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Old Feb 27th 2011, 9:57 pm
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Anyone live there or surrounding areas? good place to raise kids? any views welcome! ;-)
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Anyone live there or surrounding areas? good place to raise kids? any views welcome! ;-)
Yes I'm close by. It's nice, very suburban in look and outlook. The schools are considered good with my usual cautionary note that all the public (state) schools in California are in a state of financial emergency. I'll try to help with any specific questions you have
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Anyone live there or surrounding areas? good place to raise kids? any views welcome! ;-)
According to the following "California School Perfromance Map", most of the schools in that area are top ranking. Click on a symbol, to get more information about the school.

http://schoolperformancemaps.com/ca/...4%2C12%2C1%2C2
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Yep, we've just moved away from the area, I used to work in TO. Lots of people I worked with had kids in schools in the area which were mainly good, I think the high school in particular in Westlake Village (borders TO) is very good.

Housing is generally cheaper than in The Valley, and the weather much cooler, 10-15 in the summer, its often foggy in the mornings March-June.

It's very suburban, has nice malls, some ok restaurants, a great cinema, a theatre and in general is very clean. I find it slightly Stepford Wives with lots of women in trainers walking the streets every morning with their designer gym clothes and their Starbucks.
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It's very suburban, has nice malls, some ok restaurants, a great cinema, a theatre and in general is very clean. I find it slightly Stepford Wives with lots of women in trainers walking the streets every morning with their designer gym clothes and their Starbucks.
I am from the Valley originally and Dad still lives there. Been in Silver Lake/Los Feliz for a long time now. I think you hit the nail on the head as to the reason I would not live in the Thousand Oaks area. Of course, I remember driving to Zuma Beach and there was a gas station and nothing else at the 101/Los Virgines intersection.
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I am from the Valley originally and Dad still lives there. Been in Silver Lake/Los Feliz for a long time now. I think you hit the nail on the head as to the reason I would not live in the Thousand Oaks area. Of course, I remember driving to Zuma Beach and there was a gas station and nothing else at the 101/Los Virgines intersection.
Me neither, on the face of it, it has everything you should want as a family looking for a nice neighborhood to live, its just too 'twee' for me.

The 101/Virgines intersection hasn't improved for having anything other than a gas station.
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Thanks for the input - I guess Moorpark/Newbury Park etc is more of the same??? what about Ventura itself?

I think for a while I could ignore the twee if the crime is low, lots for kids to do, good schooling and close to a good beach. Maybe some work for me on a part time basis
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Yes I'm close by. It's nice, very suburban in look and outlook. The schools are considered good with my usual cautionary note that all the public (state) schools in California are in a state of financial emergency. I'll try to help with any specific questions you have
Where are you Sal? do you think it's a good place for kids/teenagers to be? I know you were torn between staying and going back to UK, what made you decide on Lala land?
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Where are you Sal? do you think it's a good place for kids/teenagers to be? I know you were torn between staying and going back to UK, what made you decide on Lala land?
I'm in Calabasas. I know a few people who live in Newbury Park, they seem to like it but it's too far out of the loop for my taste. Ventura itself seems very nice, that could be a possibility for you.

It's all right around here for teenagers, of course they need a car/rides to get to anything. Huge drug culture, not sure how that compares to UK/Canada.

I was torn and still am, the main reason we didn't make the move back recently was that house prices have collapsed.
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Thanks for the input - I guess Moorpark/Newbury Park etc is more of the same??? what about Ventura itself?

I think for a while I could ignore the twee if the crime is low, lots for kids to do, good schooling and close to a good beach. Maybe some work for me on a part time basis
Yes all that area is very much the same, nearly everyone I work with lives out that way, be warned though you will definately be on Fire Watch in Moorpark/Newbury Park area.

Personally, I don't like Ventura, I don't think the beach is very nice, in fact the last time we went I nearly stood in a dead seal. It's very overcast, often windy and cold, not like LA at all. If you are after beaches I would stick with TO and have an easy drive to Zuma.

I think if you can live with the twee it sounds like a good area for what you are after.
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Ventura itself seems very nice, that could be a possibility for you.
And we disagree again
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Ventura's such a cute little town though! Loads of beaches all along the coast there.
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Yes all that area is very much the same, nearly everyone I work with lives out that way, be warned though you will definately be on Fire Watch in Moorpark/Newbury Park area.

Personally, I don't like Ventura, I don't think the beach is very nice, in fact the last time we went I nearly stood in a dead seal. It's very overcast, often windy and cold, not like LA at all. If you are after beaches I would stick with TO and have an easy drive to Zuma.

I think if you can live with the twee it sounds like a good area for what you are after.
Thanks - as Sal says I do worry about the drug culture - how bad is it? is it in schools? I guess so - oh what a worry
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I'm in Calabasas. I know a few people who live in Newbury Park, they seem to like it but it's too far out of the loop for my taste. Ventura itself seems very nice, that could be a possibility for you.

It's all right around here for teenagers, of course they need a car/rides to get to anything. Huge drug culture, not sure how that compares to UK/Canada.

I was torn and still am, the main reason we didn't make the move back recently was that house prices have collapsed.
I'm torn too Sal UK or US I know i've done my time in Canada - winters too long for me amongst other stuff.
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Ventura's such a cute little town though! Loads of beaches all along the coast there.
and virtually deserted due to the crap weather and rotting wildlife
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