As you start your home search in Newbury Park, here is some information about the city's history, neighborhoods, housing, schools, and parks.
Newbury Park, situated mostly within the Thousand Oaks city limits in addition to rural areas west of Thousand Oaks, borders the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area and the Santa Monica Mountains to the south, the Los Robles Open Space Area to the east, and the Arroyo Conejo Open Space Area and Wildwood Regional Park to the north.
Newbury Park is named after its founder, Egbert Starr Newbury, who owned thousands of acres of land in the Conejo Valley and later became the first postmaster in 1875. In the 1870’s, Newbury and his wife Fannie moved full-time to their ranch in Conejo Valley, in which they named “Newbury Park” because the land looked so much like a park community.
The City of Thousand Oaks was formally established on September 29, 1964. Through the late 1960s and 70s, most Newbury Park land was annexed by the City of Thousand Oaks. The annexed area was formerly controlled by Ventura County, but as of 2016, all but Casa Conejo is within Thousand Oaks city limits. Together with Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park was part of a master planned community by the Janss Investment Company.
With more than a hundred miles of trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Rancho Sierra Vista in southern Newbury Park is a popular nature area for hiking, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, and other recreational activities. The Backbone Trail leads to Will Rogers State Beach and Sandstone Peak, the highest mountain in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Conejo Mountain Edison Road Trail, commonly known as the Powerline Trail, is located in the Dos Vientos Open Space Area and provides panoramic views of the cities of Camarillo and Oxnard. Other trails include the Los Robles Trail and the Potrero Ridge Trail.
Newbury Park housing consists of apartments to condominium and town home complexes to single-family homes to the prestigious neighborhoods of Dos Vientos. Condominiums and town homes range in price from the high $200,000s to the low $800,000s. Single-family homes range in price from the high $200,000s to homes in Dos Vientos’ gated Palermo where prices are in the high $1 millions. Dos Vientos is a 2300-acre master-planned community with ten miles of hiking trails, 50 acres of parks and Paraiso in addition to nearly twenty neighborhoods. Dos Vientos features town homes ranging in size from 1223 to 1784 square feet and single-family homes ranging in size from 1609 to over 5000 square feet. The community also features an area with custom homes on large lots with stunning views. Located within Dos Vientos is The Village, a lovely shopping center with retail shops, restaurants, a preschool, fitness facility and the Miller Family YMCA which has a huge indoor, heated pool. Rental properties in Newbury Park range from $1825 to $7500 a month.
Newbury Park schools are part of the Conejo Valley Unified School District. There are six elementary schools (K-5), two middle schools (6-8), and two high schools (9-12) including one continuation school. Many of these schools have earned California Distinguished School or National Blue Ribbon School status or both. One of the elementary school options is EARThS Magnet School Environmental Academy for Research Technology of EARTH Sciences.
Newbury Park has had an increasing population due to the presence of biotechnology firms and technology corporations of the area, such as Amgen (world headquarters) and Baxter, as well as numerous other high-technology corporations. Newbury Park has become a nationally prominent center for the technology industry, and is now home to several luxurious office buildings and an increasing number of upper-end residential communities such as Dos Vientos.