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

"You can tell the value of a man by the way he treats his wife, by the way he treats his subordinates, and by the way he treats someone who can do nothing for him."    -   Ken Babcock

Ojai Weather

 
Cloudy  -  High 72  /  Low 49  -  20% chance of rain


 


Friday, October 31, 2014

- 5:40 p.m.

~  We have added a new Best Buy at 120 Oak Drive!

There is a new listing on the market:

$679,000 - 1262 Mariano Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

77 Rockaway Road - pictures have been added to the listing.
582 Cruzero Street - sale pending.
901 Hackamore Street - reduced from $499,000 to $485,000.
474 N. Arnaz Avenue, #13 - reduced from $120,000 to $110,000.

Have a great weekend!  We'll see you tomorrow with the open houses for both Saturday and Sunday.  Here's hoping that the predicted rain event will come to fruition.  Along that vein, last night I found a great write-up from the fine folks at the Ojai Valley Museum:  It's the history of Lake Casitas, which I found to be a most interesting read.  Enjoy!

- 10:40 a.m.


~  Congratulations to our seller on 162 N. Pueblo Avenue, whose sale closed today.  It was listed at $499,000 and sold for $492,000.
~  Our listing at 12590 MacDonald Drive has been reduced from $449,000 to $399,000, and is now a pending sale.

There are two new listings on the market:

$799,500 - 120 Oak Drive.
$195,000 - 1885 Maricopa Highway, #9.

Changes to the All Listings page:

502 Shady Lane - back on the market (had been a cancelled listing) and reduced from $485,000 to $478,000.
907 El Centro Street - back on the market (had been an expired listing) and reduced from $349,000 to $299,000.

Here's the listing of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  We're headed out to preview two new properties this morning.  See you this afternoon!

Happy Halloween - from the neighbor who takes things way too far:



 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

- 3:20 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

410 Church Road, #47 - sold for $450,000 (was listed at $470,000).
195 N. La Luna Avenue - sold for $416,000 (was listed at $425,000).  As of this writing, the MLS shows that it was sold for $4,160,000 - I think we can all ignore that.

Tomorrow is Big Preview Friday, so we're hoping we'll see some new listings pop up between now and tomorrow morning.  Have a great night!


- 10:35 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$799,000 - 77 Rockaway Road.  (No pics yet - we'll let you know if they're published).

Yeah right.  Meanwhile, there are two kids on the other side of the door looking through
the peephole, laughing:





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

- 5:40 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$425,000 - 123 S. Blanche Street (no pictures yet - we'll let you know if they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1139 Fierro Drive - sale pending.
950 Woodland Avenue, #47 - sold for $55,000 (was listed at $59,900).
109 Don Carlos Way - sold for $165,000 (was listed at $169,000).  And good riddance on this one, as the Ventura MLS link never seemed to work (and still doesn't) - it drove me nuts.

We had a meeting with our fellow Keller Williams brokers and agents yesterday.  The common theme that we all discussed is how flat the real estate market is at the present moment.  A few months ago we mentioned that we felt this was coming, and it's not just in Ojai - this is happening all over California (with the exception of a few small pockets).  The number of new listings coming on the market has slowed, and although open houses are still drawing people - they're not buying at the rate we saw over the last two years.  As far as Ojai real estate is concerned, the last two months have been the slowest we've seen since November, 2012.


- 10:25 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

307 E. Aliso Street - reduced from $960,000 to $919,000.
95 Apricot Street - reduced from $374,998 to $369,998.
1533 Orchard Drive - sale pending.
102 Rincon Street - cancelled.

Over-engineered mailbox system:




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

- 4:00 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 353 S. Lomita Avenue has been sold for $569,000 (was listed at $599,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

478 Carne Road - sale pending.
511 E. Aliso Street - sale pending.
57 Portal Street - sold for $413,000 (was listed at $399,000).



- 10:05 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

410 Church Road, #21 - reduced from $415,000 to $405,000.
1212 Daly Road - sale pending.

Creative inspiration can strike at any moment:




Monday, October 27, 2014

- 4:30 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

567 McNell Road - back on the market (had been expired) and reduced from $799,500 to $749,000.
203 N. Signal Street - reduced from $95,000 to $65,000.
502 Shady Lane - listing cancelled.


- 10:15 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

866 Oak Grove Court - back on the market (had been a pending sale) and increased from $1,438,500 to $1,489,000.
74 Crown Street - reduced from $525,000 to $509,000.
950 Woodland Avenue, #69 - reduced from $52,000 to $46,500.
335 Ventura Avenue - reduced from $540,000 to $534,500.
175 S. Encincal Avenue - sale pending.
362 Avenida Del Recreo - sold for $510,000 (was listed at $525,000).
567 McNell Road - expired.
38 Mountain View Street - withdrawn.

Somewhere in Roswell:




Sunday, October 26, 2014

- 9:50 a.m.

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

Just a reminder; we'll be holding our listings at 27 Olive Street and 690 Oak Grove Court open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  At least drop by and chat us up for a bit - it helps pass the time!

~  No other changes for today.

So that's how trees are made:





Saturday, October 25, 2014

- 11:20 a.m.

~  The Open House list for this weekend has been updated.
~  We're having a few open houses this weekend:  2964 Sailor Avenue will be open today from 1:00 to 4:00.  Tomorrow both 690 Oak Grove Court and 27 Olive Street will be open from 1:00 to 4:00.

~  The Honorable Mention at 159 Avenida De La Entrada is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

202 N. Fulton Street - sold for $509,000 (was listed at $509,000).
712 Drown Avenue - sold for $690,000 (was listed at $729,000).
103 Don Carlos Way - sold for $43,000 (was listed at $46,000).
611 Palomar Road - sold for $1,600,000.  (This one sold and closed before it was listed in the MLS.)
810 N. Signal Street - withdrawn from the market (had been a pending sale).

Another unnecessary invention:




Friday, October 24, 2014

- 1:40 p.m.

~  Due to a recent price reduction, we have added 88 High Street as an Honorable Mention.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1304 S. La Luna Avenue - back on the market (had been expired.)

We'd normally have the "things to do in Ojai" link for you today, but it hasn't been updated.  We'll check it again later today and tomorrow morning.


- 10:05 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$795,000 - 1250 Myers Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

4 Catalina Drive - reduced from $1,320,000 to $1,199,000.
1304 S. La Luna Avenue - expired.

There's only one new property for us to preview today, but we already know there will be at least one new Honorable Mention to add to the list a bit later.

Electric-powered wall:




Thursday, October 23, 2014

- 3:40 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

108 E. Oak Street - reduced from $585,000 to $574,000.
88 High Street - back on the market (had been expired) and reduced from $725,000 to $695,000.


- 10:25 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 1511 Nova Lane has been withdrawn from the market.

Changes to the All Listings page:

106 Layton Avenue - sale pending.

I told you to close the bathroom window:




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

- 4:15 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 1961 Silver Spur Circle has been sold for $689,000 (was listed at $699,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1797 Foothill Road - sale pending.
9097 N. Ventura Avenue, #29 - sale pending.
1273 S. Rice Road, #99 - sold for $92,500 (was listed at $99,000).


- 10:25 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$949,500 - 106 Layton Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2267 Burnham Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
12712 Sisar Road - reduced from $849,000 to $765,000.
1598 Foothill Road - reduced from $1,545,000 to $1,495,000.
2 Don Antonio Way - sold for $45,000 (was listed at $59,900).
474 N. Arnaz Avenue, #10 - withdrawn from the market.

Here's a gallery of some ridiculously scary pumpkin carvings, just in case you need some ideas for Halloween:




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

- 2:35 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

310 Vallerio Avenue - reduced from $579,000 to $568,000.


- 10:10 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 135 Monte Court has been sold for $630,000 (was listed at $624,900).
~  The Honorable Mention at 905 Sunset Place has been reduced from $569,000 to $559,000.

There is a new listing on the market:

$64,900 - Don Antonio Way.

Changes to the All Listings page:

307 N. Signal Street - sale pending.
950 Woodland Avenue, #47 - sale pending.

Trampoline paedophobia:




Monday, October 20, 2014

- 2:00 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$659,000 - 80 High Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2891 Matilija Canyon Road - sale pending.
2225 Maricopa Highway - sale pending.
160 La Plaza Way - sale pending.
1747 McNell Road - sold for $1,925,000.  (This one sold and closed before it was listed in the MLS.  It's on the All Listings page for comparative purposes.)

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

  • 43 new listings came on the market; 8 of these new listings are either pending sales or have already closed.  (Last month we saw 52 new listings come on the market; 4 of them were pending or closed sales as of the date of our update.)
  • 36 properties total have sold and closed (35 last month) - at an average of 93.42% of the original listing price (92.23% last month).  Of the 36 properties that sold, three were full price offers and seven were over full price.
There are currently 199 active listings on the market, not including properties currently listed as pending sales.  (There were 201 active listings last month.)

Here's a list of the 36 properties that sold and closed last month, including the original list price (when each property first came on the market), the final sales price, the sales to list price percentage, and the days the property was on the market (including days during escrow).

OJAI SALES-TO-LIST PRICE PERCENTAGES, 9/20/14 THROUGH 10/19/14

 PROPERTY ADDRESS
 SALES PRICE
 ORIGINAL LIST PRICE
 SALES TO LIST %
 DAYS ON THE MARKET
1225 S RICE RD #44 $37,000 $39,000 95% 63
73 DON ANTONIO WAY $68,000 $73,000 93% 73
8677 NYE RD $250,000 $279,000 90% 142
8025 CAMP CHAFFEE RD $395,000 $374,900 105% 62
12610 KOENIGSTEIN RD $280,000 $599,500 47% 191
85 ROCKAWAY RD $369,000 $375,000 98% 45
8994 NYE RD $431,000 $419,000 103% 45
210 N FULTON ST $425,000 $440,000 97% 183
1128 WOODLAND AVE $447,000 $449,900 99% 46
10554 ALMOND AVE $449,000 $449,000 100% 33
8592 NYE RD $445,000 $439,900 101% 57
2290 BURNHAM RD $441,500 $459,000 96% 50
57 W. CATALINA DR
$455,000
$475,000
96%
104
891 HACKAMORE ST
$435,000
$464,000
94%
34
1318 LA PAZ $505,000
$495,000
102%
82
124 EL CAMINO DR
$515,000
$567,000
91%
 119
2215 WOODLAND AVE
$499,000
$499,000
100%
40
11290 OAKCREST AVE
$490,000
$579,000
85%
79
1025 S RICE RD
$540,000
$549,000
98%
28
755 BURNHAM RD
$560,000
$565,000
99%
207
814 DALY RD
$540,000
$519,000
104%
74
2110 SUMAC DR
$599,500
$579,500
103%
25
1110 SUNSET PL
$588,000
$598,000
98%
73
879 S LA LUNA AVE
$599,000
$599,000
100%
56
7891 CAMP CHAFFEE RD
$595,000
$644,900
92%
110
511 EL PASEO RD
$650,000
$679,900
96%
363
3763 GRAND AVE
$630,000
$789,500
80%
305
375 SUNSET ST
$703,000
$699,000
100%
72
1145 TICO RD
$780,000
$790,000
99%
27
1118 DROWN AVE
$830,000
$839,000
99%
93
832 OSO RD
$935,000
$1,100,000
85%
63
3428 CALLE MORENO RD
$1,308,345
$1,695,000
77%
316
10617 ENCINO DR
$1,300,000
$1,479,000
88%
205
545 DEL ORO DR
$1,550,000
$1,799,000
86%
90
13320 SULPHUR MOUNTAIN RD
$1,525,000
$1,650,000
92%
300
2259 MCNELL RD
$2,400,000
$3,195,000
75%
213
       AVG = 93.42%
 AVG = 113


Sunday, October 19, 2014

- 10:45 a.m.

~  The Open House list for today has been updated.  Our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.
~  We'll have our Ojai Market Data monthly update for you tomorrow morning.  Here's last month's update to refresh your memory.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2225 Maricopa Highway - reduced from $594,900 to $570,000.

Have a great day.  See you tomorrow!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

- 10:40 a.m.

~  The Open House list for today has been updated.  We are also holding our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue open today from 1:00 to 4:00.

Changes to the All Listings page:

474 N. Arnaz Avenue, #10 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
89 Reposo Drive - sale pending.
319 Avenida De La Vereda - sale pending.
615 S. La Luna Avenue - expired.

Now these are neighbors you'd want to stay friends with:




Friday, October 17, 2014

- 2:00 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2125 McNell Road - reduced from $2,850,000 to $2,800,000.
495 Old Grade Road - sale pending.
12109 Linda Flora Drive - sale pending.
2259 McNell Road - sold for $2,400,000 (was listed at $2,895,000).

No Best Buys or Honorable Mentions to add for today.  Depending on how our afternoon goes, this may be the last update.  If so, we'll see you tomorrow with the list of any published open houses.  Enjoy your weekend!


- 9:40 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$425,000 - 110 Park Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

88 High street - expired.

We'll be taking a look at three new properties today.  In the meanwhile, here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend (don't miss Ojai Day)!

Free security dog, with purchase:




Thursday, October 16, 2014

- 4:05 p.m.

There are three more new listings on the market today:

$399,000 - 582 Cruzero Street.
$4,950,000 - 12147 Old Walnut Road.
$65,000 - 178 Vega Way.


- 9:00 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$489,900 - 97 Taormina Lane.

Worst swing ever:





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

- 5:20 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 3202 E. Ojai Avenue has been withdrawn from the market.

There is a new listing on the market:

$52,000 - 950 Woodland Avenue, #69.

Changes to the All Listings page:

363 Riverside Road - reduced from $865,000 to $847,000.
1202 S. Loma Drive, #35 - sale pending.
474 N. Arnaz Avenue, #10 - sale pending.


- 10:55 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 1025 S. Rice Road has been sold for $540,000 (was listed at $549,000).

There is a new listing on the market:

$595,000 - 306 Shady Lane.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1075 Loma Drive, #5 - price increased from $15,000 to $16,000 and pictures have been added to the listing.
307 N. Signal Street - reduced from $475,000 to $469,000.
175 S. Encinal Avenue - reduced from $539,000 to $529,000.
16196 Maricopa Highway - reduced from $244,600 to $229,000.

A rolling stone gathers no house:




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

- 3:10 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 905 Holly Knoll Drive has been reduced from $529,000 to $524,900.

There is a new listing on the market:

$379,000 - 2891 Matilija Canyon Road (If this one looks familiar, that's because it was last listed in July for $419,000.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

1213 Fairview Court - reduced from $1,349,000 to $1,275,000.
483 Avenida Del Recreo - sale pending.
402 N. Blanche Street - sale pending.
10971 Alto Court - sale pending.
810 N. Signal Street - sale pending.


- 10:15 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$15,000 - 1075 Loma Drive, #5 (no pictures yet - we'll let you know if any are published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

3560 Thacher Road - reduced from $2,349,000 to $2,250,000.
138-140 N. La Luna Avenue - sale pending.
10617 Encino Drive - sold for $1,300,000 (was listed at $1,395,000).
85 Rockaway Road - sold for $369,000 (was listed at $375,000).
511 E. Aliso Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
1202 Loma Drive, #85 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
2267 Burnham Road - expired.
4 E. Sulphur Mountain Road - cancelled.

Dr. Venkman thought his work day had ended:




Monday, October 13, 2014

- 10:30 a.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 848 Woodland Avenue, #3 is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

241 Valley Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
307 N. Signal Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
12039 MacDonald Drive - sale pending.
1202 Loma Drive, #57 - sale pending.
40 Pathelen Avenue - sale pending.

Johnny Depp's second home:




Sunday, October 12, 2014

- 11:10 a.m.

The Open House list for today has been updated (22 open houses out there today)!

We are holding three houses open today from 1:00 to 4:00:

690 Oak Grove Court.
27 Olive Street.
2964 Sailor Avenue.

There is a new listing on the market:

$65,000 - 1202 Loma Drive, #35.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1139 Fierro Drive - reduced from $560,000 to $545,000.
241 Valley Road - sale pending.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

- 10:20 a.m.

~  The Open House list for today has been updated.
~  Due to a price reduction, we have added 909 Foothill Road as an Honorable Mention.

Changes to the All Listings page:

483 Avenida Del Recreo - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
810 N. Signal Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
909 Foothill Road - reduced from $1,589,000 to $1,495,000 (and now an Honorable Mention, as stated above).

These folks must be starved for space:




Friday, October 10, 2014

- 7:20 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 879 S. La Luna Avenue (our listing) has been sold for $599,000 (was listed at $599,000).

There is a new listing on the market:

$495,000 - 305 Shady Lane.

We have added a new Best Buy and two new Honorable Mentions:

211 N. Carrillo Road, #D - Best Buy.
2735 Grand Avenue - Honorable Mention.
905 Sunset Place - Honorable Mention.

Changes to the All Listings page:

909 Foothill Road - reduced from $1,589,000 to $1,495,000.
1975 Maricopa Highway, #36 - sale pending.
3763 Grand Avenue - sold for $630,000 (was listed at $695,000).
57 W. Catalina Drive - sold for $455,000 (was listed at $459,000).
545 Del Oro Drive - sold for $1,550,000 (was listed at $1,595,000).
8592 Nye Road - sold for $445,000 (was listed at $449,500).

Have a nice weekend; we'll see you tomorrow with the Saturday open houses.


- 9:35 a.m.


~  The Best Buy at 512 Grand Avenue has been withdrawn from the market.

There is a new listing on the market:

$649,000 - 89 Reposo Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

317 W. Santa Ana Street - sale pending.
22 Taormina Lane - back on the market (had been a withdrawn listing).
410 Descanso Avenue - reduced from $499,999 to $480,000.
410 Church Road, #21 - reduced from $429,000 to $415,000.

~  It's Big Preview Friday; we'll be looking at six new properties this morning.
~  Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.

Star Wars escalator:




Thursday, October 9, 2014

- 4:45 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 837 S. La Luna Avenue is back on the market (had been a pending sale).

There are three new listings on the market:

$525,000 - 74 Crown Street.
$189,000 - 1202 S. Loma Drive, #128.
$1,799,000 - 992-990 Loma Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

502 Shady Lane - reduced from $489,000 to $485,000.
807 Daly Road - reduced from $849,000 to $829,000.
307 N. Signal Street - sale pending.
134 Bundren Street - sale pending.
109 Don Carlos Way - sale pending.  (Note:  This is a Ventura MLS link that doesn't seem to work consistently.)
1681 Kenewa Street - withdrawn from the market.


- 10:35 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$560,000 - 80 Maxine Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

345 S. Lomita Avenue - increased from $398,000 to $407,000.
210 N. Fulton Street - sold for $425,000 (was listed at $435,000).

A house with bedroom eyes:




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

- 3:15 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

310 Monte Via Avenue - sale pending.
8677 Nye Road - sold for $250,000 (was listed at $274,000).


- 10:30 a.m.


~  The Best Buy at 1110 Sunset Place has been sold for $588,000 (was listed at $598,000).

There are two new listings on the market:

$1,750,000 - 12463 MacDonald Drive.
$2,200,000 - 2735 Grand Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

10971 Alto Court - reduced from $2,150,000 to $2,000,000.
814 Daly Road - sold for $540,000 (was listed at $565,000).

Owl be happy if you drop by:




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

- 5:45 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 12460 Linda Flora Drive has been reduced from $2,695,000 to $2,495,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1010 Spring Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
410 Monte Via Avenue - sale pending.
95 Apricot Street - reduced from $379,998 to $374,998.


- 10:25 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 27 Olive Street has been reduced from $389,600 to $379,600.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1212 Daly Road - pictures have been added to the listing.
15 Don Antonio Way - reduced from $76,000 to $69,000.
815 Libby Avenue - withdrawn from the market.

Brian Griffin or Snoopy?  You decide:




Monday, October 6, 2014

- 5:35 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$350,000 - 1212 Daly Road.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know if they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

241 Valley Road - reduced from $449,000 to $429,000.
1885 Maricopa Highway, #2 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
2 Don Antonio Way - sale pending.


- 9:35 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 11849 Sulphur Mountain Road is now a withdrawn listing.

Changes to the All Listings page:

316 E. Matilija Street - cancelled.
2 Don Antonio Way - sale pending.
402 N. Blanche Street - a picture has been added to the listing.

Epic stairway:




Sunday, October 5, 2014

- 10:20 a.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 375 Sunset Street has been sold for $703,000 (was listed at $699,000).

There is a new listing on the market:

$545,000 - 11951 Mustang Court.

Changes to the All Listings page:

866 Oak Grove Court - sale pending.

The Open House list for today has been updated.

A word on the weather here in Ojai - especially for those of you who might be viewing this from afar.  Although we have seen temperatures as high as 103 degrees recently, understand that it's not like being in Arizona or Las Vegas - where it can still be 102 degrees at 10:00 p.m.  As soon as the sun sets the temperature starts to drop fairly rapidly.  At about 8:00 last night, it was 78 degrees in downtown Ojai - and it was a lovely evening.  There were throngs of people walking around, enjoying the balmy air.  All of the restaurants that have outdoor seating were packed.

Finally, the low temps from the weather services are grossly inaccurate.  For example, last night the predicted low was 61 degrees, but it actually got as low as  52 degrees on the west side of town.  The point is, if you're thinking of relocating to Ojai - don't let the day time high temps scare you off.  For the entire year there might be 15 days where the temps are over 100.  The rest of the year is sweet bliss.  Have a great Sunday!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

- 9:30 a.m.

The Open House list for today has been updated.  We're having our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue open today (and tomorrow) from 1:00 to 4:00.

~  The Honorable Mention at 159 Avenida De La Entrada has been reduced from $529,950 to $519,950.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1075 Loma Drive, #19 - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
2215 Woodland Avenue - sold for $499,000 (was listed at $499,000).

Surefire way to keep neighbors from bothering you:




Friday, October 3, 2014

- 6:05 p.m.

~  We have added a new Honorable Mention at 217 Martindale Street.  We have another one that qualifies as an Honorable Mention, but because we're showing it to clients tomorrow, we're going to keep it under our hat until they decide they're not interested.  Here is an explanation of our philosophy in these situations.
~  The Honorable Mention at 159 Avenida De La Entrada has been reduced from $535,000 to $529,950.

There are three new listings on the market:

$419,500 - 211 N. Carrillo Road, #D.
$399,000 - Villanova Road land parcel.
$70,000 - 9097 N. Ventura Avenue, #29.

Changes to the All Listings page:

310 Monte Via Avenue - pictures have been added to the listing.
1880 S. Rice Road - sale pending.
1118 Drown Avenue - sold for $830,000 (was listed at $839,000).
12610 Koenigstein Road - sold for $280,000 (was listed at $375,000).

Don't forget to check out the garage/yard sale at 10345 Creek Road tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Have a great weekend; we'll see you tomorrow with the Saturday open houses.


- 9:55 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$795,000 - 217 Martindale Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

950 Woodland Avenue, #84 - reduced from $57,900 to $54,900.
950 Woodland Avenue, #73 - reduced from $134,900 to $132,900.
950 Woodland Avenue, #24 - reduced from $159,900 to $157,900.
950 Woodland Avenue, #29 - reduced from $162,900 to $159,900.
950 Woodland Avenue, #23 - reduced from $164,900 to $159,900.
95 Apricot Street - reduced from $384,998 to $379,998.
1075 S. Loma Drive, #19 - expired listing.

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  We're headed off to preview seven properties this morning; check in later to see if any new homes made the list!

Creepiest playground ever:




Thursday, October 2, 2014

- 4:55 p.m.

There are three new listings on the market:

$389,000 - 310 Monte Via Avenue.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).
$439,000 - 410 Monte Via Avenue.
$1,438,500 - 866 Oak Grove Court.

Changes to the All Listings page:

930 Hackamore Street - reduced from $459,900 to $449,000.
905 Sunset Place - reduced from $574,000 to $569,000.
1075 S. Lomita Drive, #19 - reduced from $34,000 to $31,000.
832 Oso Road - sold for $935,000 (was listed at $1,100,000).
1128 Woodland Avenue - sold for $447,000 (was listed at $444,900).
9266 Nye Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).

A past client of ours is having a yard/garage sale both Friday and Saturday morning (October 3rd and 4th) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The address is 10345/10343 Creek Road, Ojai.  Get there early to avoid the heat! 

See you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday (there are at least six new properties to see as of this writing).  Stay cool and have a nice night.


- 11:15 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 12838 MacDonald Drive has expired.

There is a new listing on the market:

$589,000 - 317 W. Santa Ana Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1225 S. Rice Road, #75 - reduced from $119,000 to $115,000.
41 Don Antonio Way - reduced fro  $75,000 to $70,000.
1202 Loma Drive, #85 - sale pending.
891 Hackamore Street - sold for $435,000 (was listed at $464,000).
1318 La Paz Drive - sold for $505,000 (was listed at $495,000).
9266 Nye Road - expired.

My eyes hurt just looking at it:




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

- 4:10 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 10561 Encino Drive has been withdrawn from the market.

There are two new listings on the market:

$849,000 - 402 N. Blanche Street.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published.)
$475,000 - 405 Larmier Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2289 Hermitage Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
1131 Anita Avenue - reduced from $679,000 to $675,000.
4239 Grand Avenue - reduced from $2,750,000 to $2,529,000.
495 Old Grade Road - reduced from $899,000 to $825,000.
1145 Tico Road - sold for $780,000 (was listed at $790,000).



- 9:20 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 2110 Sumac Drive has been sold for $599,500 (was listed at $579,500).

There is a new listing on the market:

$439,000 - 161 Sunset Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

12610 Koenigstein Road - sale pending.
10617 Encino Drive - sale pending.
1225 S. Rice Road, #44 - sold for $37,000 (was listed at $39,000).
7891 Camp Chaffee Road - sold for $595,000 (was listed at $599,900).
2289 Hermitage Road - expired.

Well, it's the thought that counts:




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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.  ADDED 10/10/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.


 
$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.  REDUCED from $529,000 - 10/14/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.    


  
$598,000 - 1110 Sunset Place
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,753 sq. ft. home located north of Grand Avenue.  There is a private deck located off the master bedroom, the kitchen and baths have all been upgraded, and there's a newer in-ground swimming pool as well.  But we really loved the huge family room; it totally makes the home.  There's a wet bar in the family room, featuring a pass-through window to the outside patio.  Make sure to check this one out!  SOLD for $588,000 - 10/8/14.


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


 
$1,295,000 - 3202 E. Ojai Avenue
This is a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom, 2,940 sq. ft. Spanish-styled home on the East End of town.  One word here:  Views.  Not as in how many YouTube hits your lip-sync video has, rather, as in mountains.  The large deck off the living room is geared toward taking advantage of the framed mountain view to the north, and in addition, there is another smaller deck located just off the master bedroom that affords the same.  The first floor is covered in saltillo tile, while the second floor features wide plank wood flooring.  The family room has high wood plank ceilings, affording a rather "cathedral" like setting.  The bathrooms and kitchen have been updated, and we rather like the departure from large slabs of granite; you'll instead see tile.  Although the home has two acres, most of the acreage is on the hillside.  However, the home sits on a pad with a lush green lawn in the front and a large tiled patio in back.  If you're a gardener, you'll find a couple of flat areas lower on the property where you'll be able to plant your fruits and veggies.  WITHDRAWN - 10/15/14.      


 
$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!  WITHDRAWN - 10/10/14.


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


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

 
$1,699,000 - 690 Oak Grove Court
This is a 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom, 4,606 sq. ft. home on two acres in Rancho Matilija.  This is our own listing, but we've put it on the list as a Best Buy only after receiving tremendous feedback from our fellow brokers and realtors.  The home IS as storybook and cute as our listing describes, but perhaps the best compliment we've heard about the home is "the pictures don't do it justice."  Of course, this is not a knock on the professional photographer we used - it's just that the true beauty of the home cannot be conveyed in photographs.  If you haven't already been to our listing page to see this home, here it is.  ADDED 9/5/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see it!


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







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.