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Narrow The Search On To The Perfect Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

If you are ready to Buy a Ventura home, finding the perfect home for you and your family can seem like a daunting task. It can be as stressful as it is exciting. However, there are several steps that you can take to help take some of the stress out of the home search. These steps will help you narrow your focus and lead you to the home of your dreams in no time!

 

1. Get Pre-Approval!

Before you begin your search, you should get pre-approval for a mortgage. Besides making you a more competitive buyer in the market, it will also allow you to understand your budget. This way you can search for homes that fit within the amount you have been pre-approved for.

 

2. Must Haves Vs. Wish List!

It is important to stay focused during your home search. The best way to do that is to prioritize what you features you really need for your new home. Make a list of must haves, should haves, and wish list features.

 

3. Find A Neighborhood!

The neighborhood is just as important as the house, and each neighborhood has its own distinctive characteristics. Check out the neighborhood for its school district, amenities, and commute before you start looking for individual houses within it.

 

4. Pick A House Style!

Think about what style of home will best fit your family's needs based on the must have list you made previously. Then, look at homes that fit that style. This will help you narrow your search and be more likely to have you looking at homes that will be a good fit.

 

5. Keep Notes!

In order to remember what feature liked of each individual home, you should take notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property. Another helpful thing to do is take photographs of the things you like and don't like so you accurately recall what the home was like.

 

 

Find your dream home today! Search Ventura Homes For Sale! Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit his website (http://www.blakemashburn.com/) to get started!

Ventura County Students Are Heading Back To School!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

It’s time to pack up those school supplies, pick out the first day’s outfit, and get your child ready to head BACK TO SCHOOL! That’s right! The first school bells of the year are about to start ringing throughout Ventura County! Check out the dates for the first days of school for all our local districts!

 

Santa Paula Unified School District | 201 South Steckel, Santa Paula

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Fillmore Unified School District | 627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore

First Day of School: Thursday, August 15th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar

 

Ojai Unified School District | 414 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Oxnard School District | 1501 South A Street, Oxnard

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Ventura Unified School District | 255 West Stanley Avenue, Ventura

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Hueneme Elementary School District | 205 North Ventura Road, Port Hueneme

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 27th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar

 

Oxnard Union High School District | 309 South K Street, Oxnard

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 27th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

Pleasant Valley School District | 600 Temple Avenue, Camarillo

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 28th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes all Ventura County students a fun and successful 2019 - 2020 school year to all students in Ventura County!!!

If you are interested in BUYING your dream home in one of these excellent school districts, give Blake a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit his Website today!

Spice It Up at the Oxnard Salsa Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Spice up your weekend at the annual OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL!! On Saturday, July 27th, and Sunday, July 28th, all five of your senses will be delighted in Oxnard’s beautiful Plaza Park (5th & B Streets). There is something for everyone at this HOT summer festival! Whether you love your salsa sweet or spicy, you will find something to enjoy at the region’s largest salsa bar in the Salsa Tasting Tent. Treat your tastebuds to even more deliciousness with the festival’s plentiful International Cuisine. Find something unique to take home from the 100 Craft & Retail Vendors. Keep the little ones entertained in the exciting Kids Zone. AND, put on your dancing shoes for hours of live entertainment! The fun will endless from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily

 

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

Main Stage

Saturday, July 27th

Sunday, July 28th

Community Stage

Saturday, July 27th

  • 12:00 PM - Ritmo Latin Dance Team

  • 1:00 PM - Passion y Tumbao (Dance)

  • 2:00 PM - Dance Identity

  • 3:00 PM - Leela Belly Dance Productions

  • 4:00 PM - Garcia Dance Studio

  • 5:00 PM - TBA

  • 6:00 PM - Easy Dub

Sunday, July 28th

  • 12:00 PM - TBA

  • 1:00 PM - Michelle Ostrove Singer Showcase

  • 2:00 PM - NEMA Bellydance

  • 3:00 PM - Ritmo Latin Dance Team

  • 4:00 PM - Good Nothings (Rock n' Roll)

  • 5:00 PM - TBA

  • 6:00 PM - TBA

 

The best part of this fabulous community event……..admission is FREE!! That’s right! If you want to get even closer to the action, it is only $5 to enter the open seating area by the main stage! 

 

Never miss out on any of year round fun in Oxnard by purchasing your dream home in the area! Search Oxnard Homes for Sale! "Better Call Blake" at (805) 856-9350 to find the perfect abode for you and your family today!    


Image Credit: Oxnard Salsa Festival

Still Time To Enjoy The 25th Annual Ventura Music Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

It is your last chance to delight your ears at the 25th annual VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL!!! Spend this weekend in Ventura listening to some of the most incredible live music you have ever heard! There is a fantastic performer to see every day! This is one of the cultural events of the year that you do not want to miss!

 

Performance Schedule

Thursday, July 18th

  • INCENDIO | High Octane Latin Guitar

  • Time - 5:30 pm

  • Location - Mission Park (185 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura)

  • FREE Public Concert

Friday, July 19th  

  • JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO | Jazz

  • Time - 8:00 pm

  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Saturday, July 20th

  • RANKY TANKY | Gullah Culture

  • Time - 8:00 pm

  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Sunday, July 21st 

  • RASTRELLI CELLO QUARTET | From Brahms To The Beatles

  • Time - 3:00 pm

  • Location - Ventura College Performing Arts Center (4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura)

Purchase tickets to each of these performances HERE!

 

Follow Blake Mashburn on Facebook and visit our Website for information on more incredible Ventura County events throughout the year!

 


Image Credit: Ventura Music Festival

Giddy On Up To Ventura’s Surf Rodeo!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Yeehaw!!! It’s time for the 12th annual Surf Rodeo & Surf Music Festival!!! This favorite summertime community event is returning to beautiful Pierpont Beach on Saturday, June 13th, and Sunday, June 14th, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Do not miss out on any of the fun!

Spend the weekend dancing away to the 30 bands. Ride the waves or watch the Surf Contest. Show off your skills in the “Wimbledon” of Cornhole Tournaments. Check out exciting Rodeo Competitions like barrel racing and greased pig paddle races! Dine on delicious food from your favorite local vendors and cool down with an ice cold beer from the Beer/Wine Gardens. Swing by the Street Fair to find unique items from around 70+ vendors. Take a turn on the mechanical bull, try the beach activities, swing by the Kids Corral….and so much more! Find the full schedule
HERE!! This festival is fun for all ages!
 

Live Music Lineup

Saturday, June 13th

Sunday, June 14th

Chappy Stage

Chang Stage

Chappy Stage

Chang Stage

Music E.T. Sound

Brian & Rowena

Shiragirl

Music E.T. Sound

Art City Monsters

Music E.T. Sound

Rising Son

Brian & Rowena

Hy Brasil

Jumpstart

Shakey Feelin

Socialeyes

Kings Revenge

Bad Leaf

B-side Players

Honey Owl

Dani Stacy

Sik Sik Sicks

Rob Leines

Hannah Jobus

Bikini Cowgirl & Cowboy

Zepp Heads

Highway Starr

Stoneflys

James Kaye

Jackass

Zach Deputy

Paige Peel

Raging Arb and the Redheads

Sitting on Stacy

Yachtley Crew

Noble Grizwald

Radkey

Sir, Please

Hep Cat

Aaron Pax Taylor

The Expendables

Cydeways

 

Wordsauce



Ticket Information
Day Pass: $40 per person
Weekend Pass: $55 per person
Children 10 and under are FREE!

Purchase tickets in advance HERE to avoid the lines! Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

    
The Surf Rodeo & Surf Music Festival is just one of the incredible community events taking place throughout the year Ventura! These fantastic events are just one of the many reasons why Ventura is such an incredible place to live! Search Ventura Homes For Sale to join in on all the fun! Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit his Website to find your dream home today!


Image Credit: Surf Rodeo & Surf Music Festival 

 

Feel Refreshed At The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Ventura County's longest running wine festival returns this Sunday, June 9th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Head to scenic Lake Casitas Recreation Area (11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura) for the 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival!!!

 

This favorite annual festival allows you to try the most delectable wines and libations you have ever tasted! Enjoy over 250 different selections of wine from 60 award-winning Wineries! Not a wine drinker? Your favorite Breweries will also be offering a wide variety of craft beers and microbrews at the event.

 

While the main feature of this festival is the beverages, there are plenty of other reasons you why you do not want to miss this event. Dance to fantastic live music from Area 51. Relax on a scenic lake cruise aboard the Rotary Boat. Explore the Art & Craft Vendors to find unique items for yourself and your home. Win an incredible prize in the silent auction. Dine on delicious cuisine from your favorite local Dining Vendors. Soak up the summer time sun and incredible scenery with your family and friends.


 

Ticket Information

  • General Admission (Early Bird Pre-Sale) | $60 per person

  • GA Non-Drink Admission (Day Of) | $25 per person

  • VIP Admission | $130 per person

  • VIP Non-Drink Admission | $75 per person

  • Parking Pass | $10 per car

  • Children 12 & Under are FREE with paid adult.

  • Purchase tickets in advance HERE.

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The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival is just one of the many fun community events occurring in beautiful Ojai throughout the year. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in this vibrant, close-knit community, search our Homes for Sale. Give ​​Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.   


Image Credit: Ojai Wine Festival

Memorial Day Events in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

 

The long Memorial Day Weekend is filled with fun family activities as you kick off the unofficial start of summer. While you enjoy the weekend festivities, it is also important to remember the reason we celebrate Memorial Day......to Honor and remember our nation's heroes for their enduring sacrifice for our freedom.

 

Below are some great Memorial Day events taking place throughout Ventura County!

 

 

Third Annual Memorial Day Celebration

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Location: Port Hueneme City Hall (250 North Ventura Road, Port Hueneme)

Join the City of Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, Sea Cadet Corp Ben Moreell Battalion, Navy League, and Hueneme High NROTC for their 2019 Memorial Day Celebration. The ceremony will feature keynote speaker Captain Dave McAlister, Commander Naval Construction Group ONE, the Pacific Fleet Seabees.

 

Memorial Day Services

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Ivy Lawn Memorial Park (5400 Valentine Road, Ventura)

The Memorial Day Services will include the National Anthem, an invocation, honor guard rifle salute, Gold Coast Pipe Band, pledge of allegiance, an address by Captain Jeff Chism from Naval Base Ventura County), and a flyover.

 

54th Annual “Lest We Forget” Memorial Day Service

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Conejo Mountain (2052 Howard Road, Camarillo)

This year’s service will include a keynote address by City of Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell, music by the Camarillo Community Band and Gold Coast Pipe Band, the American Legion Riders, the display of a Vietnam War Era “Huey” 205 Bell Helicopter, a white dove release, and much more.

 

 

Blake Mashburn extends a sincere THANK YOU to all veterans and active service members! We wish everyone a Happy & Safe Memorial Day!  

California Strawberry Festival This Weekend!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Fill your bowl with the most deliciously sweet strawberries this weekend at the 36th Anniversary California Strawberry Festival! Head to the Strawberry Meadows of College Park (3250 South Rose Avenue) in beautiful Oxnard on Saturday, May 18th, and Sunday, May 19th, from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm for the most tastiest festival in California.

 

 

You will find Eats & Treats you never could have imagined......and all that honor the delectable strawberry! But the food is not all! There is so much to do at the California Strawberry Festival! Participate in exciting Contests, such as the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest! Discover unique handmade items for sale from the 200+ Artists and Crafters! Bring the little ones over to the Strawberryland for Kids for carnival rides, inflatables, face painting, and more! Watch live musical performances on the 3 different stages! Be sure to swing by Stage 3 throughout the fest to see fantastic performances from Camarillo's Rock City Studios' Build-A-Band program's student musicians.

 

    
Festival Stage Schedule

Saturday, May 18th

Sunday, May 19th

10:00 am - 10:30 am

DJ Spencer Fischer

10:00 am - 11:15 am

DJ Spencer Fischer

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Togen Diako

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Oscar Rivera y Amigos

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Conner Cherland

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Junior Maria Dakis

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Julia San Bartolome

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Strawberry Smackdown

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Berry Blast Off

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Peter Blackwelder

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Road Brothers

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

B&V

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Angelo Arce

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Phil Medina and Friends Comedy Hour

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Phil Medina and Friends Comedy Hour

   

 

    
Dr. Kato Stage Schedule

Saturday, May 18th

Sunday, May 19th

10:00 am - 11:00 am

DJ Travis Holcombe

10:00 am - 11:00 am

DJ Travis Holcombe

11:00 am - 11:40 am

Big Mike & The Reckonin

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Shaky Feelin'

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Professional Americans

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Smith the Band

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Ocho Ojos

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

One Drop Redemption

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Past Action Heroes

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Metalachi

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

L.A.vation

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Uptown Funk


 

Ticket Information

Adults: $12

Seniors (ages 62+) & Active Military with ID: $8

Children (ages 5 – 12): $5

Children (ages 4 and under): FREE

Purchase tickets HERE!!!

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone a deliciously good time at the 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!  

 

Image Credit: California Strawberry Festival

Front Porch Decorating Tips To Attract Buyers!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

As the main welcoming center into your house, your front porch is a great way to attract buyers. If you are looking to sell your Ventura area home (or are just looking for a fresh facelift to your homestead), update it's curb appeal by creating a cozy, outdoor living space. Give it a good cleaning and utilize these design elements for the perfect front porch!

 

 

1. A Spot To Sit

Create a great gathering spot on your front porch with some comfortable seating. Place two chairs together or add a porch swing for an outdoor living space.

2. A Small Table

Now that you have a great spot to sit, you need somewhere convenient to rest a book or a refreshing beverage. Add an outdoor coffee table or side table to your seating area.

3. A Welcome Mat

A doormat isn't just a spot to wipe your feet before entering. It is also a great design accessory for your front porch.

4. Color Palette

Consider the color of your home's trim or the front door and coordinate the colors you use on your front porch. Maintain the same color palette for any outdoor accents you use, including for your seating, doormat, and plants.

5. Potted Plants

Bring the greenery of your landscape up onto your front porch with potted plants. Use perennials, succulents, or other hearty green plants that will last all year round.

6. Seasonal Plants

A great way to update your front porch based on the time of year is with seasonal plants. Thanks to the temperate California weather, you can switch it up all four seasons. Add a vase of plants to your table or place window boxes around the porch.

7. Draw The Eye

A beautiful way to draw potential buyer's eyes to your front porch is through the landscaping. Add colorful plants leading toward your front door. As an added bonus, this creates an even more pleasant environment for those sitting on the front porch.

8. Keep It Well-Lit

Create a welcoming area with lighting. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 3 light sources placed around the front porch. Make sure that your house numbers are always well-lit so your home is easy to locate no matter the time of day.

9. Cool It Down

The California sun can be too much in the summer. Instead of avoiding your front porch, there are some awesome features you can add to cool it down and make it look great! Consider adding an outdoor ceiling fan for a nice breeze. Fade-resistant outdoor curtains are also the perfect solution to block the sun and create some privacy.


 

Work with Blake Mashburn for all your Selling needs! Give us a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit http://www.blakemashburn.com/ to get started today!

 

Get Ready for the City of Ventura Bike to Work Week 2017!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

May is Bike to Work Month! Biking as a means of transportation helps promote healthy living and protects the environment that we hold so dear here in Ventura. The city of Ventura is dedicated to providing its citizens with excellent bike routes throughout town and encourages all in the community to get their bikes (and helmets!) ready to ride to work every day this month!

 

 

Do not miss out on all the activities planned for the City of Ventura Bike to Work Week 2017 taking place May 15th through May 19th! Fill out the Pledge to bike to work or school during this week and be entered to win some great prizes from the Ventura County Transportation Commission.

 

Monday, May 15th | Bike ‘n’ Ride with Ventura County Fire Department

Take a fun 10-mile recreational Monday morning bike ride with the VCFD. The ride will kick off at 9:00 am from Giant Bicycle (3587 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park) and end at the VCFD Lake Sherwood Fire Station (33 Lake Sherwood Drive). Stick around for the unveiling of Ventura County’s first public bicycle repair stand at 10:00 am. This repair station is the first of 16 planned for around the county. Register for this fun, FREE event HERE!

 

Tuesday, May 16th | Bike Train

Join the Bike Train from Ventura’s East End to Downtown. Click HERE for a map of the route.

 

Wednesday, May 17th | Bike Maintenance Luncheon Class

Head down to City Hall to learn more from BikeVentura about how to properly maintain your bicycle. The class begins at noon in the Santa Cruz Conference Room.

 

Thursday, May 18th | City of Ventura Bicycle “Pit Stop”

On your way to work, swing by the corner of California and Santa Clara Streets for a morning of bike fun. Enjoy refreshments, bicycle information and tune ups, and a raffle between 6:00 am and 9:00 am.

 

Friday, May 19th | Celebratory Bike Ride

Join BikeVentura as we end a successful 2017 Bike to Work Week as a community.


Have fun exploring Ventura on two wheels and getting active during the beautiful month of May!

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