Blog Archive – September, 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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:55 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated.  Thankfully, Bing maps has fixed whatever issue they had last weekend so the interactive maps are functional again.

– Ray
Pic(s) of the Day

Regular visitors of the site probably know that we are huge dog lovers

(Cheryl and I).  Here’s a gallery of dogs sleeping in strange places/positions.

Friday, September 29, 2017
4:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

– Ray
8:35 a.m.

No changes yet for today.  We have a listing appointment at 9:30 a.m. and then we’ll head out to preview five new properties.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Rambo’s failed attempt at city anonymity
Thursday, September 28, 2017
5:40 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
11:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai fun pic

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
“Okay, Ralph. We’ve torn out the screen, we’re standing on the roof…now what?”
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
10:15 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Having run out of gingerbread, the evil witch’s second attempt to lure children was a dismal failure
Monday, September 25, 2017
10:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Space: The final frontier.  These are the voyages of the spaceship Enterprise…
Sunday, September 24, 2017
8:40 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

Check out today’s open houses!  Our listing at 54 W. Calle El Prado will be open from 12:00 to 4:00 so come on by and say “Hi!”

– Ray
Saturday, September 23, 2017
11:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list for this weekend has been updated.  Just FYI – Bing maps wasn’t working today, so I had to resort to using Google maps.  Google maps only allows for 10 addresses at a time, so there is no open house map for Sunday.

 

Our listing at 54 W. Calle El Prado will be open today from 12:00 to 3:00.  Come on by!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Darth Apartment
Friday, September 22, 2017
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!

– Ray
10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 925 Cuyama Road – sold for $950,000 (originally listed for $985,000).  Congrats to our clients/buyers who successfully closed on their new Ojai home!

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  4/5ths of the team is heading out to take a look at several new properties this morning. Meanwhile, Sheryl will be at our listing at 54 W. Calle El Prado until 12:00 noon today; feel free to stop by if you fancy a glance!

– Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai fun pic

Thursday, September 21, 2017
4:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:10 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
All in all you’re just a – nother goat on the wall
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
6:25 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
11:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We want to give a shout out to the Soule Park Bar & Grill!  We play trivia there on Thursday nights and recently one of our team members ordered the ribeye steak off the menu.  After sharing a bite with Cheryl and I, we agreed – it was a delicious steak.  Since then Cheryl and I have gone to the restaurant for dinner, ordering the ribeye on a couple of occasions and let me tell you, it was absolutely delicious!  Well worth the trip for local Ojaians.  Even better, the view from the back patio is gorgeous.  There are other restaurants in town that offer outdoor seating, but none of them offer the quiet setting or the bucolic views.

 

 

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
The pool party at Lazy Acres Retirement Center was a dreary affair
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
2:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 12196 Linda Flora Drive – back on the market (had been a pending sale) and reduced from $1,495,000 to $1,449,000.
  • 668 Spring Street – sale pending.
  • 50 Pathelen Avenue – this listing (and pending sale) has been cancelled.   This is a Ventura MLS link so it will now read as “unavailable.”
– Ray
10:55 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Because nothing goes together like a family bike trip and nuking food
Monday, September 18, 2017
3:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Occasionally, the penthouse may be cheaper in some markets
Sunday, September 17, 2017
9:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

There are 15 published open houses to see today.  Two of them are ours:  54 W. Calle El Prado is open from 12:00 to 4:00 and 12284 Linda Flora Drive is open from 1:30 to 4:30.  Have a great Sunday!

– Ray
Saturday, September 16, 2017
12:40 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Here’s a small tip:  When I do the blog updates on Saturday mornings, I always start with the open house page first.  There is usually a good half hour or so lag time between my finishing the open house list and the main blog entry being posted.  So on most Saturday mornings, even though the blog might not be updated yet, you may be able to click the Open Houses tab at the top of the page and it will already have been completed.

 

And speaking of open houses; our new listing at 54 W. Calle El Prado is open today from 12:00 to 4:00.  Stop by and say “Hi” to team member Robert Perron.  Cool dude.

 

Finally, due to a recent article in the Ojai Valley News we were made aware of a Go Fund Me page started by Blair Braney of Ojai. This is an attempt to raise funds to keep the 4th of July festivities going for next year (the parade and fireworks).  They only need $5,000, so this should be a slam-dunk.

 

Have a great weekend!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Prop. 64 gives new meaning to the term “”pothole”
Friday, September 15, 2017
4:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 176 S. Arnaz Street – due to a recent price reduction we have added this listing to the Honorable Mentions list.
  • 306 Carrizo Street – sold for $705,000 (originally listed for $729,000).
  • Highway 33 land parcel – sold for $500,000 (originally listed for $499,000).  As of this writing the link still shows as “Pending,” but our clients/buyers closed on this cool property today – congrats you two!  We’ll see you up there later tonight to celebrate!

Have a great weekend; we’ll update the open house list for you tomorrow morning…

– Ray
10:30 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai this weekend.  In addition, here’s an article about Ojai that came out today in the New York Times (thanks, Linnaea)!  Finally, don’t forget that you can catch a sneak preview of our new listing at 54 W. Calle El Prado today until noon.

– Ray
Pic of the Day
Your kitchen is cool, but I’ll pass on that glass of “tap” water
Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:20 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
  • 1885 Maricopa Highway #6 – $195,000.
  • 1138 Spring Street – $995,000.
  • 54 W. Calle El Prado – $597,000.  This our new listing that we told you about earlier.  You can catch a sneak preview of it tomorrow morning from 9:30 to 12:00; it’ll also be available to see during open houses on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
1:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Apologies for the late update; I was taking photos of our upcoming new listing at 54 W. Calle El Prado earlier today.  This cute 4 bed/1.75 bath, 1,584 sq. ft. home will be coming on the market later this afternoon!  It will be listed for $597,000.

– Ray
Pic of the Day
Hence the phrase, “Measure twice – then buy a smaller boat.”
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6:20 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
Ojai fun pic
The other cubes gathered ’round, listening intently, as Carl spoke of never achieving his life’s purpose.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
4:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:15 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Mullet-sporting house
Monday, September 11, 2017
4:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Ease of access – 10/10.  Privacy – 1/10.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
11:05 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Don’t forget to check out today’s open houses.  I know it’s football season and there’s nothing like watching 10 hours of games on a Sunday, but you really should get out more.  We’re having our listing at 12576 MacDonald Drive open today from 1:00 to 4:00, as well as our listing at 12284 Linda Flora Drive from 1:30 to 4:30.

 

Before I sign off for the day…did you see the lightning storm over the Topas last night??  Amazing!  If those pop up again later today I’ll try to snap some photos.

– Ray
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
A shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, then a sensible dinner…
Friday, September 8, 2017
2:40 p.m.
We have added one new Honorable Mention and one new Best Buy to each list:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 850 Carne Road – sold for $1,422,000 (originally listed for $1,750,000 with a different agent).

Here’s hoping the folks in the southeast are able to weather the storm this weekend.  We used to live in Florida and in 2004, we had 4 hurricanes hit us in the span of six weeks.  We didn’t sustain any major property damage (except for the loss of several large oak trees), but our entire 10 acre property was flooded with 2 to 3 feet of water.  Luckily, the house sat higher than the surrounding area, so the water stopped a 1/2 inch short of entering the house.  Scary times, but it pushed us to move to Ojai 6 months later.  See you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list; have a great weekend!

The Deckert house – Florida, October – 2004
– Ray
9:15 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We are heading out to take a look at 6 new properties this morning; meanwhile here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
There’s a price to pay for omitting leg day from your workouts
Thursday, September 7, 2017
6:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
9:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
I see that new strain of Sink influenza is going around
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
6:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
10:40 a.m.

No changes yet for today…

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Avian open house
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
5:20 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
11:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
When the janitor has had enough
Monday, September 4, 2017
10:50 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
Best conference room ever
Sunday, September 3, 2017
12:55 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

It’s time to face the heat; get out there and check out today’s open houses!

– Ray
Saturday, September 2, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated…

– Ray
Pic of the Day
The oft-coined phrase about the rolling stone was amended from “fence” to “moss” thereafter
Friday, September 1, 2017
5:30 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  Click here to check it out.

There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1385 Cruzero Street – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.  (This is a Ventura MLS link, so it will now show as “unavailable.”)
– Ray
1:35 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Today is the 1st of the month, so that means we’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for you later this afternoon (or early evening).

– Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai fun pic
The new trend in kitchen design:  Layerless tiramisu flooring.