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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

 

Fill Your Ventura County Kitchen With Locally Grown Produce!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The beautiful climate and landscape in Ventura County provides us with incredible produce and locally grown goods. There are amazing farmers markets in our communities throughout the year. Find a wide variety of items from fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meat and dairy, handmade crafts, and so much more. Put healthy, delicious food on your kitchen table and help promote economic development throughout Ventura County by shopping local at these great farmers markets!

Wednesdays

Midtown Ventura

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot (3301 North Main Street, Ventura)

 

Thursdays

Downtown Oxnard Farmers Market

When: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Where: 471 South B Street, Oxnard

 

Saturdays

 

Camarillo Certified Farmers Market

 

When: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: 2220 Ventura Boulevard, Old Town Camarillo

Downtown Ventura

When: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Corner of Palm & Santa Clara Streets, Ventura

 

Sundays

Ojai Certified Farmers' Market

When: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 300 East Matilija Street, Ojai

Channel Islands Certified Farmers' Market

When: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: 3350 South Harbor Boulevard, Oxnard


Incredible local farmers markets are one of the many reasons that Ventura County is a great place to live. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in one of these communities, search our Homes for Sale. Give ​​Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.  

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

Top Tips for Buying & Selling Your Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Ready to buy or sell your Ventura home this summer? Whether you are new to the market or have been here before, it is important to be prepared. You want to stand apart from your competition and make sure your real estate goals are met. Let us help you get ready for buying or selling this summer with these 5 Buyers Tips and 5 Sellers Tips to set you up for the most real estate success!

 

5 Buyers Tips

1. Set your needs and wants before doing anything else. This will help you narrow your search and know exactly what you are looking for in a new home.

2. Set a budget. Look at your finances and determine what you can realistically afford. Similar to knowing what you are looking for in your new home, this will help you define your search to just those homes that fit within your budget.

3. Get your preapproval. Having your finances in order before you meet with sellers shows that you are serious about buying. Use this Loan Analysis Tool to find loans that you could qualify for.

4. Once you are ready to search, find a top realtor to work with. This will help you throughout the entire process. When buying in Ventura, Blake Mashburn is the best of the best. We have helped buyers for 26+ years! Our knowledge and experience will make sure you find yourself in your dream home by fall!

5. Stay in contact with your realtor. Once you have established the relationship with your agent, it is important to keep open communication. Whether you prefer it over phone or email, this will help you stay informed throughout the entire buying process.
 

5 Sellers Tips

1. Your first step is to find out Your Home's Value. This will allow you to price it correctly. Listing your home at the wrong price can put you at a disadvantage starting out so make sure it is a reasonable price that will help your home sell for top dollar and quickly.

2. Just like buyers, sellers should work with an Experienced Agent. Sellers that work with realtors, as opposed to those that list on their own, end up having more success with selling.

3. Since buyers depend on the internet when beginning their search, having a strong online presence is imperative to garner interest in your home. Make sure your photos, videos, and descriptions are top quality and have your home stand apart from the other ones on the market.

4. You might be moving but investing some more money in your current home can actually make you more money. Talk to your realtor about what improvements can give you the highest return on investment and make those changes before you sell.

5. Do not give up. There is competition out there so if your home sits for several weeks do not worry. There are a lot of buyers out there and your realtor can help you reevaluate your selling strategy.
 

 

Enjoy home buying and home selling success this summer by following these tips. Search our Ventura Homes for Sale to get started today. Give our experienced team a call at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/ for all your buying and/or selling needs!

 

A Handy Guide To Moving!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

You Bought a new home in Ventura! Congrats! Before you can begin life in your new home though, you need to pack up the life you had in your old one! Packing and moving is always stressful and unpredictable. But, planning ahead of time can truly help eliminate some of the anxiety during the process! Make your move more manageable by using our Moving Day Cheat Sheet!

 

A FEW WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

  1. The best movers are going to book up fast so allow yourself plenty of time to schedule a mover. Find the best ones by asking friends and looking at online reviews.

  2. Unless you prefer to handle the clean up yourself, schedule a cleaning service to come to your current home the day after you move out.

  3. Transfer all utilities or schedule the disconnect of utilities (if moving to a different city). Schedule the installation of your cable and internet for the day after you are scheduled to move into your new home so it is ready to go.

  4. Get rid of items that you truly do not need. Hold a garage sale or post items online. Do donation runs with unwanted clothing, toys, and furniture.

  5. Stock up on boxes, tapes, bubble wrap, and all other packing essentials. Ask friends for boxes and swing by local stores that might be looking to get some off of their hands for free.

  6. Start packing non-essential items, such as books or winter clothing. Spread out the packing over the weeks leading up to your move date so you are not overwhelmed at the end.

 

THE DAY BEFORE YOU MOVE

  1. Label all boxes and furniture with the room in the new home that they should be placed into.

  2. Go shopping for nutritious, easy to eat snacks and bottled water for yourself and your movers.

  3. Get some cash out of your bank account so you have money to tip the movers tomorrow.

  4. Bring your pet over to a friend or family member the night before you move to reduce stress for your furry friend and keep them out of the way during moving day.

  5. Put together an overnight bag that has those necessities you will need the first night in your new home. This will keep you from having to rummage through boxes to find toiletries, medicine, and clothing.

 

THE DAY OF THE MOVE

  1. Wake up with plenty of time before the movers arrive in order to make final preparations.

  2. Take important documents, jewelry, and other small valuables and place them in your car. You should transfer these items yourself to ensure their safety.

  3. Discard of or pack up final items, such as food or toiletries.

  4. Give your home a thorough walk through at the end to make sure that you get everything out of drawers, cabinets, and any else it could be hiding.

  5. Watch the movers as they work to make sure they handle your items with care.

  6. Go through your new home before the movers arrive to label rooms that might not be obvious what they are, such as bedrooms. This will help the movers place your labeled boxes in the correct rooms.

  7. Take a moment to breathe when the movers leave and get some much deserved rest before you tackle unpacking!


Find your dream home today! Search Ventura Homes For Sale! Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit his Website to get started!

Celebrate Dad in Ventura County!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Father's Day is here! Show your dad how much you appreciate everything he does for you by giving him a Father's Day experience he will never forget. There are so many unique ways for you to spend the holiday this weekend! Here are our top choices to celebrate your dad in Ventura County!

 

Father's Day Golf

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: All day

Location: Buenaventura Golf Course (5882 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura)

Hit the green with dad at this award winning golf course. For only $79, your dad’s green fee, cart fee, sleeve of golf balls, and lunch with a drink will be covered! Reserve your tee time HERE!

 

Father's Day Brunch Buffet

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Discovery Ventura (1888 East Thompson Boulevard, Ventura)

Fill your bellies with a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with omelette station, carving station, oysters, children’s fare, and so much more! There will also be a bloody mary bar and bottomless mimosas. Reserve your family a spot online HERE!

 

Dad’s Day Out Train

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: 11:00 am & 3:00 pm

Location: Foster Park (438 Casitas Vista Road, Ventura)

Take a 2.5 hour train ride through the beautiful Heritage Valley as you enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch. Book online HERE!

 

From Tree to the Sea: Father's Day Wooden Boat Show and Classic Cars

Date: Sunday, June 16th

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Channel Islands Maritime Museum (3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard)

Check out spectacular classic wooden boats and cars on display at this 3rd annual show. There will also be a variety of family-friendly, maritime activities to enjoy.

 

 

Blake Mashburn wishes all the dads in the Ventura County a very Happy Father’s Day!

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/.

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

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/.

 

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BLAKE MASHBURN
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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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