The Oaks
The oaks mall main entrance.jpg
LocationThousand Oaks, Ventura County, California, United States
Coordinates34°11′03″N 118°53′17″W / 34.1843°N 118.8881°W / 34.1843; -118.8881Coordinates: 34°11′03″N 118°53′17″W / 34.1843°N 118.8881°W / 34.1843; -118.8881
Opening dateApril 1978
DeveloperThe Hahn Company and the Janss Investment Company
No. of stores and services170 (as of 2018)
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area1,300,000 sq ft (120,000 m2).
No. of floors2
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Oaks is a two-level indoor/outdoor, regional shopping mall located in Thousand Oaks, California.[1] It is owned and managed by Macerich. Accessible from US Highway 101 (the Ventura Freeway) midway between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, it is the largest shopping center in Ventura County.[2][3] Over five million visit the mall each year.[4]

The Oaks (center of photo) and surrounding area in July 2021
The Oaks (center of photo) and surrounding area in July 2021


The mall was originally built in 1978 and was renovated in 1993. Starting in February 2007, the center has undergone an extensive upgrade including interior finishes, restrooms, entrance canopies and skylights to reflect a modern Spanish and Santa Barbara-influenced design.[5] The expansion to 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2), demolished the then-vacated May Company building with a Muvico 14-screen stadium seat theater and Bogarts, a full-service restaurant, built in its place.[6] Additional features include a 10-unit Spanish Dining Hall and amenities like family restrooms with granite, stacked flagstone and limestone tile. Centered on the theatre are four sit-down restaurants: Lazy Dog Cafe and Red Robin, which are both connected to a 112,330-square-foot (10,436 m2) retail expansion in an outdoor environment, while Olive Garden is located across the parking lot. The Cheesecake Factory is located inside the Shopping Center with patio dining available.[7]

Larger tenants include Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie and Fitch, Sephora, LUSH Cosmetics, Guess?, Apple, American Eagle Outfitters and Dick's Sporting Goods.[citation needed]

It has featured several fashion shows highlighting the latest fashion in the retail stores. The shows were produced by Marilyn Shore Studios.[8]

The Oaks Shopping center also offers a variety of activities for all holidays such as photos with Santa for Christmas, photos with the Easter bunny in April, and handing out candy on Halloween.[citation needed]

The annual ArtWalk presented by Conejo Valley Art Museum takes place at The Oaks. It features arts, designer crafts, outdoor exhibitions and live music.[9]

Taxable annual sales at the 1.3 million sq. ft. mall are estimated at $300 million, generating yearly $3 million in sales taxes to the City of Thousand Oaks.[10]


It is anchored by:[11][12]

Salto Ranch landmarks

Several trees planted by Richard Orville Hunt at the 19th century Salto Ranch can be seen at the intersection of Lynn Road and Hillcrest Drive. Hunt Olive Tree, which is located at 600 W. Hillcrest Dr., is designated Ventura County Historical Landmark No. 64 and City of Thousand Oaks Landmark No. 4. It is the last olive tree once part of an orchard planted by Hunt. Large eucalyptus trees planted by the Hunt family in the 1880s can be seen across the street, on the northwest corner of Lynn Road and Hillcrest Drive. The Hunt family originally moved to a house at today's corner of Lynn Road and Hillcrest Drive in 1888.[14][15][16]

Popular culture

In 2005, The Oaks got featured in S1 E8 of Supernanny. Some of the stores shown in that scene are Build-A-Bear Workshop and Sephora. The glass elevator is also seen as well.[citation needed]


  1. ^ White, John R. (1996). Shopping Centers and Other Retail Properties: Investment, Development, Financing, and Management. John Wiley & Sons. Pages 396-397. ISBN 9780471040026.
  2. ^ Tuttle, Tom (1988). Ventura County Companion. EZ Nature Books. Page 67. ISBN 9780945092025.
  3. ^ "3 New Leases Signed at Mall". Los Angeles Times. May 19, 1992. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Baker, Pam and Jim Dunham (2002). Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. Community Communications, Incorporated. Page 107. ISBN 9781581920611.
  5. ^ "Nordstrom coming to anchor Thousand Oaks retail center". Ventura County Star. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Newest outdoor shops open at The Oaks". Ventura County Star. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Thousand Oaks approves live music for new restaurant at The Oaks". Ventura County Star. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  8. ^ O’Brien, Tricia (2017). Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. Arcadia Publishing. Page 77. ISBN 9781467125697.
  9. ^ Hamilton, Patricia (2007). California Healthy: Southern California Edition. California Healthy. Page 73. ISBN 9781877809439.
  10. ^ (Page 32)
  11. ^ Bidwell, Carol A. (1989). The Conejo Valley: Old and New Frontiers. Windsor Publications. Page 81. ISBN 9780897812993.
  12. ^ (Page 32)
  13. ^ New Store Openings – Nordstrom
  14. ^ Sprankling, Miriam and Ruthanne Begun (2006). Historical Tour of the Conejo Valley. Conejo Valley Historical Society. Pages 8 and 21. ISBN 0-9725233-4-0.
  15. ^ Sprankling, Miriam (2002). Discovering the Story of The Conejo Valley. Newbury Park, CA: Conejo Valley Historical Society. Pages 47-48. ISBN 0-9725233-0-8.
  16. ^ Begun, Miriam and Ruthanne Sprankling (2009). Ladies of The Conejo. Conejo Valley Historical Society. Pages 38 and 133. ISBN 9780972523356.