Lake Sherwood | Sherwood Valley

Lake Sherwood and Sherwood Valley take their name from the oldest man-made lake in California and it is central to the history and development of the area. Built in 1904 and over 165 acres in size, Sherwood residents enjoy the shimmering beauty of the lake amid volcanic islands and mountains that surround it.  Fishing, sailing, party-boat “yachting” and kayaking are lake activities and two marinas serve the residents of the community. The lake was first known as Potrero Lake, then became Canterbury Lake. With the 1921 filming of Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr, the change to Lake Sherwood became permanent. Numerous other films and TV programs have and are filmed in the Sherwood area. For many years, Lake Sherwood was a treasured summer retreat or weekend getaway to people from L.A.  Quietly, a small, ecletic community evolved.  Then, in 1986, David Murdock, resident of Hidden Valley, purchased the lake and surrounding acres and the plan for the creation of Sherwood Country Club began. It is a private gated community where over 650 homes will exist when completed within the next decade.  Sherwood has 2 private golf clubs and 2 private golf courses – Sherwood Country Club and Sherwood Lake Club – and opportunities for outdoor recreation and fun with the surrounding open space, parks, walking paths, and...

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley is an exclusive neighborhood that is home to fewer than 40 families. With lot sizes varing from a minimum of 20 acres to a maximum of over 1000 acres, this historical equestrian and farming area is often the choice of home for industry leaders, sports and entertainment figures and families seeking privacy and space. Surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains, Hidden Valley lays just north of Malibu and is home to some of the most superb equestrain facilities and avocado groves – a paradise unto...

Westlake Village

Westlake Village, the “city in the country” with beautiful neighborhoods surrounded by hillsides and mountains. Straddling both Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Westlake Village began as one of the first master-planned California communities in the mid 1960’s and continues to be a wonderful place to live, with friendly people everywhere. Designed around lovely man-made Westlake lake with an island of lakeside homes in the middle and marina and yacht club, Westlake Village is a wonderful mix of cul-de-sac streets, parks, hiking, biking. boating and equestrian trails. On any day you will see residents enjoying the outdoors. Try the Farmer’s Market each Sunday morning, meet at Starbucks, shop at upscale Gelsons or Sprouts, enjoy the great retail stores, diverse restaurants, and theaters. Ideal family atmosphere, Westlake Village is famous for excellent public and private schools and growing business...

North Ranch

North Ranch in Westlake Village is a prestigious, sprawling area directly north of the heart of Westlake Village that features some of the most beautiful lands and homesites in the area. North Ranch has primarily custom homes ranging in size from 3500′ to 15,000′ in size on }1 acre to 5-acre parcels, designed by famed architects and built by notable builders. There are many gated enclaves with North Ranch, including Country Club Estates, as well as neighborhoods with single family homes and townhomes. North Ranch Country Club is the centerpiece of North Ranch, known for its 72-hole golf course. Like Westlake Village, North Ranch has superb surroundings, convenient shopping and dining, and the same excellent school...

Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks, California Thousand Oaks is home to Amgen Inc., the largest biotechnology company in the world, and Ventura County’s largest private employer. While the business community is diverse and thriving, its residents repeatedly look for ways to preserve the community’s rural past. The city is surrounded by a ring of open space, and local groups and the city continue to buy more land to save it from development. There are hiking trails in residential neighborhoods and, in some areas, people still keep horses in their backyards. Longtime residents remember Jungleland, where movie studios kept their large animal performers. Family owned businesses and their simple storefronts have a strong presence along Thousand Oaks Boulevard. However the specialty chains in The Promenade at Westlake, The Lakes, The Oaks shopping center and the Janss Marketplace are the greater draw. The city is known for its strong school district and is perennially among the safest small cities in America. VITAL STATISTICS Location: 25 miles east of Ventura. Origin of name: The name, presumably for the areas oaks, first appears on a tract map in 1923.< Official flower: Conejo buckwheat. Official tree: Native oak, valley oak and coast live oak. ZIP codes: 91319, 91320, 91358, 91359, 91360, 91361, 91362. Conejo Valley: 91360. Westlake Village: 91359, 91362. Incorporation date: Oct. 7, 1964. Type of government: General law; city manager, council/mayor. Average annual high temperature: 76 degrees. Average annual low temperature: 49 degrees. Average annual rainfall: 15.5 inches. Elevation (near City Hall): 759...

Agoura Hills

Good schools, low crime, plenty of open space: The residents of Agoura Hills boast of these virtues when asked about their town. Agoura Hills may be near neighboring Los Angeles, but this town retains its strong rural spirit. Located in the Santa Monica Mountains foothills and just 30 minutes from urban centers, Agoura Hills sits among oak-covered canyons and rolling hillsides. With mountains to hike or bike through and 80 acres in six parks ranging from those in small neighborhoods to an equestrian center, the town’s recreational services provide something for everyone. If it gets too hot, the beach is only a few miles away. The community, which bills itself as The Gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, sits along the Highway 101 corridor at the western edge of Los Angeles County, giving its more than 20,000 residents easy access to urban entertainment, cultural activities, nearby beaches and open spaces. Family owned businesses and their simple storefronts have a strong presence along Thousand Oaks Boulevard. However the specialty chains in The Promenade at Westlake, The Lakes, The Oaks shopping center and the Janss Marketplace are the greater draw. The city is known for its strong school district and is perennially among the safest small cities in...