In the early 1960's most of the Conejo Valley consisted of large ranches.
One of them was owned by the Janss family and another was acquired by Daniel K. Ludwig of American Hawaiian
Steamship Corp. Both experienced development companies with a desire to create a "city
in the country" which would avoid the haphazard, chaotic urban sprawl
typical of much of Southern California.
Their vision included a balanced mix of
residential housing, commercial services, clean industry and diverse
recreation where people could live, work and play. The City of Thousand Oaks
incorporated in 1964, and continued to oversee development according to a
general plan that incorporates controlled growth and a balanced mix of
residential areas, modern shopping centers, excellent schools, business and
industrial centers, while preserving more than 12,000 acres designated “open
space”. In 40 years the Conejo had grown from a handful of ranches to a
thriving community with a population of approximately 150,000.
This early vision created a remarkable mix of
residential housing, including apartments and affordable condos to
multi-million dollar estates and ranches, all co-existing in harmony with
clean commercial/industrial centers. Homes are available with golf course or
lakeside frontage, equestrian facilities, hiking trails and recreation
Major employers such as Amgen, Wellpoint,
J.D. Powers, State Farm, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Blue Cross, Verizon,
Rockwell Science Center and others have significant facilities within the
Recreational opportunities abound. Locally,
there are 4 private lakes, 5 golf courses, numerous swim, tennis and
equestrian facilities, all surrounded by the
Santa Monica Mountains
National recreation Area. The beaches of Malibu and Ventura are within a
20 minute drive and mountain or desert resort areas, one to three hours.
Thousand Oak offers attractive, supervised centers for teens and seniors
Thousand Oaks Civic
Arts Plaza attracts world class entertainment for everyone.
The City of Thousand Oaks has been consistently rated by the FBI as one of
the two safest cities in the United Sates (population of over 100,000).
Services are provided through contract with Ventura & Los Angeles County.
Local police services include: patrol, investigation, traffic enforcement,
youth services, computer crime analysis, narcotics and an active crime
prevention program. Fire protection is excellent, with stations
strategically located to cover all areas of the valley within a minimum
response time. A mutual aid agreement is maintained between the Ventura and
Los Angeles County departments.
Today, the Conejo is one of the most
desirable places in California to live, work and play and the remarkable
vision and planning of our early developers and City fathers insure that it
will remain so far into the future.