Blog Archive – February, 2019

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, February 28, 2019
5:15 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:40 a.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
  • 880 Azure Court – $1,495,000.  (This was most recently on the market in November, 2018 at $1,595,000.)
  • 306 W. Oak Street – $799,000.
  • 10464 Santa Ana Road – $745,000.  (Though this listing indicates that it’s located in Ventura, other homes just around the corner are sometimes listed as Oak View locations; so I’m including it.)
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Hanging a bamboo curtain does not make it a bedroom
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:00 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 86 Arnaz Drive – reduced from $885,000 to $869,500.
  • 183 S. Alvarado Street – sale pending and increased from $450,000 to $540,000.  (There were seven offers on this listing; the price increase roughly reflects where the highest offer ended up.)
  • 48 Don Antonio Way – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.  (The Ventura MLS link will show as “unavailable.”)
~ Ray
10:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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To check the mail, cut the blue wire (or is it the red wire)?
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
3:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Cheryl and I spent the last several days in Arizona, where we visited my father during his 79th birthday.  One of our excursions took us to Sedona and to Meteor Crater (just outside of Winslow, AZ).  In case you didn’t hear, Flagstaff received almost 36 inches of snow last week; luckily the roads were cleared by the time we passed through.  Here are a couple of photos I took:

 

Sedona, Arizona

 

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Meteor Crater.  For reference, it’s about 560 feet deep and .75 miles wide.  The meteor hit about 50,000 years ago at an estimated speed of 29,000 miles per hour!

~ Ray
Sunday, February 24, 2019
8:45 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 308 Shady Lane – back on the market (had been a pending sale) and reduced from $820,000 to $815,000.
  • 1213 Anita Avenue – sale pending.
  • 310 E. Aliso Street – sale pending.
  • 236 S. Montgomery Street – sale pending.  (Note:  This shows as pending only in the Santa Barbara MLS at the moment and has not yet been changed in the Ojai MLS.  For some reason I was unable to download the link from Santa Barbara MLS.)
  • 2330 Ladera Road – this listing has expired.
  • 840 Fairview Road – this listing has been withdrawn from the market.

Though I usually take the day off from updating the website on Sundays, I figured I’d squeeze one in because I may not get to tomorrow’s (Monday’s) update until late in the day, if at all.  In either case, things will be back to normal on Tuesday!

~ Ray
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Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:40 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  Our listing at 1003 N. Drown Avenue will be open tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00.

~ Ray
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HEADLINE:  Recently discovered cave drawings depict existence of ancient dryer-head people
Friday, February 22, 2019
2:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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

~ Ray
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I want to understand what happened here…
Thursday, February 21, 2019
5:35 p.m.
There are three new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:15 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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School teacher?  Eberhard Faber executive?  Graphite manufacturer?  I give up…
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
9:10 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
  • 250 N. Donna Street – $565,000.
  • 12717 Koenigstein Road – $1,200,000.  Although this listing indicates it’s located in Santa Paula, other properties on Koenigstein have been listed as being located in Ojai.  We’re including it on BBIO for consistency.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Just FYI, it’s possible this will be the only update for today…

~ Ray
Pic of the Day

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
5:05 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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When the desire for “chic” overwhelms common sense
Monday, February 18, 2019
3:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:45 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Statue commemorating the Great Manhole War of 1896
Saturday, February 16, 2019
11:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listing at 1003 N. Drown Avenue open tomorrow (Sunday) from 1:00 to 3:30.

~ Ray
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Enjoying that balcony much?
Friday, February 15, 2019
4:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend; see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list.

~ Ray
9:40 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.

 

Yesterday, I bought a beautiful Valentine’s Day flower arrangement for Cheryl from Forage Ojai.  This triggered a memory:  A few years ago, Emily Wilson of Heritage Financial sent a flower arrangement for Cheryl’s birthday.  Cheryl’s office and my office both face the street, so we were able to see two delivery people (a man and a woman) as they walked to and from the front door.  After they dropped off the flowers, they did something strange and humorous:  First they high-fived each other, then stopped for a second and hugged and gave each other a kiss, then walked arm-in arm back to their vehicle.  We said to each other with a laugh, “Did you see that? What was THAT all about?”  We eventually discovered that the flowers were the first-ever delivery for Forage Ojai and owners Liz and Shane.  And it was those two who shared such a joyous moment on our sidewalk that day.  I’m glad I finally got to meet Liz yesterday, so that I was able to tell her the story.  Forage Ojai will be moving from their current location on Baldwin Road to Meiners Oaks soon.  Here’s to much future success for Liz and Shane at their new location!

~ Ray
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When you use chocolate instead of wood for baseboards
Thursday, February 14, 2019
3:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

~ Ray
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Oh no, I’m not falling for that one…again
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
4:15 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.  Have a nice evening…and enjoy the rain!
~ Ray
10:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Well, screw thi…..gggzzzzzzzttttt
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
2:00 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Today’s update is a bit late, as we were attending an awards ceremony in Oxnard for Keller Williams brokers and agents.  We’re honored to say that our team put together a great season in 2018; here’s to 2019 being even better!

~ Ray

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“Timmy, there’s no such thing as monsters living under your bed.”
Monday, February 11, 2019
5:05 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
12:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
Pic of the Day

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 I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day

when it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May

Well, I guess you’d say

What can make me feel this way

My grill (my grill, my grill)

Talkin’ ’bout my grill (my grill)

Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

The open house list has been updated!  Our listing at 1003 N. Drown Avenue will be open tomorrow from noon to 3:00 p.m.  After a couple of months of digging and investigation, we finally found the records that show the guest cottage is permitted as a legal second dwelling, which certainly adds to the value of this property.

~ Ray
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Friday, February 8, 2019
6:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 102 W. Matilija Street – sold for $1,249,000 (originally listed for $1,249,000).
  • 5 Valley Road – sold for $580,000 (originally listed for $599,000).  Congrats to our clients/sellers who closed on the sale of their home today, and congrats to teammate Paul Johnsen who brought this listing and deal to the table!

Have a great weekend; see you tomorrow morning with the updated open house list…

~ Ray
9:30 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’ve also added a new BBIO video:  It’s teammate Rob Perron talking about Hip Vegan restaurant, which re-opened about a month ago at their new location!

~ Just FYI – there’s a chance this will be the only update for today, depending on how the day pans out.

~ Ray
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Thursday, February 7, 2019
5:45 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
9:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

It was quite a shock to wake up this morning and see the temperature at 23 degrees!  Fountains frozen over, grass with frost on it…frost on the windows, even!  13 years ago, my younger brother came to visit – and it was during a cold snap that I challenged him to jump into our pool for $10.00.  Well, he did it.  And the second his toe hit the water on his way in, I could see his face contort into an “Uh oh” expression.  If I recall correctly, the pool water was at 38 degrees.

~ Ray
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Let this sink in for a second…
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
6:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:30 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
5:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
10:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

I mis-wrote yesterday when I wrote that our rain gauge was close to four inches of rain over the last several days (it was actually closer to five inches).  Our rainfall for the season is at 17.97 inches; we’re already at 6.34 inches more rain than we received during all of last year’s rainy season (11.63 inches).  Two years ago, when we received a total rainfall tally of 27.19 inches for the season, we had 18.00 inches of rain by February 6th, 2017.

~ Ray
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Hey, I can see my house from here!
Monday, February 4, 2019
3:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

~ The Ojai Market Data update has been completed!  Check out what happened in Ojai real estate for the month of January, 2019 here.

~ I’m waiting out the rain until at least tomorrow before I submit an “official” tally on the rain totals from the last several days.  According to our rain gauge, we’re close to four inches.

~ Ray
10:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
~ Ray
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There, I fixed it
Saturday, February 2, 2019
1:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated; our listing at 1003 N. Drown Avenue is currently open and will be open until 2:30 today.  For other open houses, you might want to call the listing agent to be sure they’ll still be open, as many homeowners cancel when it’s raining.

 

We’ve added a new BBIO video; teammate Maria DePaola talks about Ojai Olive Oil Company.

 

Have a great weekend, and if you haven’t taken a gander at the river near the Baldwin Road bridge, it’s worth a look!  The bridge on Santa Ana Road in Oak View showed the river level at 7 feet!  The unofficial rain tally (from our rain gauge only) is 2.83 inches of accumulation between last night and now.  I’ll have the totals for you after this series of rain has passed.

~ Ray
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The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of Tie fighters danced in their heads
Friday, February 1, 2019
9:20 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

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

~ Ray
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