Ventura, CA Real Estate News

By Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale
(951-290-8588)
  Ventura County Real Estate Recovery and Car SalesCan Increased Car Sales be the Harbinger of Real Estate Recovery in Ventura County?Low rates and consumer confidence have combined to new car sales that exceeded last years total by 16%. Used car sales went up 8% from last year.David Greiner, president of Greiner Buick-GMC in Victorville said of car sales, "We are the first item purchased when the recovery starts," Greiner said. "You may repair it when things are getting worse. When the economy starts to recover, you start to make long-term investments."Factory production of motor vehicles and parts jumped 5.2 percent during July, helped by automakers replacing inventories depleted because of the March 11 earthquake in Japan, according to the Associated Press.Well, if it is true as Davi...
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By Joanne Louise Stevens, Realtor - Serving Brentwood and Surrounding Cities
(Keller Williams Realty Los Angeles-Brentwood)
Hello Everybody:  I hope you had a wonderful week.  We made it to Friday.  It’s almost Sunday and whether you are working this weekend, traveling or relaxing at home, please think safety.    I was at Port Hueneme this week at the California Air National Guard Base performing annual training. I am a Realtor®, and a Reservist also.  I proudly wear an Air Force uniform and with over 29 years of service, I’m still going strong.  I enjoy the camaraderie and the fact that I am serving my country is a wonderful and honorable experience.   (No, I do not fly planes. I leave the piloting to our pilots.) People are always asking me the above because they are fascinated by our air power.  It is true that our pilots are the best in the world!  Just ask the 150 passengers on US Airways Flight 1549, p...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Summer has arrived in Southern California!  That means that the Music Under the Stars summer music program in Ventura is almost here.  Beginning July 9, 2011 and continuing every Saturday through September 3, 2011, Ventura's Music Under the Stars offers live music and great food for everyone from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Historic Olivas Adobe (4200 Olivas Park Dr). The schedule of artists set to perform throughout the summer concert series is as follows: July 9, 2011 - Louie Cruz Beltran, Playboy Jazz Festival favorite, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music July 16, 2011 - Barbara Morrison, blues and jazz queen July 23, 2011 - Upstream, blends reggae and soca sounds with a Caribbean beat July 30, 2011 - Whiskey Dawn, one of California's hottest country bands August 6, 2011 - Soul City Survivors...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
The Ventura Family Festival in the Park offers three fun family events in one location at one time.  For the eighth year in a row, Barranca Vista Park (7050 E Ralston St, Ventura) will host the Family Festival in the Park on Saturday, May 14th from 9am to 3pm. Kids Swap MeetFor the sixth year in a row, the Kids Swap Meet will kick off the Ventura Family Festival in the Park from 9am to noon.  Kids will be allowed to bring in their old toys, games, books and clothes (as long as they are still in usable condition) to sell.  If you have any questions, please contact the Kids Swap Meet's supervisor, Kathryn Dippong-Lawson, at 805-644-6542.  If you wish to participate in the Kids Swap Meet, you must fill out an application here by May 6, 2011.  The cost to sell your kids' older stuff is $15....
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
More than 100 acts will showcase their talents at the 17th Music Week in Ventura beginning April 27, 2011 and continuing through May 1, 2011.  Most of these performances will be provided at no cost or very low cost and will be open to all age groups.  Some of the musical genres that will be featured include blues, R&B, country, jazz, metal, ska and latin.  Several popular local bands will also perform, including the Bob Jones Trio, King Gypsy, 50 Sticks of Dynamite, 29 Mules, Urban Dread and the Shoemaker Brothers. Atlantic Magazine recently noted that Ventura County has become a huge force for live music, coming in 4th for concentration of music industry businesses after Nashville, Los Angeles and New York City.  In fact, on any given night in the downtown Ventura area, you can see a l...
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By Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale
(951-290-8588)
Trees, Lowes & Earth Day in Ventura,  CaliforniaLowes, across the nation, is celebrating Earth Day by giving away a million trees.All you have to do is show up this Saturday, April 23 to get yours (while supply lasts).In our area, the Lowes store is located at 500 South Mills Road, in Ventura. Their store hours on Saturday are 6 a.m.- 10 p.m.I spoke to the Garden Department and was told that the tree for giveaway in our area is a small pine. View the giveaway ad on Lowes websiteThis is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and also a great way to bring the information home to your children. It might also provide a teaching moment on the how to care for a young sapling.Some useful information may be found at Master Gardener website.If you happen to be looking for a great house to put that y...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes)
Took a road trip out to Ventura today - way cool! I FINALLY carved out a few hours to take some time off and we went to Ventura today. I love walking the shops and restaurants on Main St. First thing I did was to visit the We Olive store and re-fill my infused oils that I use for cooking. For those of you who don't know about We Olive, it is a specialty store chain that sells everything related to olives and sells specialty olive oils that you can't really find anywhere else. They sell oils in bulk or in pre-packaged bottles. If you bring your bottles in for re-fill it's cheaper. I re-filled my supplies of Meyer Lemon infused olive oil, and Blood Orange infused olive oil. I also tried something new this time and bought two small bottles of white wine/peach balsamic vinegar, and blueberr...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Nature is a large part of the Southern California lifestyle.  Many Ventura residents embrace going "green" to help maintain the natural beauty of the area.  Southern California's Employment Development Department has a Green Business Expo planned in Ventura for 10am to 5pm on April 23, 2011 at the Working Artists of Ventura building located at 175 Ventura Ave. The Working Artists of Ventura is a place where local artist can come together and work their art, share ideas and live affordably.  Artists-in-residence include dancers, actors, painters, sculptors, musicians and filmmakers.  The theater offers performances as well as workshops for the public.  They also believe strongly in embracing and taking care of the environment.  This is evident in the building itself, since it is LEED-cer...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
If you are at least 12 years of age or have a group of kids ages 12 years and older and are looking for a fun way to help out your community, volunteers are wanted at Ventura's Aquatic Center.  Individuals as well as groups are welcome to sign up to help keep the Ventura Aquatic Center facilities clean by hosing the courtyard and deck and cleaning the handrails, tables, trash cans, guard towers and more. Volunteers are needed for the first Saturday of each month to help maintain the facility from 9am to 11:30am.  If you are interested in having your child volunteer or wish to sign up your group to help, please contact the Volunteer Ventura Office at 805-652-4555.  Participants must commit to volunteering by the Wednesday before each monthly clean up session is scheduled. Keep in mind th...
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By Buki Burke, (805)377-0236, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CA
(Ventura, California)
Wonderful Ventura Keys home, located on large corner lot. This 4-bedroom 2-bath home features a large side yard outside the kitchen/dining room and a large backyard with a low care English garden, The master bedroom is on the main level. This Ventura Keys home is well situated, only a few blocks away from the beach and a block to Starbucks and shops. It has been lovingly cared for and upgraded over the years. Discover why so many have chosen Ventura Keys homes and Ventura as their home. A California coastal city only 30 minutes south of Santa Barbara and an hour north of Los Angeles. This Ventura Keys home is listed at $695,000. Make this Ventura Keys home yours. .  
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By Buki Burke, (805)377-0236, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CA
(Ventura, California)
Ventura beach front home.. Rare opportunity to own your own piece of paradise on the sand in the charming city of Ventura. With a limited number of oceanfron homes in the city, these rarely come on the market. Located close to the State Beach and about a mile to the heart of downtown Ventura, this location has it all. Miles of bike and jogging paths along the ocean and an emerging city on the coast. This 5-bedroom, 3-bath home features living areas upstairs and down designed to take full advantage of the Ventura beach. With a separate entrance to living quarters above the garage, it makes for a great 2-family home. A side yard the length of the home is unique to the beach, affording some privacy to this Ventura beach home, besides the refreshing green. This home has been well-maintained...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Support local businesses by purchasing products made and grown exclusively by local vendors at the Ventura Market Place.  Held every Saturday and Sunday of the year from 8am to 3pm at the corner of Telegraph Road and Day Road in Ventura, the Ventura County Community College Market Place hosts more than 300 vendors offering: Fresh Flowers Fresh Produce School/Office Supplies New/Used Tools New/Used Clothing Arts and Crafts Antiques/Collectibles And Much, Much More When you buy products locally, not only are you supporting the local Ventura economy, but you also help reduce our carbon footprint.  When items are produced and sold locally, less gas is used to transport materials, which also means that there are less air emissions.  And, you get out to meet and interact with your Ventura nei...
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By Kevin Clayton
(SoCal Pool Builders Lic#939803)
Swimming pool renovations and remodels are on the rise in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, Southern California. Many of these swimming pool renovations and swimming pool remodels are being done to properties that were previously short sales and bank repossessions.   SoCal Pool Builders has been receiving an above average number of requests for swimming pool renovations and remodels in the past six months. Owner, Kevin Clayton, stated that he believes it is partly due to the number of vacant and abandoned homes because of the high number of short sales and bank repossessions on the market. He has also seen the swimming pool equipment taken by the distressed owners desperate to raise cash or possibly it has been taken by vandals. They remove the swimming pool pumps, swimming pool filters...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
You haven't experienced the wonderfulness that is living in Southern California if you have never gone whale watching in Ventura.  From now until April 17, 2011, Pacific Gray Whales travel from the warm waters of Mexico, where they breed and give birth, pass through the Santa Barbara Channel and continue on to the colder waters of the Bering Sea.  That's when it's peak season to view these magnificent creatures for yourself. Island Packers offers wonderful whale watching cruises that depart from either the Ventura Harbor (1691 Spinnaker Dr #105B, Ventura) or Channel Islands Harbor (3600 S Harbor Blvd, Oxnard) until the middle of April.  These cruises can take anywhere from 3 to 3 1/2 hours total.  The departure schedule varies from day to day.  They aren't always available from both har...
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By Heidi Hovatter - Sonora & Twain Harte, Heidi The Home Hunter
(Century 21 Wildwood - Selling Homes and Cabins in Tuolumne County)
While visiting my mom over the Thanksgiving weekend we hit 5 Thrift Stores in Ventura.  Although it was Black Friday we were looking for even better bargains.  We found some great deals on brand new items in the Thrift Stores.  2 of the thrift stores including Goodwill had half-off.  Next time you are in the area check out the thrift stores!
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By Buki Burke, (805)377-0236, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CA
(Ventura, California)
This stunning Ventura Keys waterfront home has one of the premier locations on the main channel. Not only is there a large turning basin for the boater, but also panoramic water views and views of the hills in the back. This 3 bedroom home has a 35-foot boat dock. All you would have to do is hop on your boat in your own "backyard" and be out in the Pacific Ocean in less than 5 minutes. This 3 bedroom home has water views from most of the living areas as well as the master bedroom. A large terrace overlooking the water as well as a roof deck gives you unending opportunities to enjoy waterfront living at its best. Other features of this home include a large family room, a 3-car garage, a library/study, and over 3,000 sq ft of living space. Come discover what Ventura Keys can offer you. If...
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By Kirsten Mellinger, Ventura County Real Estate
(SkyView Real Estate)
During Ventura Restaurant Week's celebration of fine local cuisine, choose from over 30 local restaurants and get a pre-fixed, multi-course meal for either $20/person or $20 for two people.  Discover new restaurants and enjoy all your favorites at a discounted price! Reservations are encouraged.  $20 per person (not including tax and tip) 71 Palm Aloha Steakhouse Anacapa Brewing Andres Wine and Tapas Bar Brophy Brothers Restaurant and Clam Bar C Street Restaurant (at the Crowne Plaza) Cafe Fiore Candlelight Kitchen and Bar Dargan's Harbor Sushi Jonathan's Milano's Ventura Prime Steakhouse Restaurant Brooks Savory Café Sidecar Spasso Spinnaker Seafood Broiler The Greek at the Harbor Tutti's Off Main Watermark Winchesters $20 for 2 people (not including tax and tip) Busy Bee J's Tapas Ma...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Restaurant Week in Ventura begins next Monday, November 7th and continues through Thursday, November 11th.  Approximately 30 local Ventura restaurants participate in Restaurant Week by providing a prepared, multi-course meal for a reasonable price (either $20 per person or $20 a couple, depending on the restaurant and meal).  This helps local residents and visitors get a taste of what different Ventura restaurants have to offer.  There are even specials at three local Ventura bars. Restaurants Offering Meals for $20 Per Person:71 Palm - 71 N Palm St (805-653-7222)Aloha Steakhouse - 364 S California St (805-652-1799)Anacapa Brewing - 472 E Main St (805-643-2337)Andres Wine and Tapas Bar - 1575 Spinnaker Dr (805-642-9463)Brophy Bros - 1559 Spinnaker Dr (805-639-0865Brooks Restaurant - 545...
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By Connie Tebyani, Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County
(Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro)
There it was..... staring at us like it was taunting us....  a banana-yellow, velvet sofa.... Yet, somehow..... some way.... we needed to "make it work". You see, these sellers were a brother and sister team selling their parents home who had recently passed. They had already spent a substantial amount of money repainting the entire home which involved removal of wallpaper from EVERY room of the home as well as all new flooring through out. Once it came time to actually list the home, they didn't have the funding to be able to bring in new furniture to Stage the home, so my Company was called in to Stage this Ventura Marina Home, using what they had.    What they did have was an AMAZING water front marina home in Ventura with a direct access, deep water dock and one of the most amazing ...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Looking for something to do this Halloween season besides the typical door-to-door trick-or-treating?  Here is a list of some of the Halloween happenings in Ventura through October 31st: Today, October 22, 2010:Halloween Party - Camarillo YMCA (3111 Village at the Park Dr, Camarillo), 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Admission is FREE.  Come enjoy carnival games where you can win prizes, face painting, bounce houses, temporary tattoos, a cupcake walk and a costume contest for both kids AND adults.  Pizza, candy apples and water are available to purchase.  Proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit teen programs sponsored by Camarillo YMCA. Boo at the Zoo - Santa Barbara Zoo (500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara), 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for kids ages 2-12.  Get $1 off pe...
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