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Westlake (and its surrounding areas) is a great place to raise a family with good schools, safety, and stimulating community amenities. At the risk of sounding critical, it lacks diversity; minimal socioeconomical, ethnic (4.5% hispanic seemingly the labor force for most of the restaurants, and only .5% african-American)and cultural divesity is missing in this blissful area which is vital in raising well-rounded responsible youth. It is incumbent on parents to discuss and acknowledge privilege with their children IMHO. Otherwise, a sense of entitlement is fostered and self-indulgence is the norm. But this is all I mainly fear living in 91362. My energy rarely involves safety for me or my family. Yes, it can be a "gated Life". But all one has to do is to make sure you & your family travel througout LA County, spend a day at Venice Beach to be exposed, learn to be grateful and develop. Glad we moved here before the market peaked.
P.S. This is perhaps one of the best places to shoot a BMW commercial. Westlake = remnants of Tarzana, Encino and Sheman Oaks in early 80's.
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I have lived (since 1983) and sold homes in the Westlake Village area since 1988 and this is absolutely one of the best regions in Southern California. The weather is fantastic and it is so close to beaches as well as lots of open space for hiking and recreation. The schools are great and there is a small town feel with all the conveniences of great restaurants, shopping and if you want to go into the city it is a short commute.
Homes values are now affordable and I am busy showing and selling homes to those who found this area not to be very affordable, now being able to buy the home of their dreams at affordable prices.
Opportunities abound in the Ventura County and Los Angeles County communities and Westlake Village is right where the activity and opportunites are.
I Love Westlake Village...
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