Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks are consistently ranked in the top 15 places to live in America. So I thought it very timely to mention that for the last two years Thousand Oaks has been repeatedly named one of the country’s safest and most family-friendly cities by various publications. But this is more than just a small mention in an obscure publication.
Thousand Oaks: Rank Top 15 in Both Kiplingers and Business Insider
The news is good! Thousand Oaks continues to rank in the top 15 of safest cities and best place to raise your kids: It ranked #12 in Business Insider’s List of ‘The 13 Safest Cities in America’ and in 2012, made it to #4 in Kiplinger’s ‘10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids‘ List..
According to Kiplinger’s they have a very selective two-step approach to choosing their top 10:
Choosing the best place to raise your kids is pretty daunting. Great schools, plenty of libraries and playgrounds, and safe, family-friendly neighborhoods…Weighing the factors can prove challenging. We took a two-step approach to come up with our list…First, we looked for metropolitan areas with high household incomes relative to living costs, a large percentage of families with children under 18, and low crime rates.
Tech Savvy? Then Read the Compelling Data
If you are tech savvy and you looking for a lovely safe to place to live and/or a great area to raise a family, do the research. The data is there. You will find that there are very few areas that compare in terms of having all of these “best” components in one package: best climate, the safest area and the best schools. In an article on Strong Cities|Strong State, Jim Friedl, General Manager, Conejo Recreation & Park District says:
Thousand Oaks is a great place … on one hand you have all of the advantages of a larger city and on the other, you can enjoy over 75 miles of multi-use trails in over 11,000 acres of dedicated natural open space —while being only 12 miles from the ocean.
First time home buyer, investor and veteran home buyer, there are a myriad of reasons in addition to its yearly top ranking to begin your search in Thousand Oaks. One reason is the idyllic surrounding communities. Agoura Hills is only a stone’s throw from Thousand Oaks as well as other beautiful neighboring cities in the Conejo Valley. Besides all of the areas having a perfect climate and outdoor recreational living, all are highly ranked school zones and great places for family. These neighborhoods include Oak Park, Newbury Park, Westlake Village and Calabasas. If you are looking for an ideal place to call home, contact me at (818) 934-8902 or email me to inquire about my newest real estate listings in any or all of these areas: Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, or Agoura Hills.