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The picturesque city of Thousand Oaks rests a comfortable 12 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, half an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles, just an hour from world-famous Santa Barbara, nestled against the Santa Monica Mountains. Thousand Oaks (or T.O., as the locals call it,) is surrounded by nearly 15,000 acres of public land. Preserved in its natural, pristine beauty, it provides over 75 miles of trails for hiking, biking, walking, and horseback riding. Thousand Oaks is a nature lover’s paradise, right there at the edge of metropolitan Los Angeles County.
Thousand Oaks is a family-oriented community. Comprised of two cities, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park, the area is home to more than 127,000 people. The city retains some of its country feel, yet offers all the comforts one could possibly want. Excellent schools, outstanding parks, and a variety of shopping, are trademarks of this wonderful area. The recently renovated, expansive Thousand Oaks Mall has both indoor and outdoor shopping areas as well as a new 14-theater cinema which is scheduled to open by the end of 2009.
According to JD Power and Associates, Thousand Oaks houses the nations largest auto mall. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is the centerpiece of the city. Hosting music events, Broadway-quality plays, nationally renowned speakers and a variety of local theatre groups’ productions, the plaza is also home to the city’s business office.
The climate of the area is moderate, fairly dry, and Mediterranean-like. Summer temperatures range from 75 to the rare maximum of 105, with an average temperature in the 80’s. Autumn in Thousand Oaks is an ideal time of year, with temperatures hovering very comfortably within the mid-to-high 70’s. Winter temperatures range from the low 60’s to the mid 80’s. On occasion, the Santa Ana winds will blow in a few days that reach the 90’s, allowing sunbathing and making a very pleasant winter treat.
The City only has rent control for a limited number of apartment units and all mobile homes. Only tenants who have lived in the same rent-controlled unit since 1987 are eligible for rent control.
The City of Thousand Oaks is affiliated with the Housing Rights Center (HRC) of Los Angeles, contracting their services to assure FREE fair housing to Thousand Oaks residents and community members. HRC offers housing discrimination complaint investigation, landlord/tenant counseling, predatory lending referrals, outreach and education, and legal and advocacy services. For additional information, contact HRC at (800) 477-5977, or visit HRC’s website Housing Rights Center of Los Angeles.
The Area Housing Authority administers subsidized housing programs in the City of Thousand Oaks, providing for Section 8 vouchers/certificates and public housing. The City also contracts with Many Mansions to provide housing counseling and advice on tenant/landlord issues within Thousand Oaks. For more information, contact the Area Housing Authority of Ventura County, (805) 480-9991 or (800) 800-2123 or visit www.ahacv.org
The area’s public education system is outstanding. The Conejo Valley Unified School District consists of 20 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, (including Sycamore Canyon K-8,) 3 comprehensive high schools, (Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, and Westlake) and two continuation schools, as well as several adult education schools. Several of the area schools are national blue ribbon winners.
The area high schools are part of the Marmonte league and the teams regularly compete for CIF and State Championships. Thousand Oaks is also home to California Lutheran University, a private university. Founded in the 1960’s the schools has world-class athletic facilities. The university’s small class size allows students and faculty to actively interact with one another. You’ll be quite pleased by the area’s education opportunities.
Parks and Recreation
The Conejo Recreation & Park District manages the area’s 42 parks, five play fields, seven community centers, and the city’s large central park, Veterans Park, where the renowned Thousand Oaks Library is located. Across the street from that is Conejo Creek Park, where AYSO Region 9 utilizes the 12 soccer fields. Their new baseball diamond hosts Thousand Oaks Senior Baseball and a variety of other teams and games. Veterans Park is also home to the Thousand Oaks Teen Center and the Senior Center.
The area has a variety of large employers as well as many numerous small to medium size business. Some of the areas largest employers are:
|Wellpoint/Blue Cross||Health Insurance||3498|
|Conejo Unified School District||Education||1777|
|Los Robles Medical Center||Hospital/Healthcare||1465|
|The Oaks Shopping Center||Retail||1250|
|Bank of America||Banking/Finance||1200|
Local Information And Links
- Thousand Oaks Information
- Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village Chamber of Commerce
- City of Thousand Oaks
- City of Westlake Village
Thousand Oaks/Newbury ParkPopulation: 127,500 Median Household Income: $86,267 Occupied Dwellings: 46,200 School Enrollment: 22,000+ Square Miles: 56
Westlake VillagePopulation: 127,112 Median Household Income: $103,566 Median Age: 38.0
Conejo ValleyLocation: 25 miles east of Ventura Origin of name: The name, presumably for the areas oaks, first appears on a tract map in 1923. Official flower: Conejo buckwheat.
Official tree: Native oak, valley oak and coast live oak.
ZIP codes: 91319, 91320, 91358, 91359, 91360, 91361, 91362.
Conejo Valley: 91360.
Westlake Village: 91359, 91362.
Incorporation date: Oct. 7, 1964.
Type of government: General law; city manager, council/mayor.
Average annual high temperature: 76 degrees.
Average annual low temperature: 49 degrees.
Average annual rainfall: 15.5 inches.
Elevation (near City Hall): 759 feet.