Hi Caroline, I notice that you asked a similar question about a year ago. I checked because I thought I had answered one from you before. I am wondering. You're still looking? In the time that has passed have you visited some of the neighborhoods? Are you recieving home from an MLS or online service that will help you determine this. I think that to meet your needs you might like Wood Ranch, excellent hiking and parks and schools. You might like Indian Hills, good proximity and on the east side. If you are looking in Moorpark, where your question is posted, there is a lot of hiking up at Campus Canyon, near the college and I have a listing on Bending Oak that is near open space. Check out the link. It is a fantastic home, great neighborhood. Let me know if I can begin to personally help you. It can be three years or three months before you are ready to purchase, I'll be here.