Westlake Village, CA has had a rich history as one of the best communities for real estate in Los Angeles County. First discovered by Europeans in 1770, it was originally settled by the Pico family who established themselves in the Simi Valley area. Afterward, it was subsequently incorporated into the Mexico in 1821 and the United States in 1850. At that time, there were just nineteen houses in the area, which was admired for its picturesque views and exceptional cattle ranches. In 1925, most of the local community was purchased by William Randolph Hearst, who converted his land into properties for filming movies. Bonanza, Tarzan, Robin Hood, and many old western-style films were filmed in the village at that time.
The properties that exist today were built starting in 1963, when American-Hawaiian Steamship Company acquired the Hearst estate. It still holds true today that the property was divided between Ventura and Los Angeles county. Since California state law does not allow city limits to exist in two different counties, just one-third of the community is part of the actual City of Westlake Village. The other portion in Ventura County is actually part of Thousand Oaks, though the entire area is often referred to as Westlake Village.
Many houses were built in the village at this time, most of which were part of beautiful affluent communities. Local residents were attracted by the community’s rolling hills, pristine forests, and remarkable history. Taking highway 101, residents have full access to downtown Los Angeles which is just 45 minutes away. Located in the Conejo Valley, residents can enjoy the wine country while still have access to the hills and ocean that border the community to the south.
Today there are many notable residents that live in the village, including Will Smith, Martin Sheen, Jamie Foxx, and Jim Caviezel. The community is also home to a few multinational corporations, such as the Dole Food Company, K-Swiss, and Guitar Center. The village is even home to a leading real estate company, Aviara Real Estate.
Today, the combined community has a total population of 8,142 residents who live in 3,262 households. The average home in the community is valued at $1.16 million, with per-capita income of $137,355. The neighborhood is seen as exceptionally safe, with very little crime and just 2.5% of the population below the poverty line.