La Venta Drive

This street separates Los Angeles County from Ventura County. Although la venta is Spanish for “the sale” and arguably symbolized the hopes of the men who developed Westlake Village in 1966-1967 (when this street was named), in this case it’s a bit of wordplay: “LA” refers to Los Angeles and “VENTA” refers to Ventura. Westlake Village was owned and subdivided by the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company; curiously, considering the maritime theme of the city’s lakeside streets, none allude directly to Hawaii or to steamships.