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.

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Quote of the Day


"What does it mean to be the best?  It means you have to be better than the number two guy.  But what gratification is there in that?  He's a loser - that's why he's number two."

Jarod Kintz

 
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Ojai Weather



 
Sunny  -  High 88 / Low 59


8/22/14

- 5:10 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

310 Vallerio Avenue - reduced from $625,000 to $599,000.
581 El Jina Lane - reduced from $2,249,000 to $2,049,000.
76 Don Antonio Way - reduced from $99,500 to $89,500.
361-363 W. Oak View Avenue - reduced from $459,500 to $449,500.
2290 Burnham Road - sale pending.

There are no new Best Buys or Honorable Mentions to add today.  We'll see you tomorrow with the open houses for Saturday.  Have a great weekend, and don't miss the bluegrass band that will be playing at Libbey Bowl tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.!



- 9:25 a.m.


There are three new listings on the market:

$1,699,000 - 690 Oak Grove Court.  (This is our listing; we'll be holding it open today from 9:30 to 12:00.)
$689,000 - 1131 Anita Avenue.
$879,000 - 807 Daly Road.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).

The Best Buy at 11202 Ojai Santa Paula Road has been reduced from $1,389,000 to $1,379,000.
The Honorable Mention at 1961 Silver Spur Circle has been reduced from $729,000 to $699,000.
The Honorable Mention at 135 Monte Court is now a pending sale.
The Honorable Mention at 254 N. Arnaz Street has sold for $445,000 (was listed at $459,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

345 S. Lomita Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
159 Avenida De La Entrada - back on the market and reduced from $581,000 to $567,000 (had been withdrawn).
1075 S. Loma Drive, #19 - reduced from $37,500 to $34,000.
1273 S. Rice Road, #38 - reduced from $109,000 to $99,000.
601 Canada Street - sold for $502,500 (was listed at $495,000).
450 Monte Via - cancelled.
1225 S. Rice Road, #62 - sold for $50,000 (was listed at $59,000).

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

We're headed off to preview 7 new properties today.  See you this afternoon!


8/21/14

- 6:10 p.m.

Just as I was starting the update for this evening the Ojai and Ventura MLS systems stopped working.  We have a 7:00 p.m. appointment, so we can't wait around for them to be up and running again.  We'll get you all the latest and greatest for tomorrow, which is of course, Big Preview Friday.

However, we can tell you about the new listing we have on 690 Oak Grove Court.  This is a beautiful storybook home located on two acres.  We are having it open tomorrow for broker preview from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Stop by and say "hi!"  Click on the photo below to see the write up and the high-resolution photos.  Have a great evening!





- 10:20 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$449,000 - 10554 Almond Avenue.
$449,000 - 60-64 Arnaz Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

257 S. Montgomery Street, #12 - sale pending.

Actual listing photo - stripper pole not included in sale.  Husband is bummed:




8/20/14

- 5:55 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

211 S. Blanche Street - withdrawn (had been a pending sale) and increased from $799,000 to $869,000.
9266 Nye Road - reduced from $765,000 to $749,900.
1179 Rancho Court - withdrawn.

Actual listing photo - taking this "going green" thing a bit too far:





- 8:10 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$835,000 - 15 Reposo Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

124 El Camino Drive - sale pending.
160 Burnham Road - pictures have been added to the listing.


8/19/14

- 5:45 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

134 Bundren Street - sold for $315,000 (was listed at $341,145).


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

  • 43 new listings came on the market; 14 of these new listings are either pending sales or have already closed.  (Last month we saw 46 new listings come on the market; seven of them were pending or closed sales as of the date of our update.)
  • 38 properties total have sold and closed (37 last month) - at an average of 94.07% of the original listing price (91.92% last month).  Of the 38 properties that sold, six were full price offers and six were over full price.
There are currently 180 active listings on the market, not including properties currently listed as pending sales.  (There were 199 active listings last month.)

Here's a list of the 38 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.  We have also added a new column, "Days On the Market', which indicates the number of days the property was on the market before it sold and closed.  (Bear in mind this figure also includes the days each property was in escrow, so the numbers can be skewed a bit in the case of long escrow periods.)

OJAI SALES-TO-LIST PRICE PERCENTAGES, 7/20/14 THROUGH 8/19/14

 PROPERTY ADDRESS
 SALES PRICE
 ORIGINAL LIST PRICE
 SALES TO LIST %
 DAYS ON THE MARKET
 11195 N VENTURA AVE #11
 $17,000  $16,500  100%  8
 1225 S RICE RD #56
 $23,500  $23,500  100%  31
 1273 S RICE RD #52
 $64,000  $69,000  93%  53
 950 WOODLAND AVE #14
 $83,000  $95,000  87%  335
 1273 S RICE RD #100
 $85,000  $99,500  85%  82
 609 CANADA ST #E
 $310,000  $324,500  96%  35
 209 GOLDEN WEST AVE
 $335,000  $325,000  103%  64
 1008 CREEKSIDE WAY #E
 $375,000  $379,900  99%  31
 385 SUNSET AVE
 $390,000  $395,000  99%  66
 134 BUNDREN ST
 $315,000  $383,250  82%  157
 11690 N VENTURA AVE
 $430,000  $425,000  101%  39
 502 DESCANSO AVE
 $435,000  $435,000  100%  29
 409 VALLERIO AVE
 $451,000  $449,000  100%  135
 8552 NYE RD
 $450,000  $459,000  98%  64
 25 PATHELEN AVE
 $457,000  $475,000  96%  102
 96 KUNKLE ST
 $475,000  $475,000  100%  0 (SOLD BEFORE LISTED)
 914 S AYERS CT
 $537,000  $545,000  99%  53
 2088 VALLEY MEADOW DR
 $549,000  $545,000  100%  50
 605 GRAND AVE
 $547,000  $559,000  98%  132
 1959 SILVER SPUR CT
 $580,000  $589,000  98%  35
 208 FAIRWAY LN
 $560,000  $655,000  85%  35
 1014 S RICE RD
 $665,000  $685,000  97%  98
 1980 E OJAI AVE
 $675,000  $729,000  93%  133
 835-815 W LOMITA AVE
 $795,000  $795,000  100%  203
 611 PEARL ST
 $750,000  $997,000  75%  624
 335 E VILLANOVA RD
 $759,000  $799,500  95%  21
 1145 TICO RD
 $790,000  $799,900  99%  42
 8177 CAMP CHAFFEE RD
 $830,000  $830,000  100%  0 (SOLD BEFORE LISTED)
 209 S BLANCHE ST
 $900,000  $899,000  100%  216 (NEW CONSTRUCTION)
 2181 VALLEY MEADOW DR
 $899,000  $899,000  100%  42
 329 GRIDLEY RD
 $925,000  $1,095,000  84%  155
 1650 GARST LN
 $900,000  $1,295,000  69%  262
 701 CANADA ST
 $1,025,000  $1,095,000  94%  177
 707 CUYAMA RD
 $1,100,000  $1,200,000  92%  76
 611 DEL ORO DR
 $1,155,000  $1,295,000  89%  607
 1329 FOOTHILL RD
 $1,320,500  $1,495,000  88%  106
 599 QUAIL OAKS DR
 $1,750,000  $1,895,000  92%  486
 123 FAIRVIEW RD
 $2,050,000  $2,299,000  89%  153
         94.07% AVERAGE



- 2:40 p.m.

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

There are two new listings on the market:

$464,000 - 891 Hackamore Street.
$669,000 - 160 Burnham Road.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

605 Grand Avenue - sold for $547,000 (was listed at $559,000).
1533 Orchard Drive - reduced from $669,950 to $654,999.
310 E. Aliso Street - withdrawn.

We're running the numbers for the 30 day Ojai market update as you read this.  See you at about 5:00.



- 9:05 a.m.


No changes yet for today, but we'll have the 30-day Ojai market update for you later this afternoon/early evening.  We're also going to tease this again - we have an incredible, storybook & turn-key property coming on the market this Friday.  It's a 4 bed/4 bath, 4,606 sq. ft. home on two acres in Rancho Matilija.  Professional photos won't be available until Thursday, but here's a sneak preview:




The Shoilet:




8/18/14

- 4:15 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 26 Feliz Drive has been cancelled.

Changes to the All Listings page:

57 W. Catalina Drive - reduced from $475,000 to $465,000.
307 N. Signal Street - reduced from $529,000 to $525,000.
12610 Koenigstein Road - reduced from $439,500 to $375,000.
210 N. Fulton Street - sale pending.
901 Sunset Place - sale pending.
123 Casitas Pass Road - sale pending.
600 Ridgeline Drive - sale pending.
8994 Nye Road - sale pending.



- 10:10 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

401 Golden West Avenue - sale pending.
73 Don Antonio Way - sale pending.
1533 Orchard Drive - reduced from $674,950 to $669,950.
4 Catalina Drive - reduced from $1,370,000 to $1,320,000.

Fascinating fact:  Did you know that your mail cooks from the inside, out?




8/17/14

- 11:30 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$155,000 - 11420 N. Ventura Avenue.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

1225 S. Rice Road, #35 - back on the market and reduced from $34,000 to $29,900.
583 Quail Oaks Drive - pictures have been added to the listing.
203 N. Signal Street - pictures have been added to the listing.
362 Avenida Del Recreo - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
2259 McNell Road - sale pending.
10345 Creek Road - sale pending.  (This is our listing - congrats to our client!)

Don't forget to check out the Open House list for today.  Speaking of which, three of our listings are open to see today:

2964 Sailor Avenue - 1:00 to 4:00 (located in the Ventura Keys).
879 S. La Lune Avenue - 12:00 to 2:00.
27 Olive Street - 1:00 to 4:00.

And finally, Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife and business partner, Cheryl - the one who drives me crazy, yet keeps me sane!

                                           
              Aww...ain't she cute?                                                                       And then the attitude started...


       
                        Cheryl, goofing off while I was taking pictures of our 2964 Sailor Avenue listing


Have a great Sunday!


8/16/14

- 12:20 p.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$679,000 - 1206 Ferrara Drive.
$95,000 - 203 N. Signal Street.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).

Yesterday while I was out previewing properties, Cheryl was at our new listing at 879 S. La Luna Avenue - holding it open so that other agents could preview it for themselves.  A well-respected agent within the community pointed her finger at Cheryl and said "I have a lot of clients that follow your website, so you tell Ray he'd better put it on your website as at least an Honorable Mention."  Okay, okay - we agree, this property is extremely cute.  So due to the previous comment, as well as other highly positive comments from other agents, we have added it as an Honorable Mention.

Our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue (in the Ventura Keys) is being held open today from 1:00 to 4:00.  If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to stop by this beautiful waterfront home!



~  The Open House list for today has been updated.

Changes to the All Listings page:

10561 Encino Drive - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
930 Hackamore Street - reduced from $475,000 to $469,900.
3428 Calle Moreno Drive - sale pending.
8592 Nye Road - sale pending.
950 Woodland Avenue, #14 - sold for $83,000 (was listed at $89,900).


8/15/14

- 4:35 p.m.

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

583 Quail Oaks Drive - Best Buy.
1001 N. Montgomery Street - Honorable Mention.
135 Monte Court - Honorable Mention.

Changes to the All Listings page:

4284 Grand Avenue - sale pending.
103 Don Carlos Way - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
82 Don Antonio Way - withdrawn from the market.

Have a great weekend, stay cool, and we'll see you tomorrow with the Saturday open houses!



- 9:05 a.m.


There are three new listings on the market:

$849,000 - 12712 Sisar Road.
$1,824,000 - 583 Quail Oaks Drive.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know if and when they're published.)
$750,000 - 11075 Sulphur Mountain Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

205 El Camino Drive - sale pending.
835-815 W. Lomita Avenue - sold for $795,000 (was listed at $785,000).
159 Avenida De La Entrada - withdrawn from the market.

We've lowered the price on our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue (in the Ventura Keys) to $1,599,000.  If you own a boat and would a place to dock it, this is the place to be!

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  We're off to preview nine new properties; be sure to check in later this afternoon.

Twisted sitter:




8/14/14

- 6:40 p.m.

There are four new listings on the market:

$599,000 - 879 S. La Luna Avenue.  This is our own listing, so click here for high-resolution photos!
$449,500 - 194 El Camino Drive.
$459,000 - 2290 Burnham Road.
$624,900 - 135 Monte Court.

The Best Buy at 1110 Sunset Place is back on the market (had been a pending sale).

Changes to the All Listings page:

2225 Maricopa Highway - reduced from $599,900 to $594,900.
363 Riverside Road - reduced from $895,000 to $865,000.
345 S. Lomita Avenue - sale pending.
1225 S. Rice Road, #44 - sale pending.
8970 Nye Road - sale pending.
1008 Creekside Way, #E - sold for $375,000 (was listed at $379,900).

Wow, it's been a crazy, crazy busy week.  Lots of new listings on the market, and we'll have another drop-dead, absolutely gorgeous home coming on the market next week as well.  See you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday!



- 9:00 a.m.


~  The listing and Honorable Mention at 10561 Encino Drive has expired.

There are two new listings on the market:

$849,000 - 1001 N. Montgomery Street.
$4,595,000 - Reeves Road land parcel.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1225 S. Rice Road, #2 - listing cancelled.
123 Fairview Road - sold for $2,050,000 (was listed at $2,150,000).

Seriously...no, seriously??




8/13/14

- 6:05 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 1329 Foothill Road has been sold for $1,320,500 (was listed at $1,349,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

47 Don Antonio Way - sale pending.
1273 S. Rice Road, #52 - sold for $64,000 (was listed at $69,000).

We have a new listing coming on the market tomorrow (we teased about it back on June 23rd), do you remember?  We're having pictures taken tomorrow and we'll tell you all about it in the afternoon/early evening update.  Have a nice night!



- 10:40 a.m.


~  No changes yet for today.

This two acre parcel is located inside the home:




8/12/14

- 4:35 p.m.

Our listing and Honorable Mention at 27 Olive Street has been reduced from $412,622 to $404,800.
~  The Best Buy at 2110 Sumac Drive has been reduced from $595,000 to $579,500.


There is a new listing on the market:

$439,900 - 8592 Nye Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

362 Avenida Del Recreo - sale pending.



- 10:55 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$409,500 - 1103 Creekside Way, #E.
$595,000 - 1010 Spring Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

555 Camino Cielo Road - reduced from $1,995,000 to $1,949,000.
316 N. La Luna Avenue - reduced from $699,000 to $679,000.

Have you ever suspected that you might have pareidolia (one symptom of which includes seeing faces in everyday things)?  Click the picture below to enter the gallery (most of these are hilariously obvious):




8/11/14

- 4:00 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 1511 Nova Lane has been reduced from $1,049,000 to $999,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

208 Fairway Lane - sold for $560,000 (was listed at $595,000).



- 10:10 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

132 Don Felipe Way - a picture has been added to the listing.
210 N. Fulton Street - reduced from $440,000 to $435,000.
Foothill Road land parcel - sale pending.
855 Oso Road - sale pending.
1104 Foothill Road - withdrawn from the market.

Fixed:




8/10/14

- 11:15 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

907 Jose Drive - sale pending.

Don't forget to check out the Open House list for today.  We are having our listing at 27 Olive Street open today from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - be sure to stop by and see this cute 3 bedroom home with new paint, carpet, and roof.  It's also on our Honorable Mentions list.  Have a great Sunday!


8/9/14

- 9:05 a.m.

There are no changes yet for today.  We're off to show property this morning, and then we'll be at our open house at 10345 Creek Road from 12:00 to 3:00.  Stop by, say "Hello", and take a look at this 3.4 acre property with two homes and tons of potential.



Check out the Open House list for everything that's open in Ojai today.

Exhibitionist hot tub:




8/8/14

- 7:55 p.m.

We have added a new Honorable Mention at 848 Woodland Avenue, #3.

There are three new listings on the market:

$35,000 - 132 Don Felipe Way.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know if and when they're posted in the MLS.)
$460,000 - 195 N. La Luna Avenue.
$419,000 - 8994 Nye Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

124 El Camino Drive - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
410 Descano Avenue - back on the market (had been a withdrawn listing).
855 Oso Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
345 S. Lomita Avenue - reduced from $419,000 to $410,000.
414 Grand Avenue - sale pending.
8177 Camp Chaffee Road - sold for $830,000 (was listed at $830,000).
1273 S. Rice Road, #100 - sold for $85,000 (was listed at $99,500).

We'll see you tomorrow morning with the open houses for Saturday, one of which will be our own.  Have a great weekend!



- 9:05 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

1225 S. Rice Road, #35 - expired.

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  We'll check back in later after we preview the list of properties on preview today.  (We already know that we'll be adding at least one new Honorable Mention).

A bit too leopardy for me:




8/7/14

- 6:15 p.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$579,000 - 1139 Fierro Drive.
$435,000 - 185 Puesta Del Sol.

The Honorable Mention at 25 Pathelen Avenue has been sold for $457,000 (was listed at $475,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

11195 N. Ventura Avenue, #11 - sold for $17,000 (was listed at $14,500).

We will see you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday.  As of this writing, there are at least six new properties we'll be previewing.  Have a great evening!



- 10:00 a.m.


~  The Best Buy at 905 Holly Knoll Drive that was cancelled yesterday is back on the market today.  The price has also been increased from $539,000 to $549,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

907 El Centro Street - sale pending.
103 Don Carlos Way - sale pending.
8552 Nye Road - sold for $450,000 (was listed at $459,000).
2157 Woodland Avenue - cancelled listing.
22 Taormina Lane - cancelled listing (had been a pending sale.)

Chocolate .45's really add class to your home:




8/6/14

- 4:35 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$319,900 - 848 Woodland Avenue, #3.

The Best Buy and listing at 905 Holly Knoll Drive has been cancelled.

Changes to the All Listings page:

495 Burnham Road - reduced from $409,000 to $399,900.
545 Del Oro Drive - reduced from $1,799,000 to $1,595,000.
7891 Camp Chaffee Road - sale pending.
2181 Valley Meadow Drive - sold for $899,000 (was listed at $899,000).
611 Pearl Street - sold for $750,000 (was listed at $799,000).



- 10:05 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$375,000 - 205 El Camino Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

3860 Grand Avenue - increased from $3,995,000 to $4,300,000.
307 N. Signal Street - reduced from $536,000 to $529,000.
1218 S. La Luna Avenue - reduced from $709,000 to $675,000.
1145 Tico Road - sold for $790,000 (was listed at $799,900).

A notch above the rest:




8/5/14

- 3:30 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

8882 N. Ventura Avenue - cancelled listing.
712 Drown Avenue - sale pending.
950 Woodland Avenue, #111 - sale pending.
855 Oso Road - sale pending.
8177 Camp Chaffee Road - sale pending.  (This one had an accepted offer on it before it was put into the MLS.  It's on the All Listings page for comparative purposes.



- 10:05 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$729,000 - 712 Drown Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

4003 Thacher Road - sale pending.
409 Vallerio Avenue - sold for $451,000 (was listed at $451,000).

Not the intended result:




8/4/14

- 6:45 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 254 N. Arnaz Street is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

855 Oso Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
40 Pathelen Avenue - sale pending.
1959 Silver Spur Circle - sold for $580,000 (was listed at $589,000).
1225 S. Rice Road, #56 - sold for $23,500 (was listed at $23,500).
260 E. El Roblar Drive - withdrawn from the market.



- 10:15 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$525,000 - 907 Jose Drive.

The Best Buy at 3428 Calle Moreno Drive is back on the market (had been a pending sale).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1533 Orchard Drive - reduced from $697,950 to $674,950.
12039 MacDonald Drive - reduced from $2,200,000 to $1,995,000.
13 Don Antonio Way - sale pending.
1273 S. Rice Road, #52 - sale pending.

I can't put my finger on it, but something seems off here:




8/3/14

- 11:15 a.m.

~  The Best Buy at 914 S. Ayers Court has been sold for $537,000 (was listed at $545,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

2267 Burnham Road - reduced from $705,000 to $699,000.
11690 N. Ventura Avenue - sold for $430,000 (was listed at $425,000).

We went to the Cubs/Dodgers game last night in L.A.  Nothing better than a night game in Southern California on a summer night, although I have to say the Dodger Dog really pales in comparison to a Vienna Beef, Chicago-Style hot dog.  Oh well, the Dodgers won in the bottom of the 12th inning on a 3-run homer by Hanley Ramirez (to the chagrin of this Cubs fan).

Don't forget to stop by to see our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue; it's on open house today from 1:00 to 4:00.  Enjoy your Sunday!




8/2/14

- 12:25 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 167 Barbara Street has been reduced from $425,000 to $409,000.
~  Check out the Open House list for this weekend (there are no published open houses for today, however).

There is a new listing on the market:

$99,500 - 76 Don Antonio Way.

Changes to the All Listings page:

832 Oso Road - sale pending.
385 Sunset Avenue - sold for $390,000 (was listed at $395,000).
502 Descanso Avenue - sold for $435,000 (was listed at $435,000).
335 E. Villanova Road - sold for $759,000 (was listed at $799,000).
329 Gridley Road - sold for $925,000 (was listed at $998,000).
707 Cuyama Road - sold for $1,100,000 (was listed at $1,200,000).
Sulphur Mountain Road land parcel - expired.

Our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue (in the Ventura Keys) will be held open both today and tomorrow, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Make sure to stop by to see this exceptional home!

Actual listing photo - yes, getting out of the car to take a picture is hard:




8/1/14

- 1:30 p.m.

~  We have added a new Honorable Mention at 1961 Silver Spur Circle.  (Just a reminder:  Honorable Mentions are not always deemed so based on price.  Sometimes, a property is too cute to not bring to your attention, regardless of our opinion of pricing - which let's face it - isn't fact, but only our informed opinion.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

159 Avenida De La Entrada - reduced from $589,000 to $581,000.

Depending on how the rest of our day goes, this may be the last update.  In either case, we'll see you tomorrow morning with the open houses for Saturday and Sunday!



- 9:55 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$1,100,000 - 832 Oso Road.
$495,000 - 608 E. Ojai Avenue.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2259 McNell Road - reduced from $2,995,000 to $2,895,000.
12610 Koenigstein Road - reduced from $469,500 to $439,500.
305 Shady Lane - expired.

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





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$549,000 - 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.  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.  BACK ON THE MARKET - 8/7/14.  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.  SOLD for $537,000 - 8/3/14.   


 
$579,500 - 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.  REDUCED from $595,000 - 8/12/14.  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 - 8/19/14.


 
$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.  SOLD for $1,320,500 - 8/13/14.



 
$1,379,000 - 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 - 8/16/14.
 
   


 
$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.



 
$1,824,000 - 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.  ADDED 8/15/14 - Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.
 
 
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Best Buys In Ojai are the opinions of Ray and Cheryl Deckert, not of Keller Williams Realty, and are NOT guaranteed.  Listings are chosen from the MLS, and may or may not be the listings of Keller Williams Realty.  Information contained in the Best Buys list has not been verified and is not guaranteed.