Bordered by Solano Avenue Shopping district, a vibrant street with block after block of restaurants, cafes, and The Oaks Movie Theater. The merchants celebrate each year with The Solano Stroll, a street fair featuring a parade, music, street performances, and craft booths. The event attracts more than 100,000 each year.
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Natural rock outcroppings are a notable feature of this neighborhood, with many rock outcrops incorporated into backyards, driveways, and even interior home design. The original developers were sensitive to the natural landscape and laid out the streets to follow the gently curving topography. Ancient oaks were preserved, and rock outcroppings were left intact. The largest rock was donated by the developer and turned into a public park. Today Great Stone Face Park is still popular with rock climbers practicing their skills.
Public transportation is great. Several AC Transit Transbay buses connect Solano Avenue to San Francisco. Residents in Thousand Oaks have two BART stations to choose from: either the El Cerrito Plaza and North Berkeley BART stations are within walking distance.
Schools here are excellent. Those schools, and the large, flat, sunny yards, safe streets, and quiet residential neighborhood make Thousand Oaks popular with families. Thousand Oaks Elementary School is on Colusa Avenue next to a public playground and its recently “daylighted” creek.