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...

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

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Moorpark

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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

We love the Investor Buyers – You Should Too!

A major key to the recovery of the housing economy in the United States and definitely in California are the Investor Buyers. Some folks act as if Investors are vultures, sweeping in to grab up homes and beating out the owner-occupant buyers. However, a full 20% of buyers are investors and they buy 56% of the damaged REO properties that many owner- occupants would not have the funds to repair. The investors can do multiple deals and often prefer to buy and buy again in the same areas. While some investors may fix up and do the quick turn of homes, increasingly the Investor Buyer is trusting real estate vs. the stock market. Thus, they are purchasing with the plan to hold onto the properties for years. In doing so, they are providing housing for renters and helping to create more stable neighborhoods while they are growing their owninvestment portfolio. We are working more and more with investors and because our team members are Certified Investor Agent Specialists (CIAS), we have the knowledge and insight to best help the Investors purchase more and more...

Home Values on the Rise!

US home prices are nearing a two year high, the Los Angeles Times reported in late September. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of home values in the 20 largest U.S. cities showed that prices rose 1.6% in July from the prior month and 1.2% from July 2011. Prices are on the rise, but interest rates remain at record low numbers. If you’re considering a new home, investing, or just have questions about the market, please don’t hesitate to contact the McLean Team at Re/Max...

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