The Most Idyllic Malibu Beach | Limo Services

Lechuza Beach, MalibuEver wondered what the most beautiful and secluded beach in Malibu is? Having served the city with limo services for over 20 years, American Luxury Limousine has seen a lot of gorgeous beaches here. Even beaches by wine-tasting venues visited on Malibu wine-tasting tours! Whether for a party bus or limo ride to the beaches, we can get you there!

So what’s the most gorgeous, secluded and best hidden gem beach in Los Angeles County? We have come to the conclusion that Lechuza Beach must indeed be the most scenic picturesque stretch of sand in LA County. Situated far from the noisy Pacific Coastal Highway, Lechuza is nestled underneath sand rocks and hidden from the main roads. It offers some of the clearest waters, neat sand-rock formations, white sand and seclusiveness. More or less a hole-in-the-world, few locals even know how to find this pristine beach.

The immediate surrounding neighborhood is home to an array of stars and celebrities. “No wonder a limousine service would write about this,” you may rightfully wonder. Our limousines have transported dozens of celebrities to the adjacent communities here.

So how do you find this gem?

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Staircase to the beach

It is located where Bunnie Lane and Broad Beach meets, at address 31716 Broad Beach Rd. This road and the homes surrounding the beach are home to an array of big-time stars and famous people. Public access to the beach have tried to be stopped by local residents, even by putting up fake “private property” signage. This was also covered in USA Today back in 2002. Today, the city has a marked entrance sign, installed a new staircase and placed out public garbage cans.

Just a few of the celebrities residing here are:

• Kurt Russell
• Steven Spielberg
• Mel Gibson
• Barbara Streisand
• Danny DeVito
• Dustin Hoffman
• Richard Gere
• Eddie Van Halen
• Charlie Sheen
• Goldie Hawn
• Sylvester Stallone

Want To Discover More Hidden Gem Beaches? See Top 6 Hidden Gem Beaches of Malibu!

What’s ever better than discovering this beach on your own? Not worrying about driving, configuring the GPS, but instead being chauffeured by luxurious limos or party buses. Our local Malibu limo service is a member of the Chambers of Commerce and has offered transportation service in town for over 18+ years.

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The Most Idyllic Malibu Beach | Limo Services

6 Best Things To Do in Moorpark, California!

Moorpark limo servicesAmerican Luxury Limousine has served the community of Moorpark, California with limos for over 20 years. Here we transfer people by limousines or party buses to Los Angeles, LAX and various places throughout Ventura County. Besides the traditional limo transportation, we are also a provider of wine-tasting tours, party bus nights on town, rides to Vegas, and more. Having been part of this great community for decades, let our limo services present “6 Best Things To Do in Moorpark!”

6. Great Dining

Maria's Family Restaurant on High StreetDespite what many may believe, limo outings to various eateries in town are very common. Looking for Middle-Eastern kabob? Try the top rated eatery here on Yelp, Moorpark Kabob Kitchen! How about Italian? Carrara Pastries is an Italian cafe serving town’s best desserts. This is also the best rated restaurant in town on TripAdvisor. How about Peruvian? See the exotic Amazon Peruvian Restaurant on Princeton Ave! Yummy Hawaiian BBQ has the town’s best Hawaiian cuisine, while Wood Ranch BBQ is your best bet for American barbecue. Lalo’s Mexican Food, Don Cuco and Gutierrez Mexican Restaurant are three options for local Mexican eateries.

5. World Class Golf

Known to have one the region’s best golf courses, trying out some golfing is nearly a necessity when visiting town. Style it up with a limo and a round of golf! The top rated golf courses in town are:

• Tierra Rejada Golf Club (15187 Tierra Rejada Road)
• Rustic Canyon Golf Course (15100 Happy Camp Canyon Road)
• Moorpark Country Club (11800 Championship Drive)

4. Outdoor Adventures

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Happy Canyon Regional Park

13650 Broadway Road

There are over 20 parks in town, including one of Ventura County’s largest regional parks, namely Happy Camp Canyon Regional Park. This park offers 12 miles of trails in 3,000 acres of natural beauty. Nearly twice the size of Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks, this park is nearly untouched and gives a glimpse of how Southern California once looked like. The main entrance is found at the east end of Broadway Road. Wildwood Park can be accessed via nearby Santa Rosa Valley Park, a park which also offers trails to Hill Canyon and Newbury Park.

3. Visiting the Zoo

7075 Campus Road

Ranked the second-best activity in town by TripAdvisor and Yelp reviewers, America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College is a must. Besides the weekly animal shows, come by any day for a chance to see African lions, alligators, tigers, tortoises, eagles, prairie wolves, and lots of other exotic species. Over two hundred animals can be seen at the zoo. Safari campout for kids are also available here during summer. While getting limousines to the zoo is not the most trending, we often have college students here reserving party bus rides.

2. Pick Your Own Fruit

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Ranked the best activity in town by TripAdvisor, Underwood Family Farms is a unique Moorpark adventure. One of the county’s most popular farms offers pick-your-own berries and fruits, live animal shows, equestrian riding, pumpkin patches, and even tractor rides for children. This is also by far the most signature Moorpark experience. Did you know this agricultural community once was nicknamed “Home of the Apricot” by the Chamber of Commerce? The first settlers in what then was known as Fremontville and Epworth were all farmers. Try a day of tractor- and limo rides with the kids!

1. Excido Escape Room

6593 Collins Drive

The best rated activity in town may be a surprise to many; users on Yelp have ranked the Excido Escape Room as the best activity in town. In this game up to six people are locked in a room for up to 45 minutes while trying to escape and finding their way out. Raise against the clock while trying to escape captivity! Particularly popular for groups of friends traveling here by party bus, Excido is also visited by limos for birthday party celebrations and other social gatherings. Why not call some friends, book a limousine and check out the escape room!

City Library of Moorpark, CASee Also: Best Movies Filmed in Moorpark, California! (#2)

For any destination by Moorpark limos or anywhere else in Southern California, choose our limo services for the best service. We now also offer a price-match-guarantee on all limousine and party bus rides in the region. Whether for wedding transfers, a ride to LAX, a night on town, wine-tasting tours, or any other event, add a limo to make your day memorable and special.

6 Best Things To Do in Moorpark, California!

9 Surprising Facts About Thousand Oaks! | Limo & Party Bus Services

View of California Lutheran University (CLU) from Tarantula Hill in Thousand Oaks
City view from Tarantula Hill

American Luxury Limousine knows the ins and outs of Thousand Oaks better than most. Having been a locally based limo service here for nearly 20 years, we’ve grown to be a part of this beautiful Conejo Valley community. Besides transportation in town our limousine service offers gorgeous Santa Barbara wine tours to the rolling vineyards of Santa Ynez. We also provide nearby Westlake Village- and Newbury Park limousine services, as well as LAX limo transfers and party buses for rent. Let Thousand Oaks Limos present “9 Surprising Facts About Thousand Oaks!”

9. First SoCal Theme Park

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Jungleland was located at the site of the Civic Arts Plazs

Jungleland USA was the first amusement park established in SoCal, formerly located where Civic Arts Plaza stands today. Tourists and locals traveled far to get to here, where elephant-riding and lion shows were popular. First known as Goebel’s Lion Farm, it was renamed Jungleland in the mid 1920’s and remained open until 1969. The park closed due to heavy competition from other theme parks, mostly due to the rising popularity of Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.

8. Gift From Bob Hope

Did you know Thousand Oaks residents were given a 360-acre natural preserve as a gift from Bob Hope? Located in Newbury Park, Hope Nature Preserve is beautiful and can be accessed from Lynn Oaks Park on 359 Capitan St. Situated in southeastern Newbury Park, the nature preserve sits between Hidden Valley to the south and Newbury Park to the north. The Los Robles Trail goes through the preserve and connects to various park lands throughout Conejo Valley.

7. SoCal’s Largest Library

Grant R. Brimhall Library is over 80,000 sq. ft. and offers nearly 400,000 books. Although not exactly a sought-after limo destination for our service, it’s by far the biggest library in Ventura County and arguably in all of SoCal. The American Radio Archive is something worth looking into, a library museum dedicated to the history of radio.

6. 4th Safest American City

We all know Thousand Oaks is pretty safe. But few may know we are also amongst the safest in the U.S. Named the fourth-safest city in the nation by The FBI in 2013, the U.S. murder rate is seven times higher than in T.O.! Not one homicide was registered in Conejo Valley in 2016.

5. America’s Biggest Urban National Park

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Santa Monica Mountains

Over 920 acres of America’s biggest urban national park is within city limits. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is found in southern parts of Newbury Park. The waterfall, Boney Mountain, Satwiwa and Sycamore Canyon are a few things worth checking out. Although the Santa Monica’s may most often be visited for Malibu wine tours, our service has also taken clients here for wedding photos and even horseback-riding at Rocking K Horse Rentals in Newbury Park.

4. Ventura County’s Largest Mall

With nearly 200 shops, The Oaks is the largest mall found in Ventura County. Its two-stories of shops, restaurants and a movie theater is one of the city’s most popular destinations for our service. Booking limos to The Oaks is far from uncommon!

3. World’s Largest Biotech Firm

Did you know that Amgen is the world’s largest biotechnology firm? Situated in Newbury Park, it is also the city and valley’s largest employer.

2. 4th-Richest Community in America

You probably knew that the Conejo Valley is home to affluent communities. But few may know just how wealthy these communities are. According to USA Today in 2014, the Greater Thousand Oaks Area was named the 5th most affluent region in America. T.O. was ranked 7th richest U.S. city by CBS as of 2013. Newbury Park more specifically was ranked the 4th richest place in America by Money Magazine a few years earlier.

1.  2,000 Year-Old Pictographs

Limo service in Thousand Oaks, CAMost limo clients may be surprised to hear that T.O. is home to over 2,000 year-old Chumash Native-American pictographs. Located at the Chumash Indian Museum, you can get local docent-led tours to the cave-paintings on Lang Ranch Pkwy. This museum also offers replicas of traditional Chumash houses and artifact displays. You can learn more about the city’s Chumash history at the Stagecoach Inn Museum and Satwiwa Indian Center in Newbury Park.

Check Out: 8 Things T.O. Is Famous For!!

So for whatever occasion and destination, let our Thousand Oaks limos get you there in luxury, style and utmost comfort. Our T.O.-, Newbury Park and Westlake Village limo service is top rated and serves all of Southern California. Our service offers an exclusive lowest-price-guarantee for all rides by limousines and party buses. American Luxury also serves the nearby wine country, offering award-winning Malibu- and Santa Barbara wine-tasting tours.

9 Surprising Facts About Thousand Oaks! | Limo & Party Bus Services

Best Ventura County Camping! | American Luxury Limousine

Overlook of VenturaLooking for a place to camp in Ventura County? These are our 10+ best tips for camping in Ventura County. As a local provider of limos and party buses for over twenty years, we have taken countless limo clients to the great campgrounds of our county. Whether you prefer lake-, forest- or beach camping, add a limousine service to your day for a luxurious day in nature. We serve all of the county, from the campgrounds of Ojai, Lake Piru, Pine Mountain, Casitas and the great beaches. Whatever destination in Southern California, American Luxury Limousine of Thousand Oaks is a trusted source of transportation.

Beach Camping

Malibu Lagoon State Beach and MuseumTaking limos to the beach is popular for a variety of reasons, including weddings, photographing, surfing – and camping. Why not set up a romantic weekend of beach camping combined with a limousine rental? Point Mugu State Park may the most popular camp site in the county with its three campgrounds: Thornhill Broome Beach- Sycamore Canyon- and La Jolla camps. Point Mugu State Park stretches over 15,000 acres inland to Newbury Park, where Thorhill Broome is situated in the sand itself on the park’s western edge overlooking the Pacific. Emma Wood State Beach is located past Ventura, not far from San Buenaventura State Beach. There are no tent camping available at Emma Wood, but you may bring your tent along to Faria County Park. Located midways between Carpinteria and Ventura, Faria is offers over 40 tent sites and the closest camping to the ocean you can get. We have limousines oftentimes stopping along this coastline on our exclusive Santa Barbara wine-tasting tours.

Lake Camping

There are two great places for lake camping in Ventura: Lake Casitas- and Lake Piru Recreation Areas. The more than 1,200 acre Lake Piru sits at an over 1,000 ft elevation and is a popular place for boating, swimming, fishing and camping. It is located 20 minutes north of Piru and offers over 230 camp sites. Lake Casitas Recreation Area encompasses 6,200 acres of nature west of Ojai. There are over 450 campsites here, and fishing, motor-boating and other water activities are available. While trout and catfish are the most common in Lake Casitas, trout and bass are abundant in Lake Piru. Both lakes are located within vast nature areas with an abundance of wildlife. Although some rides up here are difficult by limousine or party bus, we will get you to your location in safety and style.

Mountain Camping

View of ocean from Malibu CanyonsMany of the most popular campgrounds in the county can be found in the inland. With over 52 percent of the county’s total area made up of national forest, there are also a huge number of campgrounds found in this region. Lion- and Middle Lion Campgrounds are situated at an over 3,000 ft. elevation north of Ojai. Further inland is where Pine Mountain- and Reyes Peak Campgrounds are located. Reyes Peak Campground is situated at an over 6,400 ft elevation on its own peak overlooking Sespe Creek. Midways are the Dome Springs Campground, situated at a nearly 5,000 ft elevation. Various dirt roads off the beaten path may be challenging for party buses and limos, but we will do our best to get you to whatever location in style. As an alternative to a limo, one can also book a sedan or SUV.

City Camping

Simi Valley limo serviceDespite what many may believe, there’s always the option of camping in town. Although most campgrounds are located in the backcountry, there are numerous places you can bring your tent or RV for a night out in and around the cities. On the Simi Valley-Moorpark border is where we find Oak Park, a 100+ acre park for camping and hiking. Another alternative is Tapo Canyon Park in northern Simi Valley. Just a 20-minute car (or limo) ride from Ventura is where we find Foster Park, home to two campgrounds. Kenney Grove Park in Fillmore is another option for those not wanting a too far commute.

Check Out: 6 Best Things To Do in Ventura County!

Whether for hiking, camping, partying or any other activity, add a limo service to your day for the ultimate fun. There are also a host of campgrounds in neighboring LA- and Santa Barbara Counties, also popular destinations for limo services. Whether for a ride in Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Westlake or any other Ventura County destination, trust American Luxury Limousine when reserving your rides.

Santa Monica Mountains in Newbury Park, California

Best Ventura County Camping! | American Luxury Limousine

Best Movies Filmed In Westlake Village!

top-best-movies-filmed-in-westlake-village.pngFor a city of barely 8,500 residents, the city of our limo- and party bus services, Westlake Village, has a remarkable cinematic history and has been featured in over 100 movies and TV-series. From American Pie to The Karate Kid, in this article we will highlight our favorite movie scenes filmed right here in Westlake. Straddling the Ventura-LA County border, Westlake is situated at the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Known for its wealth, celebrity residents, lake and home of multimillion dollar companies such as Dole, Westlake is amongst the most affluent suburbs of Los Angeles. While two-thirds of Westlake Village has been annexed by Thousand Oaks, the remaining one-third of Westlake has established its own independent city: City of Westlake Village in LA County. Westlake Village has been described as one of America’s wealthiest cities by Money Magazine, and according to the FBI, Westlake is also among the safest communities in the country. With nearly 38 percent of the population having an annual household income of over $150,000, Westlake ranks as one of the wealthiest areas in both Ventura- and Los Angeles Counties. According to Los Angeles Times, Westlake has the 15th highest median income in LA County as of 2017, outranking Agoura Hills, Calabasas and even Beverly Hills! American Luxury Limousine is located in Westlake and offers Thousand Oaks party bus and limousine rentals to all of Southern California.

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Scene from The Karate Kid (1984) outside Hyatt Westlake Plaza

With its beautiful surrounding nature areas, close proximity to Hollywood and mild Mediterranean climate, Westlake is an ideal place for movie-productions. Having been located here for twenty years, American Luxury Limousine is proud to offer limo services to Westlake Village and surrounding areas. Conveniently located just 16 miles from Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, Malibu wine tours are popular for residents here. Another recent trend for limousine rental and Thousand Oaks party bus clientele is to explore the local places where their favorite movies were filmed. Whether for a romantic night for two or a Thousand Oaks party bus night out in Hollywood, renting a limousine rental can make any day and any event memorable. We are proud that our limousine rental service is rated “The #5 best thing to do in Westlake Village” by TripAdvisor. Let us present to you our list of “best movies filmed in Westlake Village”!

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Westlake Village Inn is featured in xXx (2002)

A beloved movie for many is American Pie (1999). What many don’t realize is that the location of prom night in the movie actually was filmed here in Westlake, in a house located at 410 Lake Sherwood Drive. The house is mostly hidden from the road, but clients have booked limo services to stop by here for pictures. Lake Sherwood is actually named for Sherwood Forest in Robin Hood, as both Robin Hood (1922) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) were both filmed here. The Sherwood Country Club is also featured in Bridesmaids (2011) as the place where Lillian’s engagement party took place! Other movies filmed in Lake Sherwood includes Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1970), Billy the Kid Returns (1938), The Last Mohicans (1936), King of Texas Rangers (1941) and many more. Closer to town is where scenes from The Karate Kid (1984) were filmed. The Encino Oaks Country Club, where Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) goes to get Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue) for their date, is actually Hyatt Westlake Plaza! This hotel was also featured as the fictional El Cañon Country Club in Tuff Turf (1985). The hotel looks identical still today, and many customers like to get their photos taken here after arriving in a Thousand Oaks party bus or limo at the hotel. Another hotel to be featured in movies is the Westlake Village Inn. This hotel functions as the Capital Country Club in the film xXx (2002), where Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) steals a Corvette.

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Several movies have scenes from Westlake High School

You may have recognized the San Angeles Police Department from the film Demolition Man (1993). This was actually filmed at the Prudential Building on Thousand Oaks Blvd., another popular stop for limo services in town. Furthermore, an office building close to our limousine rental headquarters on 2550 Willow Lane was used as the emergency dispatch center in the film The Call (2013). The car trunk scenes from the movie was filmed inside these office facilities. Numerous movies have scenes from Westlake High School, including Gridiron Gang (2006), A Friend to Die For (1994) and Magic Kid II (1994). The adobe home of Jane Adler (Meryl Streep) in the movie It’s Complicated (2009) is also located here, at 714 West Potrero Rd. Located nearby is also Kieran Vollard’s (Jemaine Clement) ranch in the movie Dinner for Schmucks (2010), which is located at 1313 West Potrero Rd. Both of these are located high up in Santa Monica Mountains, a popular destination for Malibu wine tours with limos or party bus vehicles as well. One of the wineries we often serve on Malibu wine tours include Malibu Family Farms. Movies have also been filmed on their vineyards, the Saddlerock Ranch. Some movies filmed here include The Girl of the Golden West (1938) and California (1947). This winery isn’t just a filming location, but offers its own safari wine tours!

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Scene from American Pie (1999) filmed in Westlake

The governor’s mansion in the movie Black Sheep (1996) is also located in the Hidden Valley area, located at 874 West Potrero Rd. Just a few of the other movies filmed in Hidden Valley include Commando (1985), Roadhouse (1989), Come On, Tarzan (1932) and many, many more. Did you for example know that the zoo in We Bought a Zoo (2011) actually is the Greenfield Ranch? Or that the lake house in Geography Club (2013) is the Canyon Ranch, located at 368 E. Carlisle Road? The Steaming Springs Country Club in the movie Invitation to Hell (1984) is really the North Ranch Country Club, located at 4761 Valley Spring Drive. The fictional Woodlake City Hall in Gidget Gets Married (1972) is in fact the Westlake Village Business Park.

Numerous old classics were also filmed in the area. The prison in King Rat (1965) was for example situated where the Westlake dam is now located. A western classic, Rainbow Over Texas (1946), was also filmed here, in a ranch located at 426 W. Potrero Road. French Ranch is one of many ranches used for filming in the Hidden Valley region. Movies filmed at French Ranch include The Lone Ranger (1956), The Man In the Saddle (1951), Hawaiian Buckaroo (1938), Thunder Over Texas (1934) and others. Yet another Westlake ranch, Russell Ranch on Triunfo Canyon Road, was a popular place for filming classics. Some movies filmed here include Flying Tigers (1942), State Affair (1945), Apache (1954), The Tall Stranger (1957), The Command (1954), and many more. Episodes of Buck Rogers, Bonanza, Gunsmoke and Tarzan were also filmed within city limits.

Looking for fun things to do? See our list of Best Things To Do In Thousand Oaks!

Whether you are looking for a cinematic tour of Westlake, Malibu wine tours, wedding transportation or maybe a Thousand Oaks party bus for a night of fun in Hollywood, contact your local Westlake limo service today for an affordable & luxurious ride. We are proud to be one of few LA limo services to offer an exclusive price guarantee, which guarantees customers the lowest rates available. Our price-match-guarantee is available for Thousand Oaks party bus rentals, Malibu wine tours, wedding transportation, LAX drop-offs, and all other transfers.

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Hyatt Westlake Plaza appeared in The Karate Kid (1984)
Best Movies Filmed In Westlake Village!

Best Movies Filmed in Thousand Oaks!

best-movies-filmed-in-thousand-oaksHundreds of Hollywood movies and TV-productions have been filmed in Thousand Oaks. Cinematic tours by limo services in town have become very popular. Despite what you might have thought, Conejo Valley with its canyons, mountains, fields and scenic nature is a Hollywood favorite for filming. Did you for example know that the British film Lassie Come Home (1943) was filmed in Wildwood Regional Park? Or that a hillside by California Lutheran University (CLU) was used in the filming of Spartacus? Few people know that the zoo featured in We Bought a Zoo (2011) actually was Greenfield Ranch in southern Newbury Park! From a gas station in Thelma & Louise (1991) to the home in It’s Complicated (2009), Conejo Valley has been seen in tons of movies! Tours to various filming locations are tremendously popular for even LAX transfers and LA limo services. From the most recent movies and TV-shows to the old classics, this is our list of best movies short in Ventura County’s Conejo Valley!

 

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San Andreas Police Department in Demolition Man (1993) is in Thousand Oaks

While many may know that the neighborhood and home in Poltergeist (1982) is located in nearby Simi Valley, did you know that scenes for the movie actually also was filmed at the Holiday Inn in Thousand Oaks? The actual house and residential area is a popular destination for limo services in Simi Valley, where clients take a limousine to 4267 Roxbury Street to see the house and neighborhood from the famous horror movie. Have you ever thought the location of Lillian’s engagement party looked familiar in the film Bridesmaids (2011)? This was actually the Sherwood Country Club on W. Stafford Road! This place is a common destination for our limousine service. You may also recognized the locale in the hospital scene in Click (2006) featuring Adam Sandler, which also was filmed here in Thousand Oaks. Furthermore, the San Angeles Police Department in the film Demolition Man (1993) is actually Baxter Pharmaceutical on 1 Baxter Way in Westlake Village! Car stunt scenes from both the Dukes of Hazzard film (2005) and TV-series (1979-1985) were filmed off Potrero Road in Hidden Valley. Why not order a Thousand Oaks party bus to bring your friends along on a cinematic tour to Hidden Valley by limo bus?

 

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Mr. Nottingham’s palace in Bedtime Stories (2008) is on a hill in T.O.

A place often checked out with limo services or even Thousand Oaks party bus vehicles is Ventura Farms on 235 W. Potrero Rd. This was the location of the Carrington stables which appeared in numerous episodes of Dynasty (1981-1989). The Hidden Valley area has been used for filming many movies and TV-series. Recently we transferred people here to film an episode of the Biggest Looser (2004-2016) where they ran from Hidden Valley to Camarillo. Just a few of the movies filmed in Hidden Valley include Commando (1985), Come On, Tarzan (1932), Roadhouse (1989), Doctor Doolittle (1967) and Lassie Come Home (1943). More recent movies and TV-series includes Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), American Horror Story (2011-), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1992) and Columbo (1971). Come On, Tarzan (1932) was for the most part filmed at French Ranch, another popular place for limousine service travelers and even movie enthusiasts utilizing LAX transfers. Other movies filmed at French Ranch include Law and Lawless (1932), The Lone Ranger (1956), Border of Outlaws (1950), The Californian (1937), Rainbow Riders (1934) and many more.

 

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The filming of Gunsmoke in Wildwood

Lassie Come Home (1943) was in large part also filmed in Hidden Valley, but also includes scenes shot in Wildwood Regional Park. You may have thought Dodge City in Gunsmoke (1955-1975) looked familiar, particularly if you enjoy hiking. This fictional city was actually also located in Wildwood. Other TV-series to be filmed in Wildwood include Bonanza (1959-1973), which was filmed at the former Janss Conejo Ranch in Wildwood, along with other Western-favorites such as the Rifleman (1958-1963), the Big Valley (1965-1969) and Wagon Train (1957-1965). Movies filmed in Wildwood includes Flaming Star (1960) featuring Elvis Presley, Gunsight Ridge (1957), the Wrapes of Wrath (1940), Duel in the Sun (1946), Wuthering Heights (1939), Clearing the Range (1931), Flaming Frontier (1958), To the Shores of Iwo Jima (1945) and the Horse Soldiers (1959). Despite its story taking place in Japan, many will be surprised to hear that most of the movie Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) was actually shot at a private ranch here in Thousand Oaks. Order a party bus and come see the ranch for yourself!

 

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Lake Sherwood is named after Sherwood Forest in Robin Hood (1922), which was filmed here

Did you know the community of Lake Sherwood actually is named for Sherwood Forest in Robin Hood? As most of the film Robin Hood (1922) was filmed in Lake Sherwood, the residents decided Lake Sherwood would be an appropriate name for the new community. Later, the movie the Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) was also filmed here as well as Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), which used wild animals transported from Goebel Lion Farm in Thousand Oaks. No wonder “Robin Hood Park” in Lake Sherwood is such a popular destination for our Thousand Oaks party bus service! Some additional movies filmed in Lake Sherwood include The Last Mohicans (1932), Galloping Romeo (1933), The Cowboy and the Kid (1936), Way Out West (1937), Red River Renegades (1946), Three Hours To Kill (1954), Old Yeller (1958), and many others.

While this one may be harder to recognize and not exactly an LAX transfers destination for tourists, the mansion of Skeeter’s boss in the film Bedtime Stories (2008) is located on 2300 White Stallion Rd. in Thousand Oaks. You may have watched the TV-series 24 (2001-2010, 2014) without realizing that president Charles Logan’s home in season five and six is actually Ventura Farms in Hidden Valley. Furthermore, the former Rancho Conejo Airport in Newbury Park was used to film the airport scenes of the movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). While scenes from the TV-show M*A*S*H (1972-1984) were filmed at Malibou Lake, scenes from the Grapes of Wrath (1940) was filmed at Janss Conejo Ranch in today’s Wildwood Park. While getting a limousine service to California Lutheran University might be most popular for dates and friends outings, we have also transferred Thousand Oaks party bus and limousine service renters here to see the scenes from their favorite movie, Spartacus (1960) which was filmed in the hillside right behind the university. Before California Lutheran University even was built, movies as Welcome To The Hard Times (1967) was filmed where the university now is located. Also nearby is where limo services visit the site of the ranch in The Rifleman tv-series. Another popular place in T.O. for film-enthusiasts is to visit the JMJ Ranch on Potrero Rd. to see where scenes from Teen Wolf (2011-) were filmed. We recently even had a birthday spent onboard a Thousand Oaks party bus visiting film locations in Hidden Valley, including where Teen Wolf was filmed.

Many other Thousand Oaks-based ranches have been features in classic Western movies. Some were filmed at Ventura Farms at 555 W Potrero Rd. These include In Old Kentucky (1935), Rainbow Over Texas (1946) featuring Roy Rogers, Sons of New Mexico (1950), and many others. An unnamed ranch at 426 W. Potrero Rd was used for filming Rainbow Over Texas (1946). At the former Conejo Valley Airport is where The Paleface (1948) and Riders of Whistling Pines (1949) amongst others were filmed. At Greenfield Ranch (1388 W. Potrero Rd) is where Down Argentine Way (1940) was filmed, while much of the TV-series Fury (1955-1960) was done at the former Jungleland. Hondo and the Apaches (1967) was in large part filmed at the former MGM Ranch in Hill Canyon in Newbury Park. Hill Canyon can be visited by driving – or taking a limousine service, – to Rancho Conejo Playfield. Another ranch, Joel McCrea Ranch at 4500 N. Moorpark Road, was used for the filming of The Great Man’s Lady (1942).

See also our list of Top 7 Best Things To Do In Thousand Oaks!

Whether you’d like a cinematic tour by limo services of the Conejo Valley or just LAX transfers, we can help you! We have been located in the city for over twenty years now and service all of Southern California with regional offices in cities such as Ventura, Simi Valley, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. Whether you want a limo or party bus in Thousand Oaks or any other Ventura County city, we can take you to the sets from your favorite movies, head out on town for a night of fun or any other activity you may have in mind.

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5 Reasons Thousand Oaks, CA Is Best Place To Live In America


thousand-oaks-caDid you know Thousand Oaks has been rated the “Best Place to Live in America?” And being one of the safest and wealthiest communities in the United States — it might be to no one’s surprise. But did you know T.O. also is home to one of the largest suburban nature areas in the country? And did you know the city is home to the largest National Park lands in the Greater Los Angeles Area? And with human history dating back 13,000 years, few people are aware of the historic importance of Thousand Oaks and the larger Conejo Valley. Having served these community for over twenty years as the top rated Ventura County limo service no one knows this region better than us. Let us present why we would indeed call Thousand Oaks the Best Place to Live in America!

5. Ancient History

 

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The founder of Newbury Park, E.S. Newbury, lived at the current location of the Civic Arts Plaza

While many may not realize it, the Conejo Valley has a human history that dates back as much as 13,000 years! Despite being the oldest Thousand Oaks limo services and having been located here for decades, the Chumash people have been here longer than any of us and are the indigenous people of Thousand Oaks. To learn more about the Chumash and their culture and history, swing by the Chumash Indian Museum to see artifacts, a realistic-looking re-creation of a Chumash village and houses, plus a lot more! The Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, built on the lands of a former Chumash village in southern Newbury Park, is another place to experience Chumash culture in today’s Thousand Oaks. Lots of Native-American artifacts have been found in the area, making the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) one of the places in the world with the highest density of archeological artifacts. Native-American artifacts have been discovered other places as well; it made headlines in LA Times when bones from Chumash Indians were discovered at Lang Ranch in the 1990’s. Other artifacts are displayed at the Stagecoach Inn Museum. Having been home Chumash communities such as Kayɨwɨš, Sap’wi, Satwiwa, Lalimanux and others, Thousand Oaks has an incredibly rich Native-American history. While Chumash pictographs in T.O. and Simi Valley are located on restricted private lands, the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park in Santa Barbara and Painted Rock in San Luis Obispo County are two places with cave paintings open for the public to see. For more local history, visit the Stagecoach Inn to learn more about the founder of Newbury Park, Egbert S. Newbury. Having moved to the Conejo Valley from Michigan in the 1870’s, E. S. Newbury only lived in the area for a few years before a terrible drought forced him and others to move away from the valley. With its history dating back to the 1870’s when it was functioning as a hotel (the Grand Union Hotel), the Stagecoach Inn is a great location to learn more about the city’s intriguing history. While Newbury is considered the founder of Newbury Park, few may know that his house actually was located where the Thousand Oaks Civic Plaza is located today.

4. Protected Nature

 

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Click to see a video of Wildwood Regional Park from above!

When the Washington Post in 2015 named Ventura County “the most desirable place to live in America”, one of the main reasons mentioned was its many vast protected nature areas. Featured in movies such as the Rifleman, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke and numerous others, Wildwood Regional Park is a local treasure known for its natural beauty and rich wildlife. Here the limo- and party bus clients of ours come to enjoy hiking, rock-climbing, mountain biking and the great outdoors. One of the park’s primary features is the 60 feet tall waterfall, Paradise Falls, while the Mountclef Ridge, Lizard Rock, spring wildflowers and Fort Wildwood are some of the other features of Wildwood Regional Park. Having been inhabited since 6,000 BCE, Wildwood has a rich Chumash history and was home to several Chumash villages in pre-colonial times. Occupying over 1,760 acres and bordering over 1,400 additional acres in adjacent open-space nature areas, Wildwood is truly large with trails covering close to thirty miles. Our limousine services have transferred clients to numerous trail heads, including the Arroyo Conejo Trail in Newbury Park that connects to Wildwood by crossing La Branca (the Barranca) and Hill Canyon before climbing the steep Mount Clef Ridge in Santa Rosa Valley, CA. Many LA and LAX sedan and limousine clients have recognized Wildwood from various Hollywood movies and TV-series including Dodge City (1939), Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Spartacus (1960), Duel in the Sun (1946) and many, many more Hollywood-productions. Besides Wildwood, nearly 1,000 acres of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are located within southern Newbury Park, with hiking trails leading to Malibu and various other places. A “short” hike from here are the Malibu Canyons where our exclusive Malibu wine tours often visit the many wine-tasting rooms and wineries found here.

3. Safety

 

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A limo at Borderline Bar & Grill

Continuously rated by the FBI as one of America’s safest cities with a population over 100,000 inhabitants, Thousand Oaks residents are significantly safer than inhabitants of most places in the United States. With your chance of being a victim of a violent crime being only 1 in 944, the equivalent number for Los Angeles residents is 1 in every 158th resident. Of Ventura County’s 31 homicides in 2016, none took place in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park nor Westlake Village. According to the FBI’s 2015 report entitled “Crime in the U.S. 2015”, Thousand Oaks was the 4th safest city in America with a population over 100,000, only outranked by Naperville, Illinois, Cary, North Carolina and Edison Township, New Jersey. In the State of California alone, that actually makes T.O. the safest city in the state as of 2015 when looking at cities with a population over 100,000. So while the newspapers and TV-news can make any community feel overwhelmed by crime, you can fairly safely know that you are safe in our community. And with the high number of retired police officers from Los Angeles both working and living in the community, the Thousand Oaks Police Department is one of America’s best in terms of number of officers hired, cases solved as well as resources. We are proud of living and operating our limousine services in such a safe and beautiful community, and we are forever thankful to the local police department, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and all the great volunteers working day and night to make our city the safest in California.

2. Standard of Living

 

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The Gardens at Los Robles

Having one of the U.S.’ highest medium household incomes, the communities in the Conejo Valley brag one of the highest standards of living in the country. Thousand Oaks was named the 7th richest city in America by CBS News in 2013, and had an average house listing price of $1.8 million according to CBS. A year later, USA Today rated the city as the 5th richest in the country in 2014. According to Money Magazine, the community of Newbury Park in western T.O. has the 4th highest median household income in the United States as of 2013, having an average income twice as high as the U.S. median. In other words, living in Thousand Oaks by definition means you are – if not well off – in an OK financial situation! Furthermore, with its explosive growth in high-tech businesses maybe particularly in the Newbury Park area, this community had been dubbed “the next Silicon Valley” for its many new high-technology companies and biotech corporations finding their way to Newbury Park. Amgen, Baxter, BMW, Anthem, Skyworks Solutions Inc and Sage Publications are just some of the many companies located here. While Amgen is by far the largest employer in the Conejo Valley, the second-largest employer is the Oaks followed by the Conejo Valley Unified School District, the Los Robles Hospital, Baxalta, Anthem Blue Cross, Skyworks Solutions and California Lutheran University (CLU).

1. Location

 

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The wine-tasting bar at Malibu Family Wines

With its proximity to America’s second-largest city, LA, and just across the Santa Monica’s from the Pacific Ocean and great Malibu beaches, Thousand Oaks has an ideal location in Southern California. Furthermore, being 55 miles from Santa Barbara’s American Riviera, Thousand Oaks is about halfway between LA and lovely Santa Barbara. This is the place where you can be in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by nature, and at the same time, just an hour drive from one of the world’s biggest cities! Whether you are into beaching or shopping, big cities or small cities, fine dining or picnicking — you are no longer than maximum an hour away from it all. Take a twenty-minute ride across the Santa Monica Mountains to spend a day at the beach or enjoy a Malibu wine tour by the Pacific Ocean. Take an hour ride in an LAX sedan or SUV to reach the state’s largest airport or enjoy the nightlife of Hollywood with a party bus from back-and-forth from your home. Take an hour on the freeway to spend a day in Santa Barbara with the kids at the Santa Barbara Zoo or enjoy a concert at the famous Santa Barbara Bowl for a chance to see your biggest stars in action. A little ways inland from Santa Barbara is where we find the gorgeous vineyards and wine country of the Santa Ynez- and Santa Maria Valleys, arguably the most scenic beautiful wine country in Southern California. Thousand Oaks may not seem like it, but you are actually in the center of it all in T.O. with short distances to the best SoCal has to offer!

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One of our limos at Westlake High School

There are many more headlines we could have added — as the Oaks Mall, the many great places of accommodation, top rated eateries, Westlake Lake, horseback riding lessons in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Promenade at Westlake and so many more places. Boasting over 180 stores, the indoor & outdoor Oaks Mall might be the most popular Thousand Oaks limo destination and is the largest and most elegant shopping mall in Ventura County. Here limo and party bus clientele come to enjoy the great shopping, movie theaters and dining. The 1,300,000 sq. ft. of shops include stores such as J. C. Penney, Macy’s, Hollister, Apple, Nordstrom, GAP, Abercrombie & Fitch, Urban Outfitters, Disney and many others. If the Oaks Mall is a little to big, why not head to the smaller Janns Marketplace for your shopping? Besides shopping, there are many great restaurants here as well. And for those who prefer beer-tasting over exclusive Malibu wine tours, try the 20+ beer varietals offered at the Dudes’ Brewing Company at the Janns Marketplace!

For whatever destination and for whatever occasion in the Conejo Valley, Ventura County or elsewhere in Southern California — contact American Luxury Limousine today to schedule your limo dream day in SoCal.

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5 Reasons Thousand Oaks, CA Is Best Place To Live In America