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Old 01-10-2019, 10:48 AM
 
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Hello!

I currently live in Westwood. I like this area because it's walkable, nice shops/restaurants, safe and pretty close to activities/events. A job opportunity came up in Thousand Oaks and I'm considering relocating to Ventura county so I'm closer to work. At the same time, I don't want to live in an extremely suburban area more targeted to families.

I've heard Westlake Village and Woodland Hills are good options. However, I've looked at a few areas and I've read a lot of complaints of crime, break-ins, robbery... I have a dog, I walk her early in the morning and late at night and I live alone. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you!
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:14 AM
 
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Woodland Hills is more similar to Westwood's urbanization, but it's not walkable, although Warner Center is more so and they are building a lot of live/work/shop complexes there. Crime is relatively low there. Note: WH is usually the hottest area of the Los Angles area in summer; 110+ no longer unusual.

Westlake Village is very suburban, and is only walkable if you live near the big shopping center on Westlake Boulevard. It's very low crime. There are some singles there, but it's still mostly families, because that area around the shopping center is actually Thousand Oaks.*

*To clarify:
Where the confusion comes as to what constitutes Westlake Village, is partly because it was only incorporated in 1981. Newcomers are shocked to hear that all of Westlake Boulevard including Westlake Plaza shopping center and its extensions, the businesses on Hampshire Road, the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex, Westlake High School, Westlake Hills Elementary School, Lake Sherwood, and all of North Ranch are really in Thousand Oaks, not Westlake Village! This area is technically called the "Thousand Oaks portion of Westlake Village" but everyone I know thinks of those areas as Westlake Village.

We all know where the county line is--how can you not when it's named "LA Venta Drive"? but the city boundaries are wavering in the public mind and vernacular. Even friends who live in developments like Westlake Hills and North Ranch (both in T.O.) use "Westlake Village" as their addresses without a problem, because the zip codes also overlap.
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