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Nov. 11, 2019

Living in Thousand Oaks

Living in Thousand OaksThousand Oaks is an amazing place to live, play and work. This city is the second largest in all of Ventura county and was incorporated in 1964. What makes it so great is the weather, the schools, restaurants, theater and overall community. Why is it called Thousand Oaks? There are over 1,000 Oak Trees throughout the city and are protected from removal or damage and is a legacy for the area.

Schools - Some of the best schools are located here in the Conejo Valley School District from Public to Private schools. Thousand Oaks High School offers Football, Golf, Field Hockey and Water Polo. The middle schools are amazing to and we have a private school La Reina is a private all girls school that excels in an academic program known throughout the world. Almost all the students continue on to top Universities. 

Recreation - do you like to hike? Well this is one of the most amazing areaas to hike in. There is Wildwood where you can hike down to a waterfall or what we call the loop at the top of Moorpark rd. There are several trails that will take you throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. Are you a mountain bike enthusiast? These trails offer mountain biking as well. There is an Ice Rink nearby for all you skaters and hockey players. We have several amazing Martial Arts Dojos, Gyms and indoor Climbing Facilities. 

Golf - If you are a golfer there is Los Robles Golf course which also has an amazing club house where you can enjoy a drink after a long day on the course. The views from the veranda is amazing! Sherwood Country Club is absolutely amazing Jack Nicklaus designed course. There have been several PGA tour events here with Greg Norman and Tiger Woods to name a couple who have played this magnificent course. Originally this land was used back in the day to shoot several tv shows and movies like Early Flynn's 1938 Adventures of Robin Hood

Weather - Personally the climate here is the best. Our winters last about a week, well a month or two and we all byndle up when the temperate goes down in to 50's. My Denver friends laugh at us. Summer time is gorgeous with plenty of sunshine and moderate heat. Only about once a week does the temperatures reach triple digits.

Restaurants - The various restaurants in town are amazing and very diverse. From really expensive Steak Houses like Mastros to simple sandwich shops, Thousand Oaks has it all. There are many great Sushi Bars in town with some hidden gems like Crazy King Kong Sushi that has happy hour almost all the time and $1 sake bombs. We also have several breweries that make their own beer. Whatever type of food you are looking for Italian, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and even classic Americana you have many options to choose from. 

Homes in Thousand Oaks - homes range from small condos to luxury properties and many have views that are breathtaking! Single family homes start at $450,000 and go up to $16mil for a ranch. There are homes close to town and some out in Hidden Ranch where you feel like you have stepped back into the country. Condos and Townhomes are range from $345k - $2.5mil luxury town home located in Sherwood Country Club.

Lets get together to discuss your move and to schedule a private tour of this magnificent area to find you your dream home!

 

 

Oct. 7, 2019

Haunted Houses

Its that time of year again. I can hear the screams, the roaring chainsaws and sparks flying off of metal knee pads. If you are like me, you like to go haunted houses, Knotts Scary Farm to feel that adrenaline of being scared. This year was amazing at Knotts Scary Farm. Yes, we already went with our niece who is a Horror fanatic. They had some of the best mazes this year including one that had laser beams at waist level with smoke giving the illusion of walking through water and sea monsters including sharks jumped up to scare you. Here is a list of the best places to go and be scared this October. 

Knotts Scary Farm

Universal Studios

Magic Mountain

Queen Mary Dark Harbor

Reign Of Terror - Janss Mall Thousand Oaks

Backwoods Maze - Burbank

Spooky Hallows - Van Nuys

Rosehill Haunt - Studio City

The Opechee Haunt - Glendale

Los Angeles Haunted Heyride

Freak Show - Simi Valley Town Center

13th Gate Asylum - Oxnard

Zombie Hunter Train - Fillmore

 

Kid Friendly

Underwood Family Farms

Reign of Terror Lights On - Saturday Oct 19 & 26th

 

Home Haunts

Simi Valley

2134 Elizondo Ave - "Lost Spirits of the Bayou"

 

Pumpkin Patches

Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch - 207 W. Los Angeles Ave #287, Moorpark

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival - Juan Batista De Anza Park Calabasas

Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch - Foothill Rd, Santa Paula

Big Wave Daves Pumpkin Patch - 3865 State St, Santa Barbara

Prancers Pumpkin Village - 3075 Johnson Ave, Ventura

Mcgrath Family Farms - Camraillo

Pumpkin Patch Field - 22 Los Feliz Dr, Thousand Oaks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Homes for Sale
Sept. 23, 2019

Automating your AirB&B

Image result for airbnb with questionSo you bought yourself an investment property. Congratulations, you are now playing monopoly for real. Escrow closed, you now have the keys to your new vacation home, now what? First you need to get your new place ready for AirB&B. What do you need to keep your home safe, comfortable and an easy property to take care of? Automation!

Let’s start with automating your Check In system. How will you let people into your vacation home? A property manager can help or you can get Smart Keylocks letting people in and out of your AirB&B. Do you want phone calls at 2am asking for a spare key? Neither do I so put a combo lock on your front door or a key safe somehwhere but I truly feel the key lock will save more time with less keys that are lost. There are a few to choose from.

 

Key locks for the Home  

Best Overall: Schlage Camelot Keypad at Amazon

"A simple keypad, plus a lever to open the door once access is granted."

Best Budget: Kwikset Keypad Deadbolt Lock at Amazon

"Allows six unique entry codes and one-time access codes for visitors."

Best Smart Homes: Schlage Z-Wave Camelot Deadbolt at Amazon

"Allows you to use the keyless entry system with Amazon Alexa."

Best Fingerprint Access: Ultraloq Fingerprint Lock at Amazon

"Sleek, long battery life, and expansive access capabilities."

Best with No Key Access: Schlage Touch Camelot Lock at Amazon

"Is a reliable, solid choice for keyless home entry."

Temperature Automation    Image result for nest

Next is Automating the temperature to your vacation home. With products like Nest you can control your home from anywhere with the simple to use app. This way you can ensure that the temperature inside the home is always comfortable for your guest. Also, you can turn the system off if the home sits vacant for a day or two saving money. 

Nest - https://amzn.to/2l7qioI

Ecobee - https://amzn.to/2lEMjeN

Honeywell - https://amzn.to/2n57Rl1

 

Wifi

Your home will need a Wifi router to run all of these products. They are simple to set up and once you have your internet turned on you can hook up a router to control all of your automation products.

Netgear Nighthawk - https://amzn.to/2mAsNjQ - a great router with a long range. This is our personal favorite

Asus - https://amzn.to/2namNhP - this is a nice size router

Google wifi - https://amzn.to/2ncwJre

 

Cameras

Check with your laws about having cameras in and around your vacation home. At least have a ring facing your entrance or where they pick up the keys. That way you can verify who is coming and going from your Airbnb. 

 

 

Posted in Homes for Sale
Aug. 23, 2019

Mortgage Rates Keep Dropping

So far the 2019 Real Estate Market has shown signs of growth, more homes for sale and mortgage rates that keep getting lower. This is the exact opposite of what experts have been saying and the good old media who just loves turmoil. The market has seen more sales and homes being listed. Buyers are still fighting each other over the good homes available.  Interest rates have dropped significantly since the beginning of 2019 and most buyers are getting quoted 3.5% and lower right now on a 30 year fixed mortgage. Also, with the lower interest rate it is allowing buyers to either buy more, or buy at a much cheaper monthly payment. For example a $800,000 house with 20% down ($160,000) is a $640,000 mortgage which 3 months ago was at 4.25% is $3,148.42, and now at today's rate of 3.5% your monthly will be $2,873.89 which is huge savings monthly. 

In other ways the experts were correct about buyers still competing against each other for homes. There are more homes for sale, and most selling within a week or two which is allowing pricing to still climb. The rest of this year will be one to watch. If rates continue dropping to 3% or even lower, we could have a surge of sales during the 4th quarter raising values even faster. If you are shopping for a home and thinking that the market is going to crash soon it doesn't look that way. This is a good indicator that we will be seeing more sales and inventory dropping once again. Federal Reserve Chairman Powell even stated today that the central bank will cut interest rates again as soon as next month.

What does this mean to you? Banks can trade money at a cheaper price and the savings are passed onto the consumer. The fed is trying to stimulate the economy while the Trade war with China continues. This will be an interesting time to watch how the global economy is going to affect our local real estate markets. 

 

Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 6, 2018

1538 Calle Fidelidad - Single Story Thousand Oaks Home for Sale

 

This special home for sale is located on a bluff in Thousand Oaks over looking sweeping views of the mountains and the Sunset Hills golf course in the Sunset Hills community. The 4-bedroom home shows pride of ownership through every detail as you walk through 1875 square feet of space.It was built in 1970 and has only had one owner, which is very rare for a home of this age and the first time it has ever been sold.

 

The rare single story is wonderful if you’re looking to eliminate any stairs. As with many homes that were built in the Conejo Valley, this home was originally built without air conditioning and had a brand new air-conditioning system put in approximately six years ago. The kitchen has been upgraded with utmost detail and quality in mind. The custom cabinetry, quartz countertop, and glass mosaic backsplash are a perfect setting for the heart of this home. The added bonus room with an additional fireplace is wonderful for entertaining guests all year round. Enjoy views through the newer dual-paned oversized windows and doors from the south facing windows. If you’re looking for storage space, the expansive attic has been modified and flooring installed to accommodate storage needs. Sit on the covered back porch to take in the sunsets in the evening. It’s the perfect way to end your day everyday.

 

This home is also located in a very convenient area. Some errands at this location require a car and most major services are within 2 miles. Within 2 miles you have Los Robles hospital, supermarkets, gas, dry cleaners, coffee shop, 24-hour fitness, a pharmacy, movie theater, and much more.

The local schools in this area are rated above average by GreatSchools.org. There are also 20 private schools an eight charter schools within 5 miles of the home. Wethersfield Elementary School is rated a 7 out of 10, Los Cerritos Middle School is rated a 9, and Thousand Oaks High School is also rated a 9. 

 

This home is also located near a variety of outdoor activities. The Sunset Hills golf course, Paradise Falls, but can I have a creek dog park, and the Wildwood regional park are just some of the highlights. Within 10 miles you actually have 21 parks and 16 golf courses. Tom is also located near 95 moderately priced restaurants and has an average variety of cuisines. There 109 restaurants that have four or more stars on yelp within 5 miles.

 

If you have questions about this home at 1538 Calle Fidelidad in Thousand Oaks or other homes like it in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas, please feel free to reach out to the Pacific Home Group anytime at 805.404.6510 or pacifichomegroup@gmail.com to help you with your real estate needs. As area natives and local experts we can help guide you in the right direction the next time you buy, sell, or invest in real estate.

 

 

 

You can also search for homes, find out the value of your home, and get market reports specific to your neighborhood by visiting www.thepacifichomegroup.com.

July 31, 2017

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