North Ranch Westlake Village
The North Ranch area of Westlake Village has gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful and prestigious in all of Southern California. This suburban community sits roughly 40 miles west of Los Angeles and is situated in Ventura County. North Ranch is known for its high profile and elite properties; surrounded by picturesque mountain and golf course views. North Ranch has custom homes and townhomes and community parks. Also, it’s home to the guard gated Country Club Estates where luxurious custom single-family homes are sited on large lots and feature an array of architectural styles and custom designs which sets this community apart.
Welcome to North Ranch!
North Ranch is a community located north of Westlake Village, within the city limits of Thousand Oaks. It consists of more than 300 custom-designed homes, all enveloped by a spectacular backdrop of lush rolling hills and the soaring peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains on the horizon.
It’s easy to see why North Ranch is considered one of the most sought-after places to live in Ventura County. Residents of North Ranch enjoy a laid-back lifestyle in a picturesque setting with parks, hiking trails, top-rated shopping and dining, and the world-class amenities of North Ranch Country Club all just a few minutes away.
Your search for the finest selection of North Ranch homes for sale starts here! If you’d like to know more about this scenic suburban haven, then you’ve come to the right place. On this page, you’ll find a detailed overview of North Ranch, providing you with insight on the lifestyle it offers, the type of properties you can find, nearby attractions and must-visit destinations, and more.
CONTENT AT A GLANCE
- Quick facts about North Ranch
- North Ranch luxury homes for sale
- History of North Ranch at a glance
- Living in North Ranch
- Golf courses
- North Ranch Country Club
- Westlake Golf Course
- The Lakes at Thousand Oaks
- The Oaks
- The Promenade at Westlake
- West of Orleans
- Finney’s Crafthouse
- Moody Rooster
- Made in Italy
- Outdoor recreation
- Wildwood Regional Park
- Lake Eleanor Open Space
- Los Robles Trail system
- North Ranch Neighborhood Park
- Golf courses
- Choose from the best North Ranch homes for sale with The Pacitto Group
North Ranch Homes for Sale
Quick facts about North Ranch
The North Ranch area encompasses roughly 4,700 acres in Thousand Oaks and is located around 40 miles west of Los Angeles and 15 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. It is tucked away within a small valley in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains.
North Ranch has its own community center and park. The main recreational highlight, however, is the neighborhood’s direct access to the world-class golf and tennis facilities of North Ranch Country Club. US-101 is a short 4-mile drive and connects to US-23, which travels down to Malibu and the Pacific Coast Highway or north to Simi Valley and beyond.
North Ranch and other nearby communities in Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village experience a warm Mediterranean climate that is characterized by dry summers, mild winters, and moderate levels of rainfall. Temperatures fluctuate between 70°F to 80°F during the summer months and rarely go below 60°F in the winter.
Thanks to the sea breeze from the Pacific that flows through the mountains and canyons, North Ranch and the surrounding areas also enjoy slightly lower temperatures compared to the rest of the region.
The North Ranch area is served by the Moorpark Freeway and Ventura Freeway. These thoroughfares connect the community to major destinations such as Ventura and Los Angeles. The area is served by Thousand Oaks Transit, which offers bus and shuttle services for commuters.
The Los Angeles International Airport is about 40 miles southeast of North Ranch, while Burbank Airport is approximately 35 miles east of the community. Several general aviation airports are also located nearby including Camarillo Airport, Oxnard Airport, and Van Nuys Airport, all of which are within a 25-mile radius from North Ranch.
North Ranch luxury homes for sale
Homes for sale in North Ranch are available in a variety of sizes and floor plans designed to accommodate nearly any type of preference and requirement.
Choose from a selection of stylish, well-constructed custom homes and townhomes ranging from about 2,500 to 7,000+ square feet in size. There’s also a substantial number of estate homes with expansive floor plans and larger yards if you’re looking for more space. Examples of common architectural styles in the neighborhood include Mid-Century, Craftsman, Mediterranean Revival, California Ranch, and Palladian.
If you’re looking forward to a relaxing golf and country club lifestyle, some North Ranch homes for sale are located steps away from the tee boxes and fairways of the North Ranch Country Club Golf Course. Apart from easy access to the club’s top-quality amenities, you may also enjoy panoramic golf course vistas.
Many homes for sale in North Ranch offer unparalleled comfort and are equipped with a variety of first-class features, including:
- Charming open floor plans with interiors bathed in natural light
- Beautiful hardwood flooring throughout
- Elegant formal dining rooms
- Expansive living rooms with soaring beamed ceilings
- Spacious gourmet kitchens with custom cabinets and chef-grade appliances
- Sprawling master suites with spacious walk-in closets and spa bathrooms
- Beautifully landscaped yards with covered patios, lighted stone pathways, swimming pools, tennis courts, and guest houses
- Detached garages with additional storage space
History of North Ranch at a glance
The general area currently occupied by North Ranch, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks was originally home to the Chumash Native Americans, a tribe that originated from California’s central and southern coastal regions. Several Chumash sites still exist in the area today for anyone interested in learning more about their history.
During the late 1800s, modern-day North Ranch and its surrounding communities were purchased by the Russell brothers for cattle ranching. The area became known as “Russell Ranch” and was eventually sold to William Randolph Hearst in 1925. In 1943, Hearst sold the property to Fred Albertson in 1943.
Starting in the 1900s, North Ranch, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks became popular filming locations. Several television shows were filmed here, including “Little House on the Prairie,” “The Rockford Files,” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.” North Ranch itself was used as a film set for a few episodes of “Tarzan” and several popular westerns like “Buck Rogers” and “Gunsmoke.”
North Ranch was considered an unincorporated community until January 1973 when the City of Thousand Oaks approved its annexation. This made the community an official neighborhood of Thousand Oaks.
Living in North Ranch
One of the highlights of living in North Ranch is having the prestigious North Ranch Country Club and its world-class amenities as your neighbor.
The crown jewel of the country club is its 27-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Robinson. It comprises three distinct nines and fairways lined with mature oak trees. The course’s layout is known for challenging golfers of all skill levels, encouraging players to perfect their swings and approach every hole with accuracy. Course features, along with the spectacular scenery, greatly enhance everyone’s playing experience.
A Full Membership at North Ranch Country Club gives you access to the club’s range of exceptional golfing amenities, such as:
- Group lessons and private one-on-one tutorials from PGA-certified professionals
- Certified custom club fitting and repairs
- A year-round calendar of golf events and tournaments
- Entrance to the club’s Summer Camp and Weekly Junior Golf Development Program
- Annual golf bag storage
- Full-service locker room
- Electric push carts and club car tempo walk trolleys
- Club rental for guests
- Fully stocked pro shop with special order options
In addition to the club’s top-rated championship golf course, other amenities and social events available to all members of North Ranch Country Club include:
- 12 all-weather, professionally lighted tennis courts
- Year-round tennis event calendar
- Gourmet farm-to-table dining
- Wine dinners hosted by local vineyards
- Venues for weddings and other private events
Exciting new things are also coming to North Ranch Country Club. An 11,500 sq. ft. Athletic Center is currently under construction. Once it’s finished, it will feature a fitness facility and classroom, locker rooms, massage rooms, a tennis retail shop, indoor and outdoor dining options, a five-lane lap pool, and a Jacuzzi, among other things.
For complete information on North Ranch Country Club membership categories, visit this page.
Another excellent golf course located close to North Ranch is Westlake Golf Course. It also features a Ted Robinson-designed course, this time an 18-hole, 5,005-yard course with five sets of tees and tree-lined fairways. It’s a challenging course for players of all skill levels.
Westlake Golf Course’s top-notch amenities include a 40-stall lighted driving range, a fully stocked pro shop, a snack bar, private lessons, and a practice chipping and putting green.
Want to treat yourself to a fun day of shopping? North Ranch is a quick drive away from many of the finest shopping venues in the area:
Nestled against the western foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, The Lakes at Thousand Oaks is one of the most picturesque shopping and leisure destinations in the city. This gorgeous 7.5-acre venue features two magnificent lakes, beautiful rose gardens, and expansive public spaces covered by a canopy of mature oak trees. Its location directly across the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center and Performing Arts Plaza makes it a popular gathering spot for the community.
Every winter, one of the venue’s lakes is transformed into Ventura County’s only outdoor skating rink, a unique attraction that draws the holiday crowd to The Lakes during the winter months. The Pacitto Group is one of its sponsors.
Boasting 1.3 million square feet of retail space, The Oaks is an indoor/outdoor shopping mall with a modern Spanish and Santa Barbara-influenced architectural design.
Open since 1978, the mall is home to over 170 boutiques and services including department stores Macy’s and Nordstrom and popular brands such as Apple, J. Crew, Michael Kors, and Zara. The Oaks also has its own AMC Dine-In theatre complex, along with a selection of dining options such as Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, The Cheesecake Factory, Urban Plates, and Pedals & Pints Brewing Co.
The Promenade at Westlake is a 206,000-square-foot retail development featuring a mix of high-end retail stores, specialty boutiques, restaurants, and live entertainment venues.
One of the shopping center’s standout features is its impressive design. Scattered throughout the property are seven separate Mediterranean-style structures, all connected by pathways meandering throughout a verdant landscape decorated with fountains and rustic patios.
No matter what type of cuisine you’re in the mood for, the variety of cafes and restaurants around North Ranch is sure to impress even foodies with the pickiest palates.
Ready to dig in? Here’s a list of some of the finest restaurants you should check out in the area:
Treat your taste buds to West of Orleans’ unique menu that’s inspired by Cajun, Creole, and Southern flavors. The family-owned restaurant serves a mix of southern smoked meats, traditional Cajun-style seafood, and fresh Creole chopped salads. Be sure to order one of their excellent Orleans a la carte sides to complete your meal!
Finney’s Crafthouse delights diners with a globally inspired menu filled with an extensive selection of made-from-scratch favorites, from gourmet salads to flatbread pizzas, tacos, steaks, and more. All of their dishes pair nicely with their variety of local craft brews and array of handcrafted cocktails.
Finney’s combination of chef-inspired fare and craft bar makes the gastropub a comfortable, casual venue for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or late-night dining.
Moody Rooster is the place to be if you’re in the mood for delicious farm-to-table fare made with the finest locally sourced ingredients. This cozy family-owned restaurant is known for its seasonal farmer’s market-driven menu, guaranteed to give diners a healthy and delightful dining experience.
Some of their bestselling dishes include spicy crab pasta, tuna prosciutto, melon salad, pan-roasted Baja snapper, and steak tartare on toast.
Opened in 2018 by owner and executive chef Antonio Sessa, Made in Italy is best known in Westlake Village for its wood-fire pizzas, premium cold cuts, and fresh homemade pasta, with everything made from scratch.
Menu highlights include the chef-selected charcuterie and cheese boards, paninis served on house-made focaccia, the regina margherita pizza topped with San Marzano tomatoes and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and gnocchi with fresh-picked porcini mushrooms and truffle sauce.
You’ll love living in North Ranch if you enjoy spending time outdoors. The community is minutes away from terrific destinations offering a diverse array of recreational opportunities.
Some noteworthy spots to visit are:
One of the area’s most-visited parks is Wildwood Regional Park, which boasts more than 1,800 acres of vast open space and a network of 14 trails covering over 17 miles.
You’ll be able to enjoy a variety of recreational activities such as nature hikes, horseback riding, biking, summer day camps, and year-round interpretative programs.
One of the park’s most popular hiking trails is the Lizard Rock Trail, a 4.1-mile trail with nearly 700 feet of elevation and changing terrain. To find the entrance of Lizard Rock Trail, drive west along Avenida de Los Arboles towards the intersection of Arboles and Big Sky Drive, where you’ll find a parking lot right next to the trailhead.
Lake Eleanor Open Space is the perfect place to visit if you’re in the mood for a more relaxing, leisurely hike. Surrounding the lake is an easy 2.2-mile loop with hardly any incline, making it ideal for hikers of all ages and skill levels.
The trail offers incredible scenery from the start, treating you to panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, serene lakes, and vast meadows covered with a variety of wildflowers.
The Los Robles Trail system is a popular destination for hikers, bikers, and equestrians looking to explore the outdoors and reconnect with nature. Winding from Potrero Road to Foothill Drive near Westlake Village, the trail connects with other top-rated trails in the area like Rosewood Trail, Triunfo Canyon Trail, and White Horse Canyon Trail.
If you want to enjoy an easy 1-mile hike with the kids, check out the Oak Creek Canyon Loop Trail. From there, you can also explore the Los Robles Nature Walk, an easy 3-mile trail across vast open space and wildflower-filled meadows in the spring.
North Ranch Neighborhood Park is the community’s local park, located on the corner of Kanan Road and Upper Ranch Road. The park encompasses over 12 acres with expansive turf areas perfect for any type of outdoor activity. Amenities at the park include:
- Half-mile walking path
- Basketball court
- Picnic area with tables
Choose from the best North Ranch homes for sale with The Pacitto Group
It’s easy to see why North Ranch is one of the best places to call home in Ventura County. We’re here to make sure you find a home that matches your lifestyle perfectly in this lovely community!
For more than 30 years, The Pacitto Group has assisted countless buyers and sellers navigating the North Ranch real estate market. Our partnership with Sotheby’s International Realty has expanded our reach to a global level, which we leverage to help all of our clients achieve their unique real estate goals.
If you want to work with the finest North Ranch realtors, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more skilled and capable team of professionals at your side than The Pacitto Group. Our experience, in-depth local market expertise, marketing savvy, and top-level negotiation skills have paved the way towards countless successful transactions.
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