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Old 02-21-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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My husband & I are moving to Ventura County. He will have an office in Canoga Park and in Ventura. We've been told Thousand Oaks in a great community and has wonderful schools.

We currently live in the S.F. Bay area in a small town called Danville. Everyone is friendly and you know most the people. We have lots of restaurants, farmer's market, biking, hiking and walking trails. We are close to big name stores and lots of smaller ones too, About forty-five minutes from the city and the Napa wine country. Also easy access to the mountains.

Our kids are older. We have one away at college and one graduating high school this year. More concerned about having good schools for neighborhood feel and property values. We are trying to find a community like Danville in Ventura County. I like to garden and we don't like houses built too close together. Is Thousand Oaks right for us? Which neighborhoods are best? Any bad neighborhoods to stay away from?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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T.O.'s only "bad" area, and even that is a stretch, is the oldest, between south of T.O. Blvd. and the 101 freeway, and between Hampshire Rd and Conejo School Rd. Everywhere else is good. The 91362 area is the higher end properties, but there is really no bad. Some tracts are newer, but many date from the 70's and 80's. The older the tract, the more space between houses. Older tracts seldom have HOA's. T.O. has a strict building moratorium and is planned slow growth so has nearly met density. All the schools are good to excellent, but there is some variation. Check the threads in this forum for schools discussion; not my forte. The HS is beautiful and graffiti free, and has a performing arts program.

T.O. has designated open space areas that provide hiking trails and exposure to nature. Wildwood Park on the west end of town has hills, waterfalls, and wonderful views, but that's only one example. There are bike lanes on most T.O. streets. It's 12 miles over the mountains to the beach, which can be accessed through Decker Cyn. or via Kanan (from Agoura Hills) over to Malibu. There's a winery tasting room (Giessinger) in Westlake and full wineries elsewhere in the county and in Malibu. There's a farmer's market on Thursdays in T.O. Super nice library limited to T.O.residents.

T.O. shopping is excellent. Good high-end, lovely malls, restaurants. Giant designer outlet mall up the 101 in Camarillo. Big box stores over in Simi, and adjacent Newbury Park. Anything else you need is in the San Fernando Valley (about 15-20 miles) or L.A. proper, about 30 miles.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:50 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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i think you'd like the TO area quite well, except that generally speaking, the houses are mostly built close together. the houses with larger lots are in the "older" neighborhoods, which aren't as nice as mentioned by nightlysparrow. if you are looking for more rural, you may consider looking up the road in moorpark. come to think of it, there are also some larger lots in Agoura north of the 101 of Cheseboro. large lots draw a premium just about everywhere in SoCal, so you'll need to be mindful of your budget.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Clayton, CA
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Thousand Oaks is a great place to live but as a Danville resident, I think you'd probably like nearby Westlake Village & Calabasas even more than TO. All of these cities have great schools.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:01 PM
 
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Thanks for the advise. We want to make sure we do our homework before making any decisions.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Pretty much the whole Conejo Valley is really good Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Oak Park. Use redfin to filter out homes with less than a 6500 sqft lot if you want a yard to work in.

Also, older homes in the area tend to have larger lots.

A really nice neighborhood (actually two of them) are Lynn Ranch (it is surrounded by Thousand Oaks but it isn't part of the City of TO for some weird reason) and also the La Granada neighborhood south of the TO library.

Also in Agoura Hills, the Reyes Adobe neighborhoods Lake Lindero and Morrison Ranch.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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My husband & I are moving to Ventura County. He will have an office in Canoga Park and in Ventura. We've been told Thousand Oaks in a great community and has wonderful schools.

We currently live in the S.F. Bay area in a small town called Danville. Everyone is friendly and you know most the people. We have lots of restaurants, farmer's market, biking, hiking and walking trails. We are close to big name stores and lots of smaller ones too, About forty-five minutes from the city and the Napa wine country. Also easy access to the mountains.

Our kids are older. We have one away at college and one graduating high school this year. More concerned about having good schools for neighborhood feel and property values. We are trying to find a community like Danville in Ventura County. I like to garden and we don't like houses built too close together. Is Thousand Oaks right for us? Which neighborhoods are best? Any bad neighborhoods to stay away from?

Thanks for the help.
Interesting. As a current Bay Area resident (North Peninsula) in the process (likely) of moving to Southern California, I have actually found Danville to be a stuck up, pretentious community. Just my experience. In fact, the overall Bay Area vibe to me feels "negative" and generally unfriendly (which is debated at length on another thread in the L.A. forum, but I digress...)

By no means will SoCal be perfect, but I have enjoyed my visits down there and am optimistic about the move--and it was always my first choice for a move to California. 1.5 years in the Bay and I just haven't "clicked" with it.

I'm thinking Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Camarillo, or, of course, Thousand Oaks might offer what you're looking for. Drive down and check them out if you haven't already.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:39 AM
 
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If you are going to look in Thousand Oaks. Please find an agent that is really knowlegable, someone that actually lives in the area for a long time and really know all the issues regarding earth movements of the neighborhoods. Most of Thousand Oaks is fine. Greenwich Village has soil issues with movement of foundation. Old homes off Avenida De Las Flores and Avenida Arboles neighborhood East of Moorpark road has crack foundation problems. Greenwich Village has some minor gangs issues called Houston Hoods. Neighborhoods East of Avenida De Las Flores and Avenida De Las Arboles have a lot of burglaries and vehicle thefts (per sheriff report), they also have gang members from TOCAS and CVLS (Conejo Valley Locos). I haven't heard of more than 1 drive by shootings by Thousand Oaks gangs in the last decade. Thousand Oaks gangs may fight among each other by jumping their rivals but there is no violence that has affected the community. These gangs mostly like to party and deals...age are from teenagers to the OGs in their 30's. Old neighborhood behind Thousand Oaks Blvd. is old they are working on putting sidewalks, you will know its not for you once you drive through here. 90% of Thousand Oaks is fine. That's all I can share based on living and working in T.O area for 21 years. I have heard enough stories from friends and family members and I went to all the house parties in high school to know which neighborhood I wouldn't want to settle down in. Find a good realtor and a good home inspection if you are going to look in Thousand Oaks; Not all areas of Thousand Oaks are the same. In my opinion, a decent home in a decent neighborhood will run $450K minimum.

I grew up in Wildwood and I loved it. Lots of parks and playgrounds. Close to Wildwood Elementary School, Redwood Middle school, and Thousand Oaks high school. Any neighborhood off Lynn Road is good including Sunset Hills area. Neighborhoods East of the 23 Freeway off Avenida De Los Arboles by the DMV all the way down to Westlake Blvd. is good. Neighborhoods along the intersection of Janns Road and Erbes is good. Anyway if you are able to spend $500-$650K or more then you will be fine. There are many many nice areas with so many different characteristics to choose from.

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Old 06-18-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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This has been very helpful to me as well. We will be relocating in about a year and had originally narrowed our choices to Ventura and the Dana Pt. to San Diego area. Ventura county is more centrally located to our interests (and it's proximity to SB and LA are perfect). We wanted to be in the city of Ventura, but after a few visits decided that it didn't really fit as well as we'd hoped. I've always been fond of the Conejo Valley area and after this last trip I think my husband is also on board.
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