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January 27, 2020

Quote(s) of the Day

In my retirement I go for a short swim at least once or twice every day.  It’s either that or buy a new golf ball.

Gene Perret

This Day in History

January 27, 1943:  Future President Ronald Reagan serves in film unit.  On this day in 1943, future President Ronald Reagan, an Army Air Corps first lieutenant during World War II, is on an active-duty assignment with the Army’s First Motion Picture Unit.

Technically, Reagan was a unit public relations officer, however Warner Brothers Studios and the American Army Air Corps had tapped him the previous year to star in a motion picture called Air Force.  To allow filming to go forward, Reagan was transferred from his cavalry unit to the Air Corps’ motion-picture unit in early January 1943.

Housed in the old Hal Roach studios, the First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU) produced military training, morale and propaganda films to aid the war effort.  FMPU released Frank Capra’s Why We Fight series and a documentary of the bomber Memphis Belle, the crew of which completed a standard-setting 25 bombing missions in Europe.  The films were screened on domestic training grounds and in troop camps overseas as well as in U.S. movie theaters.

Air Force, which was later renamed Beyond the Line of Duty, conveyed the true story of the heroic feats of aviator Shorty Wheliss and his crew and featured narration by Lt. Ronald Reagan.  The documentary, intended to promote investment in war bonds, won an Academy Award in 1943 for best short subject.  Reagan went on to narrate or star in three more shorts for FMPU including For God and Country,Cadet Classification, and the The Rear Gunner.  Reagan also appeared as Johnny Jones in the 1943 full-length musical film This is the Army.

Ojai Weather

Sunny  –  High 72 / Low 40

Total rainfall for the season  –  9.90 inches

Lake Casitas Water Capacity  –  41.7%

Monday, January 27, 2020
9:00 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
  • 202 N. Fulton Street – $665,000.
  • 669 Brier Street – $839,000.  (However, this property was withdrawn from the market shortly after it was listed.  It will be back on the market again at some point.)
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Not fond of guests?
Saturday, January 25, 2020
8:20 a.m.

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listing at 501 Vallerio Avenue open Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00, while our listing at 1674 Ladera Road will be open on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.

 

There are no other changes for today.  Have a great weekend!

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I appreciate the “next level” service, but this makes me uncomfortable
Friday, January 24, 2020
7:15 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

What’s this you say, a new listing coming up?  Maybe.  Maybe you’ll get to see the home this view belongs to sometime next week – located in the heart of downtown Ojai, complete with mountain views, “pink moment” sunsets…and sunrises!  Stay tuned…

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Photo taken at about 7:20 this morning
10:00 a.m.

 

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
3:55 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
8:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

This isn’t Ojai-related, but nevertheless we will be holding a sneak preview on our Ventura beach listing at 1054/1056 Bath Lane today from 9:30 to noon.  Feel free to come by and check it out!

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Coca Cola – denying people the ability to hone their math skills since 1892
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
6:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
12:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 813 Santa Ana Blvd. – sold for $740,000 (originally listed for $885,000).
  • 1243 Cruzero Street – sold for $535,000 (originally listed for $520,000).  Congrats to our clients/buyers and to teammate Maria DePaola for bringing this one to a close!

As mentioned yesterday we have a new listing on the market at 1054/1056 Bath Lane in Ventura, near the beach.  Click on the link to check it out.

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Don’t piss off your builder

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
4:30 p.m.
  • No other changes for today…

However, I’d like to tease a new listing we have coming up at 1054/1056 Bath Lane in Ventura.  It’s a 5 bed/5 bath, 2,690 sq. ft. property (built in 2002).  It’s located just a few hundred feet off the beach near Pierpont Bay.  It’s also an income property with two separate units.  There are many possibilities here; live in one and rent the other, renovate and make it your own castle, or simply use it as an income property.  We’re having a sneak preview on Thursday morning from 9:00 to noon, so feel free to stop by and check it out or simply to say hello!

 

 

 

 

11:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Monday, January 20, 2020
10:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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The doorknob is chilled (baby it’s cold outside)

My heart’s been bestilled (baby it’s cold outside)

My hands they will freeze (I’m begging you please)

I can’t take any more (don’t walk out that door)

Friday, January 17, 2020
4:00 p.m.
  • The open house list has been updated!  Our listing at 501 Vallerio Avenue (which was just reduced to $769,000) will be open on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Check out the Poll of the Month for January: the subject?  “What’s your favorite annual Ojai event?”
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend!

10:05 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!  Later this afternoon I’ll have a new Poll of the Month for you as well.

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So…you play the drums, then?
Thursday, January 16, 2020
6:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 86 Arnaz Drive – reduced from $839,000 to $834,000.
  • 351 Larmier Avenue – sold for $621,000 (originally listed for $599,000).
  • 1612 Garst Lane – sold for $2,280,000 (originally listed for $2,395,000).  This is technically a new listing, however, it sold and closed before it was listed in the MLS.
11:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Kevorkian’s first attempt?
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
6:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 1000 Burnham Road – $1,299,000.  (This was recently on the market in October at $1,300,000.)
Changes to the All Listings page:
1:05 p.m.

Apologies for recent late and once-a-day only updates; our entire team has been extremely active to begin the year – so I’m squeezing the updates in when I can.  Throw in a trip to Phoenix I had to make last week to help out with a family situation, and well, here we are.  Twice daily updates should be more the norm from here forward.  But hey, I’m not complaining…we have 9 properties in escrow right now.  😉

There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Ok…so it’s 1 down, 4 up?
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
5:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
1:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Where “settling” and “unsettling” both apply to a given situation
Monday, January 13, 2020
9:35 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Garage security system
Friday, January 10, 2020
9:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 1674 Ladera Road – $1,750,000.  This is our newest listing that I teased about a few days ago.  You can catch a sneak preview of the property today from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  It’ll also be available to see during open houses on Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The open house list has been updated!  Additionally, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Have yourselves a great weekend!

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Disaster averted – temporarily
Thursday, January 9, 2020
9:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 283 Carne Road – back on the market (had been cancelled).  This was last on the market in November at the same price.

 

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Perhaps there’s a bit too much enthusiasm in this bathroom
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
1:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Not so mellow yellow
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
9:45 a.m.
  • No changes yet for today
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“Just remember gentleman, we were a huge influence on the design of this car.”
Monday, January 6, 2020
2:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
8:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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Saturday, January 4, 2020
2:35 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed.  Click here to see how 2019 ended in Ojai real estate!

 

As mentioned earlier today, I am teasing a listing we have coming on the market next week.  This is a 5 bedroom/3 bathroom, 2,409 sq. ft. home with a larger 1 bed/1 bath guest cottage (including a full kitchen) on 1.00 acres on Ladera Road.  Features include an updated kitchen and master bathroom, fresh paint inside and out, newly refinished wood flooring, a pool, and mountain views.  It will be listed for $1,779,000.  Better hurry; it appears we may be getting offers before this officially hits the market!  See photos below.  (Note, these were quick pics taken with my iPhone.  Professional photos coming next week).

 

 

12:40 p.m.

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding two listings open:  Today, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 1442 S. Rice Road and tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00 at 501 Vallerio Avenue.  We just reduced the price on this property to $779,000 – are you kidding me!?  This is an absolutely gorgeous 3 bed/2 bath, 1,893 sq. ft. home on .34 acres, complete with Venetian-style plaster walls, a huge yard, and mountain views.  This is a killer buy at this price – a must see.

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Although not Ojai-related, we wanted to say congrats to our clients/buyers who had their offer accepted on 1846 Topaz Avenue in Ventura.  (These buyers coincidentally are also the owners/sellers of our listing at 59 W. Calle El Prado – which is currently in escrow.)

 

The list of things to do in Ojai has been updated as well; I actually updated it yesterday morning but forgot to mention it in the blog.

 

A little later today I’ll have a couple of other items for you as well.  The Ojai Market Data update will be completed, and I’ll tease a new listing we have coming on the market next week.  See you in a bit…

Friday, January 3, 2020
9:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Talk about a stairway to nowhere
Thursday, January 2, 2020
3:30 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.

 

12:00 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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How to avoid that first blast of cold water