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Discover Something Beautiful At The Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Kick off the holiday season in beautiful Ojai, California at the 23rd Annual Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace! Explore four stunning Ojai Valley homes on Saturday, November 16th, and Sunday, November 17th. Each home has been matched with talented local florists and gardeners that have created marvelous displays that match the architectural features of the homes. The tour hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily This favorite annual event benefits the Ojai Music Festival and its Bravo! Education and Community Program, which offers free music programs to community members and students.

 

2019 Holiday Homes

  • The Wall House
  • Tuscan Ranch
  • Foothill Farm
  • El Sombrero

This self-guided tour allows you to visit the homes in any order. Visitors are able to drive to The Wall House, Tuscan Ranch, and Foothill Farm. The El Sombrero home can be accessed via the free shuttle service. The shuttle will pick up from Monica Ros School (793 McNell Road). Please note, the last shuttle will depart at 3:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Advance tour tickets cost $40 per person. They can be purchased by calling (805) 646-2053, online HERE, or in person at one of the following locations:

  • Attitude Adjustment | 1129 Maricopa Highway, Ojai

  • Flora Gardens | 245 Old Baldwin Road, Ojai

  • Rains Department Store | 218 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai

  • Fox Fine Jewelers | 560 East Main Street, Ventura

Tickets can be picked up from the Will Call Box Office will be located in Libbey Park. Day of tickets, which will cost $45 per person, will also be available at the Marketplace and each of the homes.

 

When you are not exploring the homes, be sure to swing by the Holiday Marketplace in Libbey Park. This great event features 40+ artisans and vendors selling a variety of home, lifestyle, and fashion goods. Cross off everything on your holiday shopping list and find unique items for yourself and Ojai home. Admission to the Marketplace is FREE! A portion of all sales also benefit the Ojai Music Festival and its Bravo! program. The Marketplace will be open 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday.

 

2019 Marketplace Vendors

Jewelry: Cindy Kalmenson, Little Muse, Patricia Cuenot, Ramina Rechard Pearls, and Shari Milner Designs

Home Décor and Gifts: Art Mina, Bazaar Boutique, Bliss Art Designs, Bohemian Bowls, Firestick Pottery, Heritage Succulents, Hostess Gifts to Go, Istanbul Art Design, Laura Stitches, Lavender Blue, Little City Designs, Metal Mountain, Once Upon a Storybook, Sweet Mello, Susan Bruce, and Terry Sharp 

Edibles: Julie’s Cookies and Gourmet Blends

Clothing and Wearable Art: Alpaca by Karim, Art Couture Dominique, Dale Michele, Gerie’s Fashion Closet, Leslie Marcus, Limelight Boutique, Louise’s Hats, Tiny Tot Threads, and Your Needs Company

Bath and Body: Fiamma Naturals, From the Heart of Ojai, and Ojai Dirt Candy

Find your own spectacular home in Ojai! Search Ojai CA Homes for Sale. Give Blake Mashburn a call at (805) 856-9350 and visit our website at https://www.blakemashburn.com/ today.



Image Credit: Ojai Music Festival

Explore Our Agricultural Backyard During Ventura County Farm Day!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Do not miss the 7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day!!! "Explore. Learn. Taste" this Saturday, November 9th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm throughout Ventura County. Explore 15+ farms, ranches, and agricultural organizations in our area with great family friendly activities and tours. Celebrate the beautiful countryside right outside our backdoors and learn more about where our local food comes from. Click on the links below to learn more about activities offered at each location and plan out your day!

 

2019 Farm Day Locations

Agromin | 6859 Arnold Drive, Oxnard

AGQ Laboratory | 2451 Eastman Avenue Suite 1, Oxnard

Alpacas at Windy Hill | 7660 Bradley Road, Somis

Earthtrine Farm | 1091 Cuyama Road, Ojai

Good Farms | 1980 South Rice Avenue, Oxnard

UC Hansen Agricultural Research & Extension Center | 287 South Briggs Road, Santa Paula

Houweling's Tomatoes | 645 West Laguna Road, Camarillo

Laguna Farms | 203 Wood Road, Oxnard

Limoneira | 12390 West Telegraph Road, Santa Paula

Ojai Olive Oil | 1811 Ladera Road, Ojai

Oxnard Farm Park | 251 Gottfried Place, Oxnard

***Official Farm Day BBQ Lunch Location (Cowboy John's Smoking BBQ)***

Petty Ranch | 11971 Darling Road, Saticoy

***Farm Day Hub Location***

Come to the SEEAG's Farm Lab at Petty Ranch for fun activities, helpful information, and

special exhibitors including Rincon-Vitova Insectaries and Chivas Skin Care.

Rancho Camulos Museum | 5164 East Telegraph Road, Piru

McGrath Family Farm & The Abundant Table | 1012 West Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo

Ventura County AG Museum | 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula

 

**Downloadable Farm Day Map**

 

 

Get the celebrations started early with the Wine Farm-To-Table Dinner! Come enjoy a delicious chef prepared pig roast dinner, incredible wine flight, and fun live music on Thursday, November 7th, at 5:00 pm. This great event is taking place at Topa Mountain Winery (821 West Ojai Avenue, Ojai). General Admission Tickets cost $95 (plus fees) per person). VIP Tickets cost $125 (plus fees) per person and include early entry at 4:00 pm and reserved seating. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

 

 

 

The incredible farms throughout Ventura County are one of the many assets that make this area a great place to live. If you are interested in Buying your dream home in one of our communities, search our Homes for Sale. Give ​​Blake Mashburn a call today or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.  

 

 

Image Credit: Ventura County Farm Day

Productive Real Estate Tasks To Complete As We "Fall Back"

by The Blake Mashburn Group

 

It's time to "Fall Back"! Do not forget to reset your clocks for the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, November 3rd. While this ultimately means shorter days, this weekend it means an extra hour to get things done! Many people use it as a change to catch up on some sleep or get some additional exercise. While we agree that those things are great, we think it is most productive to use that extra time to tackle your home Buying and Selling tasks! Here are our real estate recommendations on how to spend your additional hour this weekend!

 

1. Create your housing needs and wants checklist. Determine a realistic budget. Use these perimeters to begin your Home Search Online.

 

2. Use a Loan Analysis Tool to find loans that you could qualify for. Begin gathering the necessary documents (ie pay stubs, tax returns, bank statements) that you will need for your mortgage application.

 

3. Reach out to realtors to find the right one for you. Working with an Experienced Realtor will help you throughout the entire buying and selling process. You will save yourself time, money, and stress by teaming up with a professional.

 

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

 

5. Think about improvements/upgrades you can make that will increase the value of your home. Start doing some research on costs and what your return on investment could be. Once you think of potential projects, talk to your realtor to see if they make sense for your home.

 

6. Start getting your home in top selling shape by completing some of those simple home maintenance tasks you have been putting off, such as deep cleaning the floors or organizing storage spaces.

 

 

 

Enjoy home buying and home selling success by using your extra time this weekend wisely. 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!

Celebrate Ojai at Ojai Day!!!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Celebrate everything you love about Ojai at the 26th Annual Ojai Day!!! Come explore all the best art, culture, food, and entertainment that Ojai has to offer at this favorite community street festival. Enjoy unique vendors, incredible performances of music and dance, fun children's activities and games, cool classic cars, stunning Mandala street art, delicious food and beverages, and SO much more! All this is taking place this Saturday, October 19th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm throughout beautiful downtown Ojai. Do not miss out on any of the family friendly fun taking place at this year's Ojai Day!

 

Flying Embers Ojai's Own Stage

  • 9:00 am | Dave Cipriani

  • 11:00 am  | Kerri Climer Band

  • 12:00 pm | "Rockin' It Old School Seniors Choir"

  • 1:00 pm | Danny McGaw and The 33

  • 2:00 pm | The Turner Sisters

  • 3:00 pm | Smitty and Julija

  • 4:00 pm | Ojai Songwriters

Ojai Valley Youth Foundation Teen Stage

  • 10:05 am | Nordoff Dance

  • 10:20 am | Hadley Julca

  • 10:40 am| Lily Fields

  • 11:20 am | Shannon David

  • 12:00 pm | Quinn Davis

  • 12:25 pm | The Senate

  • 1:00 pm | Lucca Kun

  • 1:30 pm | Beckett McDowell

  • 2:00 pm | Besant Hill School

  • 3:00 pm | Kaylie Turner

  • 3:45 pm | Kyra Maal King

  • 4:00 pm | Johnny Bennett

  • 4:15 pm | Joy Mathebula

  • 4:30 pm | Maggie Sonenshine

  • 4:45 pm | John Geyer

 

Blake Mashburn wishes everyone an amazing time celebrating everything that makes Ojai an incredible place to live! Check out our Website and follow us on Facebook for more fantastic community events throughout the year!  

 

Image Credit: Ojai Day

"Treat" Potential Buyers With A Beautiful Front Porch!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

In a couple weeks, your front porch will be welcoming trick or treaters to your door for a tasty Halloween snack. Outside of Halloween, you can "treat" potential buyers with the beauty of your front porch. 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 for your home!

 

 

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. Pumpkins and mums are a great addition for this time of year.

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. Brighten It Up

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 and ea. Instead of avoiding your front porch, there are some awesome features you can add to cool it down and make it look great on those hot days! 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!

 

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!

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!

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

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Office: 805-856-9350
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