, Lake Lindero, withinits city limits. Agoura Hills' most notable landmark is the Santa Monica Mountain ridge known as "Ladyface" which forms a natural border to the south. Adjacent to Agoura Hills are Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks to the west, Oak Park to the north and Calabasas to the east, all of whic comprise the region commonly known as the Conejo Valley. Note: Oak Park is in Ventura County.
Agoura Hills is a suburban community. The schools are in the Las Virgenes School District. The Las Virgenes Unified School District operates four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. There are more than 47 acres of land designated for park and recreational use, with softball and baseball fields, children's play areas, basketball courts, picnic facilities and an equestrian area.
To the west of the Conejo Valley is the City of Camarillo, a city of 60,000 situated in a fertile agricultural plain. Camarillo was incorporated in 1964. It blends urban and rural lifestyles.
It is surrounded by rolling hills, fields of strawbeerries and avocado and citrus orchards, where mild ocean breezes and temperatures in the mid 70's prevail most of the year. The city enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.