Best Buys In Ojai
Office: 805.649.4443 / Cell: 805.272.5221
 

Ray and Cheryl Deckert / Broker Associates
Maria DePaola / Realtor Associate
Keller Williams Realty ~ Ojai, California

Email:  RayandCheryl@kw.com
Email:  MariaDePaola@kw.com

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Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.

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Francois VI de la Rochefoucault

 



Ojai Weather


Sunny  -  High 90 / Low 59


September 29, 2016

- 9:55 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 802 Park Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 329 Descanso Avenue - sale pending.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

The Empire starts 'em young:




September 28, 2016

- 6:50 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 126 Don Felipe Way - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 306 E. Aliso Street #D - reduced from $699,000 to $682,000.
~ 12681 Sisar Road - sale pending.
~ Farnham Road land parcel - sold for $1,825,000 (was originally listed for $2,250,000).

There was an amazing rainbow out this evening.  We're wondering if it's raining over on the east side of town (we're on the west side and have seen several drops).

- Ray


- 10:30 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 2289 Hermitage Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 850 Carne Road - reduced from $1,749,000 to $1,685,000.
~ 1273 Rice Road #47 - reduced from $159,000 to $149,000.
~ 333 Bundren Street - sold for $370,000 (was originally listed for $369,950).

- Maria

Pic of the Day

The Republican wall socket:



September 27, 2016

- 3:45 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 889 Santa Ana Boulevard - reduced from $650,000 to $625,000.
~ 10561 Encino Drive - reduced from $1,595,000 to $1,535,000.
~ 172 Mountain View Street - sale pending.
~ 417 Andrew Drive - sold for $1,015,625 (was originally listed for $1,099,000).

- Maria


- 9:45 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

~ $559,900 - 329 Descanso Avenue.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

This had to be planned in advance:




September 26, 2016

- 3:15 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 11415 Creek Road - reduced from $1,160,000 to $1,155,000.
~ 260 Running Ridge - reduced from $2,475,000 to $2,349,000.
~ 10469 Dale Avenue - reduced from $449,995 to $445,995.

- Maria

- 9:15 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

~ $419,000 - 231 N. Arnaz Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 414 San Antonio Street - reduced from $679,900 to $669,500.
~ 3584 Calle Moreno Lane - sale pending.
~ 408 N. La Luna Avenue - sale pending.
~ 162 La Plaza Way - sold for $82,000 (was originally listed for $85,000).
~ 156 La Plaza Way - sold for $89,000 (was originally listed for $92,500).

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Playground of the lonely:




September 25, 2016


- 9:10 a.m.

~ It is another gorgeous day in Ojai!  Here is today's list of open houses.  Be sure to stop by our open house at 67 Calle El Prado from 12:00 to 3:00, and our open house at 12576 MacDonald Drive from 1:00 to 4:00.  Hope to see you there.

- Maria

September 24, 2016

- 12:10 p.m.

~ The open house list has been updated!  Stop by our open house at 10808 Creek Road today from 12:00 to 3:00.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 98 Mountain View Street - sale pending.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Click below to see a large gallery containing the best of The New Yorker magazine cartoons:




September 23, 2016

- 6:40 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 380 Longhorn Lane - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
~ 11415 Creek Road - reduced from $1,165,000 to $1,160,000.
~ 360 Monte Via - sale pending.
~ 1202 Loma Drive #57 - sold for $70,000 (was originally listed for $72,000).

Have a wonderful weekend; we'll see you tomorrow morning with the update open house list!

- Ray


- 10:25 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

~ $499,950 - 241 Valley Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 81 Feliz Drive - back on the market (this had been a cancelled listing).
~ 307 W. Eucalyptus Street - reduced from $575,000 to $540,000.
~ 502 Shady Lane - sale pending.
~ 316 E. Matilija Street - sale pending.

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

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Not Bill O'Reilly's phone:  {Edit - in other words, this is a spin zone]




September 22, 2016

- 7:00 p.m.

There are three more new listings on the market:

~ $729,000 - 305 Oriole Street.
~ $1,250,000 - 430 Montana Circle.
~ $239,500 - 1273 S. Rice Road #72.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 96 Kunkle Street - back on the market (had been a cancelled listing) and reduced from $735,000 to $715,000.
~ 160 Ojai Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing) and reduced from $852,000 to $825,000.
~ 10618 Encino Drive - reduced from $2,150,000 to $1,950,000.
~ 977 McNell Road - sale pending.  (This is a new listing that was already pending before it was listed in the MLS.)
~ 12768 Blue Heron Circle - this Best Buy has been sold for $2,046,500 (was originally listed for $2,300,000).
~ 12617 MacDonald Drive - this listing has been cancelled.

- Ray


- 10:10 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

~ $459,000 - 255 E. Oak View Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 190 Monte Via - reduced from $529,900 to $519,900.
~ 504 Lion Street - sold for $1,060,000 (was originally listed with a different realtor for $1,695,000).

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Escape ladder for the pyrophobic:




September 21, 2016

- 5:20 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

~ $895,000 - 12681 Sisar Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 582 Cruzero Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 1170 S. La Luna Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale) and reduced from $789,900 to $784,900.
~ 11415 Creek Road - reduced from $1,175,000 to $1,165,000.
~ 10469 Dale Avenue - reduced from $462,000 to $449,995.
~ 555 Katherine Avenue - reduced from $465,000 to $457,000.
~ 1202 Loma Drive #53 - sold for $80,000 (was originally listed for $82,000).
~ Skyhigh Drive land parcel - this listing has been withdrawn from the market.

- Ray


- 10:30 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 514 E. Aliso Street - sale pending.

The last few days have been a bit slow, so now is as good a time as any to announce some exciting news!  Best Buys In Ojai will be doing a complete website makeover, our first since about four years ago.  We will be switching over to a Wordpress-based site which is great, but unfortunately for me, I know very little about Wordpress.  So, I'll be in the background grinding my way through lessons and following a steep learning curve.  My guess is that it will be about a month before the new site is up and running.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

HALT...I shine my light upon you in the name of dorky security lights everywhere!




September 20, 2016

- 5:00 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 81 Feliz Drive - this listing has been cancelled.
~ 804 Mountain View Avenue - sold for $760,000 (was originally listed for $729,000).
~ 1450 Grand Avenue - sold for $1,705,000 (was originally listed for $1,845,000).  Congratulations to our clients and buyers, Leigh and Maneesh, who closed on their new home this afternoon.  Welcome to Ojai!

- Ray


- 9:45 a.m.


~ No changes yet for today.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

At 12% occupancy, bird-condo developers soon realized they had overbuilt:




September 19, 2016

- 5:45 p.m.

There is another new listing on the market:

~ $549,900 - 135 Ashby Court.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 360 Monte Via - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 12420 MacDonald Drive - back on the market (had been expired) and reduced from $3,999,900 to $3,395,900.
~ 1872 Country Place - reduced from $699,900 to $689,900.
~ 544 Katherine Avenue - sale pending.
~ 411 Park Road - sold for $602,000 (was originally listed for $599,000).

- Ray


- 9:30 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

~ $695,000 - 125 S. Arnaz Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 720 Spring Street - reduced from $495,000 to $489,000.
~ 131 Larmier Avenue - reduced from $435,000 to $429,000.
~ 287 S. Montgomery Street - sale pending.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Here's a gallery of what we'll simply call - Mega Showers:




September 18, 2016

- 9:55 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 616 W. Heather Street - reduced from $744,500 to $729,900.
~ 555 Katherine Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 414 San Antonio Street - sale pending.
~ 12420 MacDonald Drive - this listing has expired.

Remember to check out today's open houses.  We're having two of our listings open today:  12576 MacDonald Drive from 1:00 to 4:00, and 67 W. Calle El Prado from 1:30 to 4:30.

      

- Ray


September 17, 2016

- 1:15 p.m.

The open house list for this weekend has been updated!

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 324 N. La Luna Avenue - reduced from $469,900 to $459,900.
~ 81 Feliz Drive - reduced from $829,900 to $799,900.
~ 109 Taormina Lane - sale pending.
~ 514 El Sol Street - sold for $809,250 (was originally listed for $847,000).
~ 599 Tico Road - sold for $611,800 (was originally listed for $615,000).
~ 1225 S. Rice Road #35 - sold for $80,000 (was originally listed for $80,000).
~ 43-45 Bundren Street - sold for $495,000 (was originally listed for $519,000).
~ 353 S. Lomita Avenue - this listing has been withdrawn from the market.
~ 380 Longhorn Lane - this listing has expired.

Have a great weekend!

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Thank you.  Now I am afraid of clowns:




September 16, 2016

- 8:55 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

~ $4,500,000 - 11220 Sulphur Mountain Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 502 Shady Lane - back on the market (had been a cancelled listing) and reduced from $512,000 to $499,000.
~ 11900 Mountain Lion Road - this Honorable Mention is now a pending sale.
~ 155 Alto Drive - this Honorable Mention has been sold for $729,000 (was originally listed for $739,000).
~ 160 Ojai Drive - this listing has expired.

We're splitting duties today; some of the team will be going out to preview new properties, while some of the team will be at our new listing at 67 W. Calle El Prado.  Feel free to stop by between 9:30 and 1:00!

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

- Ray

Pic of the Day

This guy thinks his couch boat is a chick magnet:




September 15, 2016

- 5:20 p.m.

There are three new listings on the market:

~ $615,000 - 1010 Ayers Avenue.
~ $3,500,000 - 4100 Grand Avenue.
~ $999,000 - 486 S. Rice Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 1975 Maricopa Highway #36 (also listed as #39) - sale pending.
~ 710 S. La Luna Avenue - sale pending.
~ 254 E. Ojai Avenue - sold for $101,000 (was originally listed for $275,000).
~ 2245 Los Encinos Road - this listing has been cancelled.

- Ray


- 10:50 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 502 Shady Lane - this listing has been cancelled.

After about of year of staving off the inevitable, I am finally resigning myself to getting a pair of glasses.  It was a good run; Cheryl has used reading glasses for about 6 or 7 years now and I could always tease her about my eyesight "superiority."  Now the fun and games are over.

However, the real point in bringing this up was my recent trip to Topa Topa Optometry, located right here in Ojai.  Dr. Brockman and his entire staff were a pleasure to work with (special thanks to Pam who spent so much time with me).  At one point I had seven different people giving me their opinion between two pairs of frames I had picked out.  Heck, even Maria and Sue (one of our past clients and now friend, whom Maria was helping out by taking her grocery shopping) stopped by to offer their opinions.  Anyway, I had a great experience there and thought you should know about it! 

By the way, did you know the glaucoma test is no longer the anxiety-inducing event that it once was?

- Ray

Pic of the Day




September 14, 2016

- 5:40 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

~ $599,000 - 1848 Country Place.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 232 Valley Road - reduced from $549,000 to $539,000.

- Ray


- 9:25 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 67 W. Calle El Prado - back on the market (had been an expired listing) and reduced from $576,940 to $569,000.  This is now our listing; we'll be offering a sneak preview this Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  We'll also have it as an open house on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

- Ray

Pic of the Day




September 13, 2016

- 4:30 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 56 Watkins Way - sale pending.
~ 172 Mountain View Street - reduced from $414,900 to $395,000.
~ 89 Brandt Avenue - sold for $627,500 (was originally listed for $669,000).

- Maria

- 9:30 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 126 Don Felipe Way - sale pending.
~ 43-45 Bundren Street - sale pending.
~ 950 Woodland Avenue #124 - sold for $102,000 (was originally listed for $115,000).

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Must...play...soccer:




September 12, 2016

- 6:05 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 1273 S. Rice Road #47 - reduced from $169,000 to $159,000.
~ 205-207 E. Oak Street - sold for $1,005,000 (was originally listed for $1,049,000).

- Ray


- 12:20 p.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

~ $650,000 - 10629 N. Almond Avenue.  (This property sold yesterday as a fixer, however, they're putting it back on the market at this price as a future remodel.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 195 Grapevine Road - reduced from $650,000 to $629,000.
~ 1370 Cuyama Road - sale pending.
~ 410 Church Road #23 - sale pending.
~ 20 Valley View Drive - sale pending.

I hesitate to bring up such a common theme, but how about this weather we've been having?  I cannot recall a milder September in the 11 1/2 years we've lived in Ojai.  Every time I think it can't get better, it does.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Marge gets an entry-level position with the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant:




September 11, 2016

- 9:45 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

~ $529,900 - 135-145 Ventura Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 10629 N. Almond Avenue - sold for $485,000 (was originally listed for $499,500).

There are quite a few open houses today.  We will be holding two of our listings open today: 12576 MacDonald Drive from 12:00 to 3:00 and 10808 Creek Road from 1:00 to 4:00 - stop by and take a look at these wonderful homes!

- Maria

September 10, 2016

- 11:00 a.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

~ $144,000 - 1975 Maricopa Highway.
~ $1,175,000 - 11415 Creek Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 427 Burnham Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 360 Monte Via - sale pending.

The open house list for this weekend has been updated!  We'll be holding our listing at 12576 MacDonald Drive open today from 12:00 to 3:00, so come on by!



- Ray

Pic of the Day

Flavor Flav owns part of the ocean:




September 9, 2016

- 6:25 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 109 Taormina Lane - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 16084 Maricopa Highway - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 301 Topa Topa Drive - reduced from $545,000 to $535,000.
~ 12300 Mountain Lion Road - sale pending.
~ 302 Bald Street - sold for $440,000 (was originally listed for $488,000).

We had a fun day today at our broker preview at 12576 MacDonald Drive.  We had about 45 agents stop by, and most of them competed in a putting contest to win a 32" flat screen TV.  Congrats to Jeri Becker, who was the ONLY one to sink the putt from about 25 feet!

       

Have a great weekend and we'll see you tomorrow with updated open house list.

- Ray


- 8:50 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

~ $679,900 - 414 San Antonio Street.
~ $1,895,000 - 817 Del Oro Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 1005 Ayers Avenue - back on the market (had been a cancelled listing) and reduced from $779,000 to $774,000.
~ 220 Gorham Road - reduced from $1,449,000 to $1,375,000.
~ Valley View Drive land parcel - this listing has expired.

Reminder:  We'll be holding a broker preview of our listing at 12576 MacDonald Drive today from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  You're more than welcome to stop by for a sneak peek or to just say "Hi" to the Deckert / DePaola team!

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai.  (Note:  The Steppenwolf concert that was scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed to next March.)

- Ray

Pic of the Day

A homeowner's artistic choices can make life difficult for their realtor:




September 8, 2016

- 4:50 p.m.

There are three new listings on the market:

~ $669,000 - 56 Watkins Way.
~ $1,500,000 - MacDonald Drive land parcel.  (This was last on the market in July for $1,645,000 - but was listed as 81 MacDonald Drive.)
~ $1,849,000 - 12576 MacDonald Drive.  This our listing which we teased about yesterday.  Click the photo below if you'd like to see the BBIO gallery and photo descriptions.




Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 1250 Foothill Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
~ 1220 Foothill Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
~ 129 Layton Avenue - back on the market (had been a withdrawn listing) and reduced from $1,100,000 to $1,085,000.
~ 60-64 Arnaz Drive - sale pending.
~ 555 Katherine Avenue - sale pending.
~ 325 Bryant Street - this listing has been cancelled.

Enjoy this beautiful evening in paradise!

- Ray


- 10:45 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 1250 Foothill Road - this listing has expired.
~ 1220 Foothill Road - this listing has expired.
~ 129 Layton Avenue - this listing has been withdrawn.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Are you Putin me on?




September 7, 2016

- 4:45 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 191 Grapevine Road - sold for $170,000 (was originally listed for $259,000).

That's three straight days without a new listing coming on the market, but fear not:  Including our new listing - word on the street is that there will be at least four new ones by tomorrow evening.  Have a great night!

- Ray


- 10:50 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 360 Monte Via - reduced from $488,500 to $469,900.
~ 337 S. Lomita Avenue - reduced from $689,000 to $669,000.
~ 10469 Dale Avenue - reduced from $475,000 to $462,000.
~ 555 Katherine Avenue - reduced from $477,000 to $465,000.
~ 582 Cruzero Street - sale pending.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

There's nothing like coming home to relax in your Pratt & Whitney GP7200:




September 6, 2016

- 2:20 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 669 Holly Street - reduced from $850,000 to $799,000.
~ 311 N. Montgomery Street - reduced from $795,000 to $789,000.
~ 608 E. Ojai Avenue - sale pending.

I'd like to take this opportunity to tease a new listing we have coming up on Thursday.  It's a Cape Cod-style, 5 bedroom/4 bathroom, 5,000 square foot home on two acres, featuring such amenities as a large family room with 20' ceilings, an oversized pool, tennis court, outdoor entertainment/dining area, and much more.  We're having a sneak preview on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (We'll remind you about it Friday morning.)



- Ray

Pic of the Day

Actual listing photo - this homeowner obviously owns a border collie:




September 5, 2016

- 9:20 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 401 Andrew Drive - sale pending.
~ 1202 Loma Drive #57 - sale pending.

We went to The Zombies concert last night at Libbey Bowl.  Were you there?   ('Cause she wasn't.)  Anyway...what a great, enthusiastic crowd!  If you have tickets to Steppenwolf next Sunday the 11th, that has been postponed to 3/4/17 - just FYI.

This will be the only update today; enjoy the holiday!

- Ray


September 4, 2016

- 10:20 a.m.

There is one new listing on the market:

~ $125,000 - 1975 Maricopa Hwy. #36.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 512 Lion Street - sale pending.
~ 1025 Moreno Drive - sale pending.
~ 410 Grand Avenue - sale pending.
~ 210 Bristol Road - this Best Buy is now a pending sale.
~ 1225 S. Rice Road #35 - sale pending.
~ 421 Los Alamos Drive - sold for $855,000 (was originally listed for $895,000).
~ 950 Woodland Avenue #26 - sold for $139,000 (was originally listed for $159,900).

Here is the open house list for today.  Be sure to stop by and visit us at our open house at 10808 Creek Road from 12:00 to 3:00 today!

- Maria

September 3, 2016

- 11:00 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 889 McNell Road - sale pending.
~ 1225 S. Rice Road #21 - sale pending.
~ 190 Monte Via - we have added this listing as an Honorable Mention.

Yesterday we mentioned that we would have two new Honorable Mentions for you this morning, however, after looking over the comparables for one of the properties, we chose to not make it an HM.  Meanwhile, we've updated the open house list for you.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

"Yeah, that guy never tips.  Put him in the 'special" section:"




September 2, 2016

- 5:35 p.m.

There is another new listing on the market:

~ $545,000 - 301 Topa Topa Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 514 E. Aliso Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale) and reduced from $549,000 to $524,900.
~ 180 N. Poli Street - reduced from $479,000 to $474,000.

Today we previewed two new properties that we would call Honorable Mentions; we'll tell you about them tomorrow when we update the blog (including the new open house list).

Have a great weekend!

- Ray


- 9:45 a.m.


There are three new listings on the market:

~ $512,000 - 502 Shady Lane.
~ $639,000 - 214 N. Fulton Street.
~ $1,195,000 - 1989 Valley Meadow Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 544 Katherine Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~ 111 W. Eucalyptus Street - sold for $560,000 (was originally listed for $559,000).

We're heading out to take a look at seven new properties today.  Here's the list of things to do in Ojai (don't forget Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Zombies at Libbey Bowl).  See you this afternoon; have a great day!

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Ok, point made - but that ain't gonna get your house sold:




September 1, 2016

- 3:25 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  There are no other changes for today, so we'll see you tomorrow morning for Big Preview Friday.  Have a great evening...

- Ray


- 10:45 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

~ $1,749,000 - 850 Carne Road.
~ $149,000 - 1225 S. Rice Road #81.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~ 112-112b E. Oak Street - due to a recent price reduction, this property has been added as an Honorable Mention.
~ 10469 Dale Avenue - reduced from $485,000 to $475,000.
~ 555 Katherine Avenue - reduced from $487,000 to $477,000.
~ 85 Willey Street - sale pending.
~ 1225 S. Rice Road #59 - sale pending.
~ 1945 Silver Spur Circle - this Honorable Mention has been sold for $739,000 (was originally listed for $739,000).
~ 1130 Rancho Drive - sold for $1,245,244 (was originally listed for $1,420,000).

It's the first of the month; that means it's time for the Ojai Market Date update.  We'll be working on it for the next couple of hours so be sure to check in later.

- Ray

Pic of the Day

Click the photo below to see an amazing gallery of sculptures from around the world (42 images):






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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.