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




Your Subtitle text
Home
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


"Am I getting braver or just getting accustomed to being terrified?"

- Randy Alcorn

 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ojai Weather

Ojai real estate weather icon

 
Partly cloudy  -  High 92 / Low 65


7/27/14

- 10:40 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$730,000 - 414 Grand Avenue (this is on the Open House list for today).

Changes to the All Listings page:

11516 Oakcrest Avenue - sale pending.
1650 Garst Lane - sold for $900,000 (was listed at $1,060,000).
1225 S. Rice Road, #44 - withdrawn from the market.


7/26/14

- 11:40 a.m.

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

Changes to the All Listings page:

532 Vine Street - sale pending.

Shy security camera:




7/25/14

- 2:50 p.m.

~  We have added a new Honorable Mention at 375 Sunset Street.
~  The Honorable Mention at 1224 N. Signal Street has been withdrawn from the market.

Changes to the All Listings page:

4 Catalina Drive - back on the market (had been a withdrawn listing).

If you're looking for something fun to do outside of Ojai this weekend, you might want to check out the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival in Santa Paula.  While out previewing properties today, another realtor told us about it.  It starts tonight and runs through tomorrow night.  Looks like fun!  We'll see you tomorrow with the list of open houses for the weekend.



- 10:30 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$525,000 - 362 Avenida Del Recreo.
$699,000 - 375 Sunset Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

159 Avenida De La Entrada - reduced from $599,000 to $589,000.
Ladera Ranch Road land parcel - sale pending.

--------------------------

~  We have added two more buyers who are looking for homes on our For Sellers page.
~  Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.
~  We're off to preview four new properties today.  See you later this afternoon!

The ankle-breaker stairway:




7/24/14

- 3:50 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$519,000 - 814 Daly Road.

The Honorable mention at 479 W. Lomita Avenue is now a pending sale.

We've updated the For Sellers page and added a new potential buyer.  If you or someone you know is thinking of selling their home, check this page first - we may already have a buyer for you.

We'll see you tomorrow morning for Big Preview Friday - stay cool!



- 10:45 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

511 El Paseo Road - reduced from $679,900 to $649,900.
7891 Camp Chaffee Road - reduced from $624,995 to $599,900.
2125 E. Ojai Avenue - sale pending.
1980 E. Ojai Avenue - sold for $675,000 (was listed at $695,000).

Air-conditioned cat commode complex:




7/23/14

- 4:15 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 1110 Sunset Place is now a pending sale.
~  The Best Buy at 650 Tico Road is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

511 E. Aliso Street - sale pending.
209 S. Blanche Street - sold for $900,000 (was listed at $899,000).  Congratulations to our clients Marcy and Steve, who closed on this beautiful, newly constructed home!  They added their own touches throughout the construction process and these details (both large and small) make the home a masterpiece.  We can't wait to see it after it's fully furnished and in fact, we think it will be a perfect candidate for the annual Ojai Holiday Home Look-In.  Welcome to Ojai you two!




- 9:55 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$400,000 - Chumash Road land parcel.

Changes to the All Listings page:

103 Don Carlos Way - back on the market (had been a cancelled listing).
209 Golden West Avenue - sold for $335,000 (was listed at $325,000).
1128 Woodland Avenue - sale pending.

Actual listing photo - perfect home for a Hazmat trainee:




7/22/14

- 3:15 p.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$625,000 - 310 Vallerio Avenue.
$425,000 - Ladera Ranch Road land parcel.

Changes to the All Listings page:

319 Avenida De La Vereda - reduced from $769,000 to $725,000.
611 Del Oro Drive - sold for $1,155,000 (was listed at $1,239,000).
950 Woodland Avenue, #111 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
38 Mountain View Street - pictures have been added to the listing.



- 9:55 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

8025 Camp Chaffee Road - sale pending.
1225 S. Rice Road, #44 - reduced from $49,900 to $39,000.

Creepy listing photo reminds me of The Shining:




7/21/14

- 7:20 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

901 Sunset Place - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
277 Barbara Street - reduced from $595,000 to $530,000.
1533 Orchard Drive - reduced from $699,950 to $697,950.



- 11:25 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$389,000 - 249 Mahoney Avenue.  (Yes - this is the same property that sold for $275,000 a couple of months ago, but it's been remodeled.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

22 Taormina Lane - sale pending.
475 Montana Circle - sale pending.

The lonely Wave Runner floated in his pen, anxiously anticipating the day he might be set free:




7/20/14

- 10:55 a.m.

Remember to check out the open houses for today!  There are 22 of 'em.

~  The Honorable Mention at 12449 MacDonald Drive has been reduced from $2,550,000 to $2,499,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1273 S. Rice Road, #100 - sale pending.
1273 S. Rice road, #56 - expired.
103 Don Carlos Way - cancelled listing.


7/19/14

- 3:05 p.m.

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

  • 46 new listings came on the market; seven of these new listings are either pending sales or have already closed.  (Last month we saw 48 new listings come on the market; six of them were pending or closed sales as of the date of our update.)
  • 37 properties total have sold and closed (40 last month) - at an average of 91.92% of the original listing price (93.28% last month).  Of the 37 properties that sold, three were full price offers and five were over full price.
There are currently 199 active listings on the market, not including properties currently listed as pending sales.  (There were 184 active listings last month.)

Here's a list of the 37 properties that sold and closed last month, including the original list price (when each property first came on the market), the final sales price, and the sales to list price percentage.

OJAI SALES-TO-LIST PRICE PERCENTAGES, 6/20/14 THROUGH 7/19/14

 PROPERTY ADDRESS
 SALES PRICE
ORIGINAL LIST PRICE
SALES TO LIST %
65 DON ANTONIO WAY
$15,000
$20,000
75%
141 DON RICARDO WAY
$54,000
$82,500
65%
950 WOODLAND AVE #54
$57,500
$61,900
93%
1975 MARICOPA HWY #76
$142,000
$149,500
95%
950 WOODLAND AVE #71
$146,870
$154,900
95%
1202 LOMA DR. #9
$157,000
$159,000
99%
607 CASITAS VISTA RD
$334,900
$330,000
101%
1303 GREGORY ST
$345,000
$359,500
96%
36 CALLE CINCO DE MAYO
$390,000
$419,000
93%
2171 BURNHAM RD
$425,000
$399,900
106%
122 OLIVE ST
$396,000
$429,900
92%
211 N CARRILLO RD #E
$417,000
$419,000
100%
225 SANTA ANA BLVD
$414,900
$429,990
96%
367 RIVERSIDE RD
$450,000
$469,000
96%
412 FRANKLIN DR
$458,000
$474,900
96%
3260 MATILIJA CANYON RD
$475,000
$495,000
96%
983 N RICE RD
$517,000
$600,000
86%
227 MOUNTAIN VIEW ST
$550,000
$699,000
79%
711 COUNTRY DR
$575,500
$574,900
100%
509 VALLERIO AVE
$559,000
$575,000
97%
429 S CARRILLO RD
$550,000
$615,000
89%
12770 TREERANCH RD
$586,000
$680,000
86%
2225 WOODLAND AVE
$605,000
$615,000
98%
11966 N VENTURA AVE
$625,500
$729,000
86%
1120 GOLDEN WEST AVE
$675,000
$647,900
104%
110 E OAK ST
$649,000
$649,000
100%
4222 THACHER RD
$725,000
$725,000
100%
1419 S LA LUNA AVE
$750,000
$739,000
101%
978 EL CENTRO ST
$757,500
$795,000
92%
11013 CREEK RD
$700,000
$849,000
82%
2930 TOWER DR
$1,095,000
$1,095,000
100%
602 PALOMAR RD
$1,250,000
$1,250,000
100%
11993 MACDONALD DR
$1,320,000
$1,639,000
81%
13100 OJAI RD
$1,430,000
$1,749,000
82%
520 FOOTHILL RD
$1,465,000
$1,950,000
75%
4188 GRAND AVE
$1,720,000
$1,820,000
95%
12438 LINDA FLORA DR
$2,195,000
$2,950,000
74%
       91.92% AVERAGE


- 12:35 p.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$419,900 - 532 Vine Street.
$445,000 - 38 Mountain View Street.  No pictures yet - we'll let you know if and when they're published.

The Open House list for this weekend has been updated.
The Honorable Mention at 11342 Sulphur Mountain Road is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

257 S. Montgomery Street, #12 - reduced from $950,000 to $924,900.
316 N. La Luna Avenue - reduced from $729,000 to $699,000.
124 El Camino Drive - sale pending.
11966 N. Ventura Avenue - sold for $624,500 (was listed at $629,000).
36 Calle Cindo De Mayo - sold for $390,000 (was listed at $399,000).

Stop by our open house at 2964 Sailor Avenue in Ventura today and tomorrow from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It's a great house with a great vibe!



And finally, we're running the numbers as you read this - we'll the have Ojai 30 Day Market Update for you in a couple of hours!


7/18/14

- 2:40 p.m.

We have added two new Best Buys:

905 Holly Knoll Drive.
1110 Sunset Place.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11290 Oakcrest Avenue - reduced from $579,000 to $549,900.

We'll see you tomorrow with the open houses for the weekend, and we'll have the 30 day Ojai market update for you as well.  Have a great weekend!



- 9:10 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$598,000 - 1110 Sunset Place.
$7,999,000 - 10024 Old Creek Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

615 S. La Luna Avenue - reduced from $715,000 to $699,000.
8560 N. Ventura Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  We're off to preview eight new properties this morning.

Owens Corning bedroom:




7/17/14

- 5:10 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

410 W. Ojai Avenue - reduced from $1,292,500 to $1,250,000.
1139 Robin Court - reduced from $379,000 to $350,000.

See you tomorrow on Big Preview Friday (for real this time)...



- 11:05 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$550,000 - 335 N. Ventura Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

813 Santa Ana Blvd. - sale pending.
8025 Camp Chaffee Road - pictures have been added to the listing.

A shark cage can be used to protect your furniture from attacks:




7/16/14

- 6:45 p.m.

There are three new listings on the market:

$444,900 - 1128 Woodland Avenue.
$1,279,000 - 605 El Paseo Road.
$374,900 - 8025 Camp Chafee Road.  No pictures yet - we'll let you know when and if they're published.

Changes to the All Listings page:

410 W. Ojai Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
4528 Casitas Pass Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
4262 Casitas Pass Road - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
4 W. Catalina Drive - withdrawn from the market.

Have a wonderful evening!



- 12:55 p.m.


~  The Best Buy at 3428 Calle Moreno Road is now a pending sale.
~  The Honorable Mention at 1872 Country Place has been reduced from $710,000 to $699,000.

There are three new listings on the market:

$60,000 - 126 Don Felipe Way.
$73,000 - 73 Don Antonio Way.
$499,000 - 502 Shady Lane.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2267 Burnham Road - back on the market and reduced from $720,000 to $705,000 (had been a cancelled listing).  No new pictures yet, but here's the old listing to refresh your memory.
950 Woodland Avenue, #84 - pictures have been added to the listing.
13320 Sulphur Mountain Road - sale pending.
1225 S. Rice Road, #62 - sale pending.
412 Franklin Drive - sold for $458,000 (was listed at $469,900).
2930 Tower Drive - sold for $1,095,000 (was listed at $1,099,000).
607 Casitas Vista Road - sold for $334,900 (was listed at $334,900).
410 Descanso Avenue - withdrawn from the market.

Apologies for the sporadic updates over the last 6 days:  We were attending a family reunion in Lake Gage, Indiana.  I was going to bemoan our travel day yesterday -  how we had a three hour drive to O'Hare airport in Chicago, how our plane was delayed and we left O'hare three hours late, and finally, how we didn't get home until 5:00 a.m this morning (and I can't sleep sitting up on an airplane).  But then for some perspective, I decided to look up how long it took early settlers to travel across the country to the west: Four to six months.  We did it in 15 hours.

Photo doctoring can be used to fool people into thinking your listing actually has a swimming pool:




7/15/14

- 1:45 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$57,900 - 950 Woodland Avenue, #84.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know if and when they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

950 Woodland Avenue, #111 - sale pending.
1164 Bonmark Drive - sale pending.
22 Taormina Lane - a picture has been added to the listing.



- 8:00 a.m.


There are three new listings on the market:

$699,000 - 22 Taormina Lane.  There are no pictures yet, but we'll let you know if and when they're published.
$409,000 - 495 Burnham Road.
$99,000 - N. Ventura Avenue land parcel.

Changes to the All Listings page:

4239 Grand Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
11516 Oakcrest Avenue - reduced from $595,000 to $589,000.
581 El Jina Lane - reduced from $2,295,000 - $2,249,000.
609 Canada Street, #E - sale pending.
410 Church Road, #47 - sale pending.
407 Drown Avenue - sale pending.
966 Carne Road - sale pending.
198 Ashby Court - sale pending.
391 N. Montgomery Street - withdrawn from the market.

Why buy a triple-switch faceplate when you can have this fancy design?




7/14/14

- 9:10 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$379,000 - 628 Larmier Avenue.

The Best Buy at 1148 Serenidad Place is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

310 E. Aliso Street - reduced from $650,000 to $629,000.
7891 Camp Chaffee Road - reduced from $644,900 to $624,995.

Just FYI - this will be the only update for today.

Dot workers with a sense of humor:




7/13/14

- 6:55 a.m.

~  Make sure to check out today's open houses!

There are two new listings on the market:

$595,000 - 12140 MacDonald Drive.
$59,000 - 1225 S. Rice Road, #62.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1318 La Paz Drive - sale pending.


7/12/14

-  10:15 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$950,000 - 257 S. Montgomery Street, #12.

The Honorable Mention at 78 Mountain View Street is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

901 Sunset Place - sale pending.

The Open House list for this weekend has been updated!

Living room furniture by Toyota:




7/11/14

- 8:40 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 10561 Encino Drive has been reduced from $1,524,900 to $1,499,000.
~  The Best Buy at 11993 MacDonald Drive has been sold for $1,320,000 (was listed at $1,349,000).


There is a new listing on the market:

$375,000 - 8815 Nye Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

138-140 N. La Luna Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
511 E. Aliso Street - reduced from $749,500 to $695,900 (this is now a short sale).
2267 Burnham Road - withdrawn from the market.
3260 Matilija Canyon Road - sold for $475,000 (was listed at $495,000).
711 Country Drive - sold for $575,500 (was listed at $574,900).
909 Foothill Road - pictures have been added to the listing.

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


7/10/14

- 10:10 p.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$495,000 - 1318 La Paz Drive.
$619,000 - 407 Drown Avenue.

The Honorable Mention at 1419 S. La Luna Avenue has been sold for $750,000 (was listed at $739,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

2171 Burnham Road - sold for $425,000 (was listed at $399,900).
520 Foothill Road - sold for $1,465,000 (was listed at $1,650,000).
602 Palomar Road - sold for $1,250,000 (was listed at $1,250,00).

Just FYI, there will be only one update tomorrow (Friday); it will occur in the late afternoon/early evening.  And since we usually do this Friday mornings, here's the list of things to do in Ojai over the weekend.


- 2:50 p.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$1,799,000 - 545 Del Oro Drive.
$399,000 - 8970 Nye Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

307 N. Signal Street - reduced from $549,000 to $539,000.
12438 Linda Flora Drive - sold for $2,195,000 (was listed at $2,195,000).

We'll have one more update for you later this evening...



- 10:20 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$475,000 - 930 Hackamore Street.
$1,589,000 - 909 Foothill Road (no pics yet - we'll let you know if and when they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1533 Orchard Drive - reduced from $704,950 to $699,950.
607 Casitas Vista Road - sale pending.
410 Descanso Avenue - pictures have been posted in the MLS.

Interior shot - the Keebler house:




7/9/14

- 6:50 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 3071 Matilija Canyon Road is now a pending sale.
~  The Honorable Mention at 211 N. Carrillo Road, #E has been sold for $417,000 (was listed at $419,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

351 Larmier Avenue - withdrawn (had been a pending sale).
12610 Koenigstein Road - reduced from $499,500 to $469,500.
12109 Linda Flora Drive - reduced from $380,000 to $370,000.
208 Fairway Lane - sale pending.
855 Oso Road - sale pending.
429 S. Carrillo Road - sold for $550,000 (was listed at $579,000).
225 Santa Ana Blvd. - sold for $414,990 (was listed at $419,990).



- 10:40 a.m.


~  Due to a recent price reduction, we have added a new Honorable Mention at 353 S. Lomita Avenue.

There are two new listings on the market:

$525,000 - 410 Descanso Avenue (no pictures yet - we'll let you know if and when they're published).
$839,000 - 1118 Drown Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

~  Pictures have been added to the listing at 905 Holly Knoll Drive.

Slim house:




7/8/14

- 4:15 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$349,000 - 907 El Centro Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

502 Descanso Avenue - sale pending.
983 N. Rice Road - sold for $517,000 (was listed at $525,000).
40 Pathelen Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).

We'll have a new Honorable Mention for you tomorrow morning.  Have a great evening!


- 11:25 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$345,000 - 848 Woodland Avenue, #24.

Changes to the All Listings page:

353 S. Lomita Avenue - reduced from $620,000 to $599,000.
138-140 N. La Luna Avenue - sale pending.
509 Vallerio Avenue - sold for $559,000 (was listed at $575,000).

Just how permanent is this fix?




7/7/14

- 2:05 p.m.

Due to a recent price reduction we have added a new Honorable Mention at 479 W. Lomita Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

335 E. Villanova Road - sale pending.

This will be the last update for today as we'll be out the rest of the day showing property.  Have a wonderful evening!



- 10:00 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

605 Casitas Vista Road - sale pending.
8552 Nye Road - sale pending.

We'll have a new Honorable Mention to add to the list later this afternoon.

Oh yeah, that'll make it through the winter:




7/6/14

- 11:05 a.m.

We are holding three houses open today:

2964 Sailor Avenue - Open 1 to 4 p.m. - a beautiful 4 bed/4 bath, 3,014 sq. ft. waterfront home in the Ventura Keys.




12360 Linda Flora Drive - Open 1 to 4 p.m. - a 4 bed/3.5 bath, 4,245 sq. ft. home with mountain views and direct access to horse trails.




27 Olive Street - Open 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. - a refreshed 3 bed/1.75 bath, 1,198 sq. ft. home with small studio.




Make sure to check out all the open houses in Ojai today!

Changes to the All Listings page:

479 W. Lomita Avenue - reduced froom $529,000 to $499,900.
855 Oso Road - reduced from $420,000 to $399,900.
601 Canada Street - sale pending.
2225 Woodland Avenue - sold for $605,000 to $615,000.

x
~ Click here to view archived posts ~


x
 
Best Buys for


Click on the property addresses below for more detailed information and pictures


 
$479,000 - 241 Valley Road
This is a 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom, 1,767 sq. ft. home on a larger than normal neighborhood lot.  If you're afraid of color - don't consider this home.  The exterior is an unassuming grayish/green with white trim; it looks great and perfectly fits the style of the home.  Step inside however, and you'll be rewarded with a variety of light and bright colors on every wall - and we do mean every wall.  We loved the way it looked, as it reminded us of the brightly color villages you might find in Italy or Mexico.  As of this writing, unfortunately, there aren't any interior pictures on the link.  You'll just have to trust us.  We like the pine(?) wood flooring, and while the kitchen and baths aren't updated to the current trend of granite/stone/stainless steel, they look good to us and are in no way dated.  Another treat is the back yard, which consists of a flagstone patio that leads you down towards the creek (currently dry) and to another sitting area, all under a canopy of oak trees.  It's a large space with a lot of potential.  The back yard is visible from neighboring houses, but to us it lends itself to a great, neighborly feeling:  You know, the kind where if you were cooking on the grill and saw your neighbor in their back yard, you'd ask them if they'd like to come over for a glass of wine and a bit to eat.  This is really a good deal - at $271 per square foot - WOW!  ADDED 6/20/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.


 
$539,000 - 905 Holly Knoll Drive
This is a 4 bedroom/1.75 bathoom, 1,941 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.  The current set up is a little funky, but a little explanation will clear it up:  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.  ADDED 7/18/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.    


 
$545,000 - 914 S. Ayers Court
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,196 sq. ft. home that, while a bit on the small side, more than makes up for it in charm.  The first thing we noticed were the bamboo floors, which really are a nice touch.  You won't need to upgrade anything, as the kitchen and baths have already been upgraded.  Light and bright is the theme here; there isn't a dark room in the house.  The front yard is landscaped, but will require little maintenance.  The back yard isn't very deep, but it is wide.  There are no neighbors to the rear, as the home is backed by the First Baptist Church.  SALE PENDING - 6/25/14.   


 
$595,000 - 2110 Sumac Drive
This is a 4 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,782 sq. ft. home in Highland Estates.  The home feels larger than the square footage suggests, possibly because it's very light and bright inside.  Wood floors can be found throughout the home and the bathrooms appear to have been upgraded slightly.  The kitchen has also been updated with wood cabinets and granite counter tops.  The two covered patios at the rear of the home are begging for high-end patio furniture, as well as tables adorned with wine and a food for a weekend feast.  This is located on a corner lot with no neighboring house to the rear.  ADDED 6/13/14 - 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!  SALE PENDING - 7/23/14.


 
$647,900 - 1120 Golden West Avenue
This is a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,692 sq. ft. home in a great neighborhood.  This home has been remodeled and features such newer items as stainless steel kitchen appliances, quartz kitchen counter tops, slate and bamboo flooring (which looks great), windows, roof, and water heater.  We loved the paint/color scheme in the living room (to the right as you first walk in the front door).  Although there are great mountain views from the street (as the pictures show), the mountains aren't really visible from the home itself.  Never you mind, as you'll probably spend all day playing with the kids (or dogs in our case) in the back yard pool.  Another nice detail is the laundry room just off the garage, which is also finished with bamboo flooring.  This could easily be transformed into a studio or possible guest quarters (although there is no bathroom).  SOLD for $675,000 - 6/30/14.


 
$899,000 - 1148 Serenidad Place
This is a 4 bedroom/5 bathroom, 3,416 sq. ft. home with mountain views on a one acre lot.  At only $263 per square foot, this one is a very good buy.  We liked the big deck out back, complete with hot tub.  Concrete roof tiles are a big plus too, as you don't have to worry about replacing shingles down the road.  The rooms are spacious and while some may wish to update the cabinetry in the kitchen and baths, these can be re-stained to a more modern hue - saving you a ton of money.  The best thing about the property is the sweeping mountain views.  SALE PENDING - 7/14/14.



 
$1,289,000 - 650 Tico Road
This is a 2 bedroom/2 bathrooom, 2,230 sq. ft. home with mountain views on 2.9 acres.  This is located up a private lane, well off Tico Road.  A large part of the property is filled with an orange grove (and a few avacado trees).  Unless you want a nasty case of canker sores, you'd be better off harvesting and selling most of the orange crop - as opposed to eating it all yourself.  There is a long and narrow pool located towards the front of the house which affords mountain views, even as you bathe like a privileged ancient Roman.  The wraparound porch is completely tiled and fantastic.  Inside you'll find a sort of Mid-Century/Modern feel, and we noted the high ceilings throughout the entire home really add to the spaciousness.  SALE PENDING - 7/23/14.      


 
$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.


 
$1,349,000 - 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.  SALE PENDING - 6/18/14.



 
$1,349,000 - 11993 MacDonald Drive
This is a 5 bedroom/4.5 bathroom, 3,790 sq. ft. home on over two acres in Rancho Matilija.  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.  SOLD for $1,320,000 - 7/11/14.



 
$1,389,000 - 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.  ADDED 6/27/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
 


 
$1,395,000 - 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.  ADDED 6/13/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.


 
$1,395,000 - 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.  SALE PENDING - 7/16/14.
 
   


 
$1,399,999 - 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 $1,450,000 - 6/10/14.  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.