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How To Choose the Perfect Neighborhood

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The house itself isn't the only thing to consider when searching for your dream home. Location is everything! You want to find the perfect neighborhood to call home. Ventura is filled with those! With Pierpont Beach, Ventura Heights, Ventura Keys, and so many more, homebuyers can find a particular neighborhood to fit their every needs. Not sure where to start looking?


Consider these factors when choosing your perfect neighborhood!


1. Property Taxes

Property taxes are an additional expense that you need to consider and budget for. Check the listing information to learn the taxes for a specific home.

2. Property Value

Home values are important for your immediate needs as well as into the future. Be sure to learn the comps for similar properties in the neighborhood to make sure the home you are interested in is price correctly.

3. Safety and Crime

Safety is a top priority. You want to make sure that your home and your family are safe. Learn more about the crime levels in particular neighborhoods by checking websites like City-Data and CrimeReports. You want to check for the neighborhood you will be living in as well as those immediately surrounding it. Determine what level of crime you feel comfortable based on the information you gather.

4. Topography and Geography

Desirable geographic features, such as waterfront or hillside, will likely cost you more. Consider whether these features are a priority for you. Also, be aware of danger-prone areas and insurance needs when scouting neighborhoods.

5. School Zones

Strong schools in the neighborhood are an obvious necessity if you have or are planning on having kids. However, they are beneficial to all home owners as they increase property values throughout the neighborhood. Parks and community centers can also add value.


Want to learn more about a particular Ventura neighborhood or interested in Buying a home? Give The Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at


Safe Cities Found in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Not only is Ventura County stunningly beautiful, it is also incredibly safe!


Three Ventura County communities were ranked within the state's top 25 safest cities by home security website SafeHome. To determine their rankings, SafeHome examined 177 Californian cities; all of which had a population of at least 50,000 residents. Data was gathered from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the U.S. Census. The communities of Thousand Oaks (10), Simi Valley (12), and Camarillo (24) were all recognized for their dedication and success at keeping their residents safe. Not only were these communities top ranked within the state, but they rate within the Top 25th Percentile in the entire United States!



  • Safety Score: 87.08

  • Population: 129,976

  • Citizen-to-Officer Ratio: N/A

  • Violent Crimes: 136

  • Violent Crime Trend: ↑5.6%

  • Property Crimes: 1,577

  • Property Crime Trend:-2%


  • Safety Score: 86.1

  • Population: 127,472

  • Citizen-to-Officer Ratio: 715

  • Violent Crimes: 174

  • Violent Crime Trend: ↑23.4%

  • Property Crimes: 1,513

  • Property Crime Trend: ↓-7.1%


  • Safety Score: 84.18

  • Population: 67,325

  • Citizen-to-Officer Ratio: N/A

  • Violent Crimes: 114

  • Violent Crime Trend: ↑55.9%

  • Property Crimes: 1,116

  • Property Crime Trend: ↑13.8%


If you are interested in Buying your dream home in beautiful and safe Ventura County, give The Blake Mashburn Group a call today or visit our website at  




Image Credit: SafeHome


Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair!

by The Blake Mashburn Group


The holiday social event of the year is finally here! Head to beautiful downtown Ventura this Saturday, December 2nd, for Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair!! Join family, friends, and neighbors for some festive holiday cheer!


Start your weekend with the Holiday Street Fair from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street in Ventura will be filled with unique vendors and incredible live entertainment. Find great holiday gifts from artisans, crafters, and local businesses. Dine on delicious treats from the plethora of food vendors. Marvel at spectacular holiday lighting and enjoy a magical snow fall from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm. The Holiday Street Fair is FREE and open to the public!


Stick around for the ​Ventura Winter Wine Walk from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm! This favorite annual event features the most delicious wine and beer being served at 60 Tasting Locations. Tickets for this event are $55 per person (21+ years old) and can be purchased HERE!


Live Entertainment

Adelaide | California & Main Streets

Box of Beats | California & Main Streets

The Road Brothers | California & Main Streets   

DJ Hecktik | Mission Park

DJ Cue | Santa’s VIP Lounge

Victor Vega and The Bomb | California & Main Streets


The Blake Mashburn Group wishes everyone a very merry time this Saturday in Ventura!

Image Credit: Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau


Prepping Your Ventura Home for Thanksgiving Guests!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Hosting the big feast Thanksgiving feast? No worries! Get your Ventura home ready for all your family and friends. Follow these simple tips to prep your home for the holiday and keep your guests happy and comfortable this Thanksgiving!


1. Declutter!

With more people in your house than usual, you are going to want to take advantage of all the space that you can. Go through and remove unnecessary clutter. Put these items in a closest or storage space until after the holidays. Make sure to clear off counters and tabletops.

2. Focus on the foyer!

The foyer is going to be your guests first impression of your home. Create a welcoming space for them to enter. Protect your floors from the increased food traffic with a rug. Add a seat so guests can easily remove their shoes. Create areas for guests to place their outdoor items that are out of the way but still easily accessible.

3. Get your kitchen ready!

Your kitchen is going to be seeing a lot of action on Thursday. Make sure that you have plenty of space to work and can easily access all of the tools you need. To create extra room, move your coffee machine into another common room so your guests can still gather and enjoy their cup of joe in the morning. Keep some seating available in your kitchen so guests can visit with you as you prepare the day's feast.

4. Keep your bathrooms stocked!

Stock up on toilet paper, toiletries, and towels for your guests. Create storage areas for these items out in the open with shelves or baskets so your guests can easily find these items when needed.

5. Create comfy sleeping arrangements!

Make sure that your guests can get a good night's sleep by providing ample blankets and pillows. Consider adding a ceiling fan to your guest bedroom so your guest can directly adjust the temperature of the room at night.

6. Keep it well lit!

Your guests do not know your home like you do so walking around in the dark could be a hazard. Add nightlights to hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms so guests can easily navigate their way. Also, ensure the exterior of your house is well lit for when guests arrive or depart throughout their stay.


The Blake Mashburn Group extends a sincere THANK YOU to all of our clients and wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  


Benefits of Staging Your Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Congratulations!! You made the big decision to sell your home! It's now time to make sure that your home is looking its very best before it hits the market. Help your home stand apart from the competition through staging! Many home sellers wonder if there are really benefits to staging. The proof is in the numbers! Create the best first impression by staging your home!


1. Home buyers can better visualize themselves in the home through staging. Be sure to declutter and remove personal items that can be distracting.

2. 39% of real estate agents representing sellers said that staged homes moved off the market faster.

3. Online viewers look at staged homes 40% more.

4. The value of homes increased 1% to 5% more after being staged, in general. Some sellers enjoyed increased values of 6% to 10%!

5. While you should clean your entire house and make sure that all of it looks its very best, the most important rooms to stage are the kitchen, dining room, living room, and master bedroom.



Consider hiring a professional stager for your home as they know the best ways to maximize your space and accentuate its best features. For more staging and Sellers Tips, Contact the Blake Mashburn Group.

Reference: National Association of REALTORS®

Honoring Veterans in Ventura County

by The Blake Mashburn Group

VETERANS DAY is this Saturday. This important annual holiday honors the brave men and women that have served in all branches of the United States Armed Services. Help us celebrate the veterans in our community at the VENTURA COUNTY VETERANS DAY CEREMONY.

Come show your appreciation at the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Ventura County Veterans Memorial (800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura) on November 11th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. This FREE event recognizes the bravery and sacrifices made by our nation's veterans, as well as by their families. Several speakers will talk at the event, including Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Captain Chris Janke, USN Naval Base Ventura County Commanding Officer, Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett, and Assembly Member and Chair of the California Veterans Affairs Committee Jacqui Irwin. There will also be a laying of wreaths to honor each branch of the military.


Along with the Veterans Day Ceremony, there are several other special events occurring throughout the weekend to honor our veterans.

We Remember, Ventura to Vietnam and Back” Exhibit

  • Wednesday, November 8th through Sunday, November 12th
  • 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Former Social Security Building (327 West 5th Street, Oxnard)
  • Free admission

Thank You For Your Service Screening

  • Friday, November 10th
  • 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Museum of Ventura County (100 East Main Street, Ventura)
  • RSVP by calling (805) 379-1779

Free Full Service Car Washes for Veterans

  • Saturday, November 11th
  • 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Various Wash Depot Car Wash Locations (Janns Mall Touchless Car Wash, Village Hand Wash, Johnson Drive Hand Wash, and Market Street Hand Wash)
  • Offer applies to ANY veteran or active military personnel with proof of service.


The Blake Mashburn Group thanks all of the veterans within Ventura County and throughout this entire great nation for their years of service protecting our freedoms.


Ventura County Farm Day!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Along with beautiful coast lines, stunning mountain ranges, and thriving towns and cities, Ventura County is filled with spectacular, bountiful agricultural land. Celebrate our area's farming heritage during Ventura County Farm Day!!! On Saturday, November 4th, enjoy FREE admission to 20+ local farms. Explore the stunning countryside between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Learn more about the workings of these active farms, try fresh and local products, get up close with animals, and so much more. Plus, the weekend is filled with other fun events and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come discover a side to Ventura County that you rarely get to see for this fantastic annual event!
















Family, Food and Farm Film Festival  

  • Date: Friday, November 3rd

  • Time: 6:00 pm

  • Location: Agriculture Museum (926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula)

  • Cost: $5 per person | Purchase Film Fest Tickets HERE!

  • Family-friendly fun with a screening of Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit and food from Scratch Food Truck

Farm Day Breakfast and Story Time

  • Date: Saturday, November 4th

  • Time: 8:00 am

  • Location: The Collection at RiverPark (2751 Park View Court, Oxnard)

  • Cost: FREE! | Claim your Breakfast Tickets HERE!

  • Delicious breakfast and fun, farm storytime for kids 5 & under

Farm Day BBQ



Image Credit: Ventura County Agricultural Education

Halloween Festivities in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Halloween is almost here! Get ready for ghoulish frights and fun! Before trick or treating on Tuesday evening in your Ventura County community, get in the spirit of the season at a fantastic Halloween event throughout our area! Happy Halloween from The Blake Mashburn Group!


Trick or Treat at The Collection at Riverpark

Date: Thursday, October 26th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: The Collection at Riverpark (2751 Parkview Court, Oxnard)

Start trick or treating early at The Collection at Riverpark. Visit participating merchants and collect some delicious goodies. Complete the passport of merchants to be entered to win an incredible grand prize. At the end of the event, please sell back some of your candy to send to the troops overseas!


Harvest Moon Spooktacular

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Downtown Ventura (Oak Street between Main and Santa Clara Streets)

With a haunted house, pumpkin pie eating contest, kids zone, games, live music, food, and more, there is something for everyone at this great event. Participate in the costume contest and enjoy trick or treating at downtown businesses with pumpkin signs in their window.


Halloween Haunt in the Park

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Plaza Park (500 South C Street, Oxnard)

Join The Oxnard Downtown Improvement District for this family friendly event. The fun includes vendor booths, arts and crafts, bounce houses, trick or treating, costume contest, Halloween movie clips, and so much more.


Kids Seaside Trick or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura)

Worried you won't get your fill of candy? Come trick or treating at the Harbor Village. Be sure to stick around at 3:00 pm as "zombies" gather to participate in a world record breaking dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller.


BOO-Fest in Old Town

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Old Town Camarillo

Dress in your scariest or finest Halloween costume, grab your candy bag, and collect delicious treats in Old Town Camarillo.


Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration

Date: Sunday, October 29th

Time: 10 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Multiple - See below

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at 4 Santa Paula museums, including the California Oil Museum (1001 East Main Street), the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum (926 Railroad Avenue), the Santa Paula Art Museum (117 North 10th Street), and Santa Paula Cemetery (380 Cemetary Road). Each location will feature the great traditions of the holiday, including storytelling, craft making, food, music, Aztec and folklorico dancing, and more. Wear your Dia de los Muertos attire and stop by each location for some unique, festive fun.

Celebrate Ojai at Ojai Day!!!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate everything you love about Ojai at the 24th Annual  Ojai Day!!! Come explore all the best art, culture, food, and entertainment that Ojai has to offer at this favorite community street festival. With over 100 vendors, hours of live entertainment on 5 stages, children's activities and games, Mandala street art, Lions Club Beer and Wine Garden, and so much more! All this is taking place on Saturday, October 21st, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm throughout Ojai. Do not miss out on any of the fun taking place at this year's Ojai Day!


Mandala Stage | South Signal Street

  • 10:00 am | Opening Ceremony with Julie Tumemait

  • 10:30 am | Nordhoff High School Dancers

  • 11:00 am  | Nordhoff High School Drum Line

  • 12:00 pm | Matilija Junior High School

  • 12:30 pm | Agape Mime Troup

  • 1:00 pm | Oak Grove High School

  • 2:00 pm | Blood, Bath and Beyond

  • 3:00 pm | Celtic Nut

  • 4:00 pm | Danza Azteca Tonalli

Ojai’s Own Stage | Ojai Avenue (between North Montgomery & Fox Streets)

  • 10:00 am | Gregg Myers

  • 11:00 am | Francisco Leon

  • 12:15 pm | Rockin’ it Old School

  • 1:00 pm | Kerri Climer and Friends

  • 2:00 pm | Danny McGaw with TD Lind

  • 3:00 pm | Smitty and Julija and Friends

Gypsy Gazebo | Libbey Park

  • 11:00 am | Open Dance

  • 12:00 pm | Alas Latinas

  • 1:15 pm | Anne Visocky

  • 1:25 pm | Veronique

  • 1:35 pm | Gena Rose

  • 1:45 pm | Jessica of Ojai

  • 1:55 pm | Olivia Davi

  • 2:10 pm | Anja and Anja’s Court

  • 2:30 pm | Celeste

  • 2:40 pm | Lisa

  • 2:50 pm | Laura Johnson

  • 3:00 pm | Yasemin

  • 3:10 pm | Zia

  • 3:20 pm | Sheenedra

  • 3:40 pm | Tandava

  • 4:00 pm | Eden Flynn & Basho

  • 4:20 pm | Chel & Jebrain of Conscious Creatrix Collective

  • 4:40 pm | Isha Ferraz and Hamsa Dance

  • 4:55 pm | Joanne Terry

Ojai Valley Community Memorial Hospital Children’s Stage

  • 10:00 am | OYES and Monica Ros Choir

  • 10:30 am | Peachtree Storytime – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • 11:00 am| Ojai Raptor Center

  • 11:30 am | Agape Mime Troupe

  • 12:00 pm | Peachtree Theater Games

  • 12:30 pm | Ojai TKD

  • 1:00 pm | OYES Lion King

  • 1:30 pm | Ojai Kung Fu Kids

  • 2:00 pm | Ojai Raptor Center

  • 2:30 pm | Robo the Magician

  • 3:00 pm | Living Aikido


Image Credit: Ojai Day

Ventura California Real Estate Market Update: October 10, 2017

by The Blake Mashburn Group

It's a strong Seller's Market in Ventura, CA with buyer demand strong and homes being quickly snapped up.  

Weekly Housing Market Stats

Market Index:  41.62 %- Sellers Advantage

Number of Properties on the Market:  173

Median List Price:  $699,000.

Average Square Footage:  1,862

Average Number of Bedrooms:  3

Average Number of Bathrooms:  2.5

Days on the Market: 82

Average Price per Square Foot:  $380.


Seven & Ninety Day Market Trends to consider:

Ventura CA Market Action Index Sellers Advantage

Number of Properties for Sale Ventura California

Median List Price for Ventura CA Homes

Ventura CA Average Days on the Market a home is for Sale

Ventura CA Price per Square Foot

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Ventura CA 93003
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