Ventura, CA Real Estate News

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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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
This weekend, California Scotsmen rejoice!  The Seaside Highland Games come to the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura) October 8-10, 2010.  Bagpipers will signal the beginning of each day's festivities that will include more pipers, drummer and Scottish/Celtic entertainment galore! Tonight, from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, the official kickoff begins at the Four Points with the Great Bagpipes of Scotland.  Come enjoy great Scottish music, food and entertainment to get ready for a jam-packed schedule of events on Saturday and Sunday.  Even though gates don't open until 9am on Saturday and Sunday, some competitions begin earlier.  Some of the events happening throughout the weekend include dancing competitions, bagpipe and drum competitions, a Scottish fiddle workshop, whiskey s...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bucket/Bag) to protect our Ventura Beaches on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 9am to noon for Coastal Cleanup Day.  Help rid our Ventura beaches of unsightly trash by bringing your own bucket or bag to put the trash in, protective gloves and water bottles (to keep hydrated) to any of the following Ventura locations: Marina Park (east end of Pierpont Blvd and Greenock Lane) Seaward Beach (end of Seaward Ave) San Buenaventura State Beach (San Pedro St entrance) Ventura Promenade (California St Plaza, near Crowne Plaza Hotel) Ventura Harbor Beaches (Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center, 1901 Spinaker Dr) Volunteers of all ages are welcome.  If you want to bring a group of 10 or more (way to go!), please pre-register with Rosie Ornelas (805-652-4555 or rornela...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
The Cash for Appliances Program has been extended in Ventura County.  Since only about one-third of the federal money designated for the program has been handed out so far, the State of California has decided to extend and expand the Cash for Appliances Program to allow rebates for even more energy-efficient appliance purchases.  The program is meant to help offset the costs of and encourage people to replace their old energy-guzzling appliances with new, more energy-efficient models to help save electrical costs and reduce energy waste. The original program that began April 22, 2010, allowed Ventura County residents to receive a $200 rebate for a new refrigerator purchase, $100 rebate for a new clothes dryer purchase and $50 for a new room air conditioner purchase.  Under the new, expa...
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By Buki Burke, (805)377-0236, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CA
(Ventura, California)
Ventura Keys Waterway Many of you have probably never heard of the Ventua Keys and that's okay. Many Californians never have either. In fact, there are many people in the neighboring city of Santa Barbara who have yet to discover the Keys, as locals call the neighborhood. So what is so special about the Keys. Well, the water for one thing. There are three channels which lead into the Pacific Ocean. Imagine your sailboat or motor boat in your own backyard. Kayaking and paddle boards, or little electric boats to simply cruise up and down the channels. The neighborhood has 300 homes on the water with their own boat dock, another 300+ homes not on the water and with normal backyards, and approximately 150 duplexes. All the homes within short walking distance to the beach. The ideal city fo...
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By Israel Rothman - upLog.org
(SocialMediaSystems.com)
I am officially a Ventura, California local now, I have a surfer as a client after 2 year! Seriously: I am inspired this morning, this project really got me thinking about several things you may not think are related: The Zen and culture around surfing Investment in California Real Estate Venture capital, private placements, REIT's (private real estate investment trusts) Opportunities for real estate professionals Online Marketing I promise not to bore you: The Zen and culture around surfing.. Interesting: I have been in Ventura California for a little over two years now. I was flabbergasted initially: how could this place remain so inexpensive, unpopulated: when it is sooo beautiful. After a couple of months of visiting chamber of commerce meetings and local leads groups, I described t...
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By Buki Burke, (805)377-0236, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CA
(Ventura, California)
  Discover  Ventura Keys waterfront homes. Imagine being able to sail away from your own "backyard". This is why you want a Ventura Keys waterfront home. This 4-bedroom home features a 35-foot boat dock with the terrace overlooking the water. It has a kitchen you have always dreamed about, with all top-of-the-line appliances and a large granite island in the middle. The entire home has been remodeled and like new. It is within easy walking distance to the beach and miles of bike path along the ocean. If you haven't already discovered the Ventura Keys, now is the time to do this. Located on the coast, only 65 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. Ventura is the charming undiscovered coastal town in California. Enjoy coastal living at its best in this Ventura Key...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Help support reading programs for kids in Ventura by coming out to the HP Wright Library in Ventura (57 Day Rd) on July 31, 2010 from 10am to 3pm.  The San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will be holding a Midsummer Book Sale to help raise money for their reading programs geared towards helping kids become more literate.  Located near Ventura College, Wright Library offers reserved free parking that will be strictly enforced at the event. The Midsummer Book Sale will offer high quality used non-fiction and fiction books for sale.  Among the books available for sale are leather-bound classics, paperbacks, premium hardbacks, children's books and even large print books for older folks to enjoy.  All money collected from the proceeds of the book sale go to support the literacy programs ...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
What are you doing this Sunday?  Come celebrate the 4th of July in Ventura.  If you're in downtown Ventura, you can take in the arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and kids' activities at the 30th Annual 4th of July Street Fair.  A Pushem-Pullem parade starts off the festivities at 10:30am at Cemetery Park and winds its way over to Plaza Park.  The parade consists of decorated wagons, strollers, bikes and any other wheeled, non-motorized object that can either be pushed or pulled.  The street fair itself takes place between 11am and 5pm.  Live enterainment includes the following performances: California & Santa Clara Streets Stage10:00am-11:00am: Bachelor & Bachelorettes11:30am-12:00pm: Channel Island Clippers12:00pm-12:30pm: Channelaire Chorus12:30pm-2:30pm: Warren Takahashi Palm...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
The first of the free "Concert in the Park" summer concerts in Ventura will take place on June 27th at Barranca Vista Park (7050 Ralston St, Ventura) at 4pm.  Just bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic (if you wish) and a love of music.  Held the last Sunday of the summer months, Ventura's "Concert in the Park" series starts off with a performance by the Ventura British Band. The Ventura British Band is a bit different than its American counterpart.  Instead of trumpets and French horns, a British band uses cornets and alto horns.  This produces a much darker, richer sound.  The Ventura British Band will be performing orchestral music, marches, hymns, Broadway tunes and some original songs.  They also perform the first Tuesday of every month at the Channel Islands ...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
This year's "Cowboys and Heroes Rancho Jamboree" in Ventura will be held on Saturday, June 12, at Olivas Adobe (4200 Olivas Park Drive) from 10am-6pm.  The Olivas Adobe will be transformed into a Chumash Village, a 'Cowboy College' for kids and a Rancho Courtyard where all attendees will be able to learn about the heritage of the Chumash natives as well as cowboy and Mexican heritage.  Attendees of the event will get to enjoy period entertainment, historic education, workshops and fun activities for all ages to enjoy. Kids can earn their Cowboy College "diploma" by learning about roping, branding, blacksmithing, horsemanship, panning for gold and more.  You can paint rocks, create tule dolls and learn how to weave baskets, play traditional music, dance and make food in the Chumash Villa...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Ventura beach homeowners will get help with sand buildup near their properties.  A settlement was made with the City of Ventura to allow homeowners along Pierpont Beach to remove the buildup of sand outside their homes using mechanical equipment and then split the costs of removal with the City of Ventura.  Since 1999, the City has been banned from using mechanical equipment by the Coastal Commission because it declared that the vegetative dunes along the beach are a "sensitive habitat".  The lack of maintenance of the sand dunes has caused the sand to build up so high, it has caused damage to some Ventura beach homes and even poses a safety hazard in some areas. Several homeowners have filed suit against the City of Ventura, arguing that it is the City's responsibility to keep the sand...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Being eco-friendly is important.  If you are interested in learning how to compost, you may want to attend a free workshop in Ventura on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 1:30pm.  Composting allows you to use food and yard waste to create a nutrient-rich product to use on your home garden, reducing the amount of water you use as well as how much waste gets sent to local landfills.  The City of Ventura will be providing a hands-on workshop discussing how to create your own compost as well as vermiculture techniques (using worms to create compost).  Environmental experts will also be on hand at the Compost Workshop to answer any questions and give tips on how to be environmentally-friendly while saving money, water and energy.  There will also be a raffle to win eco-friendly products, including...
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By Connie Tebyani, Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County
(Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro)
A few weeks ago my Company was contacted by a wonderful couple who were getting ready to sell their Ventura Keys home.  The home is steps away from the beach and has a HUGE, deep water boat dock with direct water access to the Ventura Marina.  Referred to us by their Realtor, these Sellers have spent some years on the water sailing and now want to retire to a local golfing community.  One thing that both Sellers and their Realtor agreed on was that their home didn't have that "WOW" factor to appeal to potential Buyers OR be viewed as a "must see" listing on the Internet. The Seller's proceeded to explain that they never liked their sofa, and the 2 faded chairs were from their prior home and as they explained had, "...seen better days."  After viewing the house though, it had contemporar...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
The Ventura County St. Patrick's Day Parade takes over Main Street in downtown Ventura for the 22nd time at 10am on Saturday, March 13, 2010.  The theme of this year's parade is "Music Makes the World Go 'Round".  Zachary Levi, the star of the NBC TV show "Chuck", will be the Grand Marshal.  Today (March 4, 2010) is the deadline for any parade entry applications.  If you're interested in participating, you can download a form at the Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade website or you can call Jim Monahan at 643-1356.  The participation fee is $25 for all parade entrants. The parade route follows along Main Street from the San Buenaventura Mission to Chestnut Street.  All entrants in the Ventura parade will be judged in different categories, such as Equestrian, Youth Club, Novelty, Commercia...
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By John Phillips
(Vision Construction Company)
Professional bathroom remodeling isn't inexpensive. Per square foot, this could very well be the most expensive room in your home. No other room in your home has as many features that are required to perform as many times each day as are the fixtures in our bathrooms.   The average bathroom only has a major renovation completed once every 30 years. Over this period of time your toilet will be flushed in excess of 120,000 times and your shower will be used more than 38,000 times. As stated by Benjamin Franklin "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."   Bathroom remodeling is a wonderful way to add value to your home and calm to your hectic life. Bathroom remodeling with Vision Construction starts with your ideas, needs and grows with o...
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By John Phillips
(Vision Construction Company)
At Vision Construction we hold firmly the values of integrity, trust and compassion. We listen, knowing that like people, each home has specific needs. We guarantee to deliver the highest quality workmanship while being conscientious of each client. Through our attention to detail, cleanliness and professionalism we intend to be your contractors for life.   We also offer high quality HANDYMAN SERVICES at hourly rates please contact us for free estimate.   No job too Big or too Small ! Painting Drywall repair and texturing Tile setting Carpentry/wood repair Dryrot repair Gate and fence repair Plumbing fixture installation Garbage disposal Leaky hose bibs Toilet and sink installation Water damage Crown moldings, baseboards and casings Door knob/lever and deadbolt installation Door replac...
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By John Phillips
(Vision Construction Company)
  With spring cleaning just around the corner maybe it is time for some of you to rethink those tucked away plans to renovate/ remodel your home.. With today's economic downturn in the housing industry many of us who had hopes of selling and upgrading to the home of our "dreams" can ...no longer see that as a viable option. But why not turn your current home in to your VISION home ? i can help you with fulfilling your goals whatever they may be. From simple repairs to complete gutting and renovation. Consultation is free and I am only a phone call away.. Serving the greater Ventura and Santa Barbara Area..No job is too Big or too small....  
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By Lynn Kenton, Ventura Real Estate
(Troop Real Estate Ventura)
Just a reminder to City of Ventura residents that Saturday January 16th is a household Hazardous Waste Event. It's a good time of year to get rid of some of that old oil, paint, solvents, etc. you'll never use that's taking up space! http://www.cityofventura.net/public_works/resources/environmental_services/res_hhw_q_a It's truly a "no-brainer". Just make an appointment and drive through. They even unload it for you... Let's keep our homes safe and our city clean!  
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