Located in South-eastern Ventura County, California, Thousand Oaks is 35 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. It earned its worthy name due to the fact that hundreds of oak trees grew in that area. As a result, the city’s seal also features an oak tree in it. The history of this city is particularly unique – it was created by the Janss Investment Company as part of a master planned city around the year 1955. It was spread over an area of 10,000 acres, and in the beginning, it featured 2,000 single-family residences, 1000 custom home lots, a 200-acre industrial park and a lot of shopping centers.
Today, Thousand Oaks is generally recognized as a premiere community and it considered one of the most sought out places to live in America by the wealthy. It prides itself on the sheer volume of open lands it has, all of which are used regularly by the community residents to go biking, hiking or just for morning and evening leisure walks. Even though it’s a city, it maintains a relationship with nature, setting it apart from the majority of cities in California. It therefore goes without saying that it has a very conspicuous distinction.
One of Southern California’s first theme parks was in Thousand Oaks, called Jungleland USA. It entertained thousands of families and camping lovers from the 1940s until 2 decades later. In fact it was so popular that a couple of Hollywood films used that theme park as part of its backdrops, the names of which included Tarzan, Birth of a Nation and The Adventures of Robin Hood. However, increasing competition from Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm forced the theme park to shut down in 1968 and in its place today stands the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center
One place most popular among tourists is the Civic Arts Plaza which was inaugurated in 1994. Today, the Plaza has become the center for the city’s collection of cultural arts, featuring world class concerts, musicals, ballets, children’s shows and a lot more. In fact, the city has also been host to the Amgen Tour of California several times, which has also been recognized as America’s biggest and most popular cycling event. It also has a huge commitment to the private-public partnerships, which can be witnessed in the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan, a revitalized downtown for the city.
A lesser known fact about the city is that it was incorporated in the Conejo Valley on October 7, 1964. A lot of people still confuse that date with the date on which voters voted for the incorporation of the city, which was on September 29, 1964. Amongst its numerous achievements are the following -
- Ranked #1 by FBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Reports Safest Cities Rankings in California and #4 in the US.
- Called “Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in America” by Bicycling Magazine
- Kiplinger ranked it #4 in its “10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids”
- Featured in the Safewise 50 Safest Cities in California
- Popular Science Magazine named it as one of the 50 greenest cities in America
- The 2013 Government Green Fleet Award gave it a ranking of 50