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!

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