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January 19, 2019

Quote of the Day

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.   –   Margaret Fuller

This Day in History

January 19, 1809:  Edgar Allan Poe is born.  On this day in 1809, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts.  By the time he was three years old, both of Poe’s parents had died, leaving him in the care of his godfather, John Allan, a wealthy tobacco merchant.  After attending school in England, Poe entered the University of Virginia (UVA) in 1826. After fighting with Allan over his heavy gambling debts, he was forced to leave UVA after only eight months.  Poe then served two years in the U.S. Army and won an appointment to West Point. After another falling-out, Allan cut him off completely and he got himself dismissed from the academy for rules infractions.

Dark, handsome and brooding, Poe had published three works of poetry by that time, none of which had received much attention.  In 1836, while working as an editor at the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, Virginia, Poe married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm.  He also completed his first full-length work of fiction, Arthur Gordon Pym, published in 1838. Poe lost his job at the Messenger due to his heavy drinking, and the couple moved to Philadelphia, where Poe worked as an editor at Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine and Graham’s Magazine.  He became known for his direct and incisive criticism, as well as for dark horror stories like “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Also around this time, Poe began writing mystery stories, including “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Purloined Letter” – works that would earn him a reputation as the father of the modern detective story.

In 1844, the Poes moved to New York City.  He scored a spectacular success the following year with his poem “The Raven.”  While Poe was working to launch The Broadway Journal – which soon failed – his wife Virginia fell ill and died of tuberculosis in early 1847.  His wife’s death drove Poe even deeper into alcoholism and drug abuse. After becoming involved with several women, Poe returned to Richmond in 1849 and got engaged to an old flame.  Before the wedding, however, Poe died suddenly. Though circumstances are somewhat unclear, it appeared he began drinking at a party in Baltimore and disappeared, only to be found incoherent in a gutter three days later.  Taken to the hospital, he died on October 7, 1849, at age 40.

Ojai Weather

Mostly sunny – High 75 / Low 45

Total rainfall for the season – 11.54 inches

Saturday, January 19, 2019
12:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Looks like it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous day; have a great weekend!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
Republican power lines
Friday, January 18, 2019
2:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We have two new Honorable Mentions for you, but I won’t be able to tell you about them until tomorrow morning – when I do the open house update.  Have a great weekend!

~ Ray 
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ve added a new BBIO video; it’s teammate Paul Johnsen interviewing Mike Iandolo from Topa Topa Brewing Company.  Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai as well.  We’re heading out with the group to take a look at some new properties today, then we have a listing presentation later this afternoon.  I’ll try to shoehorn an afternoon update in before the end of the day!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
Ojai real estate
“I immediately froze in my tracks; luckily, the tiger had not yet spotted me…”
Thursday, January 17, 2019
4:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
1:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic (& Video) of the Day

I took a couple of short videos of the Ventura river, as viewed from Santa Ana Blvd. in Oak View.  The photo below the video is the crowd that was gathering on the Baldwin Road bridge in order to take a gander at the river as well.  I tell my family back in the Midwest about this and they crack up:  “They flock to watch the water running under a bridge?”  “Yep…we do that here.”  Growing up in the Midwest, I never actually looked forward to rain.  There was always plenty of it, so it became an annoyance whenever it did rain.  You could always count on it to rain when you had a planned picnic, wedding, or a day at the ballpark.  It’s nice to be able to look forward to it for a change!  Here’s hoping you’re all safe and sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
4:10 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Heavy rain is headed our way tonight, so please be careful if you’re going to be driving out there!

~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
How to lower your neighborhood’s property values by $50,000
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:00 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
“I’d be so over this wall if I weren’t on the 5th day of my cleanse.”
Monday, January 14, 2019
5:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1310 Daly Road – sold for $720,000 (originally listed for $749,000).  (Note:  This was not our listing, however, the Santa Barbara MLS links are different than Ojai and Ventura.  This property was listed with Berkshire Hathaway.)
~ Ray
11:05 a.m.
There are five new listings on the market:

We’ve had a good start to the year, with 20 new listings coming on the market thus far!

Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listing at 1003 N. Drown Avenue open on Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00.  It’s advisable that you give the listing agent a call on any other properties you want to see this weekend, as some homeowners cancel their open house whenever it rains.

~ Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai real estate

Friday, January 11, 2019
3:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

That’s all for today; have a great weekend.  It looks like we’re in store for quite a bit of rain over the next week, so be prepared for that.  See you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list!

~ Ray
9:15 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.  Also, we’ve added new BBIO video; it’s teammate Rob Perron interviewing Melissa of NoSo Vita in Ojai.  (For desktop computer users, the video is found at the top of the right side panel; if you’re viewing this via your smart phone, the video will be located at the bottom of the page.)

~ Ray
Pic of the Day 
ojai real estate
Michelangelo would be horrified
Thursday, January 10, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
How much is the ticket if you run the red light?
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
4:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

ojai real estate

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
7:20 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Yee haa!  Here’s your Best of 2018 wrap-up; I had a lot of fun with this one, so go ahead and check it out!
~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
I guess these folks can keep a secret.  (Get it?  They’re not letting the cat out of the bag…nyuk, nyuk.)
Monday, January 7, 2019
5:35 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ve had a good start to the new year, with 10 new listings on the market already.  In other news, I should be able to get to the Best of 2018 wrap-up tomorrow afternoon.  Have a nice evening!

~ Ray
12:35 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 1017 Ayers Avenue – reduced from $590,000 to $570,000.
  • 40 Ojai Drive – sale pending.
  • 307 Drown Avenue – sold for $575,000 (originally listed for $589,000).
  • 1400 Loma Drive – sold for $791,000 (originally listed for $789,500).  (Note:  This listing actually closed on November 13th, 2018, but was not entered into the MLS as a closed sale until January 5th.  This will not be included as part of the closed sales for the month of January, 2019 when I perform the Ojai Market Data update.)
~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
The Field of Dreams hits an all-time low
Saturday, January 5, 2019
11:00 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
  • 915 Santa Ana Blvd. – $779,000.
  • 13001 Koenigstein Road – $1,499,000.  (Although this listing suggests that it’s located in Santa Paula, past listings on Koenigstein Road have been listed as being located in Ojai; I’m adding this one to cover all bases.) 
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding two of our listings open tomorrow; 402 N. Arnaz Street from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., and 1003 N. Drown Avenue from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
I’d say the Motel 6 is looking pretty good right about now
Friday, January 4, 2019
5:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Apologies; I ran out of time today to do the Best of 2018 wrap up.  I will attempt to get it done on Monday.  Meanwhile, have a great weekend and I’ll update the open house list tomorrow morning.

~ Ray

11:15 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.  Stay tuned for the Best of 2018, which I’ll have for you a bit later today!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
So, reading is actually fundamental
Thursday, January 3, 2019
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  You can check it out here.  We’ve also added new BBIO video, Best Days in Ojai, where teammate Maria talks about things to do in and around Ojai.  For desktop computer users, the video is found at the top of the right side panel; if you’re viewing this via your smart phone, the video will be located at the bottom of the page.

~ Ray
11:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I’ll be running the numbers for the Ojai Market Data update as you read this.  Check in later this afternoon to see how we closed out the year in Ojai real estate!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
ojai real estate
First, gender-neutral bathrooms, now bathrooms for elevators.  Where does it end?
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
5:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
11:55 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

As usual, we get a lot of expired listings at the end of the year.  We expect several of the above listings to come back on the market soon.

 

We hope you had a great New Year celebration!  Later this week I’ll have the Ojai Market Data update for you, as well as the Best of 2018 (one of my favorite parts of running the website)!

~ Ray
Pic of the Day
Ojai real estate
So you say