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$449,000 - 148 Wild Oak Street
This is a 3 bedroom/1.75 bath, 1,227 sq. ft. home in Oak View. The wood floors throughout the main portion of the home look great and the tiled bathrooms add a touch of class. The home is fairly up-to-date, so no major remodeling will need to be done. It looks to be freshly painted on both interior and exterior. The back yard is on the small side, but does feature a small plateau on which one could create a sitting area to take in the mountain views. SALE PENDING - 3/25/14.
$499,000 - 1012 Granito Drive
Hey! A Best Buy that isn't over $1,000,000! This is a 2 bedroom/1.75 bathroom, 1,181 sq. ft. turn key home. I know, I know...two bedrooms and 1,181 sq. ft. for $499,000? The home is just too cute; we'd be surprised if it lasted a week on the market. This home last sold in 2012 for $414,000, so considering the upgrades they've done (which includes wood flooring and two updated bathrooms), we really like this price. The only oddity we noticed was the one bedroom with a bathroom (normally considered the "master") is actually the smaller of the two bedrooms. Outside of that, there is much to love here. The home is located on a corner lot, so the backyard is spacious and features an adorable, white picket-fenced garden area. This is another home that, as we like to say, people will adapt their lives to fit into. SOLD for $499,000 - 4/10/14.
$789,000 - 12755 Treeranch Road
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,678 sq. ft. home on just over one acre in Upper Ojai. From the moment you walk through the gated entrance you'll feel the peace and tranquility wash over you. (If you're not a fan of peace and tranquility, you can always rinse it off after you leave the property.) The pool/patio/entertainment area features a pool with a pebbled finish, an outdoor kitchen, and a lovely arbor covering the patio. Just off the pool is a cute garden cottage which nicely complements the setting. Inside, the house is cute and clean - kitchen and baths have been upgraded. About the only thing you might want to consider is removal of the popcorn ceilings, but to be honest, that was the last thing we noted about the interior. If you're a handyman, car collector, or need a place to work on your next invention - the large metal-on-slab building located at one end of the property may be where you spend most of your time. The building does not ruin the ambiance of the property, as it's located away from the house and actually looks decent (we did not get a chance to see the interior, however). The listing agent told us that the building includes a car lift, a compressor, forklift, and a diesel generator. We're not certain, but we believe the generator is large enough to cover the needs of the entire property should the Big One strike, leaving you as the most popular neighbor in a five-mile radius. Good thing the property is completely fenced; the last thing you need is the neighbor asking if they can charge their cell phone at your place just so they can tweet about the earthquake. In closing, this is a wonderful property - we felt it even before we set foot in the home itself. SALE PENDING - 4/10/14.
$1,299,000 - 512 Grand Avenue
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 2,247 sq. ft. horse property on 1.8 acres. It's also one of the largest properties you'll find this close to town. The Topa Topa mountain range is practically right in your backyard, yet with the extra space out back it actually feels like you're miles away from town. The house itself is clean and bright inside and features beautiful wood flooring downstairs, and a large 2nd floor master suite with his and hers bathrooms. We also loved the two large and beautiful palm trees out in front as you approach the home, as they give quite a stately impression. Now about that downstairs bathroom toilet: I believe it's either made by Boeing or Lockheed Martin. It's the most powerful thrust this side of a F-22 Raptor. Mind you, this is completely normal for a pressurized toilet (and it saves on water), but it is a bit shocking the first time you see (and hear) it in action. Anyway, this is a great home and property for this price! ADDED 3/14/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
$1,375,000 - 8190 Sulphur Mountain Road
This is a 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom, 2,800 sq. ft. home on 8.6 acres in Upper Ojai. You want views? This place has got 'em in spades, with views of the Topas and the Ojai valley to the north and the Channel Islands to the south. The home is open and spacious - just check out that roughly 20 foot ceiling in the living/great room (see the 3rd picture on the link). The kitchen is large and features granite counter tops, and here's something we really liked - the pass through counter to the dining area - very useful when entertaining large groups of people. The exterior of the home has been recently painted. There is more useful land on this parcel than many of the properties in this area; we'd guess about 1-1/2 to 2 acres would be useable for building a guest house, pool, or taking on horses. Some may wish to upgrade the wood throughout the home (via painting or staining), and perhaps the carpeting could use a refresh. Now, the proximity from town won't be for everyone. I timed it at 17 minutes to the center of Ojai. However, if you are looking for a tranquil, isolated home with tremendous views (I'm sure you'll burn through dozens of camera batteries taking endless pictures of the sunrises and sunsets), this is a tremendous deal at this price! SALE PENDING - 3/6/14.
$1,399,000 - 11993 MacDonald Drive
This is a 5 bedroom/4.5 bathroom, 3,790 sq. ft. home on over two acres in Rancho Matilija. The price was reduced from $1,490,000, thus making this a Best Buy. This one-story home feels spacious and the interior features wide plank oak floors and an updated master bathroom. The back yard feels quite grandiose and features a newer pool, a tennis court, and a large yard area. Some may wish to update some of the secondary bathrooms, as well as the kitchen. BACK ON THE MARKET - 3/14/14. Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
$1,459,000 - 3428 Calle Moreno
This is a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom, 2,933 sq. ft. home (with guest house) on just over one acre. This is a renovated farmhouse and as proof of its farmhouse heritage, the oak floors have been resurfaced, yet they still retain that nostalgic look and "sound." The interior looks to be freshly painted, and the kitchen and bathrooms have been updated. The lofts in the two kid's bedrooms are cool; one can imagine the inevitable forts soon to be under construction. The guest house is larger than most, if a bit on the eclectic side. REDUCED FROM $1,529,000 - 3/24/14. Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
$1,450,000 - 10885 Encino Drive
This is a 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom, 4,225 sq. ft. home on over two acres in Saddle Mountain. We last saw this home in 2010 when it was on the market as a short sale. Let me tell you, the remodeling they've done is striking. This home is turn key, nothing needs to be done. From the moment you walk into the brightly lit, high-ceilinged entry, you know you're in for something special. The pictures of the large greatroom don't really convey how big the room is - you'll have to see it for yourself. They've also upgraded one of the downstairs bedrooms into a new master bedroom, and everything's been done - including the bathroom. The kitchen and baths have been upgraded as well. Check out the link and the pictures - everything here is actually as good as it looks. REDUCED FROM $1,495,000 - 4/3/14. Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
$1,495,000 - 13100 Ojai Road
This is a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom, 3,575 sq. ft. Victorian home on 10 acres near in upper Ojai/Santa Paula. This home looks nothing like it did when we saw it a few years ago as a fixer-upper, and that's a good thing. This home has been completely renovated and is turn key, with a slightly modernized spin on the traditional, old style Victorian home (newer wood floors and updated kitchen). You Victorian purists may miss the creaky wood floors, but in this case we appreciated the solidity under foot. There's not much else we can tell you except to make sure to see the pictures. What you see is what you get, no camera tricks: An incredible view, large yard spaces, and a great pool area. The 3-car garage is newer, with a loft above that could be used as an office, for storage, or whatever. Privacy is practically guaranteed, as this home is located up a private, gated road. A must see! REDUCED FROM $1,575,000 - 2/25/14. Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
$1,495,000 - 1329 Foothill Road
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 2,120 sq. ft. pool home (with additional guest area) in a great location. We saw this one back in 2008 when we considered it somewhat of a fixer. In its current incarnation, it has undergone quite the transformation. The main living area has been remodeled, including the kitchen and bathrooms. The guest area runs alongside the pool, and the yard/pool area features hill views from underneath a sizeable arbor. Definitely worth a look. ADDED 4/18/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
$3,595,000 - 1787 Foothill Road
Slack-jawed neanderthals. That's what we must have resembled when we discovered that this property was the same one we had shown to clients over four years ago. The number of superlatives that could be used to describe this remodeled 5 bedroom/5.5 bathroom, 5,065 sq. ft. home on 1.23 acres are infinite. We'll leave you to read the specific details about the property on the link - and instead will try to compress (hopefully into less than five paragraphs) why we think this property is so special.
The integration of the outdoor hardscape and entertainment areas into the topography of the land - rock walls, giant boulders, green grass, walking paths, waterfalls, sitting areas, and the swimming pool - is something to behold. We have never before seen a property that nails this concept so well. The tri-level lawn that leads from the house down to the bar/entertainment area is something reminiscent of the Getty Center (not necessarily in architecture, but in ambiance). It doesn't appear as if any of the acreage is wasted - everything has been utilized to its full potential. Finally, there are the requisite mountain views, visible from several points throughout the home and property (although we don't think the Topa Topa mountains are visible).
The interior of the home is simply amazing. It looks as if the owners sweated virtually every detail, every surface, every piece of furniture, every piece of artwork - as if it was all perfectly choreographed to create the perfect dance of warmth, character, and class. This home was remodeled from the heart.
We found this home and property to be so spectacular that we've unofficially crowned it one of our favorites of all time. Stunning and sophisticated - this one is a must see.
SOLD for $3,097,661 - 4/12/14.