Ventura, CA Real Estate News

By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Sounds of Summer 2014 Now that it is August, we have entered the waning days of summer here in Ventura.  The weather continues to be too beautiful to stay inside, though.  Enjoy your last few Sundays of summer air at the Ventura Sounds of Summer 2014 event. What: Ventura Sounds of Summer 2014Where: Carousel Stage, Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Dr)When: Sundays through August 31, 2014 1pm to 4pmCost: FREEContact: Ventura Harbor Village (805) 477-0470 Every Sunday until August 31st, the Ventura Sounds of Summer 2014 will feature a different musical act on the Carousel Stage at Ventura Harbor Village.  These local Ventura area bands will be playing reggae, blues and surf music absolutely free of charge from 1pm to 4pm.  Take a break from shopping at the Village to relax wh...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
2014 Ventura County Fair Do you remember what it was like going to the fair when you were a kid?  Chowing down on cotton candy.  Spending all your money trying to toss a ring so that it hooked a bottle just right in order to win a silly prize.  Riding the carnival rides until your tummy ached.  It's time to relive those fun days because the 2014 Ventura County Fair is here! What: 2014 Ventura County FairWhere: Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd)When: Now through August 10, 2014 11am to 10pm weekdays, 10am to 10pm Sat & SunCost: Adults $12, Children/Seniors $9Contact: Seaside Park (805) 648-3376 The 2014 Ventura County Fair actually started yesterday.  But there is still PLENTY of time to enjoy a good time with your entire family.  Visit the dozens upon dozens of arts and craft...
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By Cheryl Clayton, Conejo Valley and Simi Valley Realtor
(Westlake Village home buyers and sellers Thousand Oaks homes)
      You know for sure it’s summer when the Ventura County Fair is here! Starting today, July 30th up to and including August 10th, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Boulevard (map), there are many fun and interesting activities and entertainment events scheduled.   Attractions include carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, exhibits and displays, farm animals and a petting zoo, many demonstrations, food vendors and outstanding live entertainment (concerts and rodeos – FREE with the cost of admission into the Fair).   This year’s scheduled entertainment features:   Weds., July 30th at 6:00pm – Motorsports   Thurs., July 31st at 7:00pm – The Beach Boys   Fri., August 1st at 7:30pm – Little Big Town   Sat., August 2nd at 7:30pm – The Spinners   Sun., August 3rd at 3:00pm...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Dirty Car Challenge 2014 As you have most likely heard, California is in dire straits with their water situation.  Ventura residents are being asked to conserve as much water as possible, wherever possible.  That's why the city has issued the Ventura Dirty Car Challenge 2014. For the month of July, Ventura residents are asked to stop washing their cars, especially those people that wash their cars at home.  A typical Ventura home car wash will use up 80-150 gallons in just one wash.  When you go to a commercial car wash like Market St or Five Points, their machines only use around 45 gallons per car wash.  And, many commercial washes recycle their water, further lessening the amount of water resources utilized per vehicle. Ventura Water is holding a free car wash giveaway.  All ...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura 4th of July Street Fair 2014 Tomorrow's Independence Day!  With weather like ours, it's too nice outdoors to stay cooped up inside.  It's time to pack up your friends and family and head down to the Ventura 4th of July Street Fair 2014. What: Ventura 4th of July Street Fair 2014Where: Main St in Downtown Ventura, from Fir Ave to Ventura AveWhen: Friday, July 4, 2014 10am to 5pmCost: FREE admissionContact: City of Ventura (805) 654-7800 The Ventura 4th of July Street Fair 2014 marks the 39th year that this extremely popular fair has made an appearance in Ventura.  More than 30,000 Ventura residents and guests make the trip to downtown Ventura every 4th of July to witness the Pushem-Pullem wagon parade and listen to the live musical acts performing on six stages throughout the dow...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale 2014 Books have the ability to transport us to a world full of possibilities.  Reading doesn't have to be a solitary effort either.  Children who are read to on a regular basis recognize letters of the alphabet much earlier on than those who are not read to and the wider the variety of reading materials in a Ventura home increases a child's proficiency in reading.  They also tend to have higher math scores.  The San Buenaventura Friends of the Library wants to encourage reading in the home with their Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale 2014. What: Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale 2014Where: Albertsons (7800 Telegraph Rd)When: June 21, 2014 10am to 3pmCost: $1 for a plastic bag, $2 for a paper bagContact: San Buenaventura Friends of t...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Household Recycling and Collection Event 2014 The calendar may say that it's almost summertime.  But does your Ventura home still need a good spring cleaning?  If you already did your spring cleaning and don't know what to do with your old tires, beat up furniture, outdated computers or other household and electronic waste, you need to come to the Ventura Household Recycling and Collection Event 2014 this Saturday, June 7th. What: Ventura Household Recycling and Collection Event 2014Where: 800 N Ventura Ave (future site of Kellogg Park)When: Saturday, June 7, 2014 8am to 12pmCost: FREEContact: Rosie Ornelas (805) 652-4555 or Richard Newsham (805) 658-4706 Only Westside neighborhood residents are allowed to participate in the Ventura Household Recycling and Collection Event 2014....
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By Cheryl Clayton, Conejo Valley and Simi Valley Realtor
(Westlake Village home buyers and sellers Thousand Oaks homes)
  thru to May10th     The remaining performances for this year’s Ventura Music Festival are:   Thursday, May 8th – 7:30pm Rising Stars First United Methodist Church 1338 E. Santa Clara Street (map) This year’s Rising Stars consists of three very talented teenaged musicians – Matthew Chen on the cello, David Fraley on the piano and Cameron Daley on the violin. Their performance will be a classical theme.   Friday, May 9th – 8:00pm Stanislav Khristenko Cleveland International Piano Competition Ventura Missionary Church 500 High Point Drive (map) Stanislav Khristenko, a multi-award winning pianist, native of Ukraine, graduate from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, enthralls his audiences with his magical fingers ‘dancing’ out the notes from the pages of classical music giving ple...
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By Kevin Kueneke, San Diego Mortgage Banker
(Caliber Home Loans)
VA Home Loan With Zero Down Up To $598,000 Purchase Price In Ventura Ventura CA - Did you know that qualified veterans can obtain a VA home loan in Ventura CA with zero money down up to a sales price of $598,000?  This limit is for VA home loans closed in Ventura CA from February 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014. In late December of 2013, the VA announced the new VA Zero Down loan limits for 2014 for Ventura CA.  At that time, the VA Zero Down Loan Limit was going to be $556,250 which was an increase from the 2013 VA Zero Down Loan Limit of $546,250  However, the VA Zero Down Loan Limits for Ventura CA were REVISED and there was a slight increase from $556,250 to $598,000. Does this mean that the maximum VA loan in Ventura CA is only $598,000?  Absolutely not.  This just means that so...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Beach Festival 2014 People have long envied the California lifestyle.  Living in Ventura, we understand where all that envy comes from.  The Friends of the Channel Coast State Parks wanted to celebrate everything we love about our great city and state.  So, they put together the Ventura Beach Festival 2014 for this Saturday, May 3rd, making it the first event of its kind. What: Ventura Beach Festival 2014Where: San Buenaventura State BeachWhen: Saturday, May 3, 2014 11am to 5pmCost: $25 for adults, $10 for kids ages 7-12 & free for kids under 7Contact: Friends of the Channel Coast State Parks (805) 626-0156 or via email The Ventura Beach Festival 2014 will showcase everything we love here in Ventura: great live music, delicious food and tons of recreational activities set in the...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Harbor is Hopping on Easter 2014 Looking for something to do this Sunday?  You might want to grab the family and head to the beach.  Ventura Harbor is hopping on Easter 2014. What: Easter Sunday at the Ventura HarborWhere: Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Dr)When: April 20, 2014 12pm to 3pmContact: Ventura Harbor Village (805) 477-0470 Even though the Easter Bunny was busy hiding eggs and goodies for Ventura children all night long, he isn't too busy to hop on in for a visit at Ventura Harbor.  With sunny skies predicted for Sunday, Ventura residents will find it a perfect day to enjoy an Easter brunch with the family at one of the many fantastic Ventura Harbor restaurants.  Pick up an Easter bonnet at one of the retail shops.  Listen to live music at the Village Carousel ...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Local Ventura Farmers Markets Farmers markets have become all the rage over the last several years, even though they have been around for decades.  In most places across the country, these local bastions of healthy food are only open for a few months a year, offering "seasonal" fruits and veggies.  Luckily for us here in Southern California, it's always market season.  Ventura residents have a variety of local Ventura farmers markets to choose from each week as well. What: Downtown Ventura Farmer's MarketWhere: Corner of Santa Clara & PalmWhen: Saturdays 8:30am to 12pmAdmission: FREEContact: (805) 529-6266 In operation since 1986, the Downtown Ventura Farmer's Market is the oldest of its kind in Ventura County.  More than 45 local farmers and food vendors come to hawk their wares each w...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
The Big Read Ventura 2014 Reading has always been a favorite past time for us.  Stories let us travel to distant lands, far away galaxies, into Fantasyland and learn about places and cultures we may never have the opportunity to see or learn for ourselves.  The City of Ventura's Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the county libraries to present The Big Read Ventura 2014. What: The Big Read Ventura 2014Where: Various Locations in VenturaWhen: Now through May 2, 2014Website: City of Ventura's The Big ReadContact: (805) 677-3925 The book that is the focus of The Big Read Ventura 2014 is Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried", which is a collection of short stories about American soldiers during the Vietnam War.  Events have been set up throughout the City until May 2nd tha...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Food Truck Fridays Food, glorious food!  Once a month, Midtown Ventura attracts dozens of the best mobile diners in the Southern California area for Ventura Food Truck Fridays.  This Friday, February 21, 2014 is your chance to celebrate this awesome foodie feast for the month. What: Ventura Food Truck FridaysWhere: Pacific View Mall (Main St & Mills), VenturaWhen: 3rd Friday of every month, 6pm to 10pm Some of the mobile restaurants that will be featured at this month's Ventura Food Truck Fridays include: Cousins Main Lobster, Gen's Baked Goods, the ever-popular Grilled Cheese Truck, It's in the Sauce, Belly Bombz, the Greasy Weiner, Perk-U-Later, Kona Ice and Sweet Arleen's.  Instead of sitting in one restaurant or picking from a boring buffet that's been setting out for who kn...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Healthy Heart Fair 2014 February is Heart Health Month.  If you're like thousands of other Ventura County residents, you probably decided to make 2014 the year that you focus on your health.  The Collection at Riverpark wants to help you stay on track to a healthier new you in the new year with their Ventura Healthy Heart Fair 2014. What: Ventura Save a SweetHEART Healthy Heart Fair 2014Where: The Collection at Riverpark (Park View Ct, Oxnard)When: Sat, Feb 8, 2014 from 12pm to 4pmCost: FREEContact: (805) 278-9500 The goal of the Ventura Healthy Heart Fair 2014 is to teach the public about leading a heart healthy lifestyle.  According to the CDC, approximately 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year.  That accounts for 25% of the total amount of deaths in the US annu...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Requests Voluntary Water Use Reduction As you may know, Governor Brown recently proclaimed a water shortage emergency throughout the state of California.  Water fed to Ventura residents through Ventura Water is provided by three main sources: the Ventura River, Lake Casitas and groundwater.  Water levels in the river have remained extremely low due to the lower than normal precipitation in the area.  Lake Casitas is currently at 60% capacity, with the allocation of water to be implemented if it reaches 50%.  In response, Ventura requests voluntary water use reduction by at least 10% from all its residents as soon as possible. In the Kitchen Now would be a great time to consider upgrading your appliances to newer, more energy-efficient models in your Ventura home.  An EnergyStar ...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Restaurant Week 2014 Just about everybody likes to dine out from time to time.  With the plethora of fabulous restaurants available in downtown Ventura, there are literally thousands of tasty dishes to choose from at any given time.  Ventura Restaurant Week 2014 is the perfect opportunity to support the local economy while tantalizing your tastebuds.  What: Ventura Restaurant Week 2014When: January 13-19, 2014Where: Participating restaurants in the Ventura areaContact: City of Ventura Offices (805) 654-7800 Ventura Restaurant Week 2014 has partnered with over 30 local downtown Ventura and Harbor Village restaurants to bring diners out of their homes.  To do so, they are offering a 20% discount with the purchase of an entree.  In addition to the 20% discount, the first 300 diners...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Spark of Love Toy Drive 2013 We may not get snow here in Ventura County, but that doesn't make Christmas any less magical.   There's nothing as precious as watching a child's face light up with joy as they unwrap their presents.  Unfortunately, not all children are able to feel the joy due to the financial constraints their families find themselves in.  You can help make a child's Christmas special by donating to the Ventura Spark of Love Toy Drive 2013.  There's still time left to participate! What: Ventura Spark of Love Toy Drive 2013Where: All Ventura County Fire Stations, Police/Fire Headquarters or Ventura City HallWhen: Now through December 24, 2013Contact: (805) 339-4319 The Ventura City Fire Department is working in conjunction with the police stations, other fire statio...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2013 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Ventura.  But it really doesn't feel like Christmas until the tree gets decorated and lit.  Ring in the Christmas season with the Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2013 tomorrow, December 6th in downtown Ventura. What: Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2013Where: San Buenaventura Mission (211 E Main St)When: December 6, 2013 5pmAdmission: FREEContact: (805) 643-4318 The Ventura Holiday Tree Lighting 2013 ceremony will take place in front of one of Ventura's most treasured landmarks, the San Buenaventura Mission.  Local Ventura area choirs will be lifting their voices in song with traditional Christmas carols before the official countdown begins.  Even Santa is making a special trip to Southern California for ...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura Shop Small Saturday 2013 I hope everyone enjoys their time spent with loved ones in Ventura this year.  Since Thanksgiving has come late this year, there will only be 26 shopping days left until Christmas.  That means it, too, will be here before you know it.  If you haven't purchased every gift on your Christmas "to do" list this year, can we make a suggestion?  Instead of going to large malls or chain stores, try Ventura Shop Small Saturday 2013 this Saturday, November 30th. What is Shop Small Saturday? A great example of Ventura Shop Small Saturday 2013 is the local farmers markets.  Not only are they a great place for the freshest produce, meat, cheese and baked goods, but they also offer unique, one-of-a-kind articles that would make fantastic gifts for the holidays.  You d...
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