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

"Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so."

-
Dale Carnegie


Ojai Weather

Partly cloudy  -  High 72  /  Low 42




Sunday, December 21, 2014

- 9:45 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$429,000 - 773 Fairview Road.  (There are no pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1206 Ferrara Drive - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
12712 Sisar Road - sale pending.
4 Catalina Drive - sold for $1,120,000 (was listed at $1,199,000).
2267 Burnham Road - expired.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

- 10:35 a.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 27 Olive Street has been withdrawn from the market.
~  Here's the Open House list for this weekend.

There are two new listings on the market:

$950,000 - 706 El Paseo Road.
$80,000 - 100 Don Carlos Way.

Changes to the All Listings page:

345 S. Lomita Avenue - sold for $401,000 (was listed at $407,000).
242 Prospect Street - sold for $535,000 (was listed at $559,900).
11017 Rodeo Drive - sold for $1,100,000 (was listed at $1,199,900).
581 El Jina Lane - expired.
950 Woodland Avenue, #29 - expired.

Measure twice, cut once:




Friday, December 19, 2014

- 5:35 p.m.

The Ojai 30-day Market Update can be found here.  Have a great and sunny weekend!  See you tomorrow with the open houses for Saturday and Sunday.

- 3:35 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 2735 Grand Avenue is now a pending sale.
~  The Honorable Mention at 1660 Happy Lane is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

907 El Centro Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
178 Vega Way - sold for $62,000 (was listed at $65,000).
1427 Fraser Lane - sold for $675,000 (was listed at $695,000).
1250 Meyers Road - withdrawn from the market.

We're working the numbers for the Ojai 30-day Market Update as you read this.  Check back in a few hours from now!


- 9:45 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$775,000 - E. Sulphur Mountain Road land parcel.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2125 McNell Road - reduced from $2,800,000 to $2,750,000.
950 Woodland Avenue, #2 - sold for $112,900 (was listed at $114,900).
950 Woodland Avenue, #73 - sold for $124,000 (was listed at $132,900).

There is one new property for broker preview today, however, we will not get a chance to see it.  We will check it out next week (it's the newer listing at 508 N. Ventura Street).  In the meantime, here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  We will have the Ojai 30-day market update for you later this afternoon.

Big mouth fireplace:




Thursday, December 18, 2014

- 3:45 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

608 E. Ojai Avenue - reduced from $495,000 to $425,000.
306 Shady Lane - sale pending.
1014 Creekside Way, #G - cancelled.
310 Vallerio Avenue - withdrawn.
55 Alto Drive - sold for $755,000 (was listed at $775,000).  This one was a closed sale before it was put into the MLS.  It's on the All Listings page for comparative purposes.


- 9:30 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

907 Jose Drive - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
1230-B South La Luna Avenue - expired.

Yes - live wire, LIVE!  Seize the Day!




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

- 5:00 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

132 Don Felipe Way - back on the market (had been a pending sale).


- 11:25 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

22 Taormina Lane - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
1230-B S. La Luna Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
194 El Camino Drive - sale pending.
1116 Golden West Avenue - reduced from $950,000 to $890,000.

Berlin toilet wall:




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

- 4:55 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 583 Quail Oaks Drive is back on the market (had been a pending sale) and has been reduced from $1,795,000 to $1,695,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11951 Mustang Court - back on the market (had been a withdrawn listing) and reduced from $545,000 to $525,000.
80 Maxine Avenue - reduced from $525,000 to $499,000.
1533 Orchard Drive - sold for $615,000 (was listed at $629,950).


- 12:20 p.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

22 Taormina Lane - expired.

I'm guessing the sign wasn't heeded:





Monday, December 15, 2014

- 9:00 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

361-363 W. Oak View Avenue - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
308 S. Ventura Street - sale pending.
10971 Alto Court - sold for $1,900,000 (was listed at $2,000,000).


- 10:20 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 2735 Grand Avenue has been reduced from $2,200,000 to $1,995,000, thus making it a Best Buy.

There are two new listings on the market:

$699,000 - 969 Woodland Avenue.
$499,000 - 707 N. Drown Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1140 Bonmark Drive - sale pending.
2899 Matilija Canyon Road - expired.

Washing required only for thin-handed people:




Sunday, December 14, 2014

- 11:00 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

12140 MacDonald Drive - expired.

Make sure to check out the open houses for today!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

- 11:00 a.m.

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

Changes to the All Listings page:

194 El Camino Drive - sale pending.
5180 Reeves Road - expired.
1225 S. Rice Road, #75 - expired.
361-363 W. Oak View Avenue - expired.

A great gift idea!




Friday, December 12, 2014

- 6:00 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$449,000 - 1140 Bonmark Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

309 S. Carrillo Road - sale pending.
211 S. Blanche Street - sale pending.
1139 Fierro Drive - sold for $537,000 (was listed at $545,000).

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


- 10:25 a.m.


~  The listing and Honorable Mention at 909 Foothill Road has been cancelled.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2285 E. Ojai Avenue - cancelled.

There are no new listings to see today for Big Preview Friday.  Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.

Awesome Christmas tree:




Thursday, December 11, 2014

- 3:20 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 12449 MacDonald Drive has been reduced from $2,449,000 to $2,349,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

12463 MacDonald Drive - sale pending.
2225 Maricopa Highway - sold for $570,000 (was listed at $570,000).


- 9:15 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

126 Don Felipe Way - sale pending.
108 E. Oak Street - sold for $559,000 (was listed at $574,000).
319 Avenida De La Vereda - sold for $680,000 (was listed at $725,000).

Well, this should be fun:




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

- 5:15 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

387 Ventura Avenue - reduced from $334,750 to $324,900.
410 Church Road, #21 - reduced from $405,000 to $395,000.
30 Rio Via Street - reduced from $439,000 to $438,000.
108 Shady Lane - reduced from $504,900 to $504,000.

- 12:05 p.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 12449 MacDonald Drive is back on the market (had been an expired listing).

Changes to the All Listings page:

807 Daly Road - sale pending.
410 Crestview Drive - sold for $529,000 (was listed at $559,000).
52 Don Antonio Way - sold for $56,000 (was listed at $64,900).
570 Old Ventura Avenue - expired.  (Note:  This was a pending short-sale - it's likely that the short-sale process is simply taking so long that the listing has expired.  The listing agent will likely put it back in the system as a pending sale.)

Affirmative Action for bannisters:




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

- 4:00 p.m.

~  Due to a recent price reduction, we have added 316 N. La Luna Avenue to the Honorable Mention list.

Changes to the All Listings page:

805 McAndrew Road - back on the market and reduced from $3,390,000 to $2,950,000 (had been an expired listing).
1002 Country Club Drive - reduced from $1,425,000 to $1,375,000.


- 11:40 a.m.


~  The Best Buy at 583 Quail Oaks Drive has been withdrawn from the market.

We'll have a new Honorable Mention for you later this afternoon!

The romance here is palpable:




Monday, December 8, 2014

- 4:25 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

136 Mountain View Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
567 McNell Road - sale pending.
316 N. La Luna Avenue - reduced from $629,000 to $599,000.
1262 Mariano Drive - reduced from $679,000 to $649,000.
410 N. Church Road, #42 - pictures have been added to the listing.


- 9:40 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$399,000 - 410 N. Church Road, #42.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know if they're published.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

508 N. Ventura Street - pictures have been added to the listing.

The mother of all open houses:



In order to bring in business and create notoriety for their brand , a real estate company located in the Netherlands installed a roller coaster in one of their clients homes.  Best tour ever.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

- 9:20 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$549,000 - 508 N. Ventura Street.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

907 Jose Drive - sale pending.
1203 Daly Road - withdrawn from the market.

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


Saturday, December 6, 2014

- 9:35 a.m.

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

Changes to the All Listings page:

309 S. Carrillo Road - pictures have been added to the listing.
76 Don Antonio Way - reduced from $84,500 to $79,500.
1015 Amber Lane - sale pending.
11951 Mustang Court - withdrawn from the market.

Love the indoor patio furniture, but how is anything going to stay on that top shelf?




Friday, December 5, 2014

- 2:05 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1206 Ferrara Drive - sale pending.

This will be the last update for today.  We'll have this weekend's Open House list for you tomorrow morning.

Have a great weekend!


- 8:25 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$450,000 - 309 S. Carrillo Road.  (There are no pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).

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

There are four new properties to see for Big Preview Friday today.  Check back in later to see if any new properties made the list!

Little known fact:  The construction of Ft. Sumter was footed by Whirlpool:




Thursday, December 4, 2014

- 7:45 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

106 Layton Avenue - sold for $949,500 (was listed at $949,500).
236 Olive Street - sale pending.
1420 S. La Luna Avenue - sale pending.
310 Topa Topa Drive - sale pending.  (This is a new listing that had an offer on it before it was entered into the MLS.  It's on the All Listings page for comparative purposes.)


- 7:50 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$499,000 - 12021 Koenigstein Road.

4 x 4 wheelchair access:




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

- 6:55 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

203 N. Signal Street - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
1420 S. La Luna Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale) and reduced from $425,000 to $419,000.
161 Sunset Avenue - withdrawn from the market.
1304 S. La Luna Avenue - withdrawn from the market.
992-990 Loma Drive - withdrawn from the market.

A note about the "withdrawn" listings above:  We typically see several properties withdrawn from the market during the holidays, as owners simply don't wish to juggle potential showings of their homes with family holiday obligations.  These will likely be back on the market after the first of the year.

- 11:25 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

1217 Grandview Avenue - sold for $480,000 (was listed at $495,000).
209 Larmier Avenue - a picture has been added to the listing.

Christopher Nolan finds a condo:




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

- 6:25 p.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$319,000 - 209 Larmier Avenue (no pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).
$45,000 - 16730 Maricopa Highway.

Changes to the All Listings page:

478 Carne Road - sold for $2,630,000 (was listed at $2,950,000).

Due to a recent price reduction, the listing at 905 Sunset Place is now a Best Buy.

Finally, we've had some good rain today!  Let's hope we're well on our way past the 8.68 inches of rain we got during all of last year's rainy season.


- 11:05 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

10024 Old Creek Road - sale pending.
1239 Tico Road - expired.

Wrong Way Roy's issues continued throughout his life:




Monday, December 1, 2014

- 7:40 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 1496 Foothill Road is now a pending sale.

There is a new listing on the market:

$1,895,000 - 1140 Foothill Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

363 Riverside Road - reduced from $847,000 to $799,000.
201 Bald Street - reduced from $1,099,000 to $999,000.
1979 Silver Spur Circle - sale pending.
1225 S. Rice Road, #?? - withdrawn from the market (had been a pending sale.)


- 9:20 a.m.


~  The Best Buy at 11202 Ojai Santa Paula Road has expired.
~  The Honorable Mention at 12449 MacDonald Drive has expired.

There is a new listing on the market:

$32,500 - 1075 Loma Drive, #32.

Changes to the All Listings page:

41 Don Antonio Way - reduced from $70,000 to $65,000.
74 Crown Street - sale pending.
1139 Fierro Drive - sale pending.
405 Larmier Avenue - expired.

The new "zipper" roads aren't as functional as once thought:




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Best Buys for


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$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.


 
$549,000 - 905 Sunset Place
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,659 sq. ft. home located just north of Grand Avenue.  The original 1" wood floors look to have been resurfaced, while the bamboo and parquet flooring serve to mix things up a bit and make it interesting.  Upgraded features also include double-paned windows and a tankless, on-demand water heater.  Enjoy Mountain views as you relax on the back patio.  REDUCED from $559,000 - 11/29/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
    



 
$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.  EXPIRED - 12/1/14.


 
$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.


 
$1,695,000 - 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.  BACK ON THE MARKET - 12/16/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home..


 
$1,995,000 - 2735 Grand Avenue
This is a 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom, 1,814 sq. ft. home on just a shade under 10 acres.  The fantastic location, mountain views (virtually exempt from telephone or electric wires), and completely flat and useable acreage are what led us to make this an Honorable Mention.  The house is styled with a modern, yet European flair and features wood floors, modern kitchen, and open, bright and airy spaces.  Outside you'll find a swimming pool and tons of room for gardening beds (some of which are already in place), walking paths, or whatever suits your fancy.  One of the rare completely flat parcels of land located so close to town, this one is worth a look.  SALE PENDING - 12/19/14.








Best Buys In Ojai are the opinions of Ray and Cheryl Deckert, not of Keller Williams Realty, and are NOT guaranteed.  Listings are chosen from the MLS, and may or may not be the listings of Keller Williams Realty.  Information contained in the Best Buys list has not been verified and is not guaranteed.