Blog Archive – September, 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.
Monday, September 30, 2019
5:05 p.m.
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11:40 a.m.
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Is your child too spoiled?  Here’s how to spot the signs.
Friday, September 27, 2019
3:35 p.m.

The open house list for this weekend has been updated.  We’ll be holding 59 W. Calle El Prado open Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 – and 501 Vallerio Avenue, Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00

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

 

Have a great weekend!

9:25 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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I sure hope it reads “restaurant” at the bottom
Thursday, September 26, 2019
3:55 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
11:35 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

As you may know, I like to bring up the occasional Cheryl-ism – whether she makes them up herself or comes up with one that was in-vogue 70 years ago (no doubt passed to her by her grandfather).  Well, I just heard a new one:  During our team meeting on Tuesday, Cheryl mentioned the phrase, “Slipping on a banana peel away from the grave.”  I laughed briefly at it during the meeting, but it was after the meeting that I really thought about it.  “I don’t get the correlation between the banana and the grave,” I told her.  “How about slipping on a banana peel on the way to the hairdresser” or “tripping over a rock while getting your taxes done?”  It turns out that the exact wording is important – we looked up the phrase on the web.  “I’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel” is the actual phrase.  Aha, that makes much more sense.  Not that I’m perfect with words*, it’s just that Cheryl comes up with these oddball phrases so often that I should have started a book long ago; they tickle me, because they’re so her.

 

*[I blogged about this when it happened a few years ago:  We were getting ready to go out for the evening and Cheryl came into the shared master bath space where I was and proclaimed “It’s time for me to get pretty.”  The instant thought in my brain was “but you’re already pretty” – but what I instead said out-loud was, “That time has passed.”  Kind of the same, but not really.]

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Architecture inspired by Van Go
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:05 p.m.
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11:30 a.m.
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Last night we had another small heat wave pass through our side of town (west side).  At about 9:30 p.m, it went from 68 degrees with 48% humidity to 81 degrees and 20% humidity in the course of an hour.  (By morning it had cooled off and the humidity had returned as well.)  I distinctly remember this happening last year.  I ask again…what is that??

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Worst couch ever
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
4:25 p.m.
There is another new listing on the market:
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12:25 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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The equivalent of getting implants for your house
Monday, September 23, 2019
7:05 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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By the way, the mystery regarding the bag of Lucky Charms (charms only) has been solved; Cheryl’s sister admitted to the gag.  I added a few charms to my bowl of bran cereal – it kinda works.  I also discovered that our dogs don’t appreciate “Whole Grain Oats, Sugar, Oat Flour, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Starch, Dextrose, Salt, Gelatin, Trisodium Phosphate, Yellows 5 & 6, Red 40, Blue 1 and Other Color Added, Natural and Artificial Flavor”  – they refused to sample a single charm.  Who says dogs aren’t smart?

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Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like festive razor wire
Friday, September 20, 2019
10:00 p.m.

The open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding houses open at 1003 N. Drown Avenue (Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00), 1223 Fierro Drive (Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00), and 501 Vallerio Avenue (Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00).

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Have a fantastic weekend!  The next update will be Monday morning.

11:55 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!

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Wednesday, Cheryl and I received a surprise on our doorstep.  What is it?  Why, it’s the equivalent of a bag of Lucky Charms, but only consisting of charms.  I’m sure this has to do with a conversation we had with someone recently, perhaps within the last month or so, about my former Seinfeldian love of eating sugary kiddie cereal for breakfast (a habit I broke several years ago).  In either case, we’ve been racking our brains trying to figure out who surreptitiously sent this gift.  Clients?  Friends?  One of our own team members?  WHO?  Reveal yourselves, damn you!

Thursday, September 19, 2019
5:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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12:30 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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For doors with addictions, the 1st step in a 14-step program is the hardest
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:15 a.m.
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In the battle for the sun, the trees eventually won out
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
11:55 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
  • 162 Olive Street – $649,000.  (This was recently on the market in June for $669,000, but did not sell.)
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What?  Now this will make it easy to climb onto the freeway.
Monday, September 16, 2019
3:20 p.m.
  • No other changes for today.
11:35 a.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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I think a new guard dog is in order
Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:45 a.m.

No changes for today, but the open house list has been updated!  We’ll be holding open houses for 59 W. Calle El Prado (today from 1:00 to 4:00, 501 Vallerio Avenue (Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00), and 1223 Fierro Drive (Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00).

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Definitely a bar bathroom
Friday, September 13, 2019
9:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Have a great weekend; we’ll see you tomorrow with the updated open house list.

11:00 a.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

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

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How to pretty much guarantee you’ll never bring a woman to your apartment
Thursday, September 12, 2019
8:20 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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10:50 a.m.
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There’s nothing like a relaxing day in the park
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
11:50 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
5:00 p.m.
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Dare to be different…I guess?
Monday, September 9, 2019
5:25 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

 

Tomorrow’s first update may not occur until later in the afternoon, just FYI.  Enjoy the evening!

12:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:

We hope you had a good weekend; we had friends over for football yesterday and watched the Rams win.  Cheryl made a dish called “Tomato Tarte Tatin” with tomatoes from our garden.  It’s a sweet dish, which for me, totally confused my brain and taste buds because of the underlying tomato flavor.  But it was a winner – there was virtually none left afterwards!

 

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Raising the stakes on “Time Out” punishments
Saturday, September 7, 2019
1:00 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
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The open house list has been updated!  Our team is holding a bevy of our listings open; 1223 Fierro Drive – open Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00; 59 W. Calle El Prado – open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00; 1003 N. Drown Avenue – open Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00; and 75 E. Short Street – open Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.

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Friday, September 6, 2019
5:05 p.m.

The Ojai Market Data update has been completed.  Click to check out how the Ojai valley real estate market fared for the month of August!

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See you tomorrow with the updated open house list; enjoy the weekend!

10:30 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!

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With master Jacques away on an oceanic expedition, Buddy

Cousteau stayed at home to play in his make-believe “submarine.”

Thursday, September 5, 2019
6:50 p.m.
There are two new listings on the market:

1223 Fierro Drive Ojai

Changes to the All Listings page:
10:25 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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While this does not apply to Ojai real estate specifically, we want to congratulate our client/buyer who closed on their first-ever home at 2338 Kipana Avenue (in Ventura) yesterday!

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All I see is Jabba the Hutt
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
4:15 p.m.
Changes to the All Listings page:
12:10 p.m.
There is a new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
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So…then a text is okay?
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
5:30 p.m.
There is another new listing on the market:
Changes to the All Listings page:
10:40 a.m.
There are two new listings on the market:
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We hope you enjoyed the weekend!  We got some R&R in, saw the Jon Anderson concert on Friday night (so great to hear an iconic voice in person), and had a lovely dinner last night at Soule Park Bar & Grill.  I know I’ve mentioned this before, but sitting out on the back patio as the sun sets?  I challenge you to find a better setting – and the food is pretty darn good, to boot.  I don’t understand why this place isn’t busier.  I’d like to keep it our little secret, but I’d also like to see the restaurant succeed.  Seriously, you need to check it out!

 

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How to turn a 2:00 a.m. bathroom run into a challenge