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

"The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment."

-
Elbert Hubbard


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

- 10:25 a.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 12460 Linda Flora Drive is now a pending sale.

There is a new listing on the market:

$403,900 - 203 N. Carrillo Road, #F.

Changes to the All Listings page:

495 Burnham Road - sale pending.
110 Park Road - sale pending.
309 S. Carrillo Road - sold for $435,000 (was listed at $450,000).


Saturday, January 24, 2015

- 12:30 p.m.

~  The Open House list for this weekend has been updated.
~  The Best Buy at 2735 Grand Avenue has been sold for $1,875,000 (was listed at $1,995,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1210 Gregory Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
95 Apricot Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).  If you're looking for a good starter home with mountain views, this one is a rare find.
11085 N. Ventura Avenue - reduced from $489,000 to $469,000.
11951 Mustang Court - sale pending.
221 N. Alvarado Street - sale pending.
12300 Mountain Lion Road - expired.
12507 Koenigstein Road - expired.

Bad case of OCD:






Friday, January 23, 2015

- 3:10 p.m.

~  Due to a price reduction, we have added a new Honorable Mention at 581 El Jina Lane.

There is a new listing on the market:

80 Monte Via - $439,900.

Changes to the All Listings page:

209 Larmier Avenue - sale pending.
310 Vallerio Avenue - sale pending.
80 Maxine Avenue - sale pending.

We have an exciting new listing coming up this next week, so be on the lookout for it.  Have a nice weekend!


- 10:20 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

581 El Jina Lane - back on the market (had been expired) and reduced from $2,049,000 to $1,995,000.
1010 Spring Street - sold for $499,000 (was listed at $499,000).
597 Thomas Street - reduced from $479,000 to $420,000.
E. Sulphur Mountain Road land parcel - reduced from $775,000 to $695,000.

There's only one new property to preview today, but we're headed out to take a look.  We will have at least one new Honorable Mention later this afternoon.

Advanced squirrel trap:




Thursday, January 22, 2015

- 6:15 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$539,500 - 582 Cruzero Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

156 Willey Street - reduced from $635,000 to $625,000.



- 10:25 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

80 High Street - reduced from $599,000 to $579,500.
310 Topa Topa Drive - sold for $599,000 (was listed at $599,000).

Pedestrian gate:




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

- 5:50 p.m.

No other changes for today.

- 10:15 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

1210 Gregory Street - sale pending.
815 Libby Avenue - pictures have been added to the listing.

Here's a photo gallery of a cool ocean-side home:




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

- 4:45 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 542 E. Raymond Street is back on the market (had been a pending sale).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1212 Daly Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
16730 Maricopa Highway - sale pending.
502 San Antonio Street - sale pending (congrats to one of our clients, whose offer was accepted on this home).
11420 N. Ventura Avenue - cancelled.


- 10:10 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

1215 Grand Avenue - sale pending.
1262 Mariano Drive - sale pending.

Spending the majority of his days at the Thunderdome, Max rarely had time to work around the house:




Monday, January 19, 2015

- 5:15 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2285 E. Ojai Avenue - back on the market (had been cancelled) and reduced from $2,995,000 to $2,899,000.
815 Libby Avenue - back on the market (had been withdrawn).  No pictures yet.
1400 Maricopa Highway - reduced from $2,250,000 to $1,500,000.
134 Layton Street - sale pending.
241 Valley Road - sold for $429,000 (was listed at $429,000).

Here's the Ojai 30-Day Market Update.  Beautiful sunset outside right now!!  Enjoy your evening...

- 9:50 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

97 Taormina Lane - reduced from $479,900 to $469,000.

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

The way to a static-free home:




Sunday, January 18, 2015

- 11:20 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

930 Hackamore Street - sale pending.
474 N. Arnaz Street, #13 - back on the market (was a cancelled listing) and reduced from $94,000 to $84,500.

Here's the Open House list for today.  Have a great Sunday and enjoy the beautiful weather!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

- 10:10 a.m.

We have added two new Honorable Mentions:

571 Spring Street.
7884 Camp Chaffee Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

410 Church Road, #21 - sold for $385,000 (was listed at $395,000).
474 N. Arnaz Avenue, #13 - cancelled.

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





Friday, January 16, 2015

- 3:25 p.m.

~  Congratulations to our client, Rene, who successfully closed on the sale of his home at 12360 Linda Flora Drive today.  The home sold for $1,310,000 (was listed at $1,329,900).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1885 Maricopa Highway, #9 - reduced from $195,000 to $185,000.
707 N. Drown Avenue - reduced from $499,000 to $450,000.

We'll have two new Honorable Mentions for you tomorrow morning, as well as the open houses for Saturday and Sunday.  Have a great weekend!


- 9:45 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$420,000 - 221 N. Alvarado Street.
$79,000 - 142 Don Ricardo Way.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

11475 Sulphur Mountain Road - expired.

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  We're off to preview five new properties today; see you this afternoon!





Thursday, January 15, 2015

- 5:55 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 211 N. Carrillo Road, #D has been sold for $410,000 (was listed at $419,500).

Changes to the All Listings page:

807 Daly Road - sold for $782,500 (was listed at $795,000).

Have a great night and we'll see you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday!


- 10:35 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 1496 Foothill Road has been sold for $1,255,000 (was listed at $1,325,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

5180 Reeves Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
125 Valley View Drive - reduced from $250,000 to $199,000.
12170 Grape Hill Road - expired.
207 S. Blanche Street - sold for $900,000 (was listed at $899,000).  Congratulations to our clients, Gary and Betty, who closed on this home yesterday.  Welcome to Ojai!  (Note:  As of this writing the link still shows it as a pending sale.)

I can hear the "schlorp" sound every time this door gets pulled closed:




Wednesday, January 14, 2015

- 7:30 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 542 E. Raymond Street is now a pending sale.
~  The Honorable Mention at 837 S. La Luna Avenue has been cancelled (had been a pending sale.)

There are two new listings on the market:

$750,000 - 7884 Camp Chaffee Road.
$1,200,000 - Rose Valley Road land parcel.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11962 E. Sulphur Mountain Road - sold for $469,000 (was listed at $489,000).
511 E. Aliso Street - sold for $695,000 (was listed at $695,000).

Today we grabbed a couple of picnic chairs and headed to one of our favorite hidden spots along the coastline for a quick picnic lunch.  Here's the view from about 150 feet above the water:




This spot runs about 200 feet along the cliff's edge, and there are usually very few other people in the area.  Para-gliders will sometimes use this as a jump-off point to launch from, but even that is entertaining to watch.  There's also minimal traffic noise from the 101 freeway.  So, if you'd like to sneak away to a great ocean spot for yourselves, just simply take highway 150 out of Ojai towards Santa Barbara.  When you get to the 101, don't get on; instead, cross over the highway and head towards the water.  Then make a left onto the frontage road.  You'll find a little cul-de-sac area where you can park and it's only 200 feet or so to the prime spot (see the red dot below):

 


- 11:30 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$440,000 - 1423 Trusty lane.  (Note:  Tax records show that this is a mobile home).

Changes to the All Listings page:

11951 Mustang Court - reduced from $525,000 to $515,000.
410 W. Ojai Avenue - reduced from $1,250,000 to $1,050,000.
194 El Camino Drive - sold for $431,000 (was listed at $439,000).

Motorhome wannabe:





Tuesday, January 13, 2015

- 3:55 p.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$360,000 - 1210 Gregory Street.
$489,500 - 571 Spring Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

334 E. Ojai Avenue, #A & B - sale pending.
1885 Maricopa Highway, #2 - sold for $95,000 (was listed at $114,500).
1979 Silver Spur Circle - sold for $715,000 (was listed at $729,000).


- 9:35 a.m.


No changes yet for today.

Click the image below to see a gallery of interesting bookshelves:




Monday, January 12, 2015

- 5:25 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$1,795,000 - 108 Farnham Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

209 Larmier Avenue - reduced from $319,000 to $315,000.
40 Pathelen Avenue - sale pending.
119 Don Felipe Way - sale pending.
33 Taormina Lane - sale pending.
211 S. Blanche Street - sold for $800,000 (was listed at $829,000).
1131 Anita Avenue - sold for $665,000 (was listed at $675,000).


- 10:40 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$339,000 - 215 Golden West Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

495 Burnham Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
950 Woodland Avenue, #29 - sale pending.

Charlie Chimney would stare out the window for hours, yearning for the day he would break free
from his residential prison:





Sunday, January 11, 2015

- 11:10 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

74 Crown Street - sold for $456,750 (was listed at $498,500).
495 Burnham Road - expired.
1075 Loma Drive, #32 - cancelled.

Make sure to give the listing agent a call before you head out to see any open houses today; some open houses might be cancelled due to the weather.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

- 10:40 a.m.

The Open House list for this weekend has been updated!  You may want to call ahead if you plan on visiting a few of these homes; many owners/agents will cancel the open house if it's raining.

Changes to the All Listings page:

603 Palomar Road - cancelled (had been a pending sale).
335 Ventura Avenue - withdrawn from the market.

This was cute until the owner showed up at dusk yelling, "I'm the king of the world!"




Friday, January 9, 2015

-  3:00 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

80 Maxine Avenue - reduced from $499,000 to $475,000.
11901 Silver Spur Street - sale pending.
185 Puesta Del Sol - sold for $419,785 (was listed at $435,000).

No new Best Buys for today.  We'll see you tomorrow morning with the weekend open houses.  Have a great weekend!


- 9:20 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

907 Jose Drive - reduced from $524,990 to $519,000.
387 Ventura Avenue - reduced from $324,900 to $309,900.
802 N. Drown Avenue - sold for $799,000 (was listed at $799,000).
La Luna/El Roblar land parcel - pictures have been added to the listing.

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  We're headed off to preview three new properties today; see you this afternoon!

Mouse entrance:




Thursday, January 8, 2015

- 5:05 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1230-B South La Luna Avenue - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
95 Apricot Street - sale pending.
1280 Fierro Drive - sold for $545,000 (was listed at $549,000).
1206 Ferrara Drive - sold for $619,000 (was listed at $639,000).
~  (Fierro, Ferrara - potato, potata, let's call the whole thing off.)
126 Don Felipe Way - sold for $55,000 (was listed at $56,000).

Looks like we'll finally have a few new properties to see tomorrow for Big Preview Friday.  See you in the morning!



- 11:05 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$635,000 - 860 Jose Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

603 Palomar Road - sale pending.
909 N. Ayers Court - sale pending (this listing already had an accepted offer on it before it was listed in the MLS).
2006 Rose Valley Road - expired.

Bad construction - I get it; but what's with the cat?




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

- 4:25 p.m.

No other changes for today.  Have a nice evening!


- 1:40 p.m.


Sorry for the late update!  I guess that's what happens when you toss this aside and forget to mark it on your calendar:




The Honorable Mention at 217 Martindale Avenue has been reduced from $795,000 to $769,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1262 Mariano Drive - reduced from $649,000 to $625,000.
12516 MacDonald Drive - reduced from $1,549,000 to $1,529,000.
1213 Fairview Court - withdrawn.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

- 4:20 p.m.

The Best Buy at 120 Oak Drive has been sold for $801,500 (was listed at $799,500).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1075 S. Loma Drive, #19 - back on the market (had been expired).
901 Hackamore Street - withdrawn from the market.
1215 Grand Avenue - pictures have been added to the listing.


- 11:30 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

40 Pathelen Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
15 Don Antonio Way - sale pending.
1885 Maricopa Highway, #2 - sale pending.
272 Valley Road - sold for $454,000 (was listed at $459,000).

Don't fix the road; just move the lines:




Monday, January 5, 2015

- 3:45 p.m.

There is another new listing on the market:

$899,000 - 8646 N. Ventura Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

108 Shady Lane - reduced from $504,000 to $495,000.
502 San Antonio Street - reduced from $629,000 to $628,000.
40 Pathelen Avenue - increased from $395,000 to $420,000.
14 Burnham Road - sale pending.
1010 Spring Street - sale pending.


- 10:05 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$599,000 - 216 E. Eucalyptus Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

310 Vallerio Avenue - back on the market (had been withdrawn) and reduced from $565,000 to $549,500.
1213 Fairview Court - back on the market (had been withdrawn).

Automotive landscaping:




Sunday, January 4, 2015

- 10:35 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

405 Larmier Avenue - back on the market (had been expired) and now a pending sale.

There are only a few open houses today.  Enjoy your Sunday!


Saturday, January 3, 2015

- 10:30 a.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$655,000 - 1215 Grand Avenue.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).
$699,000 - La Luna/El Roblar land parcel.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1075 S. Loma Drive, #19 - expired.
773 Fairview Road - pictures have been added to the listing.

The Open House list for this weekend has been updated!

One of the 10 greatest unsolved mysteries:




Friday, January 2, 2015

- 5:15 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$795,000 - 1440 Daly Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1015 Amber Lane - sold for $7,103,000 (was listed at $6,950,000).

See you tomorrow with the open houses for this weekend!


- 11:20 a.m.


~  The Best Buy at 905 Sunset Place is back on the market (had been an expired listing).

There is a new listing on the market:

$339,000 - 33 Taormina Lane.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1140 Bonmark Drive - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
Chumash Road land parcel - reduced from $400,000 to $375,000.
567 McNell Road - sold for $680,000 (was listed at $749,500).
1213 Fairview Court - withdrawn from the market.
2125 McNell Road - expired.
132 Don Felipe Way - expired.
76 Don Antonio Way - expired.
1202 Loma Drive, #85 - expired.

There were no new properties to preview this morning; things should pick up again over the next couple of weeks.  Meanwhile, here's the list of things to do in Ojai for the coming week.

Ah, this might be a problem:




Thursday, January 1, 2015

No updates for today.  Happy New Year!



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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.  SOLD for $410,000 - 1/15/15.


 
$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.  SOLD for $519,000 - 12/26/14.


 
$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.  BACK ON THE MARKET - 1/2/15.  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.  SOLD for $801,500 - 1/6/15.
 


 
$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.
 
 
 
$1,695,000 - 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.  SOLD for $1,875,000 - 1/24/15.








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.