Westlake Village is actually part incorporated city and part planned community within the neighboring city of Thousand Oaks. It also straddles Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The City of Westlake Village partly surrounds Westlake Lake, a 125-acre man-made lake, and hosts a population of just over 8,000 residents. It is one of the wealthiest municipalities in the entire Los Angeles area. Nearly 60 percent of its residents over the age of 25 have college degrees, and more than a quarter of the population have earned graduate and professional degrees. There are 5 public and 5 private schools.
Following its occupation for hundreds of years by the Chumash people, and its subsequent assessment as Mexican and Spanish land grants, the area was purchased for cattle ranching in 1881, was owned for a time by William Randolph Hearst, then became a movie ranch where dozens of films and television shows were shot until the early 1960’s.
Business and Pleasure
Westlake Village plays a role as an exclusive and relatively secluded exclusive bedroom community for Los Angeles, although it is also home to numerous large corporations, including Dole Food Company, Anheuser-Busch, Jaffra Cosmetics, and J.D. Power and Associates. There are several golf courses and country clubs, as well as hiking and horseback riding in the vast open space surrounding the community. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is nearby.
Extensive additional information and statistics about Westlake Village are available on the website City-Data.com.
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