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.

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4/19/14

- 1:35 p.m.

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

  • 50 new listings came on the market (an increase of 43% over last month); 11 of these new listings are either pending sales or have already closed.  (Last month we saw 40 new listings come on the market; 8 of them were pending or closed sales as of the date of our update.)
  • 32 properties total have sold and closed (25 last month) - at an average of 89% of the original listing price (90% last month).  Of the 32 properties that sold, three were full price offers and two were over full price.
Here's a list (in PDF format) of the 32 properties that sold and closed last month, including the original list price (when each property first came on the market), the final sales price, and the sales to list price percentage.

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There are currently 170 active listings on the market, not including properties currently listed as pending sales.  (There were 151 active listings last month.)


The number of new listings that came on the market this last month is more than any other month since we began doing the Ojai Market Data (in April, 2013).  No crystal ball here, but the energy out there feels like we will continue to see an increase in inventory as summer draws near.  Great news for buyers (more inventory to choose from), yet still good news for sellers as well (we're still seeing prices trending upward).  If we continue at this rate, we will maybe, perhaps, almost be in a "normal" market - something we haven't seen in about 8-10 years.


- 11:25 a.m.

~  The Open House list for this weekend has been updated.
~  The Honorable Mention at 1419 S. La Luna Avenue is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

950 Woodland Avenue, #71 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
509 Vallerio Avenue - sale pending.
10816 Creek Road - sold for $552,000 (was listed at $552,000).
821 Gridley Road - withdrawn.
817 Sunset Place - back on the market (had been a pending sale).

We are running the numbers for the Ojai Market Data update as you read this.  Check back with us in a couple of hours!


4/18/14

- 2:40 p.m.

~  We have added a new Best Buy at 1329 Foothill Road.
~  We have added a new Honorable Mention at 211 N. Carrillo Rd., #E.

Changes to the All Listings page:

227 Mountain View Street - reduced from $599,000 to $560,000.

That'll be all for today.  Check in tomorrow for our Ojai Market Date update, as well as the open houses for Saturday and Sunday.  Have a great weekend!



- 10:00 a.m.


There are three new listings on the market:

650 Tico Road - $1,465,000 (no pics yet).
1329 Foothill Road - $1,495,000.
12039 MacDonald Drive - $2,200,000 (no pics yet).

(Just a quick note:  We we no longer be providing Google street or aerial views of new listings that don't have pictures.  We will instead keep track of those listings and inform you when pictures have been added.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

360 Saddle Lane - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
511 E. Aliso Street - reduced from $799,500 to $789,500.
65 Don Antonio Way - sale pending.
1885 Maricopa Highway, #11 - sale pending.

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

We're off to take a look at five new properties this morning.  Check in later today to see if any made the Best Buy list!

Avian taxi service:





4/17/14

- 3:50 p.m.

Just a heads up:  We'll have the Ojai Market Data update coming for you on Saturday morning, so be sure to watch for it.

Changes to the All Listings page:

260 Running Ridge - sold for $1,377,000 (was listed at $1,525,000).
1133 Capello Way - sold for $500,000 (was listed at $499,000).

See you tomorrow morning for Big Preview Friday!



- 11:15 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

1980 E. Ojai Avenue - reduced from $729,000 to $695,000.
1202 Loma Drive, #57 - sale pending.
4 W. Catalina Drive - expired.
238 E. Ojai Avenue - expired.

Definitely the men's room:




4/16/14

- 6:00 p.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

2125 E. Ojai Avenue - $499,000 (no pics yet - here's a Google aerial view).
363 Riverside Road - $895,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

10617 Encino Drive - reduced from $1,479,000 to $1,429,000.
225 Santa Ana Blvd. - reduced from $449,990 to $429,990.
12412 Linda Flora Drive - sold for $360,000 (was listed at $399,000).



- 10:30 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

1203 Daly Road - $879,000 (no pics yet - here's a Google street view).

Changes to the All Listings page:

11955 MacDonald Drive - sale pending.
1887 E. Ojai Avenue - expired.

Boeing house:




4/15/14

- 9:45 p.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

1434 E. Ojai Avenue - $1,150,000.
140 N. Encinal Avenue - $499,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

134 Bundren Street - back on the market and reduced from $383,250 to $378,000 (had been an expired listing).
307 N. Signal Street - reduced from $569,000 to $559,000.
1225 S. Rice Road, #72 - sold for $42,500 (was listed at $42,500).



- 11:05 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 25 Pathelen Avenue is back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~  The Honorable Mention at 978 El Centro Street has been reduced from $789,000 to $769,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

600 Ridgeline Drive - reduced from $749,000 to $739,000.
329 Gridley Road - reduced from $1,095,000 to $998,000.
1975 Maricopa Highway, #31 - sale pending.

Your obsession with pool has gone too far, sir:




4/14/14

- 4:05 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

316 N. La Luna Avenue - $749,000.

The Honorable Mention at 10790 Encino Drive is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

820 N. Signal Street - sold for $1,385,000 (was listed at $1,425,000).
714 N. Montgomery Street - sold for $615,000 (was listed at $635,000).
420 S. Montgomery Street - sold for $700,000 (was listed at $729,000).




- 10:25 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

211 N. Carrillo Road, #E - $419,000.
509 Vallerio Avenue - $575,000.

The Honorable Mention at 12768 Treeranch Road has been reduced from $835,000 to $829,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~  Pictures have been added to the listing at 10075 Ojai Santa Paula Road.

Yesterday, Cheryl and I took a drive up to Pine Mountain Club. and had lunch at La Lena Mexican restaurant.  (It's in the city "center" and kind of hard to find - go towards the back on the complex.)  When circling back around to Route 33, we happened across the scene pictured below.  Notice the textured green color on the mountains farthest away.  From this vantage point those range tops looked like something made of velour, or as if they were painted by a brush (just as it appears in the picture).  Amazing!  I only wish it weren't a hazy day down in that valley; I'm sure we would have been able to see for a hundred miles.  (Right-click to save a high-resolution image.)






4/13/14

- 10:45 a.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 249 Mahoney Street is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

12109 Linda Flora Drive - back on the market (had been a cancelled listing).



4/12/14

- 11:30 a.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

1225 S. Rice Road, #2 - $39,000.
Ojai Santa Paula Road land parcel - $399,000.

The Best Buy at 1787 Foothill Road has been sold for $3,097,661 (was listed at $3,595,000).
The Honorable Mention at 25 Pathelen Avenue is now a pending sale.

The Open House list for this weekend has been updated.

Changes to the All Listings page:

609 Canada Street, #B - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
122 Olive Street - reduced from $429,000 to $410,000.
1447 Foothill Road - sale pending.
1075 Loma Drive, #37 - sale pending.
520 Foothill Road - cancelled.
20 Feliz Drive - withdrawn (had been a pending sale).

Should have used "anti-sign" paint:




4/11/14

- 2:50 p.m.

~  We have added two new Honorable Mentions at 1511 Nova Lane and 183 Fairview Road.
~  The Honorable Mention at 313 Descanso Avenue has been sold for $446,000 (was listed at $469,000).
~  Congratulations to our client, whose property we had listed at 928 E. Ojai Avenue sold and closed today!

Changes to the All Listings page:

198 Burnham Road - sale pending.
141 Don Ricardo Avenue - reduced from $75,000 to $68,800.

That's it for today.  We'll see you tomorrow with the open houses for this weekend!



- 8:15 a.m.


No changes or additions yet.  We'll be previewing four new properties today.

~  Congratulations to Client #10 on our For Sellers page:  They just had their offer accepted and are now in escrow on their new Ojai home!

Ansel Adams' master bedroom:




4/10/14

- 4:45 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

1511 Nova Lane - $1,095,000.

The Best Buy at 12755 Treeranch Road is now a pending sale.
The Best Buy at 1012 Granito Drive has been sold for $499,000 (was listed at $499,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

334 N. Rice Road - sale pending.
312 Fox Street - sold for $775,000 (was listed at $799,000).
180 N. Donna Street - sale pending.
12109 Linda Flora Drive - cancelled.

See you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday!



- 10:05 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

183 Fairview Road - $1,599,000.

Click the picture below to view a photo gallery of hidden rooms.  Whether you're 007 or a child at heart, we're sure there's a room that will fit your needs:




4/9/14

- 5:00 p.m.

There are three new listings on the market:

12438 Linda Flora Drive - $2,195,000.
306 W. Summer Street - $619,000.
65 Don Antonio Way - $20,000.

The Honorable Mention at 978 El Centro Street has been reduced from $795,000 to $789,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

983 N. Rice Road - reduced from $550,000 to $525,000



- 9:15 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

2267 Burnham Road - $750,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1885 Maricopa Highway, #11 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
302 Fairview Road - sale pending.
2225 Maricopa Highway - expired.

DirecTV for Mary Poppins:




4/8/14

- 3:15 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

1075 Loma Drive, #37 - $15,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

198 Ashby Court - sale pending.
1386 Orchard Drive - sale pending.
950 Woodland Avenue, #71 - sale pending.
12109 Linda Flora Drive - back on the market (had been an expired listing).



- 9:50 a.m.


No changes yet for today!  A little weird, considering how much activity there has been over the last two weeks, no?

Goat roof maintenance:




4/7/14

- 4:35 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

700 San Antonio Street - $11,000,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

13 Don Antonio Way - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
429 S. Carrillo Road - reduced from $599,000 to $579,000.
1408 McAndrew Road - sold for $1,450,000 (was listed at $1,475,000).
312 E. Matilija Street - cancelled (had been a pending sale).
1225 S. Rice Road, #5 - withdrawn
2125 McNell Road - cancelled.



- 11:35 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

412 Franklin Drive - $474,900.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1255 Avila Drive - sale pending.
11849 Sulphur Mountain Road - pictures have been added to the listing.



- 8:20 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

600 Ridgeline Drive - $749,000.

The Honorable Mention at 1419 S. La Luna Avenue is back on the market (had been a pending sale).

Changes to the All Listings page:

811 El Camino Road - sale pending.


How to keep light wrinkle-free:




4/6/14

- 9:05 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

334 N. Rice Road - $769,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

12605 Sisar Road - sold for $655,000 (was listed at $659,500).


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


4/5/14

- 10:55 a.m.

~  There is a new listing on the market at 1002 Country Club Drive - $1,425,000.
~  The Open House list for this weekend has been updated.

We have added two new Honorable Mentions:

25 Pathelen Avenue.
978 El Centro Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

Farnham Road land parcel - expired.
15724 Ojai Road - cancelled (had been a pending sale).
4528 Casitas Pass Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
4262 Casitas Pass Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).


Jenga-inspired wall mount:





4/4/14


- 4:15 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11373 Puesta Del Sol - reduced from $599,000 to $579,000.
554 S. La Luna Avenue - sale pending.
1729 Ladera Ranch Road - sold for $1,050,000 (was listed at $1,245,000.

We have two new Honorable Mentions for you, but we're going to make you wait until tomorrow to find out what they are.  We'll also see you with the open houses for Saturday and Sunday.  Have a great weekend!



- 8:20 a.m.


There are three new listings on the market:

210 N. Fulton Street - $435,000.
319 Avenida De La Vereda - $769,000
1213 Fairview Court - $1,349,000.

In case you haven't been keeping track, that's 29 new listings in the last 12 days.  I would say spring has arrived!  We will be seeing 10 new properties during broker preview today; check in later to see if any new ones made the list.

Nothing says "home" like a fridge full of carbonite:




4/3/14

- 5:50 p.m.

There are six new listings on the market:

25 Pathelen Avenue - $475,000.
813 Santa Ana Blvd. - $565,000.
1386 Orchard Drive - $645,000.
950 Woodland Avenue, #54 - $61,900.
950 Woodland Avenue, #24 - $159,900.
950 Woodland Avenue, #23 - $164,900.

The Honorable Mention at 601 Del Oro Drive has been sold for $1,245,000 (was listed at $1,245,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

2125 McNell Road - sold for $217,000 (was listed at $325,000).
625 Palomar Road - sold for $1,193,000 (was listed at $1,199,500).
11690 N. Ventura Avenue - sold for $280,000 (was listed at $325,000).
950 Woodland Avenue, #73 - reduced from $144,900 to $134,900.

See you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday.  We have at least eight new properties to see!



- 10:30 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

302 Fairview Road - $1,589,000.

The Best Buy at 10885 Encino Drive has been reduced from $1,495,000 to $1,450,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

10075 Ojai Santa Paula Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
1104 Foothill Road - reduced from $1,890,000 to $1,875,000.
1195 Rancho Court - withdrawn.
595 Ventura Avenue - withdrawn.
1015 Amber Drive - back on the market and decreased from $8,950,000 to $7,950.000 (had been an expired listing).

I can't decide whether this is gluttony or genius:




4/2/14


- 3:40 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

1255 Avila Drive - $634,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1885 Maricopa Highway, #11 - sale pending.



- 10:35 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

36 Calle Cinco De Mayo - $419,000.

The Honorable Mention at 361 Longhorn Lane has been sold for $1,595,000 (was listed at $1,595,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

607 Katherine Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
835-815 W. Lomita Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
967 Larmier Avenue - sold for $482,000 (was listed at $489,000).
227 Mountain View Street - increased from $569,000 to $599,000.
162 E. El Roblar - expired.

An obvious sign that your teenage kid is sneaking out in the middle of the night:





4/1/14

- 6:25 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

11849 Sulphur Mountain Road - $1,375,000 (no pics yet, but the Google aerial view is inconclusive.  We'll let you know when the pictures are up).

The Honorable Mention at 271 Mahoney Avenue has been withdrawn.

Changes to the All Listings page:

351 Larmier Avenue - back on the market and reduced from $499,000 to $479,000.
2285 E. Ojai Avenue - back on the market.
213 Vallerio Avenue - reduced from $605,000 to $599,000.
609 Canada Street, Unit B - sale pending.



- 9:10 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

1202 Loma Drive, #87 - sold for $45,000 (was listed at $48,500).
227 Mountain View Street - reduced from $599,000 to $569,000.
351 Larmier Avenue - expired.
2285 E. Ojai Avenue - expired.

"Heated pool" seems to be a bit misleading in this case:



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Best Buys for


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$449,000 - 148 Wild Oak Street
This is a 3 bedroom/1.75 bath, 1,227 sq. ft. home in Oak View.  The wood floors throughout the main portion of the home look great and the tiled bathrooms add a touch of class.  The home is fairly up-to-date, so no major remodeling will need to be done.  It looks to be freshly painted on both interior and exterior.  The back yard is on the small side, but does feature a small plateau on which one could create a sitting area to take in the mountain views.  SALE PENDING - 3/25/14.


 
$499,000 - 1012 Granito Drive
Hey!  A Best Buy that isn't over $1,000,000!  This is a 2 bedroom/1.75 bathroom, 1,181 sq. ft. turn key home.  I know, I know...two bedrooms and 1,181 sq. ft. for $499,000?  The home is just too cute; we'd be surprised if it lasted a week on the market.  This home last sold in 2012 for $414,000, so considering the upgrades they've done (which includes wood flooring and two updated bathrooms), we really like this price.  The only oddity we noticed was the one bedroom with a bathroom (normally considered the "master") is actually the smaller of the two bedrooms.  Outside of that, there is much to love here.  The home is located on a corner lot, so the backyard is spacious and features an adorable, white picket-fenced garden area.  This is another home that, as we like to say, people will adapt their lives to fit into.  SOLD for $499,000 - 4/10/14.


 
$789,000 - 12755 Treeranch Road
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,678 sq. ft. home on just over one acre in Upper Ojai.  From the moment you walk through the gated entrance you'll feel the peace and tranquility wash over you.  (If you're not a fan of peace and tranquility, you can always rinse it off after you leave the property.)  The pool/patio/entertainment area features a pool with a pebbled finish, an outdoor kitchen, and a lovely arbor covering the patio.  Just off the pool is a cute garden cottage which nicely complements the setting.  Inside, the house is cute and clean - kitchen and baths have been upgraded.  About the only thing you might want to consider is removal of the popcorn ceilings, but to be honest, that was the last thing we noted about the interior.  If you're a handyman, car collector, or need a place to work on your next invention - the large metal-on-slab building located at one end of the property may be where you spend most of your time.  The building does not ruin the ambiance of the property, as it's located away from the house and actually looks decent (we did not get a chance to see the interior, however).  The listing agent told us that the building includes a car lift, a compressor, forklift, and a diesel generator.  We're not certain, but we believe the generator is large enough to cover the needs of the entire property should the Big One strike, leaving you as the most popular neighbor in a five-mile radius.  Good thing the property is completely fenced; the last thing you need is the neighbor asking if they can charge their cell phone at your place just so they can tweet about the earthquake.  In closing, this is a wonderful property - we felt it even before we set foot in the home itself.  SALE PENDING - 4/10/14.      


 
$1,299,000 - 512 Grand Avenue
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 2,247 sq. ft. horse property on 1.8 acres.  It's also one of the largest properties you'll find this close to town.  The Topa Topa mountain range is practically right in your backyard, yet with the extra space out back it actually feels like you're miles away from town.  The house itself is clean and bright inside and features beautiful wood flooring downstairs, and a large 2nd floor master suite with his and hers bathrooms.  We also loved the two large and beautiful palm trees out in front as you approach the home, as they give quite a stately impression.  Now about that downstairs bathroom toilet:  I believe it's either made by Boeing or Lockheed Martin.  It's the most powerful thrust this side of a F-22 Raptor.  Mind you, this is completely normal for a pressurized toilet (and it saves on water), but it is a bit shocking the first time you see (and hear) it in action.  Anyway, this is a great home and property for this price!  ADDED 3/14/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.


 
$1,375,000 - 8190 Sulphur Mountain Road
This is a 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom, 2,800 sq. ft. home on 8.6 acres in Upper Ojai.  You want views?  This place has got 'em in spades, with views of the Topas and the Ojai valley to the north and the Channel Islands to the south.  The home is open and spacious - just check out that roughly 20 foot ceiling in the living/great room (see the 3rd picture on the link).  The kitchen is large and features granite counter tops, and here's something we really liked - the pass through counter to the dining area - very useful when entertaining large groups of people.  The exterior of the home has been recently painted.  There is more useful land on this parcel than many of the properties in this area; we'd guess about 1-1/2 to 2 acres would be useable for building a guest house, pool, or taking on horses.  Some may wish to upgrade the wood throughout the home (via painting or staining), and perhaps the carpeting could use a refresh.  Now, the proximity from town won't be for everyone.  I timed it at 17 minutes to the center of Ojai.  However, if you are looking for a tranquil, isolated home with tremendous views (I'm sure you'll burn through dozens of camera batteries taking endless pictures of the sunrises and sunsets), this is a tremendous deal at this price!  SALE PENDING - 3/6/14.


 
$1,399,000 - 11993 MacDonald Drive
This is a 5 bedroom/4.5 bathroom, 3,790 sq. ft. home on over two acres in Rancho Matilija.  The price was reduced from $1,490,000, thus making this a Best Buy.  This one-story home feels spacious and the interior features wide plank oak floors and an updated master bathroom.  The back yard feels quite grandiose and features a newer pool, a tennis court, and a large yard area.  Some may wish to update some of the secondary bathrooms, as well as the kitchen.  BACK ON THE MARKET - 3/14/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.



 
$1,459,000 - 3428 Calle Moreno
This is a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom, 2,933 sq. ft. home (with guest house) on just over one acre.  This is a renovated farmhouse and as proof of its farmhouse heritage, the oak floors have been resurfaced, yet they still retain that nostalgic look and "sound."  The interior looks to be freshly painted, and the kitchen and bathrooms have been updated.  The lofts in the two kid's bedrooms are cool; one can imagine the inevitable forts soon to be under construction.  The guest house is larger than most, if a bit on the eclectic side.  REDUCED FROM $1,529,000 - 3/24/14. Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.



 
$1,450,000 - 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 $1,495,000 - 4/3/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
 


 
$1,495,000 - 13100 Ojai Road
This is a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom, 3,575 sq. ft. Victorian home on 10 acres near in upper Ojai/Santa Paula.  This home looks nothing like it did when we saw it a few years ago as a fixer-upper, and that's a good thing.  This home has been completely renovated and is turn key, with a slightly modernized spin on the traditional, old style Victorian home (newer wood floors and updated kitchen).  You Victorian purists may miss the creaky wood floors, but in this case we appreciated the solidity under foot.  There's not much else we can tell you except to make sure to see the pictures.  What you see is what you get, no camera tricks:  An incredible view, large yard spaces, and a great pool area.  The 3-car garage is newer, with a loft above that could be used as an office, for storage, or whatever.  Privacy is practically guaranteed, as this home is located up a private, gated road.  A must see!  REDUCED FROM $1,575,000 - 2/25/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.


 
$1,495,000 - 1329 Foothill Road
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 2,120 sq. ft. pool home (with additional guest area) in a great location.  We saw this one back in 2008 when we considered it somewhat of a fixer.  In its current incarnation, it has undergone quite the transformation.  The main living area has been remodeled, including the kitchen and bathrooms.  The guest area runs alongside the pool, and the yard/pool area features hill views from underneath a sizeable arbor.  Definitely worth a look.  ADDED 4/18/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home. 


 
$3,595,000 - 1787 Foothill Road
Slack-jawed neanderthals.  That's what we must have resembled when we discovered that this property was the same one we had shown to clients over four years ago.  The number of superlatives that could be used to describe this remodeled 5 bedroom/5.5 bathroom, 5,065 sq. ft. home on 1.23 acres are infinite.  We'll leave you to read the specific details about the property on the link - and instead will try to compress (hopefully into less than five paragraphs) why we think this property is so special.

The integration of the outdoor hardscape and entertainment areas into the topography of the land - rock walls, giant boulders, green grass, walking paths, waterfalls, sitting areas, and the swimming pool - is something to behold.  We have never before seen a property that nails this concept so well.  The tri-level lawn that leads from the house down to the bar/entertainment area is something reminiscent of the Getty Center (not necessarily in architecture, but in ambiance).  It doesn't appear as if any of the acreage is wasted - everything has been utilized to its full potential.  Finally, there are the requisite mountain views, visible from several points throughout the home and property (although we don't think the Topa Topa mountains are visible).

The interior of the home is simply amazing.  It looks as if the owners sweated virtually every detail, every surface, every piece of furniture, every piece of artwork - as if it was all perfectly choreographed to create the perfect dance of warmth, character, and class.  This home was remodeled from the heart.

We found this home and property to be so spectacular that we've unofficially crowned it one of our favorites of all time.  Stunning and sophisticated - this one is a must see.

SOLD for $3,097,661 - 4/12/14.


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