Blog Archive – August, 2017

Note:  Some of the links below may take you to a blank page with the verbiage, “This is not a valid link.”  These links

have expired from the Ventura MLS and are no longer accessible.  Ojai MLS links are not affected in this way.

Thursday, August 31, 2017
11:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
May you burn in hell for making me pose for this photo – The Cat
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
12:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
Just misses the cut for what constitutes a “garage”
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

No updates today.

Monday, August 28, 2017
5:25 p.m
Changes to the All Listings page:

Just an FYI, due to circumstances beyond our control there will be no update for tomorrow (Tuesday).  Try to stay cool out there…I really thought we were going to get away with not seeing temps in the 100’s at the end of summer, but I should have known better!

– Ray
12:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
You’re doing it wrong…the water goes outside the boat
Sunday, August 27, 2017
12:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

There are 12 published open houses to see today.  If you’re thinking of going to see a few, bear in mind that on occasion the open house times can conflict between different sources.  For example, we have a listing open today from 1:30 to 4:30, however, the open house map in the Ojai Valley News has it incorrectly shown as 1:00 to 4:30.  A couple of weeks ago it was incorrect as well.  If there are a few you really don’t want to miss, you might consider calling the listing agent to confirm the open house times.  Their contact info can be found on the MLS links.

 

And speaking of open houses, our listing at 12576 MacDonald Drive will be open today from 1:30 to 4:30.  What more can we say, this is THE Best Buy in Ojai right now!  No, not just because it’s our listing.  It’s because we can think of no other property in the area that offers so much bang for the buck:  Two acres, 5,021 sq. ft., pool, tennis court, mountain views, equestrian lot located right on the riding trail…there’s so much here.  The price on this home was just reduced by $100,000 – to $1,599,900.  Come by and check it out for yourself.

– Ray
Saturday, August 26, 2017
12:55 p.m.

The open house list has been updated (there are no published open houses for today).

Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Mending fences just became more difficult
Friday, August 25, 2017
11:55 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Just reduced:  Home with a bad case of freezer burn.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
11:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Slip slidin’ away, slip slidin’ away, you know the nearer your destination the more you’re slip slidin’ away
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
7:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai fun pic

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
3:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Just FYI, there will be only one update tomorrow; I won’t be able to get to it until later in the afternoon.

– Ray
9:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
OJAI FUN PIC
Time slipping away…illustrated
Monday, August 21, 2017
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
12:00 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s a shot of today’s eclipse from a friend of ours at Vandenberg Air Force Base:

 

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Steam punk toilet
Sunday, August 20, 2017
10:15 a.m.

No changes for today, but don’t forget to check out the open houses!  There are more open houses than we’ve seen in a while on a Sunday (17); our listing at 2891 Matilija Canyon Road will be open from 1:00 to 4:00.

– Ray
Saturday, August 19, 2017
11:25 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for this weekend has been updated!

– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai fun pic

Friday, August 18, 2017
2:40 p.m.

No other changes for today; have a great weekend!  See you tomorrow morning…

– Ray
9:45 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’ll be heading out shortly to take a look at four new properties.

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
When luggage scares the hell out of you
Thursday, August 17, 2017
4:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
It’s the Bridge Closed Lottery.  Guess the day, you win!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
6:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Bathroom remodels during the Sink Hole Installer’s Union strike were less than stellar
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
6:30 p.m.
There is another new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • Creek Road land parcel – reduced from $5,995,000 to $5,650,000.
  • 925 Cuyama Road – sale pending.  Congrats to our client/buyer who had their offer accepted on this home!
  • 391 Avenida Del Recreo – sold for $770,000 (originally listed for $799,000).  Congrats to our client/seller and our client/buyer who both closed on this home today!
  • 975 Rancho Drive – sold for $1,995,000 (originally listed for $2,350,000).
– Ray
12:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1216 Drown Avenue – sold for $65,000 (originally listed for $559,900).  No, the selling price isn’t a misprint – at least not on our end.  We’ll keep an eye on this to see if it’s an error on the MLS.  We’ll also check the tax records to see if this is correct.  (Update:  I checked tax records and as suspected, this one actually sold for $650,000, not $65,000.)
– Ray
Pic of the Day

Some audio commentary from one of my favorite comedians, Brian Regan, on the concept of infinity pools:

Ojai fun pic

Monday, August 14, 2017
5:10 p.m.

No other changes for today…

– Ray
1:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
If you instinctively know what purpose this serves, you might be drinking too much
Sunday, August 13, 2017
10:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Check out today’s open houses!  We’re holding three of ours open; 12576 MacDonald Drive, 12284 Linda Flora Drive, and 2891 Matilija Canyon Road.  See the open house list for times.

 

Enjoy your Sunday!

– Ray
Saturday, August 12, 2017
11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated, however, there are no published open houses for today.  What’s up with that?

– Ray
Pic of the Day
When your walls are so filled with bees that honey drips from the outlet
When your walls are so filled with bees that honey drips from the outlet
Friday, August 11, 2017
2:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you tomorrow with the updated open house list…

– Ray
9:45 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 107 Shady Lane – back on the market (had been an expired listing) and now a pending sale.

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’ll be heading out shortly to take a look at a few new properties…

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Sales plummet after consumers reject Kool Aid’s replacement mascot, Wheel Man.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
5:00 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 711 Tico Road – back on the market (had been a pending sale).
– Ray
9:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
Scuse me, but can you tone down this color scheme? It’s keeping me awake at night.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
4:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
1:50 p.m.

Our internet service was down all morning, hence the rather tardy update…

Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Putting a waterbed on the 2nd floor of an original Victorian…priceless
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
3:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
11:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

An anecdote about the This Day in History blurb above:  I was working as a claim adjuster for Kemper Insurance back in 1988 (and at 23 years old I was not yet wise enough to consider the consequence of my actions).  Tickets to that Cubs game were impossible to come by, but one of the local radio stations had a call-in lottery.  I spent the better part of that work day dialing that phone number – hundreds of times.  Come to find out those were all toll calls; the company was not very happy about how I spent that day when they eventually received the phone bill.  I offered to have them take it out of my salary, but they were pretty darn nice about it and just asked me not to do it again.  Live and learn.  I never did get the tickets and as it turned out, the game was rained out after a few innings and didn’t count.  They made the game up the next day.

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
The truth behind that Cinderella story
Monday, August 7, 2017
5:30 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Over the weekend Cheryl and I were watching an old episode of Gunsmoke.  She did a nice job of spotting the face and voice of Kim Darby, who starred in one of Cheryl’s favorite movies – the original True Grit.  In the middle of the episode Kim Darby says to a wounded guy, “You should get in the back and get some sleep” after which Cheryl blurted out, “Yeah, get in the back of that jiggly box.”  I may have mentioned this before, but she frequently comes up with these words and phrases I’ve never heard her speak, even after 20 years of knowing each other.   “Jiggly Box” it would seem, is a phrase her father used when talking about an old, rickety pickup truck.  These newfound (to my ears, anyway) phrases never fail to crack me up.  I wish I had indeed started the list of them I said I was going to keep 20 years ago…

 

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Pick a style and stick with it!
Sunday, August 6, 2017
10:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Check out today’s open houses!  Our listings at 12284 Linda Flora Drive and 12576 MacDonald Drive are both open from 1:00 to 4:30.  We just lowered the price on 12576 MacDonald Drive to $1,599,900 – a $100,000 reduction for an amazing family (or entertainment) home that features a tennis court, large pool, putting green and sand trap, and a large outdoor pavilllion from where you can sip Mai Tais and watch the sunset.

– Ray
Saturday, August 5, 2017
12:05 p.m.

The open house list for this weekend has been updated!

Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
When you wake up and wonder if you had too much to drink last night
Friday, August 4, 2017
1:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:05 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Apologies for the large discrepancy between projected high temperatures today.  To say the different weather services tend to disagree is a profound understatement.

 

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  We’re heading out to take a look at four new properties this morning…

– Ray
Pic of the Day

I don’t know how we missed this, but back in May a humpback whale found its way into Ventura Harbor.  Here’s a beautiful aerial movie of the event; don’t let the emotive music get you down – the whale eventually made its way out…(read more here).

 

Thursday, August 3, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:50 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Oceanside home with (temporary) iceberg views!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
3:00 p.m.

I apologize for the late update today; we had a new listing appointment this morning, followed by several other pressing matters that didn’t allow me to get to the blog until now…

There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 65 Apricot Street – back on the market (had been an expired listing) and increased from $449,000 to $499,000.
  • 4100 Grand Avenue – sale pending.
  • 1237 Anita Avenue – sold for $445,000.  (This is a “new” listing that sold and closed before it was first listed in the MLS today.)
  • 285 N. Ventura Avenue #10 – sold for $302,000 (originally listed for $295,000).  This is a city of Ventura listing, but since it’s our listing we wanted to congratulate our sellers for closing on this today.  Mind you, this one was a short-sale.  When we first started this website in 2011, short-sales and bank-owned properties were common.  These days, not so much. But I’m here to tell you – it is still a long and tedious process.  With the extraordinary amount of paperwork and systems to go through, this one took over 7 months to close.  Yikes!

I also want to take a second to tell you about a past listing we have, a pocket listing that is still available for sale:  460 El Conejo Drive, located in Meiners Oaks, is a 3 bed/2 bath, 1,745 sq. ft. home with a large master bedroom.  You can view pictures of it here. Let us know if you or anyone you know would like to take a look!

 

This will be the only update for today…

– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai fun pic

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
5:20 p.m.
The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
12:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ll be giving you a rundown on what’s been happening in Ojai real estate market with our “Ojai Market Data update” – coming your way in a few hours.

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
When wall-climbing turns from hobby to obsession