BLESS THIS HOME
Most of the locals believe they have a piece of heaven in their home. A city out in the country. This is the land of plenty for a few but still the young and restless try to find an abode in the area as well. There are some rentals and the prices are not on the kind side. Homes start in the middle income area and go up, way up from there.
Westlake Village may be upscale with presidents of companies, TV and screen actors, entertainment industry writers, professional athletes, music moguls, lawyers, doctors, and accountants but we still have the butcher, baker, and candlestick maker, as well as the teachers, police officers, small business owners, and government workers. Don't get me wrong, we are not snobs. Far from it. Some may be affected by wealth, most are down to earth, and many still go to bed at night wondering what tomorrow will bring. As the song says "He works hard for the money" or "The money works hard for me" is very true to be able to hold on to a piece of this real estate. As a whole, the community gives to the charities of the world and cares about the environment and the future of mankind.
We have great parks and schools, restaurants, movie theatres, malls, car dealerships, golf courses, lakes, religious facilities, and hotels. Many shops from boutiques to large discount warehouses are within minutes drive time. Yes, I believe it is a piece of heaven and one that we are constantly being thankful for is this blessing that we do not take for granted, living in Westlake Village.
WESTLAKE YACHT CLUB
PRIVATE. That's the sign on the door. This is a residents only club and at the present time to only a select few. 250 member families belong to this yacht club. They do have guests over. The building, itself, is like a beacon for Westlake Village Lake.
Across the way, are the electric boats that have a waiting list of about 2 years to get a mooring space at the docks. There are about 180 slips at the moorage. Home owners on the fingerlings of the lake and those who live on the island have their own dockside backyards.
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA 2010
Westlake Village was the finish line for the Amgen Tour of California, an eight stage bicycle race with some of the top bikers from around the globe. Lance Armstrong was among the riders until an accident occurred on the sixth stage. He injured his left eye and required 8 stitches to close the wound and caused him to withdraw from the race. Stage eight was won by Ryder Hesjedal. Michael Rogers of Australia won the over all race with American David Zabriskie second and Three-time champion Levi Leipheimer of the United States finishing third. For the sights and sounds of the finish line see my video
It was a great race starting with the first stage from Nevada City, California (near Lake Tahoe) and went to Sacramento, California (state capital). Stages two through seven took the racers down to Los Angeles and the for the final eight stage, the riders sped along four 21-mile circuits through Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, and up famed Mulholland Highway with its steep climbs and numerous switchbacks. It was exciting to see the race up close and personal, as it is the largest professional cycling event in the USA.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE GOLF COURSE
Okay! Westlake Village has a public golf course! Yes, it's true. Some things can be enjoyed by all in Westlake Village. Not many public courses are left and this is one golf course that is a real pleasure to play.
The 18 regulation holes are laid out so that they don't interfere with each other and the trees and water make this a challenge in a world of beauty. Not as long as many courses, this par 67 course is 5080 yards. Golf carts are available and recommended. A driving range and putting green is also at the course. A pro shop has all the gear you may need, even rental clubs.
TIGER WOODS GOLFS HERE
Hidden by the hills to the west of Westlake Village sits Lake Sherwood, a beautiful lake where once upon a time Robin Hood and his merry men pranced around for the movies. Aha, now we know how the area got it's name. Sherwood Forest was recreated here for the movie, "Robin Hood" starring Douglas Fairbanks, in 1922.
This setting inspired David Murdock, the developer of Lake Sherwood and the location of the Jack Nicklaus designed Sherwood Country Club golf course. Tiger Woods, yes, the world famous golfer, has his name on the Tiger Woods Foundation World Challenge Golf Tournament that takes place in December and is going to be sponsered by Chevron as of 2008. Sherwood Country Club is a private club and the surrounding homes are part of the gated community.
There are many homes that surround the lake that do not belong to the gated community and a drive through the hilly streets offers views of the lake and the homes of Lake Sherwood. A large turnout for the golf tournament drives throught Westlake Village to get to the parking area of Sherwood Country Club. Many of the top names in golf are at this event.