Thousand Oaks is the largest city in the Conejo Valley with a population of over 125,000. Year after year it is ranked as one of the Safest Cities in California. Thousand Oaks has a pretty laid-back lifestyle. People move here to escape the chaos of city life, and tend to enjoy the slower pace of life here.
There’s something for everyone. From condos and townhomes to guard gated sprawling estates. The average home here is going to be more affordable than the neighboring Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, or Oak Park neighborhoods, and it will likely have a larger lot.
Some neighborhoods have HOA’s and some don’t. There are pros and cons to both. For neighborhoods without an HOA, it may be evident as you drive through. This can be a turn-off for some buyers. As with any larger town, there are some great pockets and some not-so-great pockets. You’ll want a guide to help you navigate the neighborhoods.
Thousand Oaks is the heart of the Conejo Valley. The city includes parts of Westlake Village and Newbury Park (although I’ve created separate neighborhood pages for those towns). Bordered by Agoura Hills to the East, Camarillo to the West, Moorpark and Simi Valley to the north, and the Santa Monica Mountains to the South… which lead you to Malibu.
Living in Thousand Oaks, you’ll enjoy the conveniences of the city, but without all the traffic and congestion.
“TO” (as the residents refer to it) offers:
The Oaks – a beautiful indoor/outdoor mall with great shops and some bigger chain restaurants.
The Lakes – an outdoor shopping/dining center created by Caruso (who built The Grove in Los Angeles, and The Americana in Glendale). This is the site of the proposed downtown hub for Thousand Oaks.
The Civic Arts Plaza for live entertainment. Also part of the the proposed downtown hub.
Mastros – across the street from the Civic Arts Plaza is a classic and sophisticated Steakhouse.
Tarantula Hill Brewing Co – a family-friendly, indoor/outdoor brewery and restaurant.
Oak & Iron – a craft cocktail bar serving up tasty, unique concoctions.
Little Calf Creamery & Cafe – fresh, unique ice cream made in-house. My favorite is the lavender blueberry:)
Thousand Oaks is part of the Conejo Valley School District – one of the best in the state!
Many of the schools here have been named A California Distinguished School, which honors California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools.
Several of the schools here also recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools – which recognizes schools for their academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps.
What makes the schools here so great, is they are all “School of Choice” which means you don’t have to attend the school you are assigned to based on your address.