Newbury Park, California

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Newbury Park
Populated place
Newbury Park is located in California
Newbury Park
Newbury Park
Location in California
Coordinates: 34°11′03″N 118°54′35″W / 34.18417°N 118.90972°W / 34.18417; -118.90972Coordinates: 34°11′03″N 118°54′35″W / 34.18417°N 118.90972°W / 34.18417; -118.90972
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Ventura
 • Total 18.24 sq mi (47.2 km2)
 • Land 18.24 sq mi (47.2 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Highest elevation 900 ft (300 m)
Lowest elevation 500 ft (200 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 37,775[1]
 • Density 1,772/sq mi (684/km2)
ZIP Code 91320
Area code(s) 805
GNIS feature IDs 2585446[2]
Mt. Boney in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, from a Newbury Park trailhead.
New home construction in the Rancho Conejo Village community, along Wildwood Canyon.

Newbury Park is a small town located mosly within the western portion of the city of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County, California. The unincorporated island of Casa Conejo is also part of the community of Newbury Park and is surrounded by the corporate city boundary[clarification needed]. Lying within the Conejo Valley, Newbury Park abuts the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, with main entrances at the northern edge of the park at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. Newbury Park is in the northwestern part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, approximately 35 miles (56 km) from Downtown Los Angeles. About 28,000 of Thousand Oaks' 110,000 residents reside in Newbury Park.[3]

The community is served by the Thousand Oaks Library System with two libraries, the Grant R. Brimhall Library, the largest in the region, and the Newbury Park Branch Library. The ZIP Code is 91320, and the community is inside area code 805.


Hidden Valley

The area was inhabited by the Chumash beginning about 7,000 years ago. Newbury Park contains many ancient burial sites, most near the Santa Monica Mountains in the Southern portion of the community. Many artifacts have been discovered in the area.

Newbury Park is named after Egbert Starr Newbury, who owned thousands of acres of land in the Conejo Valley and who was the first postmaster in the 1870s.[4][5] John Edwards,[6] Howard Mills,[7] and Newbury[8] bought Rancho El Conejo land. Newbury and his wife Fannie moved to California from Michigan for health reasons in 1871. He became the first postmaster in the Conejo Valley in 1875. The post office was near their house which was located at the current location of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The historic Stagecoach Inn was used by travelers between Los Angeles in the south and Santa Barbara to the north as a stagecoach station.

Along with Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park was part of a master planned community by the Janss Investment Company. Most of Newbury Park, along with the parts of Westlake Village located in Ventura County, became part of the City of Thousand Oaks sometime between the 1960s and 1970s. The annexed area was formerly controlled by Ventura County, but after a community vote, all but Casa Conejo became part of Thousand Oaks.

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), Baxter, as well as numerous other tech businesses.


From the top of Knoll Hill, Mt. Boney, US 101, and Newbury Park High School can be seen.

The community contains two major new residential areas, Rancho Conejo Village (built on the site of the former Rancho Conejo Airport, where portions of the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World were filmed[9]) and Dos Vientos Ranch. The first planned community in Newbury Park is census-designated place Casa Conejo, located in a roughly square-shaped unincorporated area. It is the only remaining part of Newbury Park not governed by the City of Thousand Oaks.

Real estate prices in Newbury Park increased over 250% during the 1995–2005 ten-year period.[citation needed] Typical single-family house prices in the area and surrounding communities range from around $500,000 to $2.2 million in parts of the valley. Starting in 2006, real estate prices started to drop due to the credit crunch affecting mortgage financing, and also reflecting the exuberant and irrational price run-up in the prior decade. As an example, a newer 2,380 sq ft (221 m2) house in the gated Rancho Conejo community that sold for $880,000 in the summer of 2005 at the peak of the housing boom, would have fetched no more than $790,000 in the summer of 2007, about $700,000 in mid-March 2008, $685,000 in January 2010, and about $665,000 in October 2010.[citation needed]


Most of the community is part of the City of Thousand Oaks, whose economy is based on a small range of businesses, with biotechnology, electronics, automotive, aerospace, telecommunications, healthcare, and financing occupying most of Thousand Oaks' employment sector. The global headquarters of biotechnology firm Amgen and DesignworksUSA, the industrial design and styling department of BMW, are located in the community, as are offices for Anthem Blue Cross, Sage Publications, and Skyworks Solutions.


According to the U.S. Census 2010, 76.81% of the population identify as Caucasian-American, 10.72% Asian-American, 1.88% African-American, 0.09% Native-American, and 6.78% claim 'other'. 19.18% of the people in Newbury Park claim Hispanic ethnicity or heritage. The most recent figures indicate that only the community of Newbury Park, not including Thousand Oaks, has a median household income of $83,615.[10] For Thousand Oaks as a whole, as of 2005, according to the US Census Bureau, the median household income was $108,120, while median family income was $110,885.[11] According to Money Magazine, median family income as of 2006 was up to $119,207.[12]


View of Newbury Park and the Santa Monica Mountains in the far-back. Taken from Wildwood Regional Park.

Newbury Park can be described as a town,[13] neighborhood,[14] community,[15] or section[3] mostly within the Thousand Oaks city limits in addition to rural areas west of Thousand Oaks, including Casa Conejo (which is administrated by Newbury Park, and not Thousand Oaks). It is situated in the southeastern corner of Ventura County, between the Santa Monica Mountains to the south, and protected nature areas as Wildwood Regional Park to the north. The town is adjacent to Thousand Oaks proper in the east, and nearly adjacent to the city of Camarillo to the west. It is the westernmost community in the Greater Thousand Oaks Area,[dubious ] and is located in the Conejo Valley. The recreational areas accessible from U.S. Highway 101 include the Los Padres and Angeles National Forests. Being located less than six miles from the Los Angeles County line, Newbury Park is in the northwestern part of the Greater Los Angeles Area. Newbury Park is both a benefactor and a victim of the modern-day freeway development. It is a planned community, which originally solely functioned as a commuter bedroom community. In recent times, however, Newbury Park has attracted numerous high-tech industries, keeping many of its former commuters home.[16] Despite recent suburban development, Newbury Park is still mainly consisting of ranch land and ranch style houses.[17][3]

Newbury Park sprawls across three freeway exits on U.S. Route 101 (Ventura Freeway). For a more scenic drive, it can also be reached by crossing through the Santa Monica Mountains from the coast. The main road through the Hidden Valley turns eventually into Potrero Road, ultimately leading to Newbury Park. There are numerous trailheads in town, for instance one leading through the Santa Monica Mountains and all the way to the coast. There are also trailheads to Wildwood Regional Park, where one can easily hike to both Moorpark and Thousand Oaks.


While the Conejo Valley is generally cooler than the San Fernando and Simi Valleys, the temperature remains temperate year-long in Newbury Park. The region has a mild, year-round Mediterranean climate or Dry-Summer Subtropical zone climate, with warm, sunny, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. Vegetation is typical of Mediterranean environments, with chaparral and grasses on the hillsides and numerous western valley oaks. Its elevation ranges from about 500 to 900 feet (150 to 270 m) (excluding hills). The area has slightly cooler temperatures than the surrounding areas, as it receives cooler air from the ocean through various hill and mountain passes.

Climate data for Newbury Park, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 92
Average high °F (°C) 68
Average low °F (°C) 41
Record low °F (°C) 25
Average precipitation inches (cm) 4.18

On March 10 and 11 of 2006, snow fell on the peak of Boney Mountain, the first snow to fall in the area in about 10 years.


Newbury Park High School has over 2,600 students and a newly refurbished multi-sport stadium. Intermediate schools include Sequoia Middle School and the recently constructed Sycamore Canyon School in Dos Vientos Ranch. All are part of the Conejo Valley Unified School District

Timber School, now known as Conejo Valley High School, is the first of the existing schools, having been built in 1924 to replace the first one-room schoolhouse that was built in 1889. Recent additions to the school were made in the late 1940s and 1950s. Newbury Park Adventist Academy is the second of the existing schools in Newbury Park, founded in 1947.

Notable residents[edit]

The community is home to celebrities. Examples include swing bandleader and clarinet player Artie Shaw lived in Newbury Park from 1978 until his death in 2004. Comic book author Jack Kirby lived in Newbury Park for at least his last two decades. Writer Theresa King moved to Newbury Park in 1994 and still resides here. The first quadruplets in Orange County live in Newbury Park, as does Carah Faye Charnow of the band Shiny Toy Guns. The American pop singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist, Colbie Caillat, grew up in the area. The band The Neighbourhood, also grew up in Newbury Park. Belinda Carlisle attended Newbury Park High School. Singer-songwriter M. Ward, the other half of Zooey Deschanel's group She & Him, was born in Newbury Park on October 4th, 1973.


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  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Newbury Park
  3. ^ a b c Bustillo, Miguel (June 17, 1996). "Sparks Could Fly at Town Meeting". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  4. ^ Durham, David (2000). Durham's Place Names of Greater Los Angeles. Quill Driver Books. p. 119. ISBN 1-884995-28-4. 
  5. ^ Choate, Gretchen Luther (1973). Directory of California independent Schools. Western Area Bureau of Information. Page 234.
  6. ^ John Edwards
  7. ^ Howard Mills
  8. ^ Egbert Starr Newbury
  9. ^ History of Rancho Conejo Airport
  10. ^ "Best places to live 2005: Newbury Park, CA snapshot". CNN Money. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  11. ^ "Thousand Oaks city, California". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  12. ^ "Best places to live 2006: Thousand Oaks, California". CNN Money. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  13. ^ Real Estate Communications, Inc. (1984). California Real Estate Directory. Page 201.
  14. ^ Simon, Stephanie (May 30, 1993). "Residents Fight to Preserve Their Little Slice of Rural Paradise". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
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  16. ^ Snyder, Tom (2014). Pacific Coast Highway: Traveler's Guide. St. Martin's Griffin. Page 153. ISBN 9781466868342.
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  18. ^ "Average Weather for Newbury Park, CA - Temperature and Precipitation:". Retrieved December 23, 2007. 

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