Blog Archive – November, 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.
Friday, November 29, 2019
2:00 p.m.

The open house list has been updated!  In addition, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.

Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ll be holding open houses this Sunday for 1442 S. Rice Road (1:00 to 3:30 p.m.) and 501 Vallerio Avenue (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.)

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Ojai valley restaurants here.  This is an informal poll and won’t be used to promote any restaurant – it’s just for fun.  We’ll be putting out new polls about once a month.  Have a great weekend!

11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 80 Santa Ana Way – withdrawn from the market.  (The Ventura MLS link will show this as unavailable.)

 

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Reverse basketball; so…I guess you dunk up?
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
3:40 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 10561 Encino Drive – $1,995,000.  (This was most recently listed in September for $2,400,000, but did not sell at that time.)
Changes to the All Listings page:
11:15 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We’ve added a new element to the site; the Poll of the Month.  We’ll come up with a new poll about every 30 days or so.  The subject for this month’s poll is, “Where is your favorite place to eat in the Ojai Valley?”  I tried to be as comprehensive with the list as possible, but I’m not guaranteeing that every Ojai restaurant is on it.  This is unofficial and the results won’t be posted anywhere but here.  You can vote for more than one restaurant, however, once you vote and view the results you won’t be able to vote again.  This is supposed to be fun, so let’s not take any of these polls too seriously!

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As part of my household chores, twice a year I clear the rain gutters around the house of leaves and other debris, typically using a leaf blower with a special attachment that allows me to perform the task without climbing on the roof.  I attempted to do this work last Saturday, but couldn’t get the leaf blower engine to start.  I replaced the spark plug and tried again yesterday afternoon.  No dice. 

Shortly after I made the second attempt to start it, our gardener came by the house to do a quick “mow and blow” before the Thanksgiving holiday.  I asked him if he could take the blower and perhaps have a look at it, fix it, and charge us for the repair.  Not a problem, he says.  I headed back to my home office on the second floor and resumed working on some real estate-related items.  No more than three minutes pass, when I hear a muffled roar in the distance…then getting louder and louder as I see our gardener walking around the corner and up to the front patio/door (which is just below my office window).  He’s holding our leaf blower and basically doing a dance while simultaneously revving the motor for me to hear.  (I apparently had the incorrect fuel/oil mixture in the tank for the two-stroke engine.)  There’s nothing worse than a cocky gardener.

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I believe I’ll get a chance to do a second update this afternoon, but there’s a chance I may not.  If so, have a great Thanksgiving!  I love the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; I call it “first Friday” (obviously, followed by “second Friday” two days later).  There won’t be an update on Thursday, but I’ll get one in on Friday since we won’t be shopping and will instead be attending a home inspection.

~ Ray
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Giraffdelier
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
5:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
12:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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And….that’s why you don’t lock a turtle in the bathroom
Monday, November 25, 2019
5:05 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
11:25 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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I have no rational explanation for this (although it somewhat resembles the movie “Maximum Overdrive,” which is a hilariously good bad movie, if you have the time)
Friday, November 22, 2019
3:50 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The Open House list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listing at 1442 S. Rice Road open on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.  If you’re looking for a generational family or communal living environment, this home is the real deal!  Alternatively, this could also be used as an income property.  Either way, it’s definitely worth checking out. 

10:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Clients/friends of ours who own property in the mountains north of Ojai told us that they had snow up there the other day, and heavy snow at that.  It didn’t stick, apparently.  Too bad none of that ended up here on the valley floor.  I checked six local weather stations and none of them registered any precipitation.  It looks like we’re in for a good soaking next week, however.  The last measurable rainfall we received (according to my records) was June 21st.

Here’s the list of things to do in Ojai.  Here’s something else to do:  Watch the new BBIO video I just posted!  It’s Cheryl interviewing Kris LaBelle of LaBelle’s Salon here in Ojai.

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“Nest Secure” too expensive?  Secure your home with the new Bug!™ security system for a fraction of the cost!
Thursday, November 21, 2019
4:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 607 Crestview Drive – sale pending.  This didn’t technically change on the All Listings page (it was already a pending sale), however, the original escrow was cancelled.  Congrats to our clients/buyers, who had their offer accepted on this home and have put it into escrow!
9:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 290 Monte Via – back on the market (had been a pending sale).
  • 310 N. Fulton Street – sold for $617,000 (originally listed for $629,000).
  • 1003 N. Drown Avenue – sold for $785,000 (originally listed for $849,000).  Congrats to our clients/sellers, who closed on the sale of their house today.  Good luck on your new adventure!
11:10 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Not sure if this is a tribute or some sort of creepy statement
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
3:55 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 96 Valley Ridge Drive – sale pending.
  • 804 Daly Road – sold for $1,240,000 (originally listed for $1,300,000).  Congrats to our clients/buyers, who closed on their new home today!
  • 80 Santa Ana Way – withdrawn from the market.  (The Ventura MLS link will show this as “unavailable.”)
10:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Monday, November 18, 2019
4:20 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:35 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Perhaps only Ojai residents will get this one
Friday, November 15, 2019
2:35 p.m.

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding our listings at 59 W. Calle El Prado and 501 Vallerio Avenue open Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Have a great weekend…

9:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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

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“Honey…why is the TV playing ‘The Shape of Water’ 24 hours a day?”
Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:30 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
8:25 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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As if you have a choice
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
4:05 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

Just FYI – I’m having trouble adding photos anywhere on the site at the moment.  So, there’s no photo for the newest listing on McAndrew Road.  I’ll be working on it.

9:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 65 Apricot Street – sale pending.  This is a new listing that was last on the market in July; it did not sell at that time.  Cool house, by the way (but I believe the driveway ingress/egress was a major sticking point with many potential buyers).
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Oh, I get it.  A Walken closet!  Bwa-ha-ha-ha!
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
3:30 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.
11:50 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Monday, November 11, 2019
10:25 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

This will be the only update for today.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019
12:35 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding three of our listings open tomorrow, all from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m; 501 Vallerio Avenue, 1442 S. Rice Road, and 59 W. Calle El Prado.

On another note – updates during the past week were a bit spotty because Cheryl and I went on a cruise for our 20th anniversary.  We left town just after the “Maria Fire” started in Ventura, making us nervous about leaving our dogs at the kennel.  They stay at Ventura Highway Luxury Boarding for Dogs, where we’ve been taking our dogs for the past 12 years or so.  They love the place, barking and whining with excitement every time we pull into the parking lot.  VHLB4D takes great care of their guests and we highly recommend them (several years ago we had two dogs that were going through cancer treatment  – at two separate times – and the folks at the kennel were wonderful).

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Friday, November 8, 2019
8:50 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!

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Jumping for joy has consequences
Thursday, November 7, 2019
10:55 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Although not Ojai-related, congrats to our client/seller and to teammate Sheryl Whipple for bringing the buyer in on our listing in Filmore that closed yesterday!

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Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah had a baby?
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
10:00 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Conjoined at birth, surgery to separate Uri and Latrine was deemed too dangerous
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6:05 p.m.
There are four new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Tomorrow’s update might be the same deal as today’s – not until late afternoon/early evening, just FYI.

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How to make a sexy stop sign
Monday, November 4, 2019
4:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Just a heads up – tomorrow there will be only one update and it won’t occur until sometime in the late afternoon.  Have a nice evening!

9:05 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

Here’s a second “This Day in History” entry:  November 4, 1999 – Ray and Cheryl get married.  It’s hard to believe 20 years have passed since the day Cheryl and I exchanged vows in a small ceremony with immediate family, in a beautiful setting at Cades Cove in Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  We lived in Florida at the time, but it wasn’t too long before Cheryl (a native Californian) convinced me that Ojai was THE place to be.  Here’s to another 20 years, and then 20 after that (which will put us in our 90’s).  There’s no one else I’d rather knock canes with!

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The only things missing are surgical tubing and a syringe
Friday, November 1, 2019
7:55 p.m.
  • The open house list has been updated!  The Ojai Market Data report has been completed as well; take a look/see at how the Ojai real estate market fared in October.
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 80 Santa Ana Way – back on the market (had been withdrawn) and reduced from $840,000 to $829,000.
  • 603 Palomar Road – sold for $2,375,000 (originally listed for $2,390,000).

 

Have yourselves a great weekend! 

2:10 p.m.
There is another new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 80 Santa Ana Way – withdrawn from the market.  (The Ventura MLS link will show this as “unavailable.”)

I’ll be checking in later this afternoon/evening with both the updated open house list for this weekend and the Ojai Market Data update.  Meanwhile, here’s the list of things to do in Ojai!

11:30 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
  • 547 Pala Drive – this listing has expired.
  • 106 W. Oak Street – this listing has expired.  (The Ventura MLS link will show this as “unavailable.”)
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Quite possibly the costliest alternative to replacing your roof