For 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.
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”!
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.
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!
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.
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.