What is the Conejo Valley?
The Conejo Valley is one of the most affluent areas in the country. It was ranked as one of the top 100 places to live in the country by Money Magazine.
Conejo means rabbit in Spanish, so yes, we have lots of rabbits. The Conejo Valley is a stunning area surrounded by rolling hills, majestic oak trees, and open space. The valley is located about an hours drive north from Downtown L.A., 45 minutes south of Santa Barbara, and about 30 minutes east of Malibu and the ocean. It truly is an ideal location.
The Conejo Valley is made up of 5 main towns/cities: Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Agoura Hills, and Newbury Park. Lake Sherwood, which is its own unincorporated community, is also part of the Conejo Valley as well as a portion of the city of Calabasas.
The towns are small and either border each other or are separated by only a few miles. In other words, you can enjoy all the best of the Conejo Valley no matter which town you live.
We are known for our safe surroundings, open space, beautiful housing, outstanding schools, and friendly people.
How would I describe the different areas?
Here are my thoughts based on years of feedback from buyers and sellers throughout the Conejo Valley.
The heart and soul of the Conejo Valley. Westlake Village was built around the lake starting in the mid 1960s. The neighborhoods are safe, the views are beautiful, and the amenities are endless. (Quick Westlake Village Video). From a housing standpoint, you almost can’t make a mistake living in Westlake Village. It’s definitely the creme dela creme. (median home prices)
Cons: Housing is more expensive than other areas, some homes need updating.
Located on the North Side of the 101 freeway, Oak Park is a little town in Ventura County that’s safe, peaceful, and known for its award winning schools. The lifestyle is relaxing and the parks are plentiful (Quick Oak Park Video). And if you are a hiker/mountain biker, the trails are some of the best around. (median home prices)
Pros: Safe and secluded, excellent schools, parks and trails.
Cons: The homes tend to be a little more tract-style with fewer custom homes than some of our other areas. Higher home prices.
Closer to Downtown L.A., Agoura Hills is popular with people who commute. The town offers a mix of large majestic homes with huge lots, to more affordable homes and townhomes. Old Agoura is one of our few horse communities with riding trails and arenas. (median home prices)
Pros: Closer to downtown, horse community, close to everything.
Cons: A bit warmer, some of the shopping centers need updating.
The largest city in the Conejo Valley with a population over 100k, Thousand Oaks always makes the list as one of the top safest cities in the country. From a housing standpoint, Thousand Oaks is a little more hit or miss. There are some phenomenal communities with stunning homes and neighborhoods that would satisfy even the pickiest home buyer, then there are some other pockets that are a little less desirable and need updating. However, if you want more land, no HOA dues, and more house for your money, Thousand Oaks may be your best bet. (median home prices)
Cons: Pockets of the city are older and need updating.
Newbury Park is technically part of Thousand Oaks and offers many of the same benefits. The homes are more affordable, the temperatures are cooler, and the lots tend to be bigger. It’s also home to one of our most popular and newest large communities, Dos Vientos. (median home prices)
Pros: More affordable than other areas, Dos Vientos.
Cons: Some of the homes and communities look dated.
Tucked in the hills around the world famous Sherwood Country Club, Lake Sherwood is our most exclusive community in the Conejo Valley. The area is almost completely residential with most residents using neighboring Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks for their daily needs. Behind the main gates are mansions with spectacular views of the lake, golf course, and surrounding hills. Outside the main gates are several other gated communities with beautiful homes that are slightly more affordable. Lake Sherwood is ideal for the affluent homeowner who wants privacy and seclusion. (median home prices)
Pros: Stunning homes, privacy, best of the best, the lake, Sherwood Country Club.
Cons: The homes are some of the most expensive in the Conejo Valley.
Only a portion of Calabasas is in the Conejo Valley, the other portion is in the San Fernando Valley. Calabasas is known around the world for being a popular celebrity community. The Conejo Valley side tends to be a little more affordable than the San Fernando Valley side and offers everything from townhomes and condos to multi-million dollar mansions. Plus you’re only 20 minutes or so from the beach. The San Fernando Valley side has many spectacular gated communities with sprawling estates and gorgeous views. (median home prices)
Pros: Closer to downtown for commuters, affluent communities, views, The Calabasas Commons.
Cons: Warmer than most of the Conejo Valley, higher priced homes.