Calabasas

Folks in Calabasas like to think of their city as a mountain community, boasting a rustic, small-town feel with bold views of oak-covered hillsides and dramatic open skies. Residents enjoy living in Calabasas because it is close to Los Angeles, without the the frenzied pace. The town’s location also offers quick proximity to the coast beaches that line Malibu and Topanga canyons. Town fathers have kept a tight rein on growth since it incorporated in 1991. Despite the rural overtones, Calabasas features The Commons at Calabasas, a relatively new 200,000-square-foot shopping center with restaurants, retail and office space, a business park and a community center-health club. Eighteen publicly owned companies, including Countrywide Credit Industries, also have offices in Calabasas. In 2006, the town adopted one of the nation’s toughest nonsmoking ordinances, banning smoking in most outdoor public spaces. Calabasas has also gone from 3 acres to 60 acres of city-owned parkland. Juan De Anza Park offers 200 acres of building and recreation space, and serves as the gateway to the 6,000-acre Malibu Creek State Park. Calabasas has served as the set for many films and television series, including M*A*S*H. Its known for its annual Pumpkin Festival in...

Malibu

Everyone knows and loves Malibu! The affluent beachfront city in northwestern Los Angeles County, Malibu is known for its celebrity and cache and, yet, is a city of fewer than 13,000 residents who relish their sense of small-town community. Incorporated in 1991, Malibu is 21 miles in length and most residents live within close proximity to the Pacific Coast Highway and sandy beaches beyond. The ocean, the backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains and the canyons in between all combine to make the topography and scenic beauty of Malibu unmatched. Home to Pepperdine University, the Getty Villa as well as famous Zuma and, Surfrider Beaches are but a few of the well-known Malibu...

Hidden Hills

Hidden Hills is nestled between the foothills of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County and the Ventura County line. Hidden Hills is a 1000 acre gated development with a bit more than 600 homes and 2000 residents that began in 1950. A decidedly rural and bucolic atmosphere with white split-rail fences, no sidewalks or street lights, Hidden Hills was originally designed for the equestrian lifestyle. With bridle trails throughout the community and immediate access to the Santa Monica Mountains, Hidden Hills remains a favored southern California equestrian community. Today, sprawling ranch-style homes and Mediterranean estates similarly pepper the area and residents love the privacy and beauty of Hidden...

Newbury Park

Newbury Park is the western-most community in the greater Thousand Oaks area and abuts the Santa Monica National Recreation area so folks come from miles around to enjoy the fabulous parklands that stretch all the way to the coast. Egbert Starr Newbury owned thousands of acres in the 1870’s and gave the name to the community as well as was the first postmaster in the Conejo Valley in 1875. The majority of the single-family development occurred in the 1950’s -1970’s in Newbury Park. In recent years, the largest undeveloped parcel became the Dos Vientos Ranch, with homes prized for their Spanish architecture, innovative design, and ideal location with cherished breezes from the Pacific Ocean. They say the weather is cooler than in the valleys, and a good place to get a view is from Monte Vista Nature...

Moorpark

Moorpark is a small town with plenty of character. For years, this was a rural community where you could see cows grazing along the hills as you drove down Spring Road. Now, Moorpark is home to some of the county’s largest employers and Moorpark College, which offers the world-famous Exotic Animal Training and Management program. Moorpark is still the kind of place where you know the people at the grocery store. However losing the small-town feel doesn’t upset residents, who see the greater good in having more conveniences for themselves. Residents consider Moorpark to have nice, clean neighborhoods that are, most importantly, safe. They say the weather is cooler than in the valleys, and a good place to get a view is from Monte Vista Nature...

Camarillo

Geographically located at the heart of Ventura County, Camarillo is one of the area’s growing cities. The surrounding hillside is populated with lush farms, unique homes and the Spanish Hills Country Club, while charming neighborhoods lined with trees, parks and greenery are spread out perfectly to fill this peaceful town. Camarillo Premium Outlets serves as one of the most popular shopping centers in the county, attracting residents throughout the world with its quality clothing shops from name designers such as Gianni Versace and Calvin Klein, along with stores that carry Nike, Sony and other high quality name brands. California State University, Channel Islands, recently opened in August 2002, giving the county its first four year state university. With Caltrans completing the Lewis Road interchange project, there is better service for drivers on both Highway 1 and 101 to access the University. Newly constructed neighborhoods continue to bring more residents to town. However, Camarillo city officials are committed to striking a balance between development and its Spanish land grant heritage. Statistics Location: 17 miles east of Ventura. Origin of name: Named for the Camarillo family (Juan Camarillo came to San Buenaventura in 1857 and purchased Rancho Calleguas in 1875). Motto: The People Are the City. Official flower: Camarillo fiesta bougainvillea, developed for the city. ZIP codes: 93010, 93012. Las Posas Estates: 93010. Leisure Village: 93012. Las Posas Park: 93010. Springville: 93010. Incorporation date: Oct. 22, 1964. Type of government: General law; five-member City Council with a city manager. Average annual high temperature: 71 degrees. Average annual low temperature: 49 degrees. Average annual rainfall: 14.83 inches. Elevation (near City Hall): 150...