Ewing & Associates SIR http://www.ewingsir.com Calabasas Real Estate Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:58:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 115664502 11 Best Hiking Trails in Agoura Hills http://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-hills/11-best-hiking-trails-agoura-hills/ http://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-hills/11-best-hiking-trails-agoura-hills/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:00:42 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23358 Agoura Hills is a popular destination in Southern California that’s situated nearby Calabasas and Westlake Village and sits almost directly between Simi Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains, providing residents of the city with great places to hike and get in touch with nature. This city was settled by the Spanish Franciscan missionaries in the late 18th century and […]

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Agoura Hills is a popular destination in Southern California that’s situated nearby Calabasas and Westlake Village and sits almost directly between Simi Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains, providing residents of the city with great places to hike and get in touch with nature. This city was settled by the Spanish Franciscan missionaries in the late 18th century and was a well-traveled destination for many years due to the natural spring located at the foot of Ladyface Mountain. The city itself began to develop into a bustling residential community in the late 1960’s once the Ventura Freeway was built and has seen tremendous growth since those years. Agoura Hills residents are fortunate to enjoy many outdoor activities with beautiful scenic views and breezy weather that ensures comfort and relaxation, making it a great place to live for anyone who loves spending time outdoors. If you love getting outdoors with your friends and family, you’ll love this list of our favorite hiking trails in Agoura Hills!

1. Paramount Ranch

While Paramount Ranch is widely known as a popular destination for blockbuster movies like The Lake House and hit TV shows such as Westworld, this place also serves as one of the more scenic destinations in Agoura Hills. If you’re in the mood for a lighter and more relaxing hike that provides you with a peaceful respite following a busy day in Agoura Hills, Paramount Ranch is the place for you, as the trail consists of a 1.8 mile loop that’s light in traffic and heavy in picturesque scenery. The setting is a mostly forest-based one, oftentimes providing you with glimpses of the local wildlife and plant life.

The elevation gain is a mere 226 ft., so the trail itself is very easy to hike with hardly any steep areas at all, allowing people of all skill levels to traverse it. The trail is accessible all year round and is available for dogs as well, although you must keep them on a leash while hiking the trail. To get a better look at what you should expect, the trail map on the 2nd page of this link offers a detailed view of the trailhead.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.1170955, -118.7581639

2. Backbone Trail

Backbone Trail offers some of the most spectacular views in the Santa Monica Mountains and is one of the most beloved hiking trails in and around Agoura Hills. While this trail is labeled as a difficult hike, it’s over 66 miles in length, so there are portions of it that are accessible for everyone. One of the best aspects of this trail is the variety of views and wild flowers that you see along the way, so you’ll want to take your camera, especially if you’re hiking for relaxation.

There are 12 trailheads throughout the journey, allowing you to hike much smaller portions of the trail depending on your preference. Dogs are allowed within the trail, but you’ll want to keep them leashed at all times and it’s recommended that you don’t try to take them along the more difficult portions of the trail. During your hike, you’ll have the chance to spot red-tailed hawks, California quail, Western fence lizards and plants like riparian woodlands, chaparral, and oak woodlands. Given the difficulty and length of this trail, make sure that you pack a lot of water. Here’s a detailed map that should help you plan your next hike.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.0819528, -118.7580872

3. Ladyface Trail

If you would like to take a hike along a trail that offers views of everything around you, from Agoura Hills and Simi Hills to the Santa Monica Mountains, then the Ladyface Trail should be your next hike. This trail is one of the more difficult on this list, as you’ll gain more than 1,100 ft. of elevation throughout, although it can be accessed by anyone. Despite the steep nature of this trail, its length is only 2.0 miles, so a round-trip of this destination should take you a little over two hours at most.

While dogs are allowed at the Ladyface Trail, the trail itself is very thin and gets exceedingly steep at around the half-way mark, so you’ll want to reconsider taking your dog along unless they’re experienced in hiking. Once you’ve reached the summit, take your time looking around, as the views there are among the best in Agoura Hills. When planning your next hike, this trail map should assist you in knowing where to start.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.13294, -118.75698

4. Peter Strauss Ranch Trail

The Peter Strauss Ranch Trail offers a calm and breezy hike that’s open to people of all ages and skill levels. The trail is just over three miles in length and has some moderately difficult portions, but it shouldn’t be too steep for anyone. If you’re traveling to this destination with your children, they’re sure to enjoy looking at the many wildflowers along the way, which are bountiful in most areas of the trail. You can even bring your dog along, provided you keep them on a leash. Along this looped trail, you’ll gain around 700 ft. in elevation before making your descent. To get a better idea of where the trailhead is and the amenities you’ll come across during your hike, just take a look at this map.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.1129, -118.77951

5. Reagan Ranch Trail

The Reagan Ranch Trail is a highly popular trail in Agoura Hills that was named as such because the ranch that sits just nearby the trail was the rural getaway of former President Ronald Reagan. If you’re a fan of nature, wildlife, and fantastic scenery of mountains and hills in the distance, the Reagan Ranch Trail offers all of that and more, providing visitors with a dense forest setting as well as a serene river to walk alongside for a portion of the hike. The trail is just under three miles in length and can get steep at times, which is why it’s recommended primarily for people who have some experience in hiking.

Dogs are allowed on this trail when on a leash, but the latter portions can be very steep, so you might want to go halfway and then turn around if you’re visiting with your dog. To get started on planning your hike to the Reagan Ranch Trail, check out this map that highlights where the trail begins and ends.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.10905, -118.74555

6. Oak Canyon Trail

The Oak Canyon Trail is one of the more pleasant trails on this list and is open to all dogs as long as they are kept on a leash. The trailhead that you’ll need to get to when you wish to begin your hike is situated at the Old Mission Dam parking lot. The trail offers a one-way hike that extends for around 1.7 miles, providing you with great views of the San Diego River at the beginning of the hike.

While the trail only has an elevation gain of 200 ft., it consists of numerous rocky areas and a variety of stream crossings along the way, so beginners might want to hike at another trail unless they’re ready for a moderate challenge. Dogs are welcome in the trail if they are leashed, although it might be too difficult for smaller breeds. This map of the trail and its trailheads should help guide you during your hike.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.1820922, -118.7695187

7. Cheeseboro to Sulphur Springs Loop

If you’ve just bought a house in Agoura Hills and are searching for a hiking trail that will give you a good workout while also providing you with some wonderful scenery, the Cheeseboro to Sulphur Springs Loop is a hiking trail that you’ll definitely want to consider. At a little over 8 miles long, this trail will take you at least a few hours to finish if you’re hiking the entire thing. The trail offers great views of the Santa Monica Mountains and has a moderate elevation gain of around 700 ft. While the park is open to hikers, it’s used primarily by mountain bikers, so you’ll want to make room for them during your hike. You can also take your dog with you during the hike, but certain areas of the loop do get steep. If you want a more detailed look at the trail and what it offers, this map should assist you.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.15637, -118.73105

8. Comado Canyons Chug (Cheeseboro)

The Comado Canyons Chug is one of the numerous Cheeseboro trails on this list, providing hikers with a difficult climb that extends for more than 10 miles. Along your journey, you’ll be taken through both the Cheeseboro and Palo Comado canyons, which are situated at the northernmost reaches of the Santa Monica Mountains, allowing you to see a substantial amount of the local wildlife and plant life. The trail is a loop that can take over three hours to finish, but only around 45 minutes if you’re traversing it by bike. If you have a dog that you would like to take with you, just make sure that it’s leashed before entering the trail. If you’re considering hiking this trail, just view this map for a better idea of how to get there and where the trailheads are located.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.1825804, -118.7518001

9. Baleen Wall (Cheeseboro)

With an abundance of rolling green hills, wildflowers that are native to California, and great views of the nearby mountain range, The Baleen Wall trail is a great destination for anyone who loves lengthy hikes, as this trail lasts for more than 16 miles and provides an elevation gain of nearly 2,400 ft. at its peak. Dogs are allowed on this trail, although it’s moderately difficult and shouldn’t be traveled by small dogs. You should also keep in mind horses and mountain bikers travel this trail as well, so always give them the right away. Along the way, you’ll also be greeted by plenty of streams and small lakes that are great for picture-takingThis map offers a useful glimpse at the length of the trail and where it starts.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.15427, -118.73407

10. Palo Comado Canyons (Cheeseboro)

The Palo Comado Canyons offer an all-encompassing trail that’s great for hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and even dog walking, as all dogs are allowed on the trail when leashed. The trail takes you to the top of Simi Peak, where you can get great views of Agoura Hills and other nearby cities. You can even commune with nature along the way, as the trail is lined with such European annuals as thistles, mustard, and wild oats. As you hike this this 9-mile trail, you’ll likely spot a lot of wildlife, including owls, hawks, deer, and even rabbits. With an elevation gain of nearly 1,300 ft., the trail can be difficult, so beginners might want to consider getting some experience with easier trails before hiking this one. Just view this map when you’re planning for a hike to the Palo Comado Canyons, as it provides you with a detailed look at the trailheads and various amenities along the way.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.1825804, -118.7518001

11. Ranch Center Connector Trail (Cheeseboro)

The Ranch Center Connector Trail is another trail in Cheeseboro that offers fantastic views of the nearby canyons and the beautiful green plains that are situated within, many of which are filled with wildflowers of all types, so don’t forget to take your camera if you’re a lover of nature. This loop trail is around 8 miles in length and is moderately difficult, although it never gets too steep. All told, it should take you around 2-3 hours to finish hiking this trail, though you’ll want to plan for more if you’re going to take pictures or eat a picnic along the way. As with the other trails on this list, dogs are allowed, but must be kept leashed. This map should assist you in identifying where the trail starts and where it ends.

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.1499568,-118.7350845

If you would like to learn more about the many activities to do and hiking trails to visit in Agoura Hills or are looking to purchase a home in the area, reach out to one of our real estate professionals or visit our Westlake Village office today!

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Westlake Village is a planned community in the heart of Southern California that’s known for its beautiful weather and the friendly community atmosphere. There are many unique experiences to be had in this affluent Southern California  community, from playing golf to enjoying delicious wines and relaxing with your friends and family. You’ll also find that there are plenty of options for luxury shopping and unique dining experiences all throughout Westlake Village.

10. Nabu Wines

If you’re a wine lover who enjoys sampling premium bottles of wine and learning all about the process of what it takes to craft the perfect bottle, you’ll definitely want to take a tour of Nabu Wines, a wine tasting room in Westlake Village that offers a relaxed and cozy atmosphere for you and your friends to enjoy. When visiting this winery, you’ll be able to sample wines that were made in the Malibu Coast and Napa Valley and will be provided with spectacular views of the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. Nabu Wines produces a large variety of Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals, so you’re sure to find a wine that you enjoy. When you’re looking to schedule a time to visit with your friends, their tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 12:00PM-6:00PM.

9. Pedego 101 Electric Bikes Rentals

The Westlake Village is known for its beautiful and sunny weather, so what better way to enjoy this weather than by riding an electric bike through town. The bikes offered at Pedego 101 allow you and your family to rent a bike for however long you require for your next adventure, anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days. Their electric bikes are colorful, fun-to-ride, and allow you to explore the vast community with a more peaceful mode of transportation. Westlake Village itself is surrounded by scenic destinations with picturesque views, so don’t hesitate to schedule a bike tour, which Pedego 101 can book for you. These electric bike rentals cost just $25 per hour or $85 per day.

8. Pinkberry

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Everyone loves a quick treat, which is why residents of Westlake Village oftentimes stop by Pinkberry, which is a local favorite spot for a quick dessert. There are a wide array of flavors and toppings to choose from, allowing you to craft a dessert that’s entirely unique to your preferences. Their many flavors can be divided into tart and sweet, of which there are dozens to select from. Among their 36 tart frozen yogurt flavors are combinations like raspberry white chocolate, black raspberry, and grapefruit.

If you want a flavor that will satisfy your sweet tooth, Pinkberry offers 26 sweet flavors, such as chocolate chip cookie, green tea latte, butter pecan, pistachio, and peppermint. Once you’ve selected your flavor of choice, garnish it with a couple of the two dozen available toppings like peanut butter cups, organic gummy bears, or pure and natural honey. Along with the frozen yogurt, they also offer a vast selection of smoothies and shakes that you can select from when you’re not in the mood for frozen yogurt.

7. Bernice Bennett Park

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The Bernice Bennett Park is a popular park in Westlake Village that offers something for everyone, including a fun and adventurous playground for your children to play in and numerous recreational areas for playing sports and working out. Some of the main features and amenities of this spacious park include a basketball court with lights, drinking fountains, a sizable picnic pavilion with numerous picnic tables, restrooms, and a large grassy area where you can lay out in the sun for a tan or throw a Frisbee around with a friend. When spending time at this park, you’ll find that it has a lot of scenic beauty to offer, which is on full view when traversing the walking and hiking path that’s situated along the park. When you’re a resident of Westlake Village, the Bernice Bennett Park is a great place to go when you want to get out and enjoy the fine Southern California weather.

6. Bogie’s at the Westlake Village Inn

Situated within the Westlake Village Inn, Bogie’s is an eclectic and energetic bar that’s one of the local favorite hotspots for residents who enjoy the nightlife that the community has to offer. With heat lamps, a spacious dancing floor, and a menu that’s filled with American cuisine, there are many reasons to visit this upscale bar, whether you’re going out for a drink with friends or would like to spend an entertaining night out among other residents of the community.

Once inside, you’ll be greeted by live music or dance by local and world-renowned performers alike, providing you with something new each time you visit. When you’re tired of dancing, the couch seating inside the bar is plush and comfortable, allowing you to relax and socialize. If you’re visiting with friends or family members, consider making use of the VIP bottle services, which provides you with a personal waitress who will deliver prepared drinks for you and your friends all throughout the night.

5. Westlake Golf Course

The Westlake Golf Course is a premier course in Westlake Village that offers 18 holes that run for more than 5,000 yards, most of which are difficult to master but very fun to play. This course is one of the more beautiful courses in California, providing golf for all to enjoy, as it’s a public course that anyone can play at. When you set out to begin a round of golf, you’ll notice that the course is surrounded by scenic views, most of which are offered by the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.

Each hole offers its own unique set of challenges that you will need to learn how to conquer, including strategically placed bunkers and water hazards that you’ll want to steer clear of. Along with the 18-hole course, you’re sure to enjoy the numerous amenities available for you to select from, including a 40-stall driving range that you can use whenever you need the practice, a well-stocked pro shop, snack bar, and a putting and chipping green.

4. Sherwood Country Club

The Sherwood Country Club is a private club that offers a spectacular experience whether you’re playing golf or making use of the many club features and amenities, such as the spacious event venue just nearby the course or the tennis courts and modern fitness center. Once you purchase a home in Westlake Village and become a member of the Sherwood Country Club, some of the premier club features that will be available to you include 14 pristine tennis courts with all types of surfaces, a gymnasium, swimming pool, full-service spa, and dining room.

Given the exclusive nature of this country club, it tends to attract celebrities and high profile professionals alike, particularly due to the fact that a membership to the club can only be gained by invitation or referral from another member. The course itself is a sprawling 18-hole course that’s one of the most beautiful you’ll see and play on in all of California. Both the greens and fairways are perfectly trimmed, ensuring that the ball never bounces in an odd manner or rolls in a different direction than you intended.

3. Wades Wines

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Wades Wines is a bottle shop in Westlake Village that provides visitors with a casual and relaxing atmosphere that’s perfect for a chat with friends. If you’re a wine lover to any degree, Wades Wines is one of the best destinations to visit in the Westlake Village community, as you’ll be greeted by a wide range of wines, spirits, and craft brews, the latter of which are housed in a special taproom.

Some of the more popular aspects of this bottle shop are the wine tastings you can enjoy at different intervals of the month, the schedules of which you can find by checking the store calendar. Each wine tasting focuses on a different series of wines, such as summer roses or wines from the Wagner family. There are well over a dozen varietals for you to sample from, including Cal Italian, Chardonnay, and Merlot.

2. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

If you’ve just moved into a new home in Westlake Village, you’re definitely going to want to relax, which you can do easily at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. This luxurious spa offers everything you could expect at a top-of-the-line day spa, including a total of 28 spa treatment rooms. Within these rooms, you can choose from 12 different types of massages as well as 30 face and body treatments, including a tranquility massage, sports massage, advanced therapeutic massage, shiatsu, custom organic facial, and a cosmetic laser treatment. When stepping into the spa premises, your experience will be a peaceful and calming one, as all staff are trained to ensure that each guest is as comfortable as possible. It’s also the world’s largest Four Seasons spa, so you’ll find that it has practically everything you might want in a spa, including various wellness packages for a more comprehensive experience.

1. Cinepolis Movie Theater

The Cinepolis Movie Theater is a local hotspot for kids and adults alike, as it’s a great place to socialize, catch a movie, or eat dinner. This is a luxury theater, so you can expect to have a very different experience at the Cinepolis than most movie theaters you’ve been to before. Whether you’re visiting for a date night or are taking the family out for a day of fun, you’ll be presented with stylish interiors, a massive lounge with comfortable seating, heat lamps, an outdoor salon area, and eight screens that are equipped with state-of-the-art audio for an optimal movie watching experience. With a push of a button that’s located on your chair, you can even order in-theater dining from an expansive gourmet menu catered directly to your seat as you enjoy your film!

Want to Learn More About Westlake Village?

If you wish to know more about Westlake Village, our experienced staff of real estate professionals will help provide you with local information so that you can enjoy your next Westlake Village visit. If you’re interested in buying or selling a home in Westlake Village or surrounding areas, feel free to get in touch with our Westlake Village Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty office so that we can assist in finding you the home of your dreams!

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Lake Sherwood Real Estate Market Trends http://www.ewingsir.com/lake-sherwood/lake-sherwood-real-estate-market-trends/ http://www.ewingsir.com/lake-sherwood/lake-sherwood-real-estate-market-trends/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23320 Nestled peacefully among the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, Lake Sherwood is one of the more affluent communities in Southern California and is known for the fact that it overlooks the serene Lake Sherwood Reservoir, which is a perfect destination for fishing, outdoor relaxation, and numerous fun recreational activities afforded to the fortunate residents of this community. […]

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Nestled peacefully among the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, Lake Sherwood is one of the more affluent communities in Southern California and is known for the fact that it overlooks the serene Lake Sherwood Reservoir, which is a perfect destination for fishing, outdoor relaxation, and numerous fun recreational activities afforded to the fortunate residents of this community. When you’re searching for the right home in this premier location, there are a variety of types to select from, including spacious townhouses, single-family homes, and large estates. When living in Lake Sherwood, you and your family will also greatly benefit from the nearby award-winning schools and the numerous luxury shopping centers situated throughout the area.

In the following article, we’ll be looking at Lake Sherwood market trends and historical data, highlighting some of the most notable trends that you should be aware of when searching for your new home or looking to sell a current property.

Lake Sherwood Median Sales Price

In Lake Sherwood, the real estate market has remained relatively consistent over the past three years, with some slight fluctuations and one substantial change from 2014-2017. During the months of January and February of 2014, the median sales price for a home in Lake Sherwood was around $1.475 million, though prices continued to fluctuate between $1.2 and $1.5 million throughout the rest of the year. During 2015, the median sales price was similar to 2014, with the average sales price in most months resting between $1.3 and $1.5 million. In April 2015, the average median price for a home reached $3.8 million, but solely because only one home was sold during that month. The median sales price dropped quickly after that to the average of $1.3 to $1.5 million mentioned previously.

Since then, prices have continued to increase slowly, rising from $1.345 million in early 2016 to an average of $2 million in May-July 2017. During that time, the trend has been an ever increasing one with only slight dips in certain months to below the previous month’s average. This increasing trend of median sales price means great news for current homeowners who wish to sell at a favorable price as well as people looking to buy properties in Lake Sherwood with the expectation of continued growth! While the high of $2 million for the median home price in the months of May through July of this year has recently shown dramatic improvement, these prices have been steadily increasing throughout the past three years and show no signs of slowing down.

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Increasing median sales prices show a strong and consistent growth pattern for Lake Sherwood homes

Trends in Lake Sherwood home prices (3/4 Bedrooms)

If you’re searching for a more specific analysis of different home types, the year-over-year differences in the median sales price in homes with 3 and 4 bedrooms should give you a better idea of how prices have been increasing. Currently, a 3-bedroom house in Lake Sherwood costs on average $1.355 million, which is an increase of two percent from last year. Although two percent may not sound like a lot to you, this is a difference of a little more than $27,000. As for a 4-bedroom home, the current average price is right around $4.65 million, a hefty 200 percent increase from last year.

Trends in Lake Sherwood home prices (2 Bedrooms)

Towards the beginning of 2014, the average sales price for a 2-bedroom house sat at $775,000, while the current price for a 2-bedroom home is at $1.285 million. Similar increases are found with a 3-bedroom home, with an increase from $850,000 in early 2014 to $1.355 million currently. As the houses in Lake Sherwood are among the most highly sought-after in California, it’s expected that these prices will only continue to rise. Though the average sales price for a property over the last few months has been a high $2 million, the fall and winter months generally prove to be among the busiest and most competitive when it comes to selling homes in Lake Sherwood, and an increased demand tends to push prices higher as well.

If you believe that it would be wise to wait and see if these prices are going to drop in the near future, recent trends point to the exact opposite, making it seem as though home values are only going to increase in the future, which is largely due to how appealing Lake Sherwood has become as a place to live for people searching for a more rural and peaceful destination in Southern California. We have no doubt that one of our professional real estate agents will be able to assist you in finding a home that fits your budget, as Lake Sherwood is filled with a with a wide range of different types of homes.

Sales Volume in Lake Sherwood

While the trends found when looking at the median sales price over the last few years are beneficial towards gaining a better understanding of the real estate market in Lake Sherwood, they don’t paint the whole picture, which is why it’s also useful to inspect the sales volume in the area from 2014-2017. Between 2014 and 2016, the fluctuations were smaller in size, typically ranging between 3-8 homes sold each month depending on the time of year. For example, three homes were sold in May 2014, which was the lowest amount of houses sold in a month until April 2015, when only one home was sold. However, these numbers rebounded quickly, averaging between 5-9 from June 2015 to January 2016. After a dip in March of that year, the monthly sales volume increased every month until September.

A total of nine houses were sold in August 2016, although the number of homes has dropped on a consistent basis since then. From September 2016 to April 2017, the highest amount of homes sold in a single month was just four, though two homes were sold each month from November to January and just one home per month in February and March.

What these trends tell us is that the overall amount of homes sales per month is decreasing, which means that more people are holding onto their properties, whether it be investments in future gains or satisfaction with area. With fewer homes on the market, buyers will find a more competitive landscape when searching for a property in Lake Sherwood. With these recent positive growth trends, now is a great time to buy, as the increasing median home price and decreasing sales volume appear appear likely to continue.

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Lake Sherwood Stats

If you’re considering purchasing a home in Lake Sherwood, you’ll likely want to know more about the area and the data that supports this highly desired residential community. Understanding more about the crime and graduation statistics for the area should give you a peace of mind that moving to Lake Sherwood is the right decision.

Overall crime is extremely low (almost non-existent) in Lake Sherwood, as total crimes reported are 86 percent lower than the California average. When looking at a crime index with the national average being 100, Lake Sherwood is well below the average in every single metric of measurement.

For instance, robbery risk is scored less than 22 when compared to the national average of 100, while personal crime risk is just 36. The total crime risk, which encompasses all crimes, is 35 in comparison to the national average of 100, making the area very livable and very safe. Lake Sherwood is actually safer than around 90 percent of cities in the U.S. and is only getting safer, as the number of year-over-year crimes has decreased by 35 percent.

Graduation rates are exceedingly high in Lake Sherwood, which is highlighted by the fact that Lake Sherwood students have a 24 percent higher graduation rate than the California average, displaying an excellence in education that’s beneficial to everyone attending a school in the area. A total of 98.2 percent of people living in Lake Sherwood have completed high school, with just under 59 percent having completed a bachelors degree.

Lake Sherwood offers a very consistent housing market overall, with a median home value that’s 290 percent higher than that of the California average. This percentage is as high as it is due to the fact that the average price of a home per sq. ft. has increased dramatically over the past year, rising from $580 per sq. ft. to $835 per sq ft. When you’re searching for the right property in Lake Sherwood, you can be confident that the home you purchase will keep its value for a long time, likely even raising in value due to recent trends. The number of owner occupied households in the area is also 43 percent higher than the national average, as Lake Sherwood is comprised primarily of houses as opposed to apartments.

Join the Lake Sherwood Community

Lake Sherwood is an attractive real estate market for buyers, sellers, and families looking to put down roots in a safe and friendly community. The school system available to Lake Sherwood residents is among the best in California and the area as a whole offers a wide array of luxurious amenities, from the private Sherwood Country Club to the close proximity to Lake Sherwood Reservoir. If you wish to get started on your search for a new home, visit our Ewing & Associates Westlake Village office today and speak with one of our real estate professionals to find the home of your dreams!

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Luxury Shopping & Entertainment at the Commons at Calabasas http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/luxury-shopping-entertainment-at-the-commons-at-calabasas/ http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/luxury-shopping-entertainment-at-the-commons-at-calabasas/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23310 As one of the more affluent neighborhoods in California, Calabasas is known for its clean, family friendly atmosphere and welcoming neighborhoods. Once you’re a resident of this prestigious community, one of the first stops on your list should be the Commons at Calabasas, a high-end shopping mall providing luxury retail and entertainment destinations that are sure […]

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As one of the more affluent neighborhoods in California, Calabasas is known for its clean, family friendly atmosphere and welcoming neighborhoods. Once you’re a resident of this prestigious community, one of the first stops on your list should be the Commons at Calabasas, a high-end shopping mall providing luxury retail and entertainment destinations that are sure to delight you and your family. This shopping center has something for everyone, allowing you to grab a quick bite to eat before heading over to catch a movie or spend your time shopping at some of the most popular boutiques and stores in Southern California.

Shopping at the Commons at Calabasas

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When you’re looking to shop at the Commons at Calabasas, you’ll find that there are a wide range of stores and shops to choose from, catering to many different tastes and interests. Most of these shops are of the high-end variety, though you’ll also find such staples as Barnes & NobleRite Aid, and Ralph’s Grocery Store.

No matter where your interests lie, there are a plethora of high-end shops to peruse when visiting the Commons at Calabasas, from Sephora to Diane’s Beachwear, the latter of which is a wonderful place to shop when you’re searching for the right swimsuit or accessories for your next day trip to the beach to enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather.

If you’re shopping for fine jewelry or wish to purchase a necklace or earrings for your significant other, consider shopping at Polacheck’s Jewelers, a premium jeweler that specializes in elegant Swiss watches from brands like Cartier and Breitling. For all of the latest trends in clothing and houseware, don’t forget to stop by Kate Spade New York, a luxury lifestyle brand that offers everything from handbags and shoes to stationary and fragrance.

Residents of Calabasas love spending time at this upscale shopping center and enjoy the fact that the grounds and stores are always well maintained. Many people believe that it’s a great place to grab a cup of coffee and sit and relax around the ornate outdoor fountains whenever the weather’s right (which is most of the time in Southern California). Shoppers that visit the Commons appreciate that the shopping center is outfitted with a wide range of stores, from smaller shops to more premium and high-end stores that you don’t normally find in shopping centers. Everyone who visits says that the atmosphere when shopping is quiet and peaceful, making for a relaxing trip on any occasion.

Dining & Entertainment at the Commons at Calabasas

While the options for luxury shopping at the Commons at Calabasas are among the primary reasons people visit this destination, the mall also encompasses various high-end restaurants and casual eateries, such as Starbucks and the Corner Bakery Cafe. With a wide selection of cuisines to choose from, you can pick the restaurant that best suits your palette.

Take the Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, for instance, as a premium restaurant that’s opening soon in the Commons at Calabasas, this popular Southern California eatery offers a rustic and open locale along with a menu that’s filled with fresh and natural ingredients from local farms, making it the perfect destination for people looking for vegetarian and vegan menu offerings. If you’re in the mood for some delectable Italian cuisine and ample portion sizes, check out Toscanova. This elegant Italian restaurant is renowned for its relatively unusual selection of dishes, such as spaghetti allo scoglio and panino di carne. Consider dining outside at one of the many intimate tables or one of the seats situated around a stone fireplace if you’re searching for a truly unique experience. This is just a small sample of the numerous high-end restaurants situated throughout the Commons at Calabasas.

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One of the most popular destinations at the mall is the Edwards Calabasas Stadium 6 movie theater, which is known for its large, comfy seating and availability of beer and wine, whether during the movie or after. This theater is outfitted with a small cafe that offers a vast selection of gourmet food that’s perfect for anyone who’s looking for something more than the standard popcorn and hot dog. If you just want something to snack on during the movie, there’s a concessions area that you can visit as well. When traveling to this theater with your family or significant other, you’ll be able to watch any of the most popular blockbusters as well as a couple of smaller musicals and independent films when you’re in the mood for something different. If you’re a fan of 3D, the Edwards theater supports RealD 3D for a more in-depth viewing experience.

Events & Family Activities at the Commons at Calabasas

No visit to the Commons at Calabasas is complete without spending some time partaking in the many exciting and adventurous events and family activities that can be found all throughout this open-air shopping center. If you’ve just moved to the area with your family, there are plenty of great family-friendly activities that your children should enjoy. All throughout the year, there are a wide array of events held at the Commons at Calabasas, including live music, family events, game nights, and even book signings from authors who wish to advertise their latest novel. Each Thursday night, live entertainment is held in the shopping center for several hours in the evening, primarily involving local bands and performers that represent all kinds of musical genres.

If you enjoy playing games, you’ll definitely want to be on the lookout for game night, which is held several times each year and can include a wide range of classic games. On July 29, Bingo is the hosted game, with tickets being just $5 and all proceeds going directly to The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools. This event is open to everyone who wishes to join and try their hand at winning one of the prizes on offer. Each month plays host a wide range of different and unique events, particularly during and around holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. All you need to do is check the monthly calendar to mark the date for the next event you wish to attend.

One of the best aspects of the Commons at Calabasas is that a variety of stores situated within the shopping center offer memberships that come with their own unique rewards if you shop there. For instance, a membership at Sephora can garner you 10 percent off on your next purchase, access to daily giveaways, a beauty concierge box, and $75 salon service gift cards. This is just one of the many membership programs available throughout the Commons at Calabasas.

One of the more unique aspects of the Commons at Calabasas is that it also tailors its services to children, providing an entire Kids Club meant specifically to make sure that your children have fun as well. Kids don’t always love to spend time at the mall with their parents when they could otherwise be spending time at home watching their favorite TV show or hanging out with friends. However, the Commons at Calabasas has made a point to accommodate children, providing them with weekly and monthly events and activities to partake in, ranging all the way from live acts to fun musical events.

During the month of July, the main event at the Kids Club is a juggling act that specializes in crazy stunts that will keep your children attentive and spell-bound throughout, though these events are great for kids and parents alike. When you’re searching for the next Kids Club event to go to, all you need to do is check the monthly calendar. You can even look back at past events to get a better idea of all that the club has to offer. Throughout the majority of months during the year, there will be at least three unique events to choose from. Past Kids Club events have included magic shows, age-appropriate comedy bits, puppet shows, and activity events that utilize hands-on demonstrations that your children will certainly love.

How to get to the Commons at Calabasas

When you wish to travel to the Commons at Calabasas, getting there is relatively easy. This shopping center is just nearby Hidden Hills and Westridge and can be reached via the Ventura Freeway. It’s situated specifically at 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA. To get there, take the Ventura Fwy. to the exit for Calabasas Rd., which you’ll see no matter which direction you’re traveling. If the exit is to your left, you’ll want to turn and go straight until you see the shopping center on your left as well. If you’ve passed the Hilton Garden Inn Calabasas, you’ve gone too far.

If the exit is on your right, the shopping center will be as well. If you reach the Park Granada Rd., you’ve traveled too far. Both the Calabasas Library and the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center are just nearby the Commons at Calabasas, so don’t hesitate to spend your entire day in the area the next time you visit.

 

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Looking to buy a Home? Don’t forget Closing & Prepaid Costs! http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/looking-to-buy-a-home-dont-forget-prepaid-closing-costs/ http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/looking-to-buy-a-home-dont-forget-prepaid-closing-costs/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23294 Buying a home can be a costly endeavor for any prospective home buyer. Fortunately, there are various loans to help you finance your home and experienced real estate agents that will help you navigate the buying process and ease the burden of homeownership. In addition to a down payment for a home, most prospective home […]

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Buying a home can be a costly endeavor for any prospective home buyer. Fortunately, there are various loans to help you finance your home and experienced real estate agents that will help you navigate the buying process and ease the burden of homeownership. In addition to a down payment for a home, most prospective home buyers forget to consider prepaid and closing costs when buying a property, which can make for quite a shock at closing if you’re not prepared. When planning out your budget and making the decision on how much you can afford for your next home, you should keep the following costs in mind.

What are Closing Costs (a.k.a. “Cash to Close”)?

Closing costs, or “Cash to Close”, covers all of the costs you’ll be required to pay at closing. These costs cover the prepaid costs mentioned previously as well as a wide range of additional ones that you as the buyer are meant to pay before moving into your new home.

Down Payment

The down payment you make on your new home is the most important fee you’ll be required to pay and will play a significant part in determining your mortgage rates. This payment is typically made when you put down your initial offer, but is something you’re still going to want to keep in mind when considering your closing costs.

Lenders typically have a minimum down payment amount of 3-4 percent, although it’s recommended to pay as much as possible, the total of which can come from your bank account or any money you’ve received from selling your previous home. In order to get the best rates and avoid having to pay some additional fees, you should try to pay around 15-20 percent (or more), as long as you can afford it. The amount you decide to pay for your down payment is deducted from the total selling price of the house, with the lender paying the rest.

Lender Fees

There are a whole host of fees that you’ll be required to pay to the lender of your mortgage, the total amount of which largely depends on the lender. Some of the most common lender fees that you’re likely going to encounter at closing include

  • An administration fee for document preparation
  • Discount points, which is a fee that you pay for lower interest rates
  • A survey fee in the event that a land survey is held on the property
  • A credit report fee that’s administered due to having your credit information pulled and inspected
  • A tax service fee for verification of your property tax payment
  • A wire transfer fee when wiring funds to an escrow business
  • A set of application fees that are necessary to properly process your loan request
  • Origination points, which is a fee for the mortgage broker
  • A flood certification fee paid to determine whether or not the house you purchase is situated within a flood zone
  • A processing fee for submitting the loan application that you’ve filled out, which is in addition to the aforementioned application fees
  • A commitment fee to lock in your rate
  • An inspection fee that you’ll need to pay to have the home properly inspected before you move in

The fee amount for each of these varies and may not always cost as much as you would expect. Although there are a lot of different lender fees listed here, they don’t typically add up to too much. Some other fees that you might be required to pay, depending on the type of loan you’ve obtained, including a condo questionnaire fee, a subordination fee, and a mobile notary fee, though these are much less common than the others.

Attorney Fees

Along with all of the costs mentioned previously, the attorney or title company that handles the closing will have a few of their own fees that you will need to pay. For instance, your loan and property information will need to be filed at a local courthouse of the city or town in which you’ve purchased your home, which requires a fee of around $1.50-$2.00 for the initial page and a lower amount for each additional page. The mortgage deed of trust will also need to be notarized, typically for a fee of as little as $10. As for the escrow agent who helps you close, a separate fee is required, which is usually split between the buyer and the seller.

Once all of the closing costs have been properly tallied up, including the prepaid costs, you’ll make the final payment via a cashier’s check or money order to the escrow company of your choosing. You’ll be told of the total amount of these costs before you sign your final loan papers, which will ensure that you’re fully informed before signing on the dotted line. Although there are a lot of costs to consider when closing a sale of a house, most of the busywork can be handled for you by a realtor of your choosing, allowing you to avoid making some of the common mistakes typically made when a buyer attempts to complete the closing process without professional assistance.

What are Prepaid Costs?

What are Prepaid Costs?

Prepaid costs involve several different types of payments you’ll be required to make on a regular basis once you become a homeowner.

Before going into detail about the prepaid and closing costs you’ll encounter when purchasing a home, it’s important to understand that these costs will typically make up anywhere from 3-5 percent of the home’s purchase price. If you’re buying a home for $500,000, you can expect to pay closing and prepaid costs that add up to an average of $15,000 to $25,000. While these costs might seem high to you now, understanding more about what prepaid and closing costs entail will give you a better idea of why they’re necessary.

Prepaid costs involve several different types of payments you’ll be required to make on a regular basis once you become a homeowner. Some of these recurring costs are paid up front at the time of closing and continue for a set period of time following your purchase of the house. The prepaid costs you’ll need to be aware of include interest insurance fees, both payments of which you’ll need to continue making once you’ve purchased your new home.

Interest

The interest fees you pay at closing are similar to rent payments, with the primary difference being that rent is paid a month in advance while interest is paid at the end of each month you live in your home. For instance, if the house you purchase closes on August 15th, your first mortgage payment will be due on October 1st, which covers all of September.

The interest accrued on the last 15 days of August is calculated and paid at closing. Because of the accrued interest, many homeowners tend to purchase a house as close as possible to the end of the month in order to reduce the amount of interest they’ll be required to pay, although there are some benefits for closing towards the beginning of the month as well. This is the most straightforward of the prepaid fees that you’ll be presented with at closing, but don’t hesitate to inquire about these and other fees to your real estate professional.

Insurance

Once closing has arrived, you will usually need to make a few insurance payments. The first of these insurance payments is private mortgage insurance, which may not be necessary  if you make a down payment of at least 20 percent. However, when making a smaller down payment, a private mortgage insurance plan will protect the lender of your mortgage in the event that you’re unable to pay your monthly mortgage payments in the future.

If you live within a flood zone, flood insurance is mandatory when buying a home, the annual premium of which is required to be paid at closing. The same holds true for fire insurance and homeowner’s insurance, with the annual premium needing to be paid at closing. If this is your very first mortgage, an additional 1/6th of the premium will have to be collected and placed in escrow. These are most of the prepaid costs you’ll be expected to pay at closing.

Why You Need a Realtor

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Now that you’re more aware of the prepaid and closing costs you’ll encounter when purchasing a home, you should know more about why you need a realtor and the benefits of having a real estate professional on your team. An experienced realtor can provide you with guidance, insight, and expertise into the home buying process so that you may have a better understanding of what this process involves and how to best navigate the financial procedure to minimize costs and save money. Even if you’ve purchased a property before and think you have a full understanding of the process involved making the payments and closing the sale, you’d be surprised at how comprehensive the process can be without the help of a realtor.

For such a hefty investment, you want to be certain that the choice you’ve made is the right one and that you’re not being provided with an unfair deal, both of which an experienced realtor can assist you with. As you can see, there are a large number of closing and prepaid costs that you will be required to pay at closing time, all of which can be navigated much easier if you have help from a realtor. It’s also possible for these costs to be negotiated to your benefit by an experienced realtor, allowing you to save money that you can otherwise spend on furnishing your new home.

If you wish to buy a property and are ready to start searching for the home of your dreams, speak with one of our experienced real estate professionals today!

Are you looking to buy your first home? Be sure to check out our other articles for useful home-buying information such as 9 Tips You Don’t Want to Forget when Buying Your First Home and 7 Major Tax Benefits of Owning a Home.

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5 Millennial Home Buying Trends to Look Out For http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/5-millennial-home-buying-trends-to-look-out-for/ http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/5-millennial-home-buying-trends-to-look-out-for/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23276 With each passing year, millennials (anyone born between the years of 1981-1997) are becoming an increasingly dominant market segment in the home buying market. The importance of this growth cannot be overstated, as the home buying needs and wants of millennials are very different than those of previous generations, such as baby-boomers and members of […]

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With each passing year, millennials (anyone born between the years of 1981-1997) are becoming an increasingly dominant market segment in the home buying market. The importance of this growth cannot be overstated, as the home buying needs and wants of millennials are very different than those of previous generations, such as baby-boomers and members of Generation X. While younger millennials will usually rent an apartment in their early to mid 20’s, many will decide to live in the suburbs once they’ve become acclimated to the professional world. The real estate market is ever evolving which sees constant change with the latest advancements in tech, from online independent research to home buying apps that help substantially with a home search, making it easier for buyers to narrow their choices. When selling your home to an increasing generation of millennial home buyers, staying current is vital to the success of your real estate goals.

1. Less Desire for Big City Living

One of the more substantive buying trends with millennials is less desire for big city living, displayed through an increasing trend of moving to suburban areas because of their lower cost of living, better schools, and a wide array of other appealing factors. Take a recent Urban Land Institute study as an example, which shows that the rate of millennial home buyers purchasing a house in an urban location has dropped dramatically over the past few years, from 21 percent in 2015 to just 15 percent in 2017, a trend that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Another study conducted by Demand Institute reported that a whopping 48 percent of millennial home buyers would purchase a house in the suburbs for their next home, a number that will only increase over the next few years as suburban life becomes increasingly appealing to these buyers. This same study found that a startlingly low 11 percent of millennials surveyed wish to purchase a home in the city. If you’re currently in the middle of your search for a new home and are wondering why this change is occurring, the main reason is affordability, which is compounded by a more inviting atmosphere in many suburbs and better schools as well as rising prices in most urban cities. Finding a good apartment in larger cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York is practically impossible for anyone with any kind of a budget these days.

Millennial home buying trends show that big cities are out!

Millennial home buying statistics show that big cities are out!

As millennials are reaching their late 20’s and 30’s, many are starting to consider settling down as opposed to living a single life, which is why an increasing amount are searching for a home to live in instead of an apartment. While cities are still appealing to millennials as great destinations for vacations and day trips, the rise of telecommuting provides these home buyers with an alternative to living in the city for work, giving them more convenient options to match a quieter and more peaceful life. Although living in the suburbs and commuting to the city can take time, the benefits of suburban living are proving to be highly appealing to millennials of all ages.

2. An Increase in First-Time Home Buyers

Although we’re only halfway through 2017, the first six months of the year paint a clear picture of an increased trend of first-time home buyers, the majority of which are millennials. In a large survey held by Realtor.com, there was a drastic increase in the number of first-time buyers from 2016 to 2017, rising from just 33 percent in 2016 to a very high 52 percent in 2017. Of these 52 percent, just over 60 percent are below the age of 35 and are primarily millennials.

The majority of first-time home buyers are millennials.

The majority of first-time home buyers are millennials.

With more and more young people purchasing homes instead of renting apartments in the city, the competition will be stronger, which is why now is such a great time to buy before the numbers increase even more! The Realtor.com study also shows that a mere 25 percent of millennials are interested in multi-family homes and condos, while just under 40 percent would prefer to live in a single-family home, a drastic increase from previous years.

3. Millennials Want More Space

One of the least appealing aspects of city living are the smaller living spaces, which are prevalent in apartments and difficult to get away from unless you’re paying thousands of dollars each month in rent. When shopping for a new home, millennials tend to search for properties that comprise of more space, both indoors and out, which is why suburban areas are increasingly appealing as an alternative to urban living. As touched upon previously, the quietness, safety, and privacy of a suburban home are speaking more to millennials than the hustle and bustle of the city, causing them to gravitate towards these homes instead of moving from apartment to apartment.

While privacy and security are some of the top reasons as to why millennials are finding suburban areas to be more appealing to their sensibilities, the openness of a single-family residence as opposed to an apartment is something that a lot of young buyers are taking into consideration. For example, consider a study conducted by the TRI Pointe Group this year that shows that an overwhelming number of millennials, nearly 60 percent, feel that an outdoor living space is absolutely essential to have when purchasing a home. The reason for such high numbers, according to the study, is because millennials apparently find porches, patios, and decks to be highly appealing, more so than any other generation.

Another clear example of an increasing trend in open space preferences is seen with the fact that younger millennials are starting to eschew purchasing what are known as “starter homes”, which many previous generations used as their first home. These houses are typically very small with little square footage, smaller yards, and just one or two bedrooms at most. The houses preferred by millennials, even first-time buyers, are sizable homes of at least 2,300 sq. ft., as shown in a study by NAHB, and homes that are outfitted with at least four bedrooms.

More space! Open floor plans & natural light are a major plus.

More space! Open floor plans & natural light are a major plus.

4. Open Floor Plans & Kitchens

Similarly to the open indoor and outdoor spaces with high square footage, millennials tend to prefer open floor plans and kitchens, which are plans that allow for rooms to connect more fluidly and naturally instead of being closed off as they are in many homes and apartments. This type of preference is also evident in the changing work environments that are transitioning from traditional office settings to creative workspaces and floorplans designed to increase efficiency and productivity. Millennials want to move around their homes in a natural way that doesn’t make them feel closed off from the rest of the house.

In the TRI Pointe Group study referenced previously, one of the most sought-after home features by millennials is an open kitchen, with 53 percent of millennials believing this feature to be a must-have in their next home. Open kitchens provide ample access to the rest of the house, providing you with the means of conversing with everyone else without issue, no matter where they’re located in the home. A few of the most popular benefits of open floor plans and kitchens is that family members can keep in touch when doing different activities, walls and beams are kept to a minimum to facilitate natural light, and the open spaces make the size of the home appear to be larger.

5. Millennials are Using Tech to Find and Buy Home

One of the key factors in why trends differ with millennial home buyers and buyers of other generations is in the tech being used by millennials. When searching for a home, a vast majority of millennials utilize sophisticated technology at their disposal, which is evolving by the day and currently includes the usage of smartphones and mobile apps to help with their search. With thousands of real estate smartphone and mobile apps available on these devices, millennials are able to make their search for a new home much more convenient. With just a few taps on the screen and clicks of a button, users of real estate apps can narrow down a search by very specific criteria, allowing them to hone in on the exact home they want to purchase with the exact amenities they wish to pay for.

Millennials are using tech to buy homes.

Millennials are using tech to buy homes.

This kind of technology wasn’t available to previous generations in such prevalence and is one of the primary reasons that trends are so different and unique when comparing millennials to past generations. Now more than ever, your online representation is absolutely vital to the success of selling your home. Without tapping into such an important portion of the market, prospective home buyers will turn their attention towards other homes that have an adequate online representation and provide them with what they’re looking for at the moment they’re searching for it.

The Bottom Line

As millennials continue to purchase homes for the first time, the real estate market will continue as well to go through changes of its own to facilitate such an intriguing and dominant market segment. From the utilization of new technology to the preference of open spaces and disinterest in large cities, millennials are among the most unique home buyers out there. Now that millennials make up such a large part of the market, selling a home must take these buyers and their interests into account.

If you’re searching for a real estate firm that will provide you with an unmatched level of service, our professional real estate agents utilize the latest tech combined with years of experience to provide valuable insight that will make your next real estate experience a successful one.

Contact our team or stop by our Westlake Village office today for more information and to get started on your search for a new home!

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If you enjoy rich culture, having fun in the sun, and spectacular weather all year round, you’ll love living in Southern California, especially due to the abundance of luxury homes throughout the area. Along with the fantastic weather, the highly desirable Southern California communities are filled to the brim with luxurious amenities and memorable views of the nearby scenery. When you’re considering purchasing a home in Southern California, you should know that availability in these communities is diminishing due to their allure, as more home buyers are moving to the area, positioning much of Southern California as a seller’s market at the moment. The following communities in the Conejo Valley are home to some of the most exclusive luxury homes in all of Southern California.

The Oaks of Calabasas

The Oaks of Calabasas

The Oaks of Calabasas is one of the most sought after communities in Southern California, providing visitors and residents alike with stunning views of the Santa Monica mountains and San Fernando Valley, state-of-the-art amenities, and great shopping at the Calabasas Commons. The Oaks of Calabasas is a guard-gated community, so your privacy and security is ensured, which makes purchasing a home here all the more appealing.

The Oaks of Calabasas is situated just nearby many acres of open space as well as the Santa Monica Mountains, providing you with a lot of hiking, biking, and exercise options when you wish to spend some time in the outdoors. If you love to play golf, you won’t want to miss the Calabasas Golf & Country Club, which offers a world-class course for you to test your skills on.

When you’re considering a move to this community, you’ll want to know more about the luxury homes it has to offer. The median home price in this area is around $2.825 million, though top-end home prices can range anywhere from $6-10 million, depending on the square footage and provided amenities. The types of homes you can expect to find in The Oaks of Calabasas include large custom estates and some single-family homes. In general, home prices have been trending upwards as of late, which is displayed through a 2-percent increase in median home prices over the past year, meaning that now is a great time to buy before prices increase further.

The Estates at The Oaks Calabasas

The Estates at the Oaks Calabasas

When you’re thinking of buying a home at The Oaks Calabasas, you might want to consider looking at The Estates at The Oaks Calabasas, which is an exclusive subdivision of the Oaks Calabasas, featuring massive 10,000 sq. ft.+ homes that are extremely high-end in nature. Given the exclusivity of this portion of the community, the median home prices are set to match with an average listing price of around $13 million, though top-end homes can sell for upwards of $20 million. The trend in home prices is ever increasing in this area of The Oaks Calabasas, as home values have risen almost 21 percent since 2014. The types of homes in this portion of the community almost entirely consist of vast estate-sized houses that are at least 10,000 sq. ft. in size, so you’ll find only the best in The Estates at The Oaks Calabasas.

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley is a community in Southern California with a more rural flair, popular for its ranch style homes and seclusion. This community is home to many notable celebrities and high profile professionals who love the privacy and spending their time in the fresh Southern California air. If you enjoy spending your time outdoors, Hidden Valley is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to the south and Lake Sherwood to the East. One of the more unique aspects of Hidden Valley that a lot of people aren’t aware of before moving to the location is that many TV shows and movies film in and around the community, due largely to its closeness to Los Angeles.

If you’re planning on moving to this destination, you should know that the median home price in Hidden Valley is just around $900,000, though top-end home prices range anywhere from $2-5 million. Almost every house in this community is a single-family home, though some of these can be over 6,000 sq. ft. in size. Many of these houses come with sizable parcels of land, averaging around 20-acres in size. As is the case with many communities in Southern California, home prices in this area are clearly on the rise and have been for quite some time, increasing by around $50,000 on average since March of last year. Given the popular state of this community and the fact that trends show an expected increase in home prices, now is a great time to buy!

Hidden Hills

Hidden Hills CA

Hidden Hills is a private, gated community that’s notable for its peaceful and relaxing ambiance as well as its proximity to a large number of hiking trails, equestrian trails and programs, and community programs for residents to partake in. When you’re considering buying a house in Hidden Hills, you’ll be greeted by a bustling community that celebrates numerous parades and carnivals throughout the year, providing residents with a wonderful sense of community.

When you’re conducting a search for houses in Hidden Hills, you’ll find that the median home price sits at just over $3.1 million, which is a sizable increase of around 3.6 percent from a year ago. If you’d prefer one of the more luxurious and top-end homes, prices for such houses can reach between $12-15 million, sometimes higher depending on the square footage. Most of the houses in Hidden Hills are single-family homes, though there are a few larger estate homes in the area.

Lake Sherwood

Lake Sherwood CA

Lake Sherwood is one of the more scenic communities in Southern California, as the sprawling lake of the same name sits at the center of it. This community is notable for being home to the Sherwood Country Club, which is one of the most prestigious country clubs in the whole of the United States. Surrounding this golf club are well over 600 luxury residences to select from, some of which were designed to mirror the style and elegance of the Sherwood Country Club.

When you’re shopping for a home in this community, the median home price is currently around $2 million, although top-end home prices reach above $10 million. Lake Sherwood has seen a sizable increase of around 27 percent in home prices over the past year, a trend that doesn’t appear as though it will end anytime soon, so you’ll want to look for a house now if you’re interested in settling down in this community. As for the types of houses in Lake Sherwood, you’ll mostly find single-family residences around the community.

North Ranch

North Ranch CA

North Ranch is a beautiful community in Southern California that offers luxury homes with picturesque mountain and lake views for you and your family to enjoy. Many residents of North Ranch tend to spend their time at the exclusive North Ranch Country Club, which is outfitted with state-of-the-art golf courses and tennis courts. The community is a lively one with popular amenities like the North Ranch Community Center. The North Ranch Community Center is a magnificent event venue where you can host birthday parties, weddings, and all other kinds of events. Nestled serenely among the Santa Monica foothills, the North Ranch Community Center offers guests tranquility and a cool breeze that comes off the nearby mountains.

Homes in the North Ranch community have a median price of just under $800,000 in June, 2017, which is a sizable increase of around $40,000 from a year ago. Although the median price is under $1 million, top-end home prices in the community can range anywhere from $5-8 million, though the size of these homes and the many amenities they tend to come with makes the price worth it. Many homes in North Ranch are of the single-family home variety, although several estate homes and mansions can be found in the community.

Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks CA

Thousand Oaks is essentially a central hub to many luxurious Southern California communities and is a place where you can find all of the most popular hotspots for shopping and nightlife, including The Oaks, an open-air shopping mall, and The Tipsy Goat, which is a local favorite among fans of Irish pubs. When you purchase a home in Thousand Oaks, your children will be a part of the highly-awarded Conejo Valley Unified School District, which is well-regarded for its continual excellency in education.

Although Thousand Oaks is a very popular destination in Southern California, the home prices are among the least expensive, with a median home price of just under $700,000. While affordable, these prices have shown an increasing trend over the past year, raising around four percent over that time. Top-end home prices will still cost you around $5-7 million on average, with some of the most luxurious homes hitting a price of over $10 million. Many of the houses in Thousand Oaks are of the single-family home variety, though there are also plenty of town homes in the area for you to consider.

Westlake Village

Westlake Village CA

Westlake Village is a beautiful downtown village with a large number of hiking and horse trails throughout that are perfect for when you want to spend a relaxing day out and about town. When you purchase a home in Westlake Village, don’t hesitate to spend time at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Malibu Creek State Park, both of which offer an endless amount of recreational activities to take part in. One of the unique highlights of living in Westlake Village is that its closeness to the coast allows for cool coastal breezes all throughout the year, which is amazing during the warm summer months when temperatures are typically 10-degrees lower than much of the rest of Southern California.

The median home price for houses in Westlake Village is a little above $950,000, which is an increase of about 7.5 percent over the past year, a trend that is expected to continue throughout the next year. If you’re searching for the absolute best houses in Westlake Village, you can expect to spend over $5 million, though a few homes are worth even more. The majority of houses in this community are single-family residences, though there are a number of townhomes and estates as well.

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The Widely Acclaimed Las Virgenes Unified School District in Calabasas, CA http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/las-virgenes-unified-school-district-calabasas/ http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/las-virgenes-unified-school-district-calabasas/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23221 Are you considering a move to Calabasas? If so, this beautiful city is a great place to live, especially if you have a family and wish to settle down in a welcoming and inviting community. There are a large variety of homeowners throughout the city, from families to young couples buying their first home, so […]

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Are you considering a move to Calabasas? If so, this beautiful city is a great place to live, especially if you have a family and wish to settle down in a welcoming and inviting community. There are a large variety of homeowners throughout the city, from families to young couples buying their first home, so you’re sure to meet people from all walks of life. One of the best aspects of living in Calabasas is that the city is home to one of the most prestigious school districts in the country, the Las Virgenes Unified School District. This award-winning school district serves the residents of Calabasas with top-rated schools and unique education programs, which you’ll undoubtedly want to consider when purchasing your home.

Las Virgenes Elementary schools

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Bay Laurel Elementary School

Bay Laurel Elementary School is one of the premier elementary schools in Calabasas, accepting children between the grades of K-5. Test grades at the school are far above the state average, clearly suggesting that the educational environment is a fantastic one. There are around 600-700 students enrolled in this school and the teacher/student ratio is around 22:1, so the class sizes are relatively moderate. Along with consistently high test scores, Bay Laurel has also received Distinguished School Awards in 1997 and 2008 and has actually received recycling awards recently from the City of Calabasas.

Chaparral Elementary School

Chaparral Elementary School is another elementary school in the heart of Calabasas that’s known for its wonderful environment and substantial community involvement. Chaparral received the Distinguished School Award in 1995 and is notable for its high test scores year in and year out. While the average percentage of students who perform at or above grade level in math is just 37 percent in California, around 69 percent of Chaparral students are performing at or above grade level. The classroom size is relatively large on average, with 25 students for every teacher. Chaparral was presented with the Distinguished School Award in 1995 and has maintained the quality that it’s known for ever since.

Lupin Hill Elementary School

Lupin Hill Elementary School is a reputable elementary school in the Las Virgenes Unified School District that’s open to children from grades K-5 and consists of around 620 students with a modest class size of 24 students for every teacher. Test scores throughout the school are very high, particularly in subjects like math where 68 percent of students perform at or above grade level. As a whole, the school has received numerous awards in the past, attesting to its stature in the community. The Distinguished School Award was provided to Lupin Hill Elementary in 2002 while the National Blue Ribbon School award was handed out in 1986.

Mariposa School of Global Education

Mariposa School of Global Education is one of the more unique schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, as its main mission is to create a learning environment where academic development is considered to be equal to social-emotional development. Test scores are typically far above the state average, especially in science, where 74 percent of students perform at or above grade level. There are just about 362 students enrolled at Mariposa with a class size of 21 students for every teacher.

Round Meadow Elementary School

Round Meadow Elementary School is a sizable elementary school that’s open to students from Pre-K through 5th grade, making it one of the only elementary schools in Calabasas that offers Pre-K classes. Class sizes are normal for the state at around 24 students for every teacher. This is one of the most awarded elementary schools in the city, having been presented with the Distinguished School Award in 1997 and the Gold Ribbon Schools award just recently.

Sumac L-STEM Elementary School

Sumac L-STEM Elementary School is a wonderful school if you’re searching for educational programs that will prepare your child for college when they’re still young. Sumac specializes in the L-STEM program, which centers on language, science, engineering, and math, which could be crucial to your child’s development given the heavy importance of these subjects in today’s world. Since there are just 397 students enrolled at Sumac, the class size is relatively small for a school in California at 19 students for every teacher. In 1998, Sumac was awarded with the Distinguished School Award and has received praise for its dual-language program.

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White Oak Elementary School

White Oak Elementary School is a great elementary school in Calabasas for children in grades K-5 that strives to help each student reach their maximum potential. It’s evident through the math, reading, and English standardized test scores that the school is reaching their stated goal, as at least 73 percent of students perform at or above grade level in all subjects. With a smaller class size of 18 students for every teacher, your child will be able to benefit from these smaller class sizes. White Oak Elementary has been a highly awarded school throughout its history, having received the Distinguished School Award in 1993 and the National Blue Ribbon School award in 1986 and 1994.

Willow Elementary School

Willow Elementary School is yet another fine elementary school in Agoura Hills that’s consistently rated by students, parents, and alumni as one of the best schools in all of Calabasas. Test scores are extremely high throughout this school, with just under 80 percent of students performing at or above grade level in reading, math, and English. The school currently has an enrollment of just below 580 students with a class size of 22 students for every teacher, which is a good number if you want to ensure that your child is in an effective learning environment. Willow Elementary has received several awards in its recent history, the two most prominent being the National Blue Ribbon School award in 1992 and the Distinguished School Award in 2014.

Yerba Buena Elementary School

Yerba Buena Elementary School is regarded as one of the top elementary schools in Calabasas and is open for students in grades K-5. As is the case with most schools in the area, Yerba Buena has a lot of involvement from parents so as to ensure that the children are provided with everything they require to get good test scores. While there are only 414 students enrolled at this elementary school, the class size is relatively large with 26 students for every teacher. Yerba Buena has consistently been awarded for its excellence in education, having received the Distinguished School Award in 1995 and 2014 as well as the National Blue Ribbon School award in 2015.

Las Virgenes Middle schools

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A.E. Wright Middle School

A. E. Wright Middle School is one of three middle schools in the Calabasas area, all of which are rated highly by both students and parents. A.E. Wright Middle School aims to help students grow emotionally and academically, an example of which is displayed by the STEM program offered at the school. This program focuses on some of the core subjects that your children might need to know for their adult lives. Students at this school test particularly high in science, where a massive 90 percent of students perform at grade level or higher. With just under 850 students enrolled at the school, class sizes sit at 26 students for every teacher. This middle school is also one of the most awarded schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, having received the Distinguished School Award in 1995, 2005, 2009, and 2013.

Alice C. Stelle Middle School

Alice C. Stelle Middle School is a middle school in Calabasas that’s open to students in grades 6-8 and focuses on improving the self-worth and self-image of each student, which they believe will help lead the students to academic excellence. If you’ve recently moved into a home in Calabasas and are searching for the right middle school for your child, one key benefit of this middle school is that class sizes are relatively small with just 17 students for each teacher, allowing your child to be given a more personalized education. The school itself has been given many unique awards over the years, such as the Distinguished School Award in 2009 and 2013 as well as the California Gold Ribbon School award in 2015.

Lindero Canyon Middle School

Lindero Canyon Middle School is the largest middle school in Calabasas with an enrollment size of just over 1,000 students, though class sizes are similar to the state average with around 24 students for each teacher. If you would like your child to receive as best an education as possible, consider signing them up for a STEM course, which includes a focus in science, technology, and math. This school is well-known in the area as one of the top schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, which is mirrored through its many awards, including the Distinguished School Award in 1992, 1999, and 2009, the National Blue Ribbon School award in 1985 and 2000, and the California Gold Ribbon School award in 2015.

Las Virgenes High schools

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Agoura High School

Agoura High School is one of three high schools in and around Calabasas. Agoura High has a lot to offer if you’re considering sending your child to this school. For instance, the school offers a wide array of advanced programs, including everything from numerous foreign language courses to a variety of STEM courses. Despite the fact that well over 2,000 students are enrolled at this high school, class sizes average around 23 students per teacher. Agoura High has always had an excellent reputation, mirrored by the many awards that it’s received, including the Distinguished School award in 1998-99, the National Blue Ribbon School award in 2007, and the California Gold Ribbon School award in 2015.

Calabasas High School

Calabasas High School is the premier high school in Calabasas, offering classes to students in grades 9-12. One of the many highlights of this high school is its vast athletics program, providing students with the ability to join such sports programs as baseball, golf, lacrosse, volleyball, soccer, football, basketball, and a lot more. You might also be happy to know that there are plenty of advanced courses in social sciences, STEM programs, and foreign languages for your child to join. With just over 1,800 students, class sizes are somewhat smaller at 19 students per teacher. The school itself has been awarded for its high standards many times, having received the Distinguished School Award in 1999, 2005, 2009, and 2013, the National Blue Ribbon School award in 2006, and the California Gold Ribbon School award in 2015.

Indian Hills High School

Indian Hills High School is a unique school in Agoura that’s designed specifically as an alternative and continuing education school for students between the grades of 10-12. There are just 66 students enrolled at this high school, so class sizes are small at an average of around 17 students per teacher. The teachers at this school are known to be outstanding, having helped push the graduation rate up to 91 percent of all students, well higher than the national average.

Finding a home in Calabasas

Calabasas is home to some of the top rated schools in the country, it’s no wonder why families are flocking to the Calabasas area. Along with these top-rated schools, the weather is beautiful, and it’s a wonderful place to live with a welcoming community. Are you searching for a home? If you are, browse our Calabasas homes for sale or get in touch with one of our agents.

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Public Parks in North Ranch, CA http://www.ewingsir.com/north-ranch/public-parks-in-north-ranch-ca/ http://www.ewingsir.com/north-ranch/public-parks-in-north-ranch-ca/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23211 Searching for a Southern California luxury home community in close proximity to scenic natural areas and parks? If so, North Ranch may be a great fit for you (Search North Ranch Homes for Sale)! This high-end community is resplendent with scenic beauty and picturesque views that never get old, which will make you feel at home. With […]

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Searching for a Southern California luxury home community in close proximity to scenic natural areas and parks? If so, North Ranch may be a great fit for you (Search North Ranch Homes for Sale)! This high-end community is resplendent with scenic beauty and picturesque views that never get old, which will make you feel at home. With plenty of ranches, estate houses, and mansions to choose from, you may select a house that best fits your personality and style. One of the highlights of North Ranch is that it’s less than an hour away from some of the more popular points of interest in Southern California as well as the abundant amount of local shopping centers and entertainment venues that you’re sure to enjoy during your free time. If you’re considering a move to North Ranch, you’ll definitely want to be aware of the many public parks in the area, all of which offer unique features and amenities that will make your time spent at these destinations more than worthwhile.

The North Ranch Park

The North Ranch Park is one of the more popular parks in the community and is situated on a spacious 12-acre lot that’s filled with a wide range of amenities and features that are sure to interest everyone, regardless of age. This park is a neighborhood park that acts as a recreational area where people can have picnics, compete with friends in one of several sports like basketball, or have fun on the playground. Children will love spending time in the playground area, which is outfitted with a large jungle gym that’s notable for its lengthy wooden bridges, plentiful number of slides, and even climbing sections for the more daring of adventurers. Just beside the jungle gym are four swings and several park benches for parents who wish to relax while their children play.

The park is open seven days a week, from 7:00AM to 10:00PM and is located at 1901 Upper Ranch Rd. in Thousand Oaks, which is also situated alongside Kanan Rd. Along with the playground mentioned previously, the large park also provides residents of North Ranch with a natural area that’s lined with Sycamore and oak trees as well as a scenic creek. If you’ve just moved into one of the homes in North Ranch and want to spend your time playing sports with your friends or family, the North Ranch Park is outfitted with a massive baseball field as well as an outdoor basketball court with two hoops to choose from in case one is already taken when you arrive. If you’re just traveling to the park to admire the views and spend a nice day outside, there are five picnic tables where you can eat or socialize depending on who you’ve traveled with.

North Ranch Open Space

The North Ranch Open Space is generally a protected nature reserve that offers residents of the community a great place to hike or bike, as the area is lined with numerous hiking trails. This open space extends along 2,600 acres of land, so you’ll find a lot to do and see as you spend your time there. Hills are quite prominent throughout the park, making the trails within very steep at times, so you’ll want to take a lot of water with you and make sure that you rest regularly so as to avoid cramps and more serious issues like heat strokes.

For the most challenging hiking trail, consider making your way towards the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. Eventually, you’ll arrive at a trail nearby the Canyon Oaks Park called the Saddle Pass Trail that offers an intense challenge that you won’t soon forget. There are upwards of four miles of trails situated within the open space, making this the perfect park if you’re looking for a great place to exercise or take a stroll among nature, spotting bunches of wildflowers and much of the local wildlife along the way. The park is open all day long, though the best time to visit would be between the months of October and May.

If you’re wondering how to get to this park, the main trailhead can be found on Bowfield St., east of the North Ranch Playfield, though you can also start at the intersection of Falling Star Avenue and Pathfinder Avenue. Since this park mostly consists of open space, there are several different starting points that you can make use of. When traveling to this park, you can take your dog with you or even your children as long as you’re aware of the fact that there are a lot of steep sections throughout the area.

Lang Ranch Neighborhood Park

The Lang Ranch Neighborhood Park is a sizable 10-acre park that acts as the primary park for residents of the Lang Ranch neighborhood as well as nearby residents. Much of the park is controlled by the Conejo Recreation and Park District, so you can expect that it’s well maintained and will serve you well when next you wish to visit. The park is open on a daily basis from 7:00AM to 10:00PM and provides you with a large number of fantastic amenities that are sure to pique your interest. For instance, there’s an entire picnic structure within this neighborhood park that offers a total of 11 picnic tables for you to make use of whenever you want.

In the event that you’ve traveled to the park in order to get some exercise done, you’ll find a .4 mile asphalt walking path that lines a portion of the park and is perfect for anyone looking to get a workout while outside. This large natural park is adjacent to the natural environment of Lang Creek, so you’ll definitely be provided with scenic and picturesque views during your next visit.

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Situated throughout the park is a unisex bathroom, a spacious open turf area, a drinking fountain, and a backstop that should meet all of your needs. Along with these amenities, you’ll find nine BBQ grills around the picnic area, a sizable playground that your children will enjoy, and an outdoor basketball court with two hoops. Just beside this park are many open space trails that you can consider using once you’ve spent enough time at the park itself. If you plan on visiting anytime soon, the Lang Ranch Neighborhood Park can be found at 3287 Lang Ranch Parkway in Thousand Oaks.

North Ranch Playfield

The North Ranch Playfield is one of the most visited parks in the area and for good reason, as it consists of numerous sports fields and courts as well as several play areas for children and adults alike. The playground area is a favorite for children of all ages, its highlights being the massive jungle gym and the swings just nearby, the latter of which accommodates toddlers with a couple of swings designed to hold them. This 12-acre park is an area designed to fulfill all of the recreational needs of North Ranch residents, which you’ll discover once you’ve purchased a home there. The park is open from 7:00AM to 9:00PM and sits beside a natural creek that gives way to unforgettable views of the nearby mountains.

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Some of the most important amenities in this park that you should be aware of are the six picnic tables, four restrooms, and three BBQ grills as well as a wonderful fitness trail that extends for .5 miles if ever you wish to go for a run or take a pleasant stroll around the park. If you love to play sports, the North Ranch Playfield is definitely the place to be, as there are well over half a dozen courts and fields you can use throughout the park.

These areas are divided into two tennis courts with hard surfaces, a complete basketball court, two softball fields, two soccer courts, and one volleyball court that comes with actual beach sand to make the experience more natural. If you’d like to watch any of these sports instead of participating, there are four bleachers in the park, which can accommodate around 120 people in total. Once you’ve moved into a house in North Ranch and would like to visit this park, you can do so by traveling to 952 Rockfield St. in Thousand Oaks.

North Ranch Community Center

The North Ranch Community Center is a recreational facility that’s situated at 1400 N. Westlake Blvd and acts as more of an event venue than a full park. This center is just nearby the Santa Monica foothills, so all of your hiking and biking needs are just a few minutes away. The entire facility is made to be as luxurious and stylish as possible, providing you with the perfect destination to hold a birthday party or wedding. Upon entering the foyer, you’ll be greeted by a hand-forged iron chandelier that sets the scene for what you should expect throughout the remainder of the community center.

If ever you book an event at the North Ranch Community Center, you’ll be provided with a dance floor, well-equipped kitchen facilities, a dry bar in the lobby, and all of the tables and chairs you require. The main area of this facility is the elegant banquet room that offers a full wet bar and a staging area when you wish to make a speech or address the room in some other fashion. Just outside the banquet room is a beautiful patio that runs the length of the building and includes numerous dining areas throughout with small round tables and umbrellas overhead as well as wonderful views of the nearby mountains.

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If you’re planning a trip to this community center or are considering reserving the venue for an upcoming event, the North Ranch Community Center is open from 9:00AM to 11:00PM Friday through Saturday and 9:00AM to 10:00PM on Sundays. The main banquet room can accommodate up to 150 quests, while the Arroyo room and acorn room can accommodate up to 35 guests apiece, so don’t hesitate to book this venue for a large wedding or business meeting.

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The Oak Park Community Center & Gardens http://www.ewingsir.com/oak-park/the-oak-park-community-center-gardens/ http://www.ewingsir.com/oak-park/the-oak-park-community-center-gardens/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23199 Within the bustling community of Oak Park is the wonderful and highly popular Oak Park Community Center & Gardens, which has close proximity to some of the best shopping centers and nightlife in the area. Oak Park is a family-friendly community that’s lined with picturesque neighborhoods and adventurous recreational areas where you and your family […]

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Within the bustling community of Oak Park is the wonderful and highly popular Oak Park Community Center & Gardens, which has close proximity to some of the best shopping centers and nightlife in the area. Oak Park is a family-friendly community that’s lined with picturesque neighborhoods and adventurous recreational areas where you and your family can spend the entire day. The Oak Park community is notable for its nature reserves and high amount of flora within city limits, which is on display within The Oak Park Community Center & Gardens, a place that provides residents of Oak Park with a vast amount of exciting activities to partake in. Whether you love to hike or would prefer to spend time with your children at the spacious water park, this community center offers something for everyone.

Playground & Water Park

One of the more popular aspects of the Oak Park Community Center & Gardens for children is the playground area and water park that comes with a wide array of fun things to do for children and adults alike. The playground and water park are family-friendly and great for kids, especially those who love to spend time on swings or gallivanting on top of a jungle gym, making their way through tubes and down slides. Within this portion of the community center, you’ll even find a sizable picnic area that’s shaded and includes six lengthy picnic tables, making it the perfect place to go for a family gathering.

Alongside the playground are several benches with ample amounts of shade, where you can sit and relax while your child is spending time on the playground. The water park consists mostly of larger ponds where ducks will swim by, allowing you to feed them at times when they aren’t scared away. Just beside the playground is a large splash pad that your kids will love, as small spouts of water burst out from the pad and unique sprinklers spray water from above, which is perfect during those hot summer months when the best way to get cool is to not mind getting wet.

The Oak Park Community Center Dog Park!

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If you’ve just moved into the Oak Park community and have brought a dog (or several dogs) with you, you’ll probably be looking for some dog-friendly places to travel to throughout the community, which is where the Oak Park Community Center Dog Park comes into play. This dog park is very popular among residents of Oak Park for a variety of reasons, largely due to the fact that it’s within walking distance of most homes in the area and because it’s been set aside to be used specifically by dog owners, providing an exclusive area where owners and their pets can play fetch or just spend time relaxing in the comfortable Southern California weather.

In the event that you’ve recently moved to Oak Park and want to travel to this recreational area with your dog, you should know that it’s located at 5600 Hollytree Dr. in Oak Park, the entrance of which is just behind the Oak Canyon Community Park. The park itself is a fantastic location in a hilly region that offers spectacular views to anyone who visits. It’s very well maintained and taken care of, which should make your dog happy as they spend time frolicking in the fields and playing in the stream at the edge of the park. The park is generally divided into two separate play areas that are clearly labeled, one for larger dogs and one for smaller ones, which is done largely to ensure that the smaller dogs don’t get hurt accidentally when playing.

There are plenty of additional features of this dog park that you should be aware of for your next visit, such as the fact that there are several water fountains specially designed for dogs situated within park grounds, allowing your dog to get quick refreshment whenever they get winded. A couple of other amenities provided by the park include bags to clean up after your pet and extra tennis balls whenever you’re looking to play fetch with your dog. You can also make use of a shaded picnic area that comes with a couple of useful picnic tables and benches for relaxing. If you find the idea of visiting this dog park to be a compelling one, it’s open from sunrise to sundown, so you can visit whenever your schedule permits.

Looking for more dog friendly neighborhoods? Check out our previous posts about why pet lovers love Westlake Village!

Take a Stroll or Enjoy Running & Hiking Trails

The Oak Park community is surrounded by natural areas, parks, and hiking trails, the latter of which are perfect for running or taking a stroll. Each of the following trails offer a great space for those looking to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of nature while doing so. Take, for instance, the Medea Creek Natural Park, a recreational area that’s filled with hiking trails that are perfect for anyone who’s looking for fantastic views and great scenery.

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The Medea Creek trail is a somewhat lengthy 1.5 mile trail that’s popular among cyclists and runners, the trailhead of which is located at Kanan road, just nearby the Oak Park Library. As you hike the trail along paved and dirt roads, you’re likely to spot numerous ducks and birds that love to spend their time at the creek that sits beside the trail itself. Much of the trail is simple to navigate but it can get steep at points, so you’ll want to bring some water along with you. During your walk, you can also choose to take a break and relax or eat lunch at one of the several picnic tables that are situated alongside the trail.

Another highly popular trail nearby the Oak Park Community Center is that of the Hummingbird Creek Trail, a lengthy 2.3 mile trail that winds along Hummingbird Creek and eventually leads up through picturesque sandstone rock formations, finally placing you at 1,000 ft. of elevation. Many people who run this trail choose to stop at the Rocky Peak Fire Road that intersects it after about .6 miles and just turn around for a run of 1.2 miles in total, a move that’s definitely recommended for parents who bring their children due to the steep nature of the remainder of the trail. If you hike the entire trail, you’re going to want to stock up on water and take breaks on a regular basis. When you decide to travel to this trail, head north on Kuehner Dr. and you will eventually find the trailhead to the right around .2 miles after passing the 118 freeway.

Whether traveling with children, dogs, or by yourself, the Long Canyon Trail is accommodating to all skill levels, as there are several walking paths throughout this winding path. The trail itself is around 2.35 miles in length and provides visitors with fantastic views of both Simi Valley and Wood Ranch. The trail starts on the Northern portion of Long Canyon Road and is situated just nearby the Wood Ranch Parkway. At a certain point in your hike, you’ll come along a clear area where many people decide to turn around, but you can choose to continue taking the Long Canyon Road and add about 1.25 miles to your entire journey. During your time spent in the Long Canyon Trail, you’re certain to spot some of the local wildlife and should definitely consider taking along your camera if you’re just looking to take a stroll along the trail.

Host to Local Events & Activities

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The Oak Park Community Center & Gardens also plays host to many local events and activities and can be reserved whenever you wish to host an event of your own, from a birthday party for your daughter or friend to a wedding for you and your partner. The main event hall in this venue is rather spacious and can accommodate smaller gatherings of around 30 people or larger gatherings of up to 250 guests. Just outside the venue is a beautiful outdoor gazebo area that’s primarily used for hosting weddings. Chairs can be placed around the gazebo, providing guests with a great view of the soon-to-be married couple.

The community center operates from 10:00AM to 8:00PM Monday through Friday and 9:00AM to 3:00PM on Saturdays, allowing you to reserve an event at anytime during these hours. If you would like to reserve this venue for an event at some point in the future, this can be done by calling 818-865-9304 or by emailing staff at info@rsrpd.us.

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The fees associated with renting this venue range dramatically depending on how many rooms you’re renting and how many guests you expect to arrive. There are eight rooms that you can use when renting this venue for an event you’re hosting, including a meeting room, multi-purpose room, warming kitchen, fitness room, auditorium, amphitheater, game room, and computer room. Once you’ve made a reservation at the Oak Park Community Center, all of your needs regarding setup and preparation for the event are managed and taken care of so as to alleviate your stress and allow you to have a good time alongside your guests.

Oak Park is a community known for its beautiful weather and many amenities that residents are fortunate to enjoy. The community center is located at 1000 N Kanan Rd
Oak Park CA 91377
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Are you looking to call Oak Park home and want to find the perfect house to settle down in? If so, call us today to learn more about this beautiful community and all that it has to offer! You may reach one of our professional Oak Park Real Estate Agents on our contact page or by calling us directly at (818) 222-9500,

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