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Do Your Part During California Coastal Cleanup Day!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

One of the best things about living in Ventura County is the stunning coastal areas and waterways! Help keep all of these beautiful, vital natural spaces clean during the 35th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. This Saturday, September 21st, volunteer and give back to your community. Help protect local wildlife and take care of our environment by removing debris from the beaches, creeks, lakes, and rivers throughout the county.

 

Sign up for a 3 hour shift (9:00 am to Noon) and enjoy time along the water while making an important difference. Last year, over 13,000 pounds of trash and recyclables was collected during the event! You really can help make a difference! Click HERE for the Volunteer Waiver Form.

 

Help keep Ventura County one of the best places to live by participating in the 35th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Find all the information about area cleanup sites below!

 

 

Coastal Sites

  • Emma Wood Group Camp 

  • Fairwind Yacht Club 

  • Marina Park

  • McGrath State Beach

  • Mugu Rock Beach

  • Ventura Promenade

  • Oil Piers

  • Ormond Beach Wetland (The Nature Conservancy)

  • Ormond Lagoon

  • Oxnard Beach Park

  • Port Hueneme Beach (East of Pier)

  • Port Hueneme Beach (West End at Hueneme Wharf Plaza)

  • Rincon Parkway

  • Sanjon

  • Silver Strand Beach

  • Ventura Harbor Beaches (Harbor Cove beach to Surfer’s Knoll)

  • Ventura Promenade

Inland Sites

  • Camarillo-Calleguas Creek

  • Camarillo-Mission Oaks Park Barranca

  • Camarillo-Beardsley Wash

  • Fillmore

  • Lake Casitas

  • Moorpark

  • Ojai

  • Santa Clara River Gateway

  • Simi Valley

  • Thousand Oaks/ Arroyo Conejo Creek

 

*Map and Directions of 2019 Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day Sites*

 

Help do your part this weekend by keeping Ventura County a beautiful place to live for us all! Find your Dream Home in this stunning natural oasis! Give ​​Blake Mashburn a call today! 

 

 

Image Credit: California Coastal Commission

 

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!

How To Find The Perfect School District For Your Child!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Looking to buy your dream Ventura County home? With size, design features, amenities, outdoor living spaces, and more, there are plenty of factors to consider as you begin your search.

 

If you have children, however, one of the most important factors is location near a highly ranked school. There are several benefits to buying a home near a top rated school. #1 it provides your child access to the best education around. #2 it increases the value of your home. That's a win for the whole family!

 

Now that the 2018-2019 school year has come to a close, it is the perfect time to evaluate what district you want your child to attend so that you can relocate before this upcoming fall.

 

Start your search in one of these excellent local school districts:

Fillmore Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Ojai Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Oxnard Union High School District | Homes for Sale

Pleasant Valley School District | Homes for Sale

Ventura Unified School District | Homes for Sale

Once you know the school district, you can begin to narrow your search down to find the best schools within it. This is where your school work and research comes in! Use independent websites such as GreatSchools.org, Niche.com, and U.S. News & World Report, to find unbiased rankings and data. Check out school websites to find out about awards and recognitions. Ask the schools you are interested in if you can visit. This is the best way for you to find out if it is the right fit for your child. Find out about the facilities, learn about class sizes and extracurricular offerings, meet teachers and administrators, and more.

Found the school you want your child to attend? Now, Blake Mashburn can help you find your dream home within that school's boundaries. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Increase Your Net Worth By Buying!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

It's time to stop renting and start buying! Renting pays someone else's mortgage. Why not investment that money in yourself! While Buying is a major step, it isn't as far out of reach as you might expect. In fact, it saves you money! According to Zillow Research, renters nationwide spend 27.7% of their income on median housing costs whereas home owners only spend 17.5% of their income on median housing costs.

 

Need more convincing to buy a home in Ventura this spring? There are many financial benefits to owning a home. Home ownership is a form of Forced Savings, ensuring that you have more money at your disposal in the future. You start building Equity as soon as you purchase your new home. Home values appreciate making it a fantastic Practical Investment. It can make you eligible for Tax Savings every year. Your Monthly Housing Costs are Locked In making budgeting and saving easier for you and your family. It is Cheaper Than Renting and keeps money in your pocket. Finally, it increases your own Net Worth. In fact, past research has shown that homeowners have a higher net worth than renters.


So now truly is the time to BUY instead of rent! Work with Blake Mashburn to help get you into your first home today! We can help you find the perfect property to fit your needs. Check out the Homes for Sale throughout Western Ventura County to find your perfect property! Give our experienced team a call today at 805-856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

 

Family Fun At Fillmore's May Festival!!!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate everything you love about living in Fillmore during the 107th Annual May Festival!!!! Head on down to Central Park (250 Central Avenue) on Thursday, May 9th through Sunday, May 12th for 4 days of fun with your family, friends, neighbors!

 

 

There is something for everyone at this favorite community event! Watch incredible live entertainment on the Main Stage. Dine on your favorite food from local vendors. Refresh yourself with a cool beverage in the beer garden. Find unique, handmade goods at the craft fair. Take the little ones to the "kiddie" area. Play exciting games and take a spin on the carnival rides. And, SO MUCH MORE!!!

 

Festival Hours

Thursday, May 9th - 5:00 to 11:00 pm

Friday, May 10th - 5:00 to 11:00 pm

Saturday, May 11th - 12:00 to 11:00 pm

**Parade at 10:00 am on Central Avenue from 2nd Street to Main Street**

Sunday, May 12th - 12:00 to 9:00 pm

 

Admission & Carnival Prices

Thursday - $1 Everyone!

Friday & Saturday - $5 Adults | $3 Kids (ages 5-11) | $3 Seniors + Military w/ ID

Sunday - $3 Everyone!

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$35 - Wristbands

$20 - 24 Ticket Ride Sheet


 

Live Entertainment Schedule

Thursday, May 9th

  • 6:15 - 7:00 pm | Mariachi Los Rayos de Fillmore High School
  • 7:15 - 9:15 pm | DJ Rage

Friday, May 10th

  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Daniel Torres and the Piru River Band
  • 7:30 - 10:45 pm | Adelaide

Saturday, May 11th

  • 12:15 - 12:45 pm | FMS Symphonic Band
  • 1:00 - 1:30 pm | Perce’s Kenpo Karate Demo
  • 2:30 - 6:30 pm | The Daves
  • 7:00 - 10:45 pm | Juano & Friends

Sunday, May 12th

  • 1:00 - 4:00 pm | Banda Santa Elena
  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm | Mariachi Aguilas De Oxnard
  • 6:00 - 8:30 pm | Instone


 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone a fun and safe time at this year's Fillmore May Festival! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!  



Image Credit: Fillmore Chamber of Commerce

Beautiful Spring Flowers For Instant Curb Appeal!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Are you ready to Sell your Ventura home this spring? Help your home stand apart from the competition by adding some spring cheer to your curb appeal. Make buyers want to stop to "smell the flowers" with some beautiful spring plants. Here are the top plants we recommend to update your curb appeal for spring home selling.

 

Catmint

Height: 10 to 48 inches

Width: 12 to 24 inches

Facts: Purple-Blue Blossoms; Drought Tolerant; Thrives in Hot Weather & Well-Drained Soil.

 

Laurel 'Otto Luyken'

Height: 3 feet

Width: 6 feet

Facts: Leafy Plant; Produces Small Black Fruit in Summer; Needs Extra Care during 1st Growing Season.

 

Carissa Holly

Height: 3 to 4 feet

Width: 4 to 6 feet

Facts: Good for Compact Spaces; White Blossoms in Spring; Drought Resistance; Only Requires Watering 1x a Week.

 

Encore Azalea

Height: 3 to 5 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Facts: Needs Full Sun & Slightly Acidic Soil; Blooms 2x (Spring & Late Summer/Early Fall); Variety of Colors Available.

 

Hydrangea

Height: 3 to 5 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Facts: Fragrant Blossoms; Thick Foliage.

 

Rhododendron

Height: 3 to 10 feet

Width: 3 to 6 feet

Facts: Woody Plant; Can Thrive in Partial Sun.

 

Knockout Rose

Height: 4 feet

Width: 3 feet

Facts: Blooms Year-Round; Cousin of the Rose; Disease Resistant.

 

Heavenly Bamboo

Height: 4 to 5 feet

Width: 3 feet

Fact: Produces Bright Berries; Needs Full or Partial Sun; Requires Pruning.

 

Harland Dwarf Boxwood

Height: 4 to 6 feet

Width: 4 to 6 feet

Facts: Evergreen color; Miniature Tree-shaped; Needs Full or Partial Sun & Moist Soil; Disease Resistant.

 

 

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Eggscellent Ventura County Events To Celebrate Easter!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Easter is right around the corner! You can start getting in the holiday spirit thanks to fantastic community events taking place throughout greater Ventura County! The whole family will have an EGGscellent time at these festive events!

 

 

Photos with the Bunny

Dates: Friday, April 12th - Saturday, April 20th

Times: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Weekdays) | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (Saturday) | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Cost: Varies based on desired photo size and quantity

Dress in your Sunday best and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny himself!

 

Flashlight Egg Hunt & Hike

Date: Friday, April 12th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Conejo Creek Playfield South (1300 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks)

Cost: $3 admission | $2 egg hunt hike

Grab your flashlight and your basket and check out this unique egg hunt experience! For added fun, participate in the hike to find more eggs along the trail. There will be a Glow Zone, crafts, and bounce houses for additional entertainment!

 

Fillmore's Egg Hunt & Chalk Art Festival

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Two Rivers Park (River Street, Fillmore)

Cost: FREE!

Hop on over to Fillmore for a fantastic egg hunt and opportunity to have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. You can also leave your artistic mark by creating some chalk artwork on the sidewalk.

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Arroyo Vista Community Park (4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark)

Cost: $5 for general admission | $10 all access (includes unlimited attractions, crafts, & games)

Enjoy a fun filled day at this annual event. Participate in the egg hunt, play carnival games, make arts & crafts, pet some animals, jump in a bounce house, and so much more!

 

Easter EGGstravaganza & Spring Craft Fair

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Community Center Park (1605 East Burnley Street, Camarillo)

Cost: FREE!

Help find the 20,000 eggs hidden throughout the park! The eggs are filled with tasty candy and fun toys. Along with the egg hunts, this family friendly event features a petting zoo, games, entertainment, and visits with the Easter Bunny. There is also a fantastic craft fair taking place, where you can find unique items for your home and family.

 

Easter Lunch Train

Date: Sunday, April 21st

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Fillmore & Western Railway Co. (364 Main Street, Fillmore)

Cost: $50 per adult | $29 per youth (ages 4-12) | $25 per child (2-3)

All aboard this scenic ride on Easter Sunday. Enjoy a delicious lunch as you view the spectacular scenery of Heritage Valley. The Easter Bunny will also be a passenger, handing out treats to everyone on the train! Purchase tickets HERE!  


Blake Mashburn wishes you and your family a very HAPPY EASTER! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for other holiday and community events throughout the year!  

Tasks To Help You Prep Your Ventura Yard For Spring!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Get your Ventura yard ready for spring by prepping it today! Before the weather warms up too much more, you will get the best results and save time by taking care of your landscape now. Here are the best lawn tasks for you to complete to prep your yard for spring!

 

1. Service Your Mower

Keep your lawn mower in tip top shape all season long! Before you have to start using your lawn mower on a regular basis, it is best to service it now. Give it an oil change. Clean the air filter. Replace the spark plugs. Sharpen the blades.

 

2. Cover The Bare Spots

Look for bare or thin spots of grass in your yard. Add sod or spread grass seed across these areas. Doing it now before soil temperatures rise more will help keep weeds from growing in those areas instead.

 

3. Clear Lawn Debris

Do a thorough clean up of your yard. Remove all branches, leaves, and clumps of lawn debris from your yard and garden. This natural clutter can stunt new growth so it is important to remove it in enough time for the spring blooms to take root.

 

4. Prep Your Plants Apply Fertilizer with Pre-Emergent Herbicide

Check your soil to make sure that it is dry. The best test for this is to see if the soil crumbles in your hand instead of clumping. If it is crumbly, start pruning your shrubs and trees and remove growth from perennials. Add slow release fertilizer to trees and shrubs. Use fertilizer that has a pre-emergent herbicide because this additive will fight weeds before they germinate.

 

5. Pick Your Plants

Now it's time to get your green thumb going! You can begin adding bare root plants and other foliage that will love the current cooler temperatures. Go to a nursery and preorder your perennials. You will take advantage of early spring savings and will have the best selection of plants.

 


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Renovate Your Ventura Home To Sell!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Get your Ventura home ready to sell by making some renovations. Updating your home will help attract your buyers to your property and will increase the value of your home. While we understand that it might seem counter intuitive to put more money into your home when you are leaving, there are some renovations that have a great return on investment (ROI) and make awesome financial sense for you to complete. The Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) analyzes the average costs of home remodeling projects with the value that those projects have when the homes are sold. Check out the top 5 renovations that will help you sell your Ventura home and make you money!

 

 

Install a 4 section steel Garage Door for a fresh, updated look to the exterior of your home. This upscale renovation costs $3,785 and makes you a profit with an ROI of 123.8%!

 

Add a Manufactured Stone Veneer to the bottom section of your home's exterior as well as around the front door entryway. This mid-range renovation costs $9,507 and will make you another profit with an ROI of 110.4%!

 

Create an outdoor living space in your backyard with a Wood Deck Addition. This mid-range renovation costs $16,511 and has a ROI of 87.8%.

 

Make some updates in a Minor Kitchen Remodel with floors, countertops, and appliances. This mid-range renovation costs $24,950 and has an ROI of 87.1%.

 

Replace your front door with a Fiberglass Door with Duel Sidelights for a grand entrance to your home. This upscale renovation costs $9,568 and has an ROI of 85.1%.

 

 

If you are ready to sell your home, give the Blake Mashburn Group  a call today at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

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 the 6th annual Ventura County Farm Day!!! On Saturday, November 3rd, 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!

 

 

FARM DAY LOCATIONS

CAMARILLO

FILLMORE

MOORPARK

OJAI

OXNARD

PIRU

SANTA PAULA

SATICOY

SOMIS

 

KICKOFF BARBEQUE

 

Enjoy fun times and great food at the Ventura County Farm Day Kickoff Barbecue! Fill your bellies, play games, listen to live music, and so much more!  

  • Date: Friday, November 2nd

  • Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Location: Oxnard Historic Farm Park (1251 Gottfried Place, Oxnard)

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1190 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite #100
Ventura CA 93003
Office: 805-856-9350
Cell: 805-368-0202
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