Ventura County

Ventura County

Santa Paula Getting its Own Sewer Plant

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The city of Santa Paula residents will no longer be paying the second highest sewer rates in the state. The Santa Paula City Council unanimously voted to purchase a waste water treatment plant for almost $71.0 million.

The vote came recently at their regular Monday meeting, and will save residents hundreds of dollars a year. The actual savings will depend on the interest rate of the municipal bonds used for the purchase. The savings could be as high as $450 annually on residential sewer bills.

Different proposals have been brought up in the past but were not successful. Santa Paula residents pay the second highest rates in the State of California at the present time. The price to purchase the waste water treatment plant will be $70.8 million when finalized.

  1. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,326 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,499 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Days on market: 3
  2. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 890 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 4
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,175 sq ft
    Lot size: 890 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Days on market: 4
  4. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 688 sq ft
    Lot size: 654 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Days on market: 7
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,861 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,921 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 7
  6. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 935 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,433 sqft
    Year built: 1924
    Days on market: 7
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,051 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.03 ac
    Year built: 1935
    Days on market: 8
  8. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,071 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,300 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 14
  9. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,486 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,175 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Days on market: 15
  10. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,310 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,829 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 19
  11. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 994 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,850 sqft
    Year built: 1939
    Days on market: 20
  12. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 19,351 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,351 sqft
    Year built: 0
    Days on market: 20
  13. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 34,253 sq ft
    Lot size: 34,253 sqft
    Year built: 0
    Days on market: 21
  14. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,772 sq ft
    Lot size: 25.49 ac
    Year built: 1930
    Days on market: 22
  15. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Year built: 1984
    Days on market: 22
  16. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,633 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,985 sqft
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 22
  17. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 6,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,999 sqft
    Year built: 0
    Days on market: 26
  18. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 968 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,224 sqft
    Year built: 1928
    Days on market: 26
  19. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,493 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,799 sqft
    Year built: 1945
    Days on market: 29
  20. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,825 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,583 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 32

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Do I Have to Give up my Green Lawn to go Green

Some of my friends are tearing up their beautiful green front lawns and replacing the lawn with native plants. And of course, like all converts, they are trying to get me to do the same -to go green. Here is some of their logic. If you are paying $100 a month to have the front lawn mowed and then another fifty per month to water the lawn and more for the fertilizers and pest control? You are paying $1,800 per year for lawn. Actually you will be able to replace the lawn for about the costs of one year of lawn maintenance costs.
After visiting one of the local nurseries that feature native plants, I am beginning to be sold. I think after this non-winter we had, it has got me thinking seriously about it. That is as long as I can have color and not a desert look which I do not care for at all. I live on the Ventura Coastline and that is the type of landscape I enjoy.

 

Oxnard Living

Oxnard, California Located between Ventura, on the north, and Camarillo to the south, is Ventura County’s biggest city, Oxnard. Oxnard is surrounded by vast fields of strawberries and each spring Oxnard celebrates it’s biggest crop by hosting the California Strawberry Festival.

Strawberries are not the only crop grown in the area as many vegetables, oranges, lemons, avocados and artichokes are also grown in large quantities. Originally, the Oxnard family grew sugar beets and sugar beets became the largest agricultural product in the area.

Today, agriculture remains a major industry, however in the last decade many new types of businesses and industries have moved into the very business like atmosphere that is Ventura county. This continues to make Oxnard a highly sought after real estate market for homes, condos and townhomes and apartments. Today, there are numerous business parks, shopping centers, retail centers, medical offices and services, and other services including banking and financial centers. There are a number of outstanding educational institutions in Ventura county and Oxnard College is located in the City of Oxnard.

The thousands of workers that have moved into the area have caused local developers and builders to construct more and more housing options that meet the need of those looking for affordable homes and also those looking for more upscale and luxurious homes.

The professionals at Keller Williams know the market very well in Ventura and in Oxnard.

  1. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,621 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,840 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Days on market: 366
  2. 5 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 5,671 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,840 sqft
    Year built: 1995
    Days on market: 168
  3. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,209 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,204 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Days on market: 278
  4. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,008 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Days on market: 496
  5. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,413 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,624 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 4
  6. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,322 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,624 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 294
  7. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,624 sqft
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 62
  8. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,121 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,306 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Days on market: 295
  9. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,624 sqft
    Year built: 1975
    Days on market: 8
  10. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,045 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,999 sqft
    Year built: 1981
    Days on market: 182
  11. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,045 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,999 sqft
    Year built: 1981
    Days on market: 215
  12. 4 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 5,420 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,699 sqft
    Year built: 1991
    Days on market: 69
  13. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 2,208 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,624 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 31
  14. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,208 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,624 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 31
  15. 3 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 2,392 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,499 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Days on market: 35

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(all data current as of 10/23/2017)

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Santa Paula

Situated just east of  Ventura, Santa Paula is a rapidly growing community, with developments springing up amongst the Orange Grove and farmlands. This community was once known as the Citrus Capital.

The local economy is mostly agriculturally based with Lemon, Orange and advocado groves.  In fact Santa Paula is the headquarters for Calavo Growers, Inc.  The local Mediterranean climate with an estimated 20 feet (6.1 m) of topsoil have made it one of the best locations for growing citrus. And for relocating homeowners seeking a mild climate to call home.

  1. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,326 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,499 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 890 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,175 sq ft
    Lot size: 890 sqft
  4. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 688 sq ft
    Lot size: 654 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,861 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,921 sqft
  6. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 935 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,433 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,051 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.03 ac
  8. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,071 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,300 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,486 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,175 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,310 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,829 sqft

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Living in town also means that many residents travel to neighboring cities to purchase hard goods. Although the main strip provides plenty of shops that most are accustomed to in a the bigger towns.

CHL# 996 - Union Oil Compay Building

CHL# 996 – Union Oil Compay Building (Photo credit: tkksummers)

Without the hustle of most Southern California towns Santa Paula gets little traffic congestion and is a slice of tranquility.  This is not to say that there is nothing to do as recreational activities are similar to many hometowns with Soccer and Baseball, and museums.

The California Oil Museum,  within the historic Union Oil building is located downtown, and the Santa Paula Art Museum and Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum are just up the street. The Santa Paula Mural Project has completed numerous murals depicting the city’s history.

The town has served as backdrops for many motion pictures including Billy Bob Thornton in Mr Woodcock, Joe Dirt, Georgia Rule, the remake of Leave it Beaver,  Carrie. Parts of  The Philadelphia Experiment and Amityville 4.

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Bougainvillea is the answer for Drought Resistant Color

Three colors of bougainvillea adorn a fence in...

Three colors of bougainvillea adorn a fence in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, California, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nothing is more beautiful than the Bougainvillea scattered among the landscapes of Ventura County. This plant which is native to South and Central America is the perfect solution for colorful drought resistant specimens in either your private homes or commercial properties.

Just look at the variety of colors!

Just look at the variety of colors!

It comes in a variety of colors and can be pruned to simulate a small tree, a scrub or even ground cover.

Remember it likes the stress of drought, so do not water often, as you will stop  the flowers from blooming.

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Home Shopping Increases in Ventura February

Ventura Open House Traffic booms in Feb

February Foot Traffic

Foot traffic rebounded in February as homeshoppers in Ventura visited for sale real estate.

THe highest homeshopping rate since August of 2015.And third most since 2012.

Downtown Ventura

Time flies when you’re downtown

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LA Rams Look to Set Up Shop in Conejo Valley

Old La RamsThe Rams are making their return to Southern California. They will play their games in a new stadium in Inglewood. But they will practice in Conjeo Valley.

That is if their proposal to Cal Lutheran for space gets approved.

A Notice of Application “to allow the construction of 50,000 square feet of temporary modular buildings for use in conjunction with an athletic facility utilizing fields and parking previously approved for California Lutheran University” was posted above the university’s North Field.

Los Angeles developer Wilson Meany applied as the builder of the project, according to the city of Thousand Oaks. Wilson Meany is also responsible for constructing the Rams NFL stadium in Inglewood, which is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Minicamp will be played in Oxnard at River Ridge Fields starting April 18.The Rams will then relocate to UC Irvine for training camp in August as the Dallas Cowboys take over the Oxnard location as its regular training site.

Office space is being negotiated in Agoura and they will play at their old home the Los Angeles Coliseum for three years or until the new facility in Inglewood is complete.

Agoura Homes

  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,215 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.86 ac
  2. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,347 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,040 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,088 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.64 ac
  4. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,359 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,184 sqft
  5. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 10.45 ac
  6. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,315 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,214 sqft
  7. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,679 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.15 ac
  8. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,735 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,345 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,220 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,270 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,010 sqft
  11. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,550 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,031 sqft
  12. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,708 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.03 ac
  13. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,090 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.12 ac
  14. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,766 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,620 sqft
  15. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,895 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,021 sqft

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Thousand Oaks Homes

  1. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,939 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,483 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,630 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,261 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,900 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,182 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,971 sqft
  5. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,311 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,332 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,996 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,724 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,626 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,078 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,311 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,432 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,950 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,607 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,187 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,423 sqft
  11. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,799 sqft
  12. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,217 sq ft
    Lot size: 27,620 sqft
  13. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,770 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,150 sqft
  14. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,147 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,483 sqft
  15. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,784 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,794 sqft

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Oxnard Homes

  1. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,582 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,379 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,721 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,149 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,021 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,501 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,870 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,500 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 1,604 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,481 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,252 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,094 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,582 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,379 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,652 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,506 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,390 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,557 sqft
  10. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,146 sq ft
    Lot size: 981 sqft
  11. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,277 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,790 sqft
  12. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,374 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,999 sqft
  13. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,413 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,624 sqft
  14. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,785 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,238 sqft
  15. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,600 sqft

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Dave Wallace Featured Expert in Ventura County Star Showcase on El Nino

From the VC Star

Thanks to the VCStar for featuring me on their article on El Nino.

“During the El Niño of 1997 the Santa Clara River blew through and formed this huge sand bar south of the Ventura Harbor,” said Wallace, a residential real estate broker for Keller Williams in Ventura. “The river mouth faces straight west and is a real swell magnet. We had incredible surf for two to three months.””We have to get hit with the west and northwest swells that make it around Point Conception,” he explained. “The higher-than-average surf will happen with swells that come in from 275 to 290 degrees. Anything north of 300 degrees gets blocked by Point Conception and the Channel Islands.”

Interview in VC Star

Ventura County Rated Best Place

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named Ventura County the most desirable place to live in the United States. Located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara County, Ventura occupies 43 miles of  beautiful Southern California coastline. It covers 1873 square miles and has a population of 844,000. The early Spanish settlers described it as the “land of everlasting summers”.

Agriculture is a billion dollar business in Ventura County with four growing seasons.
Ventura County has a strong economic base that includes major industries such as biotechnology, agriculture, advanced technologies, oil production, military testing and development, and tourism.
Ventura County California has a rich history. It was first settled by the Chumash Indians, before the Spanish missionaries and other Europeans arrived.

Ventura County residents enjoy an outdoor type of lifestyle all year long with walks along the beaches, surfing, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, tennis and plenty of golfing on the many public and private golf courses located throughout the county.

Ventura County offers a Mediterranean climate with low humidity and near-perfect average temperatures in the mid-70°s. Ranging from sea level to the 8,831-foot peak of Mount Pinõs, the mountains, valleys and coastal plains give the region a unique variety of six microclimates.

Schools in the area are among the best in the state and nation. Test scores nearly always exceed the national and state averages at all levels. High education abounds in the county with three community colleges – Ventura, Oxnard and Moorpark. There is a new university in Camarillo, Cal State Channel Islands. California Lutheran University is located in Thousand Oaks. There are also satellite campus’ for Cal State Northridge and University of California at Santa Barbara both in Ventura.

Ventura County is made up of many prosperous small towns and communities.  What started out as mainly agricultural land and products has grown into a giant on the California economic scale. Ventura is an exciting place and is as diverse as the people who live here. It has it all; inland green valley’s, rolling hills, mountains, seashore, islands off the coast, large and small cities, hillside estate homes, beachfront homes, harbors, rivers, canyons, 100 year old oak trees that line the old country dirt roads that meander along flowing rivers and along the many orange, lemon and avocado groves throughout the county.

Ventura County is one of the most affluent population centers in the U.S. The county is ranked as one of the top 100 highest income counties in the country, and as the sixth wealthiest county in California by per capita income.

Ventura County has some of the cleanest and safest beaches in all of California, yet most of the beaches are not occupied or busy during most of the year. This is big surfing country and early in the mornings the beaches are busy with surfers coming in from all over to enjoy the blue Pacific. At many of the Ventura County beaches, there are public campgrounds and picnic areas also.

When you talk about Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo or just about any real estate located in the County, you end up really discussing the Southern California lifestyle. No matter what type the home or property, the price or location, when you talk about Ventura County homes, you are really talking about the unique lifestyle of Southern California including the beaches, hills, mountains, valleys and urban areas, Ventura County has it all, plus some.