Best Buys In Ojai
Your resource for the best in Ojai real estate!

Ray and Cheryl Deckert/Broker Associates
Keller Williams Realty ~ Ojai, California
Cell: 805.272.5221  ~  Office: 805.649.4443
Email:  RayandCheryl@kw.com




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Your Daily Resource for the Best Real Estate in Ojai, California

Best Buys in Ojai is an online real estate service provided by professional Real Estate Brokers Ray & Cheryl Deckert.  Our purpose is to highlight what we feel are the "Best Buys" in terms of what's currently available in Ojai real estate. 

The homes you'll find here on Best Buys In Ojai are listings from ALL brokerages - not just our own - and include: Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker, Troop Realty, Prudential, Ojai Valley Real Estate, Ask Now Investments, and others.

And what exactly is a "Best Buy"?

In plain terms, it's a property or home for sale in the Ojai Valley that we feel offers tremendous value - value in terms of price, amenities, location, and/or more.  It's a property we've already previewed and approved, so we know our clients will love it. Because of this attention to detail, you can be assured that anything listed on Best Buys in Ojai is a choice property, and we feel confident that your time will not be wasted in viewing it.

We update this blog daily and have become a trusted resource in highlighting "Ojai's best" for both buyers and sellers.

Quote of the Day

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."   -  Herman Melville

Ojai Weather

Sunny  -  High 81  /  Low 55



 


Friday, November 28, 2014

- 12:10 p.m.

- Changes to the All Listings page:

495 Burnham Road - reduced from $369,900 to $359,900.
1016 W. Ojai Avenue - sold for $800,000 (was listed at $982,000).
1202 S. Loma Drive, #35 - sold for $63,000 (was listed at $65,000).
870 Oakwood Street - withdrawn from the market.

Hungry tree:




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

- 4:35 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 690 Oak Grove Court has been withdrawn from the market.  As you know, this is our listing:  The owners have done a fantastic job of keeping the home looking as if it were professionally staged, but as you might imagine, this can be a tedious chore.  They are pulling it from the market over the holidays; it will be back on the market and available to see some time after the New Year.

Changes to the All Listings page:

345 S. Lomita Avenue - sale pending.
1131 Anita Avenue - sale pending.
9097 N. Ventura Avenue #29 - sold for $70,000 (was listed at $70,000).

We are taking tomorrow off - there will be no update until FridayHave a great Thanksgiving holiday!


- 9:55 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$549,000 - 1190 Ventura Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

12039 MacDonald Drive - sold for $1,850,000 (was listed at $1,995,000).

Doesn't quite translate:




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

- 5:30 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention (and our listing) at 27 Olive Street has been reduced from $369,400 to $359,400.
~  The Honorable Mention at 211 Bald Street is now a pending sale.
~  The Best Buy at 211 N. Carrillo Road, #D is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

272 Valley Road - sale pending.
907 El Centro Street - sale pending.
950 Woodland Avenue, #2 - sale pending.
950 Woodland Avenue, #73 - sale pending.
4284 Grand Avenue - sold for $1,020,000 (was listed at $1,095,000).
600 Ridgeline Drive - withdrawn from the market.


- 7:50 a.m.


~  No changes yet for today.

Sleepy house:




Monday, November 24, 2014

- 4:00 p.m.

~  Due to a recent price reduction, we have added 211 Bald Street as an Honorable Mention.
~  The Honorable Mention at 12460 Linda Flora Drive is back on the market (had been an expired listing).

Changes to the All Listings page:

16196 Maricopa Highway - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
307 E. Aliso Street - sale pending.
89 Reposo Drive - sold for $637,000 (was listed at $649,000).
495 Old Grade Road - sold for $750,000 (was listed at $825,000).
65 Don Antonio Way - sold for $162,000 (was listed at $165,000).


- 8:45 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

80 High Street - reduced from $634,000 to $599,000.





Sunday, November 23, 2014

- 10:45 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$519,000 - 308 S. Ventura Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1420 S. La Luna Avenue - sale pending.
1280 Fierro Drive - sale pending.
132 Don Felipe Way - sale pending.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

- 11:20 a.m.

~  The Open House list for this weekend has been updated.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1010 Spring Street - reduced from $595,000 to $499,000.
211 Bald Street - reduced from $560,000 to $500,000.
95 Apricot Street - reduced from $364,998 to $359,998.

Click the photo below to see a gallery of unique lighting fixtures:




Friday, November 21, 2014

- 4:05 p.m.

~  Congratulations to Jeff S. - who closed today on the property he had listed with us at 12590 MacDonald Drive!
~  The Best Buy at 905 Holly Knoll Drive is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

502 Shady Lane - sale pending.

No new Best Buys or Honorable Mentions today.  Have a great weekend!  We'll see you tomorrow with the open houses for Saturday and Sunday.


- 9:45 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

4 Catalina Drive - sale pending.
1230-B South La Luna Avenue - sale pending.
316 N. La Luna Avenue - back on the market (had been withdrawn) and reduced from $650,000 to $629,000.

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.

We're headed out to take a look at five new properties this morning.  Have a great day and we'll see you this afternoon!

Understatement of the year:




Thursday, November 20, 2014

- 5:10 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 111 N. Fulton Street is back on the market (had been a pending sale).

Changes to the All Listings page:

13001 Koenigstein Road - back on the market (had been a withdrawn listing).
74 Crown Street - reduced from $509,000 to $498,500.
138-140 N. La Luna Avenue - sold for $449,900 (was listed at $475,000).
514 Del Norte Road - withdrawn from the market.
9266 Nye Road - withdrawn from the market.
504 Lion Street - pictures have been added to the listing.


- 10:20 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$498,432 - 301 Park Road.
$1,695,000 - 504 Lion Street.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know if they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

185 Puesta Del Sol - sale pending.
305 Shady Lane - sale pending.
605 Casitas Vista Road - sold for $122,000 (was listed at $135,000).
502 San Antonio Street - pictures have been added to the listing.

Cat ladder:




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

- 6:05 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

203 N. Signal Street - reduced from $65,000 to $55,000.
95 Apricot Street - reduced from $369,998 to $364,998.
12170 Grape Hill Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
Cruzero Street land parcel - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
~  S. La Luna Avenue land parcels 1, 2, and 3 -
back on the market (had been expired listings).
950 Woodland Avenue, #84 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
950 Woodland Avenue, #95 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
950 Woodland Avenue, #73 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).


Here's your Ojai Market Data for the past month, including today's updates:

  • 29 new listings came on the market; 8 of these new listings are either pending sales or have already closed.  (Last month we saw 43 new listings come on the market; 8 of them were pending or closed sales as of the date of our update.)
  • 38 properties total have sold and closed (36 last month) - at an average of 92.97% of the original listing price (93.42% last month).  Of the 38 properties that sold, five were full price offers and five were over full price.
There are currently 189 active listings on the market, not including properties currently listed as pending sales.  (There were 199 active listings last month.)

Here's a list of the 38 properties that sold and closed last month, including the original list price (when each property first came on the market), the final sales price, the sales to list price percentage, and the days the property was on the market (including days during escrow).

OJAI SALES-TO-LIST PRICE PERCENTAGES, 10/20/14 THROUGH 11/19/14


 PROPERTY ADDRESS
 SALES PRICE
 ORIGINAL LIST PRICE
 SALES TO LIST %
 DAYS ON THE MARKET
1202 LOMA DR #57 $42,000 $49,900 84% 220
103 DON CARLOS WAY $43,000 $54,900 78% 215
2 DON ANTONIO WAY $45,000 $59,900 75% 48
950 WOODLAND AVE #47 $55,000 $59,900 92% 39
1975 MARICOPA HWY #36 $95,000 $97,500 97% 60
1273 S RICE RD #99 $92,500 $112,000 83% 123
109 DON CARLOS WAY $165,000 $165,000 98% 32
848 WOODLAND AVE #3 $287,500 $319,900 90% 64
12109 LINDA FLORA DR $355,000 $395,000 90% 208
18 MOUNTAIN VIEW ST $375,000 $390,000 96% 68
167 BARBARA ST $389,000 $425,000 92% 131
8970 NYE RD $389,000 $399,000 97% 114
310 MONTE VIA $389,000 $389,000 100% 34
57 PORTAL ST $413,000 $399,000 104% 59
134 BUNDREN ST $390,000 $419,000 93% 57
582 CRUZERO ST $350,000 $399,000 88% 32
195 N LA LUNA AVE $416,000 $460,000 90% 82
410 MONTE VIA $439,000 $439,000 100% 39
307 N SIGNAL ST $450,000 $599,750 75% 287
410 CHURCH RD #47 $450,000 $495,900 91% 227
162 N PUEBLO ST $492,000 $499,000 99% 52
202 N FULTON ST
$509,000
$509,000
100%
36
159 AVENIDA DE LA ENTRADA
$500,000
$619,000
81%
158
362 AVENIDA DEL RECREO
$510,000
$525,000
97%
93
483 AVENIDA DEL RECREO
$555,000
$569,000
98%
68
317 W SANTA ANA ST
$590,000
$589,000
100%
33
353 S LOMITA AVE
$569,000
$620,000
92%
159
135 MONTE CT
$630,000
$624,900
101%
66
185 OAK DR
$625,000
$679,000
92%
483
1961 SILVER SPUR CIR
$689,000
$729,000
95%
81
1880 S RICE RD
$757,000
$714,000
106%
46
712 DROWN AVE
$690,000
$729,000
95%
80
10456 W SULPHUR MTN RD
$650,000
$800,000
81%
816
1001 N MONTGOMERY ST
$811,000
$849,000
96%
86
305 PALOMAR RD
$1,460,000
$1,375,000
106%
65
611 PALOMAR RD
$1,600,000
$1,600,000
100%
2 (Sold before it was listed)
1747 MCNELL RD
$1,925,000
$1,925,000
100%
0 (Sold before it was listed)
555 CAMINO CIELO RD
$1,901,000
$1,995,000
95%
127
AVG = 92.97%
AVG = 125 (113 last month)

Though interest rates continue to remain at all-time lows, the market has cooled off somewhat since the spring.  The low number of new listings that have come on the market the past few months bears that out.  (Interestingly, we've seen a surge of recent sales on land parcels.)  We expect that prices and activity will be moderate for the next couple of months, followed by the typical increase in activity as we move into February/March.



- 11:25 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$950,000 - 1116 Golden West Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

950 Woodland Avenue, #40 - back on the market (had been expired) and increased from $62,000 to $68,000.
241 Valley Road - sale pending.
1217 Grandview Avenue - sale pending.
1427 Fraser Lane - sale pending.
Cruzero Street land parcel - expired.

We'll have the Ojai 30-Day Market Update for you later this afternoon.

Two-car garage, one-pole driveway:




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

- 4:25 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$549,000 - 1280 Fierro Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

126 Don Felipe Way - reduced from $60,000 to $56,000.
582 Cruzero Street - sold for $350,000 (was listed at $399,000).
483 Avenida Del Recreo - sold for $555,000 (was listed at $569,000).

We'll have the Ojai 30-Day Market Update for you tomorrow, so be sure to watch for that.

There is a benefit being held at the Deer Lodge this Thursday for local handyman, Gene Beery.  Please click here to see the flyer and details.

Have a nice evening!


- 11:05 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 12460 Linda Flora Drive has expired.

There is a new listing on the market:

$425,000 - 1420 S. La Luna Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

474 N. Arnaz Avenue, #13 - back on the market (had been withdrawn) and reduced from $110,000 to $94,000.
80 Maxine Avenue - reduced from $560,000 to $525,000.
242 Prospect Street - sale pending.
1225 S. Rice Road, #?? - sale pending.
8560 N. Ventura Avenue - withdrawn (had been a pending sale).

They always know when their neighbor comes home:




Monday, November 17, 2014

- 3:25 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

15 Don Antonio Way - reduced from $69,000 to $59,000.
1975 Maricopa Highway, #28 - reduced from $127,500 to $119,000.


- 9:40 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

Sisar Road land parcel - increased from $465,000 to $499,000.

Have you seen the Ohio State marching band's halftime show?  Check this out (it's nine minutes long, but totally worth it):




Sunday, November 16, 2014

- 10:00 a.m.


Don't forget to check out the open houses today.  We're holding two of our listings open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


690 Oak Grove Court  -  Bonus:  One of the Holiday Home Look-in home tours is
right around the corner, so why not stop by?



27 Olive Street  -  A great starter home featuring 3 bedrooms/1.75 bathrooms, new
roof, carpet, and paint, plus a great backyard with tons of potential.  A great buy!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

- 11:30 a.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 111 N. Fulton Street is now a pending sale.

There is a new listing on the market:

$3,599,000 - 5180 Reeves Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

241 Valley Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
18 Mountain View Street - sold for $375,000 (was listed at $375,000).
~  S. La Luna Avenue land parcels (1, 2, 3 of them) - expired.

Don't forget to check out the Open House list for this weekend!

Well, isn't this fancy:




Friday, November 14, 2014

- 5:55 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$479,000 - 597 Thomas Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

12300 Mountain Lion Road - back on the market (had been withdrawn) and reduced from $4,999,900 to $4,850,000.
114 Descanso Avenue - sale pending.
1009 Ayers Avenue - sale pending.
1179 Rancho Court - sale pending.


- 9:50 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$999,000 - 134 Layton Street.
$2,595,000 - 615 Del Norte Road.

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.

We'll be taking a look at two new properties this morning.  See you this afternoon!

Just a bit short:




Thursday, November 13, 2014

- 5:50 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$159,000 - 1225 S. Rice Road, #86.

Changes to the All Listings page:

52 Don Antonio Way - sale pending.
410 Monte Via Avenue - sold for $439,000 (was listed at $439,000).
10456 W. Sulphur Mountain Road - sold for $650,000 (was listed at $799,900).  A big congratulations to our client and buyer, John V., who closed on this new Ojai property today!  If anyone ever tells you that purchasing land is easy, don't believe 'em.  The tenacity that John displayed in getting this property is the stuff legends are made of.  Most people would have simply given up and moved on to something else.  Welcome to Ojai, John...I hope we're invited to the housewarming party!

Finally, we just spent the afternoon showing clients a piece of property about 55 miles north of Ojai on Route 33 - in Santa Barbara County.  If you haven't driven up there lately, there are some nice colors to be seen along the way!

We'll see you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday; have a great evening.
 

- 10:30 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

410 Descanso Avenue - reduced from $469,000 to $444,000.
1179 Rancho Court - reduced from $1,250,000 to $1,150,000.
305 Palomar Road - sold for $1,460,000 (was listed at $1,375,000).
12170 Grape Hill Road - expired.

Yep, we'll be moving to Holbrook, Arizona real soon:




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

- 4:10 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$445,000 - 114 Descanso Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11017 Rodeo Drive - sale pending.
1975 Maricopa Highway, #36 - sold for $95,000 (was listed at $97,500).
316 N. La Luna Avenue - withdrawn from the market.


- 11:00 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 12039 Linda Flora Drive has been withdrawn from the market.

There is a new listing on the market:

$695,000 - 1427 Fraser Lane.

Changes to the All Listings page:

495 Burnham Road - back on the market (had been withdrawn) and reduced from $394,900 to $369,900.
1206 Ferrara Drive - reduced from $669,000 to $639,000.
236 Olive Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
16196 Maricopa Highway - expired.
1013 Shokat Drive - withdrawn.





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

- 4:05 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention (and our listing) at 27 Olive Street has been reduced from $379,600 to $369,400.

Changes to the All Listings page:

848 Woodland Avenue, #24 - reduced from $345,000 to $339,900.
241 Valley Road - sale pending.
950 Woodland Avenue, #73 - sale pending.
950 Woodland Avenue, #84 - sale pending.
950 Woodland AVenue, #95 - sale pending.


- 10:40 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 1001 N. Montgomery Street has been sold for $811,000 (was listed at $849,000).
~  The Honorable Mention at 848 Woodland Avenue, #3 has been sold for $287,500 (was listed at $299,000).

There are two new listings on the market:

$560,000 - 211 Bald Street.
$47,000 - 1225 S. Rice Road, #??

Changes to the All Listings page:

930 Hackamore Street - reduced from $449,000 to $439,000.
8732-8738 N. Ventura Avenue - sale pending.

Never let the kids install a patio:




Monday, November 10, 2014

- 3:20 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 1660 Happy Lane has been reduced from $1,759,000 to $1,739,000.
~  The Best Buy at 120 Oak Drive is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

807 Daly Road - reduced from $829,000 to $795,000.
12109 Linda Flora Drive - sold for $355,000 (was listed at $370,000).


- 10:25 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

307 N. Signal Street - sold for $450,000 (was listed at $469,000).
134 Bundren Street - sold for $390,000 (was listed at $399,000).
474 N. Arnaz Street, #13 - withdrawn from the market.

We wanted to give a shout out to Darrell Waycasy at Coastline Deck Coatings.  We had a balcony that was leaking down to the patio area below.  It had been an issue for the last two rainy seasons - one we thought we had solved each time - to no avail (including tearing up the entire surface and re-tiling).  We're happy to say that the .67 inches of rain we got two weekends ago did not penetrate the new barrier they put down.  It's hard to explain exactly what the process is, so go to their website and check it out.

His crew was on-time, they worked quickly, were friendly, and they always left the work site spotless.  The resurfacing took a total of 4 days (some layers have to cure for 24 hours before the next layer can be applied), and the price was totally reasonable.  We've added them to our Trusted Professionals page.

Eat like a viking:




Sunday, November 9, 2014

- 11:20 a.m.

~  Don't forget to check out the open houses for today.

Changes to the All Listings page:

65 Don Antonio Way - sale pending.

If you haven't been down to the waterfront in Ventura as the sun has been setting over the last few days, it might be worth a trip down tonight.  Over the last several nights the view out to the channel islands has been crystal clear, and the sunsets have been amazing!  Have a great Sunday. 


Saturday, November 8, 2014

- 10:45 a.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 159 Avenida De La Entrada has been sold for $500,000 (was listed at $519,950).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1202 Loma Drive, #57 - sold for $42,000 (was listed at $44,500).

Don't forget to check out the Open House list for this weekend!

I think I'd rather remove the door than the toilet to fix this:




Friday, November 7, 2014

- 6:10 p.m.

~  We have added a new Honorable Mention at 111 N. Fulton Street.
~  The Honorable Mention at 837 S. La Luna Avenue is now a pending sale.
~  The Honorable Mention at 167 Barbara Street has been sold for $389,000 (was listed at $389,000).

There is a new listing on the market:

$110,000 - 119 Don Felipe Way.

Changes to the All Listings page:

178 Vega Way - sale pending.
11962 E. Sulphur Mountain Road - sale pending.

Have a great weekend!  We'll see you tomorrow with the open house list for Saturday and Sunday.


- 8:55 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$1,549,000 - 12516 MacDonald Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

3860 Grand Avenue - back on the market (had been expired) and reduced from $4,300,000 to $3,995,000.  There are no pictures on the listing yet (it was taken over by a different agent), but you can see pics if you follow the link to the old pictures on the November 3rd, 10:25 a.m. blog post).

~  Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.

We're off to preview six new properties today.  See you later this afternoon!

Sorry - we only have table seating for six, but we've got a great spot here in the tub for you:




Thursday, November 6, 2014

- 4:40 p.m.

~  Our listing at 12360 Linda Flora Drive is now a pending sale.

There are two more new listings on the market today:

$629,000 - 502 San Antonio Street.  (No pics yet - we'll let you know when they're published.)
$799,000 - 802 N. Drown Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11962 E. Sulphur Mountain Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
1139 Fierro Drive - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
310 Monte Via Avenue - sold for $389,000 (was listed at $389,000).

We'll see you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday.  We know we'll be seeing at least five new properties.  Have a great evening!


- 12:25 p.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$459,000 - 272 Valley Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

123 S. Blanche Street - pictures have been added to the listing.
4866 Casitas Pass Road - sale pending.
1880 S. Rice Road - sold for $757,000 (was listed at $714,000).
950 Woodland Avenue, #40 - expired.

Just a reminder, we have couple of great listings still available at 27 Olive Street (a 3 bed/1.75 bath, 1,198 sq. ft. home with newer roof, carpet, and paint) and 690 Oak Grove Court (a 4 bed/4 bath, 4,606 sq. ft. home on 2 acres that is gorgeous and turn-key).

Triple air conditioning system:




Wednesday, November 5, 2014

- 3:35 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1016 W. Ojai Avenue - sale pending.


- 10:35 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

97 Taormina Lane - reduced from $489,900 to $479,900.
160 Burnham Road - reduced from $669,000 to $659,000.
317 W. Santa Ana Street - sold for $590,000 (was listed at $589,000).
8970 Nye Road - sold for $389,000 (was listed at $389,000).
185 Oak Drive - sold for $625,000 (was listed at $639,500).
11962 E. Sulphur Mountain Road (formerly listed as 10800-A) - expired.

I love that this is "Walgreens Pharmacist Recommended":




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

- 1:25 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

30 Rio Via - reduced from $449,000 to $439,000.
410 Descanso Avenue - reduced from $480,000 to $469,000.
12300 Mountain Lion Road - withdrawn from the market.


- 10:00 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 1872 Country Place has been withdrawn from the market.

There is a new listing on the market:

$499,000 - 1009 Ayers Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

80 High Street - reduced from $659,000 to $634,000.

Happy Anniversary to my beautiful wife and partner, Cheryl!  Fifteen years of working together, filled with love, laughter and adventure.  I am always amazed at the way we found each other (quite accidentally); it must have simply been in the stars. 




Well, that oughta do it:




Monday, November 3, 2014

- 4:40 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 1496 Foothill Road has been reduced from $1,395,000 to $1,325,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

160 La Plaza Way - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
194 El Camino Drive - reduced from $449,300 to $439,000.
514 Del Norte Road - reduced from $1,795,000 to $1,695,000.
410 Crestview Drive - sale pending.


- 10:25 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$599,950 - 111 N. Fulton Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

132 Don Felipe Way - reduced from $35,000 to $29,500.
8732-8738 N. Ventura Avenue - reduced from $379,000 to $360,000.
3860 Grand Avenue - expired.

Gary Gargoyle pays the price following his wild bachelor party:




Sunday, November 2, 2014

- 10:15 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$334,750 - 387 Ventura Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

108 E. Oak Street - sale pending.
555 Camino Cielo Road - sold for $1,901,000 (was listed at $1,949,000).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

- 10:55 a.m.

~  The Open House list for this weekend has been updated.  We'll also be having our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue open both today and tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

402 N. Blanche Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
236 Olive Street - reduced from $416,000 to $390,000 and now a pending sale.
4239 Grand Avenue - listing expired.

The Orkin man was never heard from again:




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Best Buys for


Click on the property addresses below for more detailed information and pictures

 
$419,500 - 211 N. Carrillo Road, #D
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,583 sq. ft. condo that is turnkey and completely updated.  There are a lot of nice touches:  Wood floors, tile floors in the kitchen, unique paint schemes, and our favorite - a faux patina finish on the stairway railing.  A lot of thought went into the upgrades in this home, and it shows.  Considering the cost and amount of work to complete these upgrades, this one is a bargain.  SALE PENDING - 11/25/14.


 
$524,900 - 905 Holly Knoll Drive
This is a 4 bedroom/1.75 bathoom, 2,014 sq. ft. home on a great street in Oak View.  Right off the bat, we're going to tell you this is a lot of space for the money.  The kitchen has been upgraded and there's a great family room out in back.  One side of the house has been converted (with permits) into a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom suite with a kitchen.  This makes for a perfect area for guest quarters or mother-in-law suite.  As such, the kitchen is taking up the place of the one of the 4 bedrooms.  However, we spoke to the owner and this could easily be converted back to its original layout.  There are mountain views from the front yard and a hot tub is also included in the sale.  SALE PENDING - 11/21/14.    


 
$799,500 - 120 Oak Drive
This is a 5 bedroom/3 bathroom, 2,391 sq. ft. home that almost re-writes the unwritten rules for Best Buys.  One word:  Stunning.  The home is modest and unassuming when viewed from the street (although the driveway gates are fantastically unique).  But pity the fool who makes the mistake of driving past - thinking "there's nothing to see here."  We challenge you step inside the front door without audibly saying "Wow."  There are so many upgrades and features to this home, including:  Updated kitchen and baths, bedrooms with unique rock walls, an incredible pool and patio area, a back yard that you'll actually use for family or friends, and our favorite feature - two-story windows that let in a ton of light (see the 5th picture the link).  We could go on and on, but you sitting there reading this is just wasting your time.  Make an appointment NOW to see this home - we seriously doubt that it will be on the market for long.  ADDED 10/31/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
 


 
$1,325,000 - 11202 Ojai Santa Paula Road
This is a 2 bedroom/3 bathroom, 2,047 sq. ft. home on 5.02 acres in Upper Ojai.  The home is built in the Santa Fe style and features saltillo tile floors, high wood ceilings, and two large bedrooms which could both be considered master suites.  Outside you'll find an extraordinary patio (under roof) that is the perfect area to watch the Pink Moment wash over the Topa Topas.  The property is completely flat and is currently set up for horses, including an arena, round pen, and a 3-stall barn.  REDUCED from $1,379,000 - 9/12/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.


 
$1,350,000 - 10885 Encino Drive
This is a 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom, 4,225 sq. ft. home on over two acres in Saddle Mountain.  We last saw this home in 2010 when it was on the market as a short sale.  Let me tell you, the remodeling they've done is striking.  This home is turn key, nothing needs to be done.  From the moment you walk into the brightly lit, high-ceilinged entry, you know you're in for something special.  The pictures of the large greatroom don't really convey how big the room is - you'll have to see it for yourself.  They've also upgraded one of the downstairs bedrooms into a new master bedroom, and everything's been done - including the bathroom.  The kitchen and baths have been upgraded as well.  Check out the link and the pictures - everything here is actually as good as it looks.  REDUCED FROM $1,399,999 - 9/24/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
    

 
$1,699,000 - 690 Oak Grove Court
This is a 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom, 4,606 sq. ft. home on two acres in Rancho Matilija.  This is our own listing, but we've put it on the list as a Best Buy only after receiving tremendous feedback from our fellow brokers and realtors.  The home IS as storybook and cute as our listing describes, but perhaps the best compliment we've heard about the home is "the pictures don't do it justice."  Of course, this is not a knock on the professional photographer we used - it's just that the true beauty of the home cannot be conveyed in photographs.  If you haven't already been to our listing page to see this home, here it is.  WITHDRAWN - 11/26/14.


 
$1,795,000 - 583 Quail Oaks Drive
This is a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom, 3,612 sq. ft. custom-built home (with guest house) that feels bigger than the square footage suggest.  Perhaps it has something to do with the high ceilings and large, central family room that greet you as you enter.  The kitchen and baths are nicely finished in modern surfaces, while the tumbled stone floors add a layer of warmth.  As you head towards the bedroom wing it splits off in a "Y" formation that gave us the feeling of walking through an upscale hotel.  The guest house is as nicely finished as the main house, and it's conveniently located by the pool.  If the folks staying in your guest house have kids, I'd suggest adding a little more chlorine for the duration of their stay (I'm not sure if the pool is chlorine, salt, or fresh water, but I had to use it for the joke.)  If you've got a car collection - bring 'em along:  There are eight garage spaces, yet they're tastefully divided up so the property doesn't feel like one big garage.  A house a few doors down from this one recently closed at $1,750,000 and in our opinion it wasn't nearly as up-to-date as the subject home.  As of this writing there aren't any pictures on the link, but since the photographer was there while we were previewing it, they should be forthcoming.  REDUCED from $1,824,000 - 9/29/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.







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