Are you thinking about moving to the Conejo Valley, but you aren’t sure what to expect?
I went through the same thing, and I had a hard time finding the information I wanted online. I previously wrote a blog titled “The Best Way to Leave LA” that talked about what to expect when moving here from Los Angeles (or any other big city). So right now I’m going to share with you the Top 5 reasons you will LOVE living here, with #5 being my absolute favorite.
If you don’t know me, my name is Emily Berdon, and I am a Realtor who specializes in helping people relocate to the Conejo Valley, an area just outside of Los Angeles that has all the best that Southern California has to offer.
In my last blog/video I touched on the beaches, the open space, and the friendly people who live here. So I’m going to dive right in to 5 other reasons you’ll love it :
The Conejo Valley School District is one of the best in the state. As well as topping the list of Best School Districts in California, it also tops the list of Districts with the Best Teachers, and Best School Districts for Athletes.
Now if you prefer to send your child to a private school, we have incredible options as well, but the point is, you don’t have to. Public schools in the Conejo Valley are fantastic.
And what’s more – all public schools here are School of Choice, which means you don’t have to attend the school you are assigned to based on your address.
I personally did School of Choice for my children, so that is something I am happy to help you navigate if you move here.
Year after year towns in the Conejo Valley top the lists of Safest Cities in California. For 2021 Safewise.com ranked Moorpark at #3, Thousand Oaks at #11, Simi Valley at #13, and Camarillo at #15. Edit: this list was updated for 2022 and ranked Moorpark #3, Thousand Oaks #10, Camarillo #17, and Simi Valley #21.
Bottom line: this is one of the safest communities you can live in.
Or I should say “lacktherof”. Now there isn’t NO traffic, but compared to Los Angeles, it’s essentially NO traffic:) Every morning I take my kids to school. No traffic. Drive to the office. No traffic. Drive to the market. No traffic. (And I always find a parking spot right away). You can get where you need to go pretty quickly. If there happens to be some traffic on the 101 (during the brief “rush hour”), you can pretty easily avoid it with side streets.
When I lived in Los Angeles, the traffic would ruin my day – every day. But now, in my car, I am relaxed, happy, and singing with my girls!
#4 MORE FOR YOUR MONEY
I know this one sort of goes without saying, but prices are significantly lower than Los Angeles. But not only are you getting a nicer house with a bigger backyard, for a better price, you are also paying less in sales tax: Ventura County is currently 7.25% vs LA County’s 9.5%! That can really add up.
#5 PROXIMITY TO SANTA BARBARA & SANTA YNEZ
Now for my favorite thing about living in the Conejo Valley – Proximity to Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez wine country!
My family loves Santa Barbara, so moving closer was a big plus for us. We drive up there regularly and spend the day at the gorgeous Santa Barbara zoo, visiting the Moxi Childrens Museum, eating amazing food, and soaking up all that Mission-Style architecture. It’s about a 45 min beautiful drive along the coastline.
And just past Santa Barbara is the Santa Ynez Valley where they make some of the best wines in California. My husband and I actually got engaged at a winery in Santa Ynez, so this area holds a special place for us, and I’m sure you’ll make some lifelong memories up there as well.
BE SURE TO READ MY NEXT BLOG
Now that I’ve covered 5 things you will LOVE about living here, be sure to read my next blog where I go over 5 things you will hate. It is a wonderful place to live, but there are some drawbacks too.
If you’re thinking about moving to the Conejo Valley, please reach out and let me know how I can help. I’d love to be a part of your journey relocating here.
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