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Top 10 Reasons to Live in Thousand Oaks, California

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! Need I say more? Thousand Oaks is located in the southeastern corner of Ventura County, approximately 35 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles. Named after the many oak trees adorning the region, Thousand Oaks is nestled in the Conejo Valley along side Westlake Village, Oak Park, Agoura Hills and Newbury Park. Thousand Oaks is rich in cultural events, award winning schools, fine dining, a lively nightlife, historic landmarks, world-class shopping, breathtaking hiking trails, country clubs and Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center with a Level 2 Trauma Center. Come and explore the greatest place on earth to call home.

Shopping in Thousand Oaks - The Oaks Mall

The Oaks Mall is anchored by Nordstrom, Coach, J.Crew, Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters, Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Macy's. Restaurants include the Blue Stove, The Cheesecake Factory, Stacked, Lazy Dog Cafe, The Olive Garden, Red Lobster and a diverse food court. Muvico 14 provides ongoing entertainment and special events.

Shopping in Thousand Oaks - The Lakes

The Lakes is just steps from the Civic Arts Plaza and Performing Arts Center of Thousand Oaks. The alfresco ambiance enhances the fun and fine dining at Sabor, P.F. Changs, California Pizza Kitchen and Umani Burger. This idyllic setting is home to Brighton, Tommy Bahama, and Lassen's Natural Foods and Vitamins. During the winter, one of the lakes is converted to an ice skating rink.

Shopping in Thousand Oaks - The Promenade at Westlake

The Promenade at Westlake is home to several boutique shops such as Lululemon, Lorna Jane, Chico and Restoration Hardware. Restaurants include The Grill on the Alley, Farfalla, Paul Martin’s, and 805 Public School. You will be entertained with Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, live entertainment on the square, Barnes & Noble. Don’t miss the gigantic Christmas Tree erected each year.

Education in Thousand Oaks - California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University (CLU) is a private university that provides studies in Liberal Arts. Founded in 1959, it is nonsectarian, and was ranked 14th among Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, in 2013. Several notable teams have trained on the campus, including the NFL team, Dallas Cowboys, from 1963 to 1989. After the Samuelson Aquatic Center was completed in 2007, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Men’s Water Polo teams trained there.

Education in Thousand Oaks - Oaks Christian School

Oaks Christian School is an independent, Non-denominational Christian school. It is co-educational, college-preparatory, and currently provide grades 5-12. The school is located on 25 acres in Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village. Established in 2000, the school offers academics, arts, and athletics. In recent years, the school’s football team has come to national prominence, having won six consecutive Southern Section championships and seven overall while developing a number of highly recruited players.

Education in Thousand Oaks - La Reina High School and Middle School

La Reina High School is an Independent, private Catholic, college preparatory high school and middle school for girls. With just under 600 students, the school currently offers grades 6 through 12, and is recognized as an academic powerhouse. Students complete a college preparatory curriculum that satisfies the standards for admission to the University of California system. La Reina boasts that of those who applied to colleges and universities across the U.S., there was a 100% acceptance rate.

Education in Thousand Oaks - Westlake High School

Westlake High School is a public school within the Conejo Valley Unified School District and offers grades 9–12. It is fed by Colina Middle School and Los Cerritos Middle School. It is one of four high schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, that consistently scores significantly above average on API and SAT tests. 96% of graduating seniors go on to attend college or further education. According to Newsweek, in 2015, Westlake High ranked as the 210th top high school in the U.S. and the 26th best high school in the state of California. In 2013, a Westlake High grad was named a Rhodes Scholar.

Education in Thousand Oaks - Thousand Oaks High School

Thousand Oaks High School is a public high school in the Conejo Valley Unified School District and offers grades 9 – 12. It is a California Distinguished School, and offers curriculum at all levels for Thousand Oaks students. The mascot is the Lancer. Notable alumni include actor, Kurt Russel; singer, Colbie Caillat; actress, Amanda Bynes; former tract and field athlete, Marion Jones; founder of, David Mikkelson; U.S. Open tennis player, Sam Querrey; Atlanta Braves shortstop, Jack Wilson, and several more.

Recreation/Fitness in Thousand Oaks - North Ranch Country Club

North Ranch Country Club was originally developed in 1977, and is now a member-owned, exclusive private Club. There are 27 masterfully landscaped holes, comprising three separate nines: the Valley, the Oaks and the Lakes courses. The tennis facility has 12 lighted tennis courts that provide year-round camaraderie, competition and fitness. World-class Chef Karl constantly wows the membership, making dining and special events comparable to the areas finest restaurants, without the wait. The social calendar encompasses all types of lifestyles throughout the year.

Recreation/Fitness in Thousand Oaks - Lake Sherwood Country Club

Sherwood Country Club is a member owned, private golf and country club in Thousand Oaks. Sherwood boasts a Jack Nicklaus signature, 18-hole championship golf course, driving range and Georgian architecture clubhouse. The country club also offers 12 night-lit courts - 8 hard courts, (one with stadium seating), two clay courts and two grass courts. Other amenities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness facility and spa. For 13 years, Sherwood hosted the World Challenge, hosted by Tiger Woods.

Recreation/Fitness in Thousand Oaks - Equinox Health Club

Equinox is just one of several fitness facilities in Thousand Oaks. It is a full fitness club that offers personal training and group fitness. The club offers Barre, Dance, Pilates, Yoga, Martial Arts, Studio Cycling, spa, and an Olympic swimming pool.

Recreation/Fitness in Thousand Oaks - Wildwood Regional Park

Wildwood Regional Park has hiking trails for all ability and age levels. Dangle your toes in the cool pools formed by Paradise Falls. Carry a lunch into one of the many wooded picnic groves. Thousand Oaks provides many beautiful trails, including the Conejo Ridge, Angel Vista, Oakbrook Regional Park, North Ranch Open Space, Los Robles Trails, and many more in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Culture in Thousand Oaks - Civic Arts Plaza and Performing Arts Center

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Performing Arts Center is one of the largest centers between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts accommodates 1,800 viewers, and the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre accommodates 394. Performances have ranged from contemporary to the classic arts, touring Broadway musicals, popular entertainers, international ballet, folk and modern dance companies, symphony, comedy, and distinguished speakers, international ballet, folk and modern dance companies, symphony, comedy, distinguished speakers, and much, much more.

Culture in Thousand Oaks - Gardens of the World

The Gardens of the World is a beautiful and serene tribute to the various cultures of the world. Ed and Lynn Hogan, donated these gardens to give back to the community where they live and run their highly successful business, Pleasant Holidays. Their desire was to share the beauty they had seen during their travels around the world.

Culture in Thousand Oaks - Conejo Players Theatre

The Conejo Players Theatre was conceived in 1958 out of the desire to start a local community theatre. The original stage was erected in a barn. After several years and lots of hard work this evolved into a desire to build a theater. Thanks to the Janss Foundation and a loan, a 126-seat theatre opened at the current S. Moorpark Road location in July 1964. Throughout the years the theatre has grown to include more seating, a workshop and rehearsal/storage areas, an 1800-square-foot expansion, a prop and set storage area, and an orchestra pit. Providing opportunity for volunteers to learn theater arts and to participate in the many aspects of community theatre, it presents affordable live theatre to enhance the cultural, educational and entertainment needs of the community.

Culture in Thousand Oaks - Grant R. Brimhall Library

The Grant F. Brimhall Library/Thousand Oaks Library opened in 1982. In 2006 the original 62,000 square foot building was expanded an additional 22,000 square feet to improve the Children's Services area, quiet study rooms, and additional seating and shelving capacity. A 3,600 gallon salt-water aquarium, painted to represent coral from various oceans, was donated by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library and adorns the walkway between the adult and children's services areas. On the same site resides the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, the Goebel Senior Center, and the Conejo Creek North Park, with water features, unique play areas and an extensive pavilion for special events.

Entertainment in Thousand Oaks - Muvico 14 at The Oaks

Muvico 14 of The Oaks is a state-of-the-art movie theater offering an expanded concession menu. Muvico pampers movie-goers with reserved seating; dinner reservations, JBL Sound and Sony 4K All Digital Projection. Bogart's, within the Muvico complex, is a full service bar and restaurant. Special events and premiers offered.

Entertainment in Thousand Oaks - Regency Theatres

Regency Theatres is one of the anchors at the Janss Marketplace. It is conveniently located on the Marketplace food courtyard, with a variety of food and an outdoor fireplace to enjoy while you are waiting for your show in one of the 9 theaters.

Entertainment in Thousand Oaks - Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas

Cinépolis is a movie theater that offers guests an enhanced movie-going experience. With reclining leather seats with individual tables, an upscale menu, cocktails and waiter service to your seats, you can’t help but feel pampered.

Restaurants/Nightlife in Thousand Oaks - The Grill on the Alley

The Grill on the Alley in Thousand Oaks is a spin-off of the famous restaurant in Beverly Hills. It is well-known for their steaks and seafood, enhanced with a classic American menu to suit all palates. The lunch menu features salads, seafood and specialty items. The Old World bar is great for small bites and outdoor lounge seating around the fire pit.

Restaurants/Nightlife in Thousand Oaks - Mastro's Steakhouse

Mastro's Steakhouse is an upscale chophouse serving prime steaks and seafood. It is located across the Boulevard from the Civic Arts Plaza, making it a convenient "dinner before the show" location. Live entertainment is provided on the weekends.

Restaurants/Nightlife in Thousand Oaks - Paul Martin's

Paul Martin's American Grill is a trendy hot-spot with the motto “Seasonal & Delicious”. They boast that they do not have a freezer. They offer seafood from sustainable fisheries, free-range and natural meats and poultry, artisan cheeses and cured meats. To compliment their fresh food, they serve cocktails made with house-infused spirits, craft beers and a vast selection of over 100 wines.

Restaurants/Nightlife in Thousand Oaks - Farfalla

Farfalla serves authentic Italian dishes including a mozzarella bar. It is a modern trattoria featuring risotto, blended in the parmesan wheel, pastas and pizzas. Alfresco dining under a covered patio & full bar.

Hospitals/Senior Living in Thousand Oaks - Los Robles Hospital

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, founded in 1968, is rated in the top 5% of the hospitals nationwide for clinical excellence and as one of 12 hospitals in the state as a prominent hospital for clinical excellence by the National Research Corporation. Providing 290 acute care beds, with a level II trauma center.

Hospitals/Senior Living in Thousand Oaks - University Village

University Village is senior housing, with villas, garden terrace residences and apartment homes. It is in the hills of Thousand Oaks, near the California Lutheran University, in the northwest corner of the Conejo Valley. Providing a health center and a skilled nursing center, residents have access to health services, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, short-term care and long-term care.

Hospitals/Senior Living in Thousand Oaks - Sunrise Senior Living

Sunrise Senior Living offers trained staff, daily physical fitness, up to three daily meals, monthly wellness visits by a licensed on-staff nurse, weekly housekeeping. They offer assisted living, Alzheimer's & Memory Care, and short-term stays.

Lodging in Thousand Oaks - The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons Hotel is a luxury hotel built among lush gardens and waterfalls, with an acclaimed spa and several dining options. Located in the hotel is the California Health & Longevity Institute, offering health and wellness programs, healthy cooking classes and fitness consultations.

Lodging in Thousand Oaks - Hyatt Westlake Plaza

Hyatt Westlake Plaza is an upscale, Mediterranean-style hotel. The Hyatt includes a fitness center, an outdoor pool with waterfalls, 2 hot tubs, and fire pits. There's also a casual restaurant serving Californian cuisine, as well as a bar and a 24/7 convenience store. This property includes conference halls of varying sizes, a business center and free parking.

Lodging - Courtyard Marriott Thousand Oaks

The Courtyard Marriott Thousand Oaks is located in the middle of the Conejo Valley in Ventura, making the location ideal for so many attractions. The lobby is a cozy living room-style and the restaurant serves American breakfast and dinner. The business center has workstations, printers, and 2 meeting rooms. There is an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, an exercise room and free on-site parking.

Places of Worship in Thousand Oaks - Calvary Church

Calvary Community Church is a non-denominational church, aiding the homeless by providing meals and shelter. It started as a group of Christ followers meeting in a local restaurant, the Hungry Tiger. Over the years the community grew and located to it present location between Oaks Christian School and the Four Seasons.

Places of Worship in Thousand Oaks - St. Maximillian Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Kolbe is a Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks. The church is an architectural gem. Masses are accompanied with song and music. Located near the communities of North Ranch, Morrison Highlands, and White Eagle.

Places of Worship in Thousand Oaks - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in Thousand Oaks. It is a medium sized congregation. Founded in 1959, next to the California Lutheran University campus. They practice outreach to the community, support of youth, and participation in wider missions of the church.

Places of Worship in Thousand Oaks - Temple Etz Chaim

Temple Etz Chaim is a conservative Synagogue, with a house of worship, house of education, and house of gathering. The campus also has an auditorium and gift shop. It is located in central Thousand Oaks.

The Neighborhoods in Thousand Oaks

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Top 10 Reasons to Live in Thousand Oaks, California