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

"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup."    -   H.L. Mencken


Ojai Weather

 
Sunny  -  High 92  /  Low 61





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

- 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:




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

- 3:50 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

307 N. Signal Street - reduced from $489,000 to $475,000.

It's been a bit of a slow day today, so here's a little something that might bring a chuckle:  Useless products.  Click the photo below to enter the gallery.





- 11:00 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$585,000 - 108 E. Oak Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

988 Moreno Drive - cancelled.

Couldn't agree more:




Monday, September 29, 2014

- 5:55 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 583 Quail Oaks Drive has been reduced from $1,824,000 to $1,795,000.
~  The Honorable Mention at 848 Woodland Avenue, #3 has been reduced from $319,900 to $299,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

307 N. Signal Street - reduced from $499,000 to $489,000.
901 Hackamore Street - reduced from $500,000 to $499,000.
310 Vallerio Avenue - reduced from $599,000 to $579,000.
1273 S. Rice Road, #99 - sale pending.
195 N. La Luna Avenue - sale pending.
272 Rockaway Road - back on the market (had been a withdrawn listing) and now a pending sale.
2290 Burnham Road - sold for $441,500 (was listed at $459,000).
73 Don Antonio Way - sold for $68,000 (was listed at $73,000).

Just FYI - that's 29 properties that have received price reductions in Ojai over the last week.


- 10:20 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 1001 N. Montgomery Street is now a pending sale.

There is a new listing on the market:

$1,545,000 - 1598 Foothill Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

502 Shady Lane - increased from $484,000 to $489,000.
1139 Fierro Drive - reduced from $569,000 to $560,000.
959 Amber Lane - reduced from $1,549,000 to $1,475,000.

The ultimate OCD trigger:




Sunday, September 28, 2014

- 11:05 a.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$165,000 - 65 Don Antonio Way.
$169,000 - 109 Don Carlos Way(As of this writing, the MLS link for this listing is not working.  This is an MLS issue that we have no control over.  It may begin working at some point, so you can try checking it again at a later time.  We've also had occasions when this has happened and the link never works, so I give it a 50/50 shot.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

Foothill Road land parcel - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
502 Shady Lane - reduced from $489,000 to $484,000.

The Open House list for today has been updated, and it's quite extensive:  There are 21 properties to see!  Our listing at 690 Oak Grove Court will be open from 1:00 to 4:00, as will our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue in the Ventura Keys.  Have a great day Sunday.

                         690 Oak Grove Court, Ojai                                                               2964 Sailor Avenue, Ventura
        


Saturday, September 27, 2014

- 10:40 a.m.

~  The Best Buy at 3428 Calle Moreno Drive has been sold for $1,308,345 (was listed at $1,395,000).

The Open House list for today has been updated.

Plants out on the town for a day of shopping:




Friday, September 26, 2014

- 4:30 p.m.

There are no new Best Buys or Honorable Mentions for today.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1239 Tico Road - reduced from $725,000 to $715,000.
474 N. Arnaz Road, #13 - reduced from $139,900 to $120,000.
483 Avenida Del Recreo - sale pending.
8970 Nye Road - sale pending.
495 Burnham Road - withdrawn from the market.

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


- 9:20 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention at 542 E. Raymond Street has been reduced from $499,000 to $497,000.

There is a new listing on the market:

$500,000 - 901 Hackamore Street.

Here's the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  We'll be taking a look at six new properties this morning, so be sure to check in later today to see if anything new made the list!

Click the photo below to see a gallery of unique and cool aquariums:




Thursday, September 25, 2014

- 6:20 p.m.

~  The Honorable Mention at 837 S. La Luna Avenue is now a pending sale.
~  The Honorable Mention at 167 Barbara Street is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11075 Sulphur Mountain Road - reduced from $699,000 to $650,000.

Looks like it's going to be a great sunset tonight!  See you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday.


- 11:10 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$2,950,000 - 478 Carne Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

134 Bundren Street - reduced from $419,000 to $399,000.
1104 N. Signal Street - sale pending.
8025 Camp Chaffee Road - sold for $395,000 (was listed at $374,900).  Heartfelt congratulations go out to Jason, Anna, and Justice:  They closed on this home yesterday (their first)!  We came to know them as warm and patient folks; they were a pleasure to work with.  Welcome to the area you guys!




Actual listing photo - buyer to evict tenant themselves:




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

- 3:50 p.m.

The Best Buy at 10885 Encino Drive has been reduced from $1,399,999 to $1,350,000.

Changes to the All Listings page:

307 N. Signal Street - reduced from $519,000 to $499,000.
211 S. Blanche Street - reduced from $869,000 to $829,000.
807 Daly Road - reduced from $879,000 to $849,000.
95 Apricot Street - reduced from $394,998 to $384,998.



- 10:05 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$2,349,000 - 3560 Thacher Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

755 Burnham Road - sold for $560,000 (was listed at $565,000).

You know, they say to never bring your work into the bedroom:




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

- 5:50 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$250,000 - 125 Valley View Drive.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1014 Creekside Way, #G - reduced from $348,000 to $340,500.
1179 Rancho Court - reduced from $1,400,000 to $1,250,000.
10554 Almond Avenue - sold for $449,000 (was listed at $449,000).
8994 Nye Road - sold for $431,000 (was listed at $419,000).
236 Olive Street - pictures have been added to the listing.


- 8:55 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

12712 Sisar Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale) and reduced from $849,000 to $795,000.

At least it'll keep your buns toasty:




Monday, September 22, 2014

- 6:40 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$1,099,000 - 201 Bald Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

108 Shady Lane - reduced from $519,000 to $504,900.
3622 Reeves Road - reduced from $7,250,000 to $6,750,000.
242 Prospect Street - reduced from $579,900 to $559,900.
18 Mountain View Street - sale pending.
124 El Camino Drive - sold for $515,000 (was listed at $498,000).



- 11:25 a.m.


~  The Best Buy at 3202 E. Ojai Avenue is back on the market (had been a pending sale).
~  The Best Buy at 905 Holly Knoll Drive has been reduced from $549,000 to $529,000.
~  The Honorable Mention (and our listing) at 27 Olive Street has been reduced from $399,800 to $389,600.
~  The Honorable Mention at 167 Barbara Street has been reduced from $399,000 to $389,000.
~  The Honorable Mention at 1025 S. Rice Road is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1681 Kenewa Street - reduced from $599,000 to $594,500.
8970 Nye Road - reduced from $395,000 to $389,000.
202 N. Fulton Street - sale pending.

Brought to you by the Deparment of Unnecessary Construction Projects:




Sunday, September 21, 2014

- 10:35 a.m.

~  Our listing at 162 N. Pueblo Avenue is now a pending sale.
~  The Open House list for today has been updated.

There are three new listings on the market:

$714,000 - 1880 S. Rice Road.
$416,000 - 236 Olive Street (no pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).
$59,900 - 950 Woodland Avenue, #47.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11290 Oakcrest Avenue - sold for $490,000 (was listed at $524,900).
511 El Paseo Road - sold for $650,000 (was listed at $649,900).
13320 E. Sulphur Mountain Road - sold for $1,525,000 (was listed at $1,650,000).

We will not be holding our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue open (as mentioned yesterday).  However, make sure to stop by our open house at 690 Oak Grove Court today from 1:00 to 4:00!




Saturday, September 20, 2014

- 9:25 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

905 Sunset Place - reduced from $584,000 to $574,000.
305 Palomar Road - sale pending.

There are no published open houses in Ojai today, but if you want to take a jaunt down to Ventura, our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue will be open today and tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  We'll also be holding our listing at 690 Oak Grove Court open - tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00.

Uh...I think we get it:




Friday, September 19, 2014

- 6:35 p.m.

~  Have a great weekend!  Here's your Ojai Market Data update for the past month, including today's updates:

  • 52 new listings came on the market; 4 of these new listings are either pending sales or have already closed.  (Last month we saw 43 new listings come on the market; 14 of them were pending or closed sales as of the date of our update.)
  • 35 properties total have sold and closed (38 last month) - at an average of 92.23% of the original listing price (94.07% last month).  Of the 35 properties that sold, four were full price offers and seven were over full price.
There are currently 201 active listings on the market, not including properties currently listed as pending sales.  (There were 180 active listings last month.)

Here's a list of the 35 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, 8/20/14 THROUGH 9/19/14

 PROPERTY ADDRESS
 SALES PRICE
 ORIGINAL LIST PRICE
 SALES TO LIST %
 DAYS ON THE MARKET
1225 S RICE RD #35 $330,000 $395,000 84% 121
47 DON ANTONIO WAY $42,500 $49,900 85% 177
1225 S RICE RD #62 $50,000 $59,000 85% 33
13 DON ANTONIO WAY $45,000 $60,000 75% 257
950 WOODLAND AVE. #111 $62,000 $62,000 100% 61
1273 S RICE RD #38 $90,000 $125,000 72% 121
95 APRICOT ST $295,000 $259,000 114% 153
1139 ROBIN CT $330,000 $395,000 84% 121
205 EL CAMINO DR $380,500 $375,000 101% 24
249 MAHONEY AVE $389,000 $389,000 100% 55
3071 MATILIJA CANYON RD $385,000 $395,000 97% 120
855 OSO RD. $360,000 $439,000 82% 99
1103 CREEKSIDE WAY, #E $405,000 $409,500 99% 23
532 VINE ST $432,000 $419,900 103% 34
LADERA RANCH RD LAND PARCEL $400,000 $425,000 94% 28
254 N ARNAZ ST $445,000 $475,000 94% 203
78 MOUNTAIN VIEW ST $460,000 $470,000 98% 98
1164 BONMARK DR $445,650 $495,000 90% 155
601 CANADA ST $502,500 $495,000 102% 49
479 W LOMITA AVE $485,000 $529,000 92% 89
2125 E OJAI AVE $525,000 $499,000 105% 140
901 SUNSET PL $529,000 $549,000 96% 89
813 SANTA ANA BLVD $520,000 $565,000 92% 161
11516 OAKCREST AVE $575,000 $634,000 91% 93
407 DROWN AVE $620,000 $619,000 100% 48
414 GRAND AVE $735,000 $730,000 100% 26
401 GOLDEN WEST AVE $735,000 $754,000 97% 106
475 MONTANA CIRCLE $747,500 $825,000 91% 62
10343-10345 CREEK RD $789,000 $789,000 100% 47
1148 SERENIDAD PL $850,000 $989,000 86% 130
4003 THACHER RD $1,100,000 $1,100,000 100% 18
650 TICO RD $1,175,000 $1,465,000 80% 132
GRIDLEY RD LAND PARCEL $1,200,000 $1,495,000 80% 523
11342 SULPHUR MTN RD $1,200,000 $1,695,000 71% 125
966 CARNE RD $1,840,000 $2,099,900 88% 690
         92.23% AVERAGE

A couple of months ago, we mentioned that it seemed that Ojai real estate was returning to a more "normal" market. Certainly, we've seen more new listings come on the market in the last few months.  Over the last month that feeling has changed a bit:  Properties that we thought would sell immediately are still on the market, and properties that we thought would sit are getting offers.  As the above table shows, we are still seeing properties selling at or above full price.  Other Ojai brokers and agents have mirrored this sentiment..."It's the weirdest market we've seen in 20 years."

So what does that mean for sellers?  We wouldn't say that there are a glut of homes on the market, but it is the first time in a while we've had over 200 active listings available.  Sellers should be mentally prepared to have their properties sit on the market a bit longer these days.  Properties are selling, just not as quickly.

And what does it mean for buyers?  More properties to choose from, with perhaps a bit more flexibility in seller pricing.  Bottom line for buyers; write an offer.  Get a dialogue going.  We've seen many occasions where buyers have lost out on a property, simply because they didn't think the seller would consider their initial offer.



- 3:45 p.m.

There are two more new listings on the market:

$495,000 - 1217 Grandview Avenue.
$729,000 - 1979 Silver Spur Circle.

We have added two new Honorable Mentions:

1496 Foothill Road (due to a recent price reduction).
1025 S. Rice Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

495 Burnham Road - reduced from $395,900 to $394,900.

We're running the numbers for the 30-day Ojai Market Update as you read this.  Check back with us in a couple of hours...

 

- 8:45 a.m.


There are three new listings on the market:

$509,000 - 202 N. Fulton Street.
$1,499,000 - 1104 N. Signal Street.
$99,000 - 160 La Plaza Way.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1015 Amber Lane - reduced from $7,950,000 to $6,950,000.
410 Church Street, #21 - pictures have been added to the listing.

Cheryl and I will be splitting duties today:  I'll be heading out to take a look at eight new properties, while she'll be holding our listing at 162 N. Pueblo Street open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for broker preview (but you can stop by and take a look if you like).  Later today we'll be bringing you the Ojai 30-day Market Update, so be sure to check that out.

At least it's not duct tape:




Thursday, September 18, 2014

- 5:10 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$429,000 - 410 Church Street, #21 (no pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published in the MLS).

Changes to the All Listings page:

495 Burnham Road - reduced from $399,900 to $395,900.
2267 Burnham Road - reduced from $699,000 to $689,000.
185 Oak Drive - sale pending.
1225 S. Rice Road, #44 - sale pending.
1145 Tico Road - sale pending.
1225 S. Rice Road, #35 - sold for $27,000 (was listed at $29,900).
8815 Nye Road - cancelled.

We'll see you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday!


- 11:20 a.m.


~  The Honorable Mention (and our listing) at 879 S. La Luna Avenue is now a pending sale.

There is a new listing on the market:

$960,000 - 307 E. Aliso Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1681 Kenewa Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
1139 Fierro Drive - reduced from $579,000 to $569,000.
76 Don Antonio Way - reduced from $89,500 to $84,500.
11075 Sulphur Mountain Road - reduced from $750,000 to $699,000.
18 Mountain View Street - reduced from $390,000 to $375,000.
813 Santa Ana Boulevard - sold for $520,000 (was listed at $559,900).

Little Bruce's bedroom:




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

- 5:15 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$449,000 - 30 Rio Via Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1496 Foothill Road - reduced from $1,495,000 to $1,395,000.
555 Camino Cielo Road - sale pending.
4003 Thacher Road - sold for $1,100,000 (was listed at $1,100,000).

We've added a couple of extra sunset photos to our listing at 690 Oak Grove Court.  Click the photo below and go to page 5 to see them.  Have a great night!





- 1:15 p.m.


Sorry for the late update!  As we've taken on more new listings, our days are getting busier.

There are two new listings on the market:

$549,000 - 1025 S. Rice Road.
$489,000 - 11085 N. Ventura Avenue.

The Best Buy at 512 Grand Avenue is back on the market (had been a cancelled listing).

Changes to the All Listings page:

8970 Nye Road - reduced from $399,000 to $395,000.
1131 Anita Avenue - reduced from $689,000 to $679,000.
12170 Grape Hill Road - back on the market (had been a withdrawn listing).
1202 Loma Drive, #57 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
1975 Maricopa Highway, #28 - pictures have been added to the listing.

No window for you!




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

- 5:05 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$635,000 - 156 Willey Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

138-140 N. La Luna Avenue - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
1206 Ferrara Drive - reduced from $679,000 to $669,000.
1533 Orchard Drive - reduced from $634,950 to $629,950.
1010 Spring Street - sale pending.
257 S. Montgomery Street, #12 - the listing has been withdrawn.

Congratulations to our client, A. F., whose home at 10345-10343 Creek Road sold and closed today!  The home was listed at $789,000 (it sold for $789,000).

Stay cool out there!


- 11:15 a.m.


~  The Best Buy at 3202 E. Ojai Avenue is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2267 Burnham Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
335 Ventura Avenue - reduced from $550,000 to $540,000.
103 Don Carlos Way - sale pending.
401 Golden West Avenue - sold for $735,000 (was listed at $754,000).

Actual listing photo - also, the screen test for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Barrryy!):




Monday, September 15, 2014

- 4:00 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$127,500 - 1975 Maricopa Highway, #28.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1010 Spring Street - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
545 Del Oro Drive - sale pending.
1202 Loma Drive, #57 - sale pending.
57 Portal Street - sale pending.
277 Barbara Street - withdrawn from the market.
Ojai Santa Paula Road land parcel - withdrawn from the market.

Herve Villechaize had a dream:




Sunday, September 14, 2014

- 7:35 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$419,000 - 134 Bundren Street.  (Yes, this is the same property that sold and closed on August 19th.  It's been remodeled and put back on the market in one of the shortest turn-arounds we've ever seen.)

The Honorable Mention at 353 S. Lomita Avenue is now a pending sale.
The Best Buy at 512 Grand Avenue is now a cancelled listing.

Changes to the All Listings page:

1225 S. Rice Road, #44 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
2267 Burnham Road - sale pending.
1225 S. Rice Road, #35 - sale pending.
47 Don Antonio Way - sold for $42,500 (was listed at $45,000).
3359 Reeves Road - the listing has been withdrawn.

The Open House list for today has been updated.

Finally, just an FYI - there won't be a morning updating tomorrow.  The next update will be tomorrow afternoon or early evening.  Have a great Sunday, and stay cool!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

- 7:15 a.m.

There are two new listings on the market:

$539,000 - 175 S. Encinal Avenue.
$349,000 - Riverside Road land parcel.

Changes to the All Listings page:

307 N. Signal Street - reduced from $525,000 to $519,000.
4 E. Sulphur Mountain Road - reduced from $1,199,000 to $899,000.
950 Woodland Avenue, #2 - pictures and square footage have been added to the listing.

There are no scheduled open houses for today.  There might be a few realtors that simply put out signs, so if you're itching to see something, a drive around town might be in order.

I'm so confused:




Friday, September 12, 2014

- 3:50 p.m.

~  The Best Buy at 11202 Ojai Santa Paula Road has been reduced from $1,379,000 to $1,325,000.

There is a new listing on the market:

$97,500 - 1975 Maricopa Highway, #36.

Changes to the All Listings page:

930 Hackamore Street - reduced from $469,900 to $459,900.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Saturday open houses.  We hope you have a great weekend!



- 7:10 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

805 McAndrew Road - expired.
8560 N. Ventura Avenue - sale pending.

Actual listing photo:




Thursday, September 11, 2014

- 6:15 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$114,900 - 950 Woodland Avenue, #2.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

907 Jose Drive - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
Gridley Road land parcel - sold for $1,200,000 (was listed at $1,350,000).
8592 Nye Road - sale pending.

Just a quick note about the Ojai real estate market:  The market tends to pick up as August moves into September, but things have been a bit slow these last few weeks.  Not a lot of new inventory has been coming on the market and - after speaking with several other agents in the valley - we agree that there's not been a lot of activity on existing listings either.

Have a great night; we'll see you early tomorrow morning!



- 9:45 a.m.


Changes to the All Listings page:

249 Mahoney Avenue - sold for $389,000 (was listed at $389,000).

Had I known these rules were in place, I would've gone to the punching zoo:




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

- 9:30 p.m.

Sorry for the late update - long day!

There is a new listing on the market:

$569,000 - 483 Avenida Del Recreo.

The Honorable Mention at 2110 Sumac Drive is now a pending sale.

Changes to the All Listings page:

275 S. Montgomery Street, #12 - reduced from $924,900 to $915,000.
57 W. Catalina Drive - sale pending.
1681 Kenewa Street - sale pending.
10456 Sulphur Mountain Road - sale pending.
966 Carne Road - sold for $1,840,000 (was listed at $1,959,999).


- 7:20 a.m.


No changes yet for today, but we've added some additional pictures for our listing at 162 N. Pueblo Avenue.

A Victorian with a twist:




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

- 3:45 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market.  It's our listing we teased about yesterday, located at 162 N. Pueblo Avenue - priced at $499,000.  Here's the MLS link.  Click the photo below for high-resolution pictures.  More pictures are forthcoming.  Note that this home can't be shown until Tuesday, September 16th.




~  The Best Buy at 1148 Serenidad Place has been sold for $850,000 (was listed at $899,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

1797 Foothill Road - back on the market and reduced from $199,000 to $179,000 (had been an expired listing).
502 Shady Lane - reduced from $499,900 to $489,000.
11516 Oakcrest Avenue - sold for $575,000 (was listed at $589,000).


Finally, we were visiting the owners of our listing at 690 Oak Grove Court last night and snapped the picture below.  It really is a magical home!




- 10:30 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$1,375,000 - 305 Palomar Road.
$899,000 - 495 Old Grade Road.

Changes to the All Listings page:

257 S. Montgomery Street, #12 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
1273 S. Rice Road, #38 - sold for $90,000 (was listed at $99,000).

Masochistic "pay" park bench:




Monday, September 8, 2014

- 3:00 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

211 S. Blanche Street - back on the market (had been a withdrawn listing).
316 N. La Luna Avenue - reduced from $679,000 to $650,000.
4 E. Sulphur Mountain Road - listing has been cancelled and re-listed with another agent.  It's also been increased from $899,000 to $1,199,000.
9599 Ojai Santa Paula Road - pictures have been added to the listing.
514 Del Norte Road - pictures have been added to the listing.

Finally, here's a heads up on a new listing were bringing to the market very shortly.  It's a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,380 sq. ft. home on a 7,000 sq. ft. lot in Meiners Oaks.  It features wood flooring, an updated kitchen and baths, and a large back yard - priced at $499,000.  Let us know if you'd like a sneak peek before anyone else gets a chance! 


- 10:55 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$599,000 - 1681 Kenewa Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

410 Descanso Avenue - reduced from $525,000 to $499,999.
1225 S. Rice Road, #44 - sale pending.
85 Rockaway Road - sale pending.
1885 Maricopa Highway, #2 - sale pending.
1139 Robin Court - sold for $330,000 (was listed at $350,000).

A sentiment that many share:




Sunday, September 7, 2014


- 11:30 a.m.

There is a new listing on the market:

$390,000 - 18 Mountain View Street.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11017 Rodeo Drive - reduced from $1,299,000 to $1,199,900.
257 S. Montgomery Street, #12 - sale pending.
1218 S. La Luna Avenue - expired listing.

The Open House list for today has been updated.  Stay cool and have a great Sunday!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

- 10:00 a.m.

The Honorable Mention at 159 Avenida De La Entrada has been reduced from $550,000 to $535,000.
The Best Buy at 650 Tico Road has been sold for $1,175,000 (was listed at $1,289,000).

Changes to the All Listings page:

345 S. Lomita Avenue - reduced from $405,000 to $398,000.
1533 Orchard Drive - reduced from $654,999 to $634,950.

The Open House list for today has been updated.  We will be at our listing at 27 Olive Street in Oak View from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today.  Also, our listing at 2964 Sailor Avenue (in the Ventura Keys) will be open today from 1:00 to 4:00 as well.

Treehouse awesomeness:




Friday, September 5, 2014

- 3:30 p.m.

Just a quick note - our listing at 27 Olive Street in Oak View will be available to see tomorrow as an open house from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.  If you happen to look at the open house map in the Ojai Valley News real estate guide, the placement is incorrect!  It's 27 Olive Street, Oak View - not Ojai.  (You can check its location on our open house map tomorrow.)


- 3:20 p.m.

We have added a new Best Buy at 690 Oak Grove Court.

Changes to the All Listings page:

2110 Sumac Drive - back on the market (had been an expired listing).
257 S. Montgomery Street, #12 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
1225 S. Rice Road, #44 - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
205 El Camino Drive - sold for $380,500 (was listed at $375,000).
1164 Bonmark Drive - sold for $445,650 (was listed at $475,000).

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



- 9:30 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$584,000 - 905 Sunset Place.
$725,000 - 1239 Tico Road.

The Honorable Mention at 27 Olive Street has been reduced from $404,800 to $399,800.
The Best Buy at 2110 Sumac Drive is now an expired listing.

Changes to the All Listings page:

Farnham Road land parcel - expired listing.

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

Finally, we're off to preview four new properties today.  We'll leave you with this cool collection of furniture that is created by fusing wood and metal.  Click the picture below to enter the gallery.




Thursday, September 4, 2014

- 5:30 p.m.

There are three new listings on the market:

$1,795,000 - 514 Del Norte Road.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).
$4,495,000 - 9599 Ojai Santa Paula Road.  (No pictures yet - we'll let you know when they're published).
$790,000 - 1145 Tico Road.  (Yes, this is the same property that just sold and closed last month at the same price.)

Changes to the All Listings page:

1273 S. Rice Road, #99 - reduced from $112,000 to $99,000.

See you tomorrow for Big Preview Friday!



- 11:40 a.m.


The Best Buy at 3202 E. Ojai Avenue has been reduced from $1,395,000 to $1,295,000.

There is a new listing on the market:

$59,900 - 2 Don Antonio Way.

Changes to the All Listings page:

11290 Oakcrest Avenue - sale pending.
1103 Creeside Way, #E - sold for $405,000 (was listed at $409,500).

Actual listing photo - pond scum included:




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

- 6:30 p.m.

The Honorable Mention at 78 Mountain View Street has been sold for $460,000 (was listed at $470,000).

There is a new listing on the market:

$105,000 - 950 Woodland Avenue, #95.

Changes to the All Listings page:

123 Casitas Pass Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).
40 Pathelen Avenue - back on the market and decreased from $399,000 to $395,000 (had been a pending sale).
891 Hackamore Street - sale pending.
138-140 N. La Luna Avenue - sale pending.



- 10:00 a.m.


There are two new listings on the market:

$3,750,000 - 1148 McNell Road.
$75,000 - 41 Don Antonio Way.


Just listed - 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, freshly painted:




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

- 5:20 p.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

10971 Alto Court - increased from $2,000,000 to $2,150,000.
103 Don Carlos Way - reduced from $49,500 to $46,000.
2125 E. Ojai Avenue - sold for $525,000 (was listed at $525,000).



- 9:20 a.m.


There is a new listing on the market:

$139,900 - 474 N. Arnaz Avenue, #13.

Changes to the All Listings page:

8970 Nye Road - back on the market (had been a pending sale).


Nighmare-inducing switchplate:





Monday, September 1, 2014

- 10:25 a.m.

Changes to the All Listings page:

57 W. Catalina Drive - reduced from $465,000 to $459,000.
1797 Foothill Road - expired.

We hope you have a great day; we're going to check out the Ronald Reagan Library down in Simi Valley.  Hopefully the 101 traffic won't be too bad.  I don't know what's been going on in the last few months, but it seems every time we head south there's always a traffic snarl - even during non-peak traffic times.  Oh well, can't complain too much - it's another beautiful day in SoCal!

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$529,000 - 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.  REDUCED from $549,000 - 9/22/14.  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.  SOLD for $850,000 - 9/9/14.


 
$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.  SOLD for $1,175,000 - 9/6/14.


 
$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.  BACK ON THE MARKET - 9/22/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.      


 
$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!  BACK ON THE MARKET - 9/17/14.  Call or email us if you'd like to see this home.


 
$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.
 

 
$1,395,000 - 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.  SOLD for $1,308,345 - 9/27/14.    


 
$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.