Ewing & Associates SIR https://www.ewingsir.com Calabasas Real Estate Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 115664502 Fire Coverage With Homeowner’s Insurance: What You Need to Know https://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/what-you-need-to-know-about-fire-coverage-with-homeowners-insurance/ https://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/what-you-need-to-know-about-fire-coverage-with-homeowners-insurance/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:46 +0000 https://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23469 The state of California and its residents have always had to beware the threat of wildfires, a threat that came to fruition on October 9th in Northern and Southern California simultaneously, especially in and around Napa Valley and Orange County. More than 5,000 homes were evacuated in Southern California on the first day alone, as […]

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The state of California and its residents have always had to beware the threat of wildfires, a threat that came to fruition on October 9th in Northern and Southern California simultaneously, especially in and around Napa Valley and Orange County. More than 5,000 homes were evacuated in Southern California on the first day alone, as the problems caused by the spreading of the fires put many homes in the path of danger.

Since wildfires are very difficult to predict, it’s important that your homeowner’s insurance policy comes with fire coverage. Homeowner’s insurance provides you with a certain amount of protection in the event that your home is involved in a natural disaster or accident that causes damage to it.

The amount of coverage you’re given in your policy largely depends on which policy you select, although the majority will include coverage for the structure of your home if damaged by hail, fire, lightning, or a hurricane, coverage for your personal belongings, and liability protection that covers you for lawsuits brought against you due to an injury or accident that occurred on your property.

While it’s possible to legally own a home without homeowner’s insurance, most homes financed by a mortgage require insurance. Ensuring adequate fire coverage in a homeowner’s insurance policy is vital to any property insurance plan purchased in Southern California, as it could keep you from losing everything if ever a wildfire threatens your home.

Fire Coverage in Homeowner’s Insurance

If you’ve never experienced a wildfire or been close to one in the past, it may be difficult to comprehend just how dangerous they can be. Wildfires tend to occur in California in drier conditions when there hasn’t been enough rain in the past month or so. When wildfires start to occur, they can spin out of control and spread violently whenever there are high winds, making them more difficult to be contained. These blustery winds also lead to the creation of many new fires, compounding the issue and oftentimes leading to forced evacuations of areas most in danger of being in the path of a wildfire.

The current batch of wildfires that’s adversely affecting Southern California and much of Northern California’s wine country has spread across 150,000 acres of land, an issue that’s compounded by the presence of up to 50MPH wind gusts. These wildfires have caused the forced evacuation of nearly 25,000 residents and have already destroyed around 2,000 homes and commercial buildings, making it the third most damaging wildfire in California since 1932 in terms of affected structures, with the most damaging wildfires having been a fire that occurred in San Diego County in 2003 that lead to the destruction of just over 2,800 structures and another in 1991 in Alameda County that caused the destruction of 2,900 structures.

It’s estimated that over 90 percent of homeowner’s in California have purchased a homeowner’s insurance policy, most of which come included with fire coverage. However, not all insurance policies are equal in the extent of coverage they provide! With each passing wildfire, more and more homeowner’s that experienced the destruction of their property discover that only some of their home value and possessions were covered by the policy they had purchased.

If you’ve purchased a home in Southern California and are considering different homeowner’s insurance policies, most come equipped with protection against fire that extends to the structure of your home as well as your belongings, although it can be more difficult to find an affordable policy if you live in a high-risk area.

The primary coverage types included with fire insurance extend to dwelling coverage, detached structure coverage, and personal property. The dwelling coverage protects the structure of your home as well as any attached structures such as your garage, while the detached structure coverage usually extends to any sheds, fences, or detached garages on your property. As for personal property, this coverage will protect most of your personal belongings, extending from your furniture and clothing to your appliances.

No matter the policy you choose, you will be reimbursed with a specific amount of compensation after you’ve filed an insurance claim for the damage caused by the fire. However, if you live in an area where many homes have been destroyed or affected by the fire, the cost of replacement materials will invariably go up, which means that your insurance policy might not offer enough coverage to pay for all of the necessary repairs. Consider purchasing additional coverage for any valuables with a value of above $1,500 as well as what’s known as extended replacement cost, which offers additional coverage for any unexpected cost increases.

If the fire has damaged your home and your belongings inside to the point where it’s no longer safe to live there, most homeowner’s insurance policies will include coverage for additional living expenses, which pays many of the additional costs of living away from your home while your home is being repaired. The additional costs that are covered in this scenario include restaurant meals, hotel bills, and a few other costs that occur during your time away from home. However, you should know that there are typically some limits to this coverage. For instance, certain policies will have a time limit in regards to additional living expenses that won’t provide you with any more coverage after a certain point in time following the damage. If you rent out your home to someone else, the payments you would have normally received had your home not been damaged by a fire will also be covered by your insurance policy.

Filing a Claim

Since each homeowner’s insurance policy is slightly different, you’re going to want to look at all of the details pertaining to your specific policy in order to better understand if there are any time limits to when you can file a claim. Once you have a full understanding of what is covered by your policy, the first thing you need to do is call your insurance company as soon as possible in order to start the claims process. You will then be assigned with a claims number as well as an insurance adjuster who will be required to assess the damage and estimate the costs of the damage. In order to make sure that you receive as much compensation as you believe you’re owed, document everything by taking extensive photos of the damage and making a detailed list of any possessions that have been damaged in the fire, including their value, all of which should be given to the adjuster.

Filing a claim

You’re going to want to look at all of the details pertaining to your specific policy in order to better understand if there are any time limits to when you can file a claim.

If ever you believe that you were provided with less compensation than you deserve and wish to appeal, consider hiring a public adjuster to look over the damage, since the one that you’re initially provided with works first and foremost for the insurance company. A couple of things that you want to avoid before filling out the claims paperwork is throwing away your damaged possessions before the adjuster has seen them and waiting too long to file your claim, as it’s possible that your policy has a 30-day limit attached to when you can file your claim after the initial damage has occurred.

If you’ve filed a claim with your insurance company, California law states that the insurance company must decide whether to accept or deny the claim within 40 days after it’s been filed. In the event that your claim is denied, you can appeal the result, but it’s recommended that you have an attorney at your side to ensure you make the best argument possible.

Finding a Plan That’s Right for You

The trick with homeowner’s insurance is finding a plan that’s right for you. If you’re purchasing a home in Southern California, you’ll definitely want to have fire coverage included within your policy as well as further coverage if you have specific possessions that are valued at more than $1,500. The price you pay for a homeowner’s insurance policy all depends on the extent of coverage that you want. For instance, if you choose to have earthquake insurance included in your policy, you’ll likely pay more. Basic fire coverage is automatically included in most policies, but you will need to pay an additional cost for extra fire coverage.

If you want to make sure that you’re not being charged more than you should be, most major companies offer online quotes that allow you to see the cost of a policy with their company compared to the policies at their competitors, allowing you to get a better idea of how much you should pay.

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The trick with homeowner’s insurance is finding a plan that’s right for you.

When considering a company, make sure that you only consider ones that have national recognition, such as NationwideAllstateState FarmMetLifeProgressive, and Amica. While a greater amount of coverage means that you will be required to pay a higher monthly fee to have the insurance in the first place, it also means that you will have less to pay out of your own pocket if ever a wildfire or other natural disaster occurs. These extra costs can add up quickly, which is why you’ll want to purchase as much coverage as possible if you can afford it.

Before you settle on a specific insurance policy, make sure that you shop around for the best deal and always read the policy carefully, as this policy is a legal document that’s binding once you’ve accepted it. You will typically have the option of selecting either a replacement cost or cash value for your home, both of which have their advantages. If you choose to have your home insured with a replacement cost, this indicates that you’ll be provided with the amount of money it would take to repair or replace your home and the possessions inside at the time that it’s purchased, while cash value means that you’ll be provided with the amount of money necessary to repair or replace your home and possessions after taking depreciation into account, which means that you will typically be given less money but the policy itself will also cost less.

Need Help Finding the Right Homeowner’s Insurance Plan?

Do you need help finding the right homeowner’s insurance plan? If so, contact a real estate professional at Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty who will put you in touch with an insurance representative for your home. Remember, more coverage means more security not just your property, but for your family, which is why you should always consider all options available to you.

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Where to find Ranch Properties & Equestrian Communities in the Conejo Valley https://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/ranch-equestrian-properties-conejo-valley/ https://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/ranch-equestrian-properties-conejo-valley/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:00:33 +0000 https://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23463 The Conejo Valley weather and climate caters to an almost perfect setting for a beautiful ranch property, offering picturesque sunsets and clear skies throughout much of the year. Many of the communities in this area are heavily influenced by equestrian lifestyles, displayed through the inclusion of a large variety of bridle trails and ranch properties. […]

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The Conejo Valley weather and climate caters to an almost perfect setting for a beautiful ranch property, offering picturesque sunsets and clear skies throughout much of the year. Many of the communities in this area are heavily influenced by equestrian lifestyles, displayed through the inclusion of a large variety of bridle trails and ranch properties. Large estates with expansive lot sizes allow for plenty of room for your ranch where you can tailor the features and amenities of the property to your specific desires. If you’ve recently started searching for a home that classifies as a ranch or equestrian property, knowing where these properties are located within the many communities of the Conejo Valley should help you find exactly what you’re searching for without wasting your time.

Old Agoura

Old Agoura is a portion of Agoura Hills that’s situated within the foothills of Chesebro National Park, providing residents with beautiful scenery and access to rural countryside, despite the fact that the area is a mere 10 minutes away from popular Malibu beaches. If you wish to live an equestrian lifestyle, you’ll be pleased to know that Old Agoura is home to an active United States Pony Club of America, allowing members to learn all there is to know about horses while taking part in numerous events throughout the year, from show jumping and dressage to tetrathlon and mounted games.

Old Agoura in Agoura Hills, CA

Old Agoura is a portion of Agoura Hills that’s situated within the foothills of Chesebro National Park, providing residents with beautiful scenery and access to rural countryside.

There is currently no HOA within Old Agoura, but you’re required to pay $25 in order to cover the annual neighborhood BBQ and a few additional events that heighten the sense of community in the area. Since many homes in Old Agoura are comprised of large lots, the majority have been custom-built to adhere to the equestrian and ranch lifestyle, as all properties have been zoned to allow four horses per half acre. When out and about in the neighborhood, you’ll also have access to a public recreational facility, which itself comes with a full children’s playground and baseball field. All around Old Agoura are a large number of state park trails and bridle paths, making it easy to take your horse out whenever you wish to.

Although Old Agoura is a subsection of Agoura Hills, the ranch properties located within Old Agoura typically run at a higher median sales price than the homes within Agoura Hills as a whole. The homes in Old Agoura range from large estate homes to ranch houses. When searching for a ranch property in Old Agoura, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1-2 million on average, which is a moderate five percent increase from last year. Most properties in Old Agoura cost around $400-$450 per sq. ft., although this price can raise dramatically depending on the size of the ranch that you select. Most lots in Old Agoura extend from 2-4 acres, providing you with a spacious area for your equestrian lifestyle.

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Calabasas

Calabasas is one of the larger cities on this list and offers a wide range of different environments when purchasing a home in the area, including ranch properties that allow you to live an equestrian lifestyle. Calabasas is especially proactive in protecting the open space within city limits, allowing you to purchase a ranch property with complete confidence that it will retain its natural setting. A nearly 3,000-acre portion of land in Calabasas was saved from development by the city and later converted into the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Space Reserve, a beautiful area that offers stunning views and provides residents with access to a substantial amount of equestrian trails.

Pool view in Calabasas, CA

Calabasas offers a unique combination of city life and rural life.

Calabasas offers a unique combination of city life and rural life, which is exemplified by the presence of a weekly farmers market located in Old Town Calabasas as well as the numerous tack shops, ranches, and equestrian activities in the city. Although there are a large variety of equestrian centers in Calabasas, the most popular of these is likely the Mill Creek Equestrian Center.

When you’re buying a property in Calabasas, there are a vast selection of homes to choose from, the vast majority of which are single-family residences. However, you’ll also find a wide array of estate homes, ranch houses, and townhouses to select from depending on your specifications. Given the sheer breadth of different home types available in Calabasas, there are many different lot sizes, ranging from a minimal yard of under .25 acres to up to 10 acres for ranch properties, although the majority of ranch homes run from 1-3 acres in size.

When considering the price of a ranch property, most range from just over $1 million to more than $15 million, largely depending on the size of the home located on the property. When taking all properties into account, the average price for a house in Calabasas is around $1.2 million, an increase of just over 25 percent from the same period last year. Over the past six months, the median sales price has experienced mild fluctuations between $1.1 and $1.25 million, which seems to display a steadying trend that indicates that now is a good time to buy.

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Somis

Somis is a small area in the Conejo Valley that provides access to many ranch properties, some of which come with picturesque ocean views. Over the years, Somis has proved to be a very popular destination for anyone who wishes to lead a ranch or equestrian lifestyle, as the area is filled with bridle trails that your horses will love. One of the more popular destinations in Somis is the Underwood Family Farms, a spacious farm where you can pick delicious fruits and vegetables, purchase something from the on-site farmers market, or participate in a fun hayride with the family. There are several vast A circuit show barns in the area as well as a few Olympic training facilities that provide your horses with the best quality training. In total, this equestrian community is home to around 58 additional riding and boarding facilities for you to enjoy.

If Somis is on your short list of destinations to move to in the Conejo Valley, you should know that many of the homes in this community are either ranch houses or custom-built estate homes, although there are some single-family residences as well for you to consider. The properties in Somis typically include lots of around .5-2 acres, with some that extend to five acres and one or two that can be found with around 30 acres of land. Home prices in Somis have remained consistent over the past year, as market trends indicate an increase of only five percent on the median price in that time with an average price per sq. ft. of $400. Although the median sales price for a home in August 2017 is $962,000, this takes all property sizes into account. For homes with at least 4 bedrooms, you can expect to pay an average of a little under $1.4 million.

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Hidden Hills

The Hidden Hills community is a rural one by nature, having been developed as a means of staying true to the roots of the city. This community is lined with numerous barns, corrals, and rustic equestrian trails that allow you to live an equestrian lifestyle with ease. There are around 2,000 residents in total hills, all of which have access to many theater programs, neighborhood barbecues, and holiday parades throughout the year. Although many of the homes in the community are estate houses, there are also a vast number of ranch properties that offer ample open space. Just to the north of Hidden Hills lies the protected Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Space Preserve that provides quick access to many equestrian trails for your horses.

Hidden Hills, CA

Hidden Hills is lined with numerous barns, corrals, and rustic equestrian trails that allow you to live an equestrian lifestyle with ease.

The homes within the gated community of Hidden Hills come in many types, though the majority are opulent estate houses with sizable lots. Almost all homes in Hidden Hills are situated on lots of at least 1 acre, although they typically range from 1-5 acres in size. There is also an array of original ranch-style homes in the area that have been redesigned and renovated to match their authentic rustic look, allowing you to find a house that meets your equestrian needs. The median sales price for a house in Hidden Hills is $1.8 million, although the majority of large ranch properties range anywhere from $3-7 million, with some extending to the $15-20 million range.

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Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley is a community west of Lake Sherwood that consists mostly of large ranch properties where you can enjoy the equestrian lifestyle, due largely to the fact that each property consists of sizable lots where your horses can roam and enjoy the beautiful Conejo Valley weather. Hidden Valley is also home to some of the most renowned equestrian centers in the world, such as Los Lagos Equestrian. If you’re searching for a dressage training facility when in Hidden Valley, the Edith Stephens & Patricia Harris Dressage Training Barn is one of the best in California. Even though the city is only 30 miles from Los Angeles, you’ll feel as though you’re in the rural countryside of Vermont or Montana. Because the community is situated close to the Pacific Ocean, the weather is comfortable all throughout the year, only reaching an average high in the mid 70’s throughout the summer months.

Hidden Valley, CA

Hidden Valley is a community that consists mostly of large ranch properties where you can enjoy the equestrian lifestyle.

As an affluent rural community in the Conejo Valley, the homes in Hidden Valley are almost exclusively large estate houses, sizable mansions, and ranch homes, the latter of which is the most prevalent. Hidden Valley was designed as a community where prospective homeowners could go to live in relative seclusion among nature, which is why the lots in Hidden Valley are a minimum of 20 acres, providing for all of your equestrian and ranch needs. There are approximately 60 homes within the limits of Hidden Valley, several of which are typically on the market at a given time. While some of these houses and lots will sell for as low as $5 million, some of the more extravagant houses can sell for upwards of $20 million.

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Need help?

If you wish to purchase a ranch property that will fit your equestrian lifestyle or merely because you enjoy living in a rural area, contact a real estate professional at Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty today and we’d be happy to assist with your search for an equestrian or ranch property.

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Exploring The Community of Oak Park, CA https://www.ewingsir.com/oak-park/explore-oak-park-ca/ https://www.ewingsir.com/oak-park/explore-oak-park-ca/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:00:55 +0000 https://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23449 Oak Park is an unincorporated community in Southern California that’s located just nearby Agoura Hills and provides residents with a safe and desirable residential community. Many of the homes in Oak Park are single-family residences, though a few of the neighborhoods in the area consist of townhouses, condominiums, and duplexes. The weather in the community is […]

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Oak Park is an unincorporated community in Southern California that’s located just nearby Agoura Hills and provides residents with a safe and desirable residential community. Many of the homes in Oak Park are single-family residences, though a few of the neighborhoods in the area consist of townhouses, condominiums, and duplexes. The weather in the community is always beautiful, offering sunshine and comfortable temperatures on a consistent basis at any time of the year.

When considering a move to Oak Park, there are many neighborhoods to choose from, all of which are lined with stylish homes and offer access to many well-regarded community features such as parks, recreational facilities, hiking trails, and a community pool and spa.

The Sutton Valley neighborhood, for instance, is the most popular in Oak Park, notable for its prime location atop the tall hills in the area as well as the stylish single-family residences. If you’re searching for a home with a large yard, the Sterling Oaks community consists primarily of homes with 4-5 bedroom floor plans at an average of 3,000 sq. ft., although most lots extend for anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 ft. The Country Vista Neighborhood is yet another popular Oak Park community that’s lined with townhouses that are situated at the foothills of mountains, providing residents with beautiful mountain views and scenic surroundings.

Sutton Valley Westlake Village

Sutton Valley is notable for its prime location atop the tall hills in the area as well as the stylish single-family residences. Browse Sutton Valley homes for sale.

History of Oak Park

Oak Park has a unique and fascinating history that first began in 5500 B.C., acting as a home for most of those years to the inland Chumash Indians who would collect yucca and acorns as they went about their daily lives. The area was a very large community for the Chumash Indians, as it consisted of several major villages, rock shelters, and smaller camps. As is the case with most of Ventura County and the surrounding areas, Oak park came under Spanish control when they colonized the area in the late 18th century, this specific area being provided as a land grant to a soldier of the Santa Barbara company in 1795.

With the dawn of the 20th century and the creation of motion pictures, studios began to film a wide range of movies in Oak Park, including westerns like “A Walk in the Sun”. The land that was to become known as Oak Park was purchased by the Metropolitan Development Corporation in the early 1960’s, after which a large number of homes and residences started to be built in the community.

Oak Park Homes for Sale

The vast majority of properties that you’ll see in Oak Park are single-family homes, many of which consist of 3-4 bedrooms and a large number of amenities such as outdoor pools, fireplaces, and spacious, stylish kitchens. If you want to be confident that you aren’t purchasing a home at the wrong price, understanding recent market trends should go a long way towards providing you with the information and data necessary to make sure that your purchase is a sound one.

The real estate market in Oak Park is currently thriving, largely because of sustained increases in home prices over the past five years without any substantial drop-off in the amount of homes sold each month. The median sales price for a home in Oak Park is around $770,000, which is an increase of nearly 25 percent since the same period last year. Although this is a substantial increase, prices are typically at their highest during the fall months, as the June and July median sales price was $630,000.

When it comes to the amount of homes sold per month in the area, the numbers have remained remarkably consistent over the past five years, dipping in the spring of each year to around 33-38 homes sold in a month before rising to a height of anywhere from 65-80 during August and September. During July and August 2017, the amount of homes sold each month rested between 71-75, making it a very competitive market at the moment. If you’re searching for a specific home size that will fit within your set budget, the prices for both 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom homes have been consistent year-over-year, with increases of .5 percent and .2 percent to $286,000 and $411,000 respectively. The prices for a 3-bedroom home have seen the largest increase, as the current price is around $754,000, an increase of nearly 24 percent since this time last year. However, 4-bedroom home prices have decreased over the last year by around six percent and currently sit at a price of $890,000.

Oak Park Schools & Education

Although Oak Park was once served by the Simi Valley Unified School District, the residents of the community formed their own Oak Park Unified School District in 1977, which has gone on to become one of the most award-winning districts in the U.S. The schools within the Oak Park Unified School District that are available to residents of the community include Brookside ElementaryOak Hills ElementaryRed Oak ElementaryMedea Creek MiddleOak Park High, and Oak View High.

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The Oak Park Unified School District is one of the most award-winning school districts in the U.S.!

Each school on this list has received dozens of awards and recognition over the years for their pursuit of educational excellence. For instance, Oak Park High School was given the NASA Student Launch Projects award in 2013 and was one of only 21 schools in the country to have earned this award. Almost all of the schools in the district have received the National Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished School awards over the years, while the district as a whole was awarded as one of Standard and Poor’s 29 outperforming districts in California in 2005. No matter which school your child attends, you can be confident that they are receiving a quality education.

Many of these schools are also outfitted with unique educational and arts programs that your kids might enjoy entering into. If your child is attending Medea Creek Middle School, they offer an advanced Algebra 1 course that can prove useful if they’re considering a STEM major once they reach college. Oak Park High School provides their students with the chance to enroll in a large number of advanced courses, including five art courses, six foreign language courses, four advanced social science courses, two advanced English courses, and 10 STEM courses that cover everything from computer science to chemistry.

Oak Park Local Parks & Recreation

Since Oak Park is situated among Simi Hills, it’s surrounded by natural areas, making it a premier destination for parks, recreational facilities and hiking trails. In total, there are seven parks scattered throughout the community, including Indian SpringsMae BoyarChaparralValley ViewDeerhillOak Canyon Community Park, and Eagle View. Each of these parks and recreational centers offer something unique and fun that you can enjoy when visiting.

Oak Park Community Center & Gardens

The Oak Park Community Center is a vast community center that hosts children’s educational classes, an indoor basketball court, and educational classes for teenagers and adults.

The main dog park in the community is the Oak Canyon Dog Park, which is located at the very back of the Oak Canyon Community Park. This park offers separate areas for both large and small dogs to run around and play with their owners. Each area is gated, making it possible to set your dog loose without using a leash. The Oak Canyon Community Park is one of the most beloved in the area, due largely to the fact that it offers scenic views, numerous nature and hiking trails for you to traverse, and a range of exciting amenities and activities that you can participate in while there, including a large playground with a jungle gym and slides for your children as well as two shaded picnic areas with grills and ample seating.

If you’re into sports, Deerhill Park is the place to be, as it’s equipped with a sizable baseball field, two tennis courts, and two basketball courts that will keep you having fun for hours. You might also want to consider stopping by and joining the Oak Park Community Center, which is a vast community center that hosts children’s educational classes, an indoor basketball court, and educational classes for teenagers and adults.

Oak Park Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Although the Oak Park community is on the smaller side, it offers a vast number of options for dining, entertainment, and shopping whenever you’re out and about the community. If you’re a lover of Chinese food, look no further than the Zen Garden, a family restaurant in Oak Park that specializes in Chinese cuisine. This eatery offers visitors an extensive menu for lunch and dinner that includes dozens of dishes for you to sample, such as the Beijing-style Moo Shu pork, chicken with curry sauce, Mongolian beef, and a lot more. They also have a small wine list available if you would like to pair your meal with a glass.

If you’re looking for a restaurant with a lively and energetic atmosphere, stop by The Charhouse BBQ & Grill, an informal barbecue eatery that doubles as a bar where you can hang out with friends or watch the weekly football game. The menu is outfitted with mostly American fare, including starters like grilled wings and truffle fries as well as burgers like the house-made veggie burger and the Charhouse cheeseburger. Their main entrees include such dishes as the hardwood grilled salmon, Angus filet Mignon, and BBQ baby back pork ribs.

When you’re in the mood for some shopping, the Oak Park Plaza is the main shopping mall in the community, where you can find popular shops, boutiques, and restaurants like CVS, Tony’s, the Breakfast Cafe, Starbucks, and numerous apparel stores. You might also enjoy stopping by Treasured Memories, a scrapbook store in Oak Park that offers a wide range of art supplies that’s sure to bring out the creative side of you. They also offer art classes that you can sign up with if you want to improve your skills.

The Oak Park Community Center and Gardens is the main entertainment and recreational complex in the community and includes an indoor dance floor, basketball arena, and event hall where birthday parties and weddings are oftentimes hosted. If you have children, you should visit the Kids World Family Fun Center, a video game arcade that’s filled with activities and attractions that will delight the whole family. This indoor playground facility is outfitted with a multi-level play structure that includes giant slides, obstacle courses, a ball pit, foam ball blasters, a basketball area, bumper balls, and an arcade area with fun and thrilling video games.

Interested in learning more about Oak Park?

Contact our team of Oak Park & Conejo Valley real estate professionals at Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s Realty if you’d like to learn more about the community, purchase a new home, or sell your current Conejo Valley property. We look forward to hearing from you!

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The City of Westlake Village https://www.ewingsir.com/westlake-village-ca/the-city-of-westlake-village/ https://www.ewingsir.com/westlake-village-ca/the-city-of-westlake-village/#respond Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:45 +0000 https://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23437 When you’re starting to narrow down your list of cities where you would like to purchase a home, consider Westlake Village, which is one of the most desirable places to live in the Conejo Valley and boasts amazing views of the surrounding Westlake Lake. This city is a planned community that was designed to provide residents […]

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When you’re starting to narrow down your list of cities where you would like to purchase a home, consider Westlake Village, which is one of the most desirable places to live in the Conejo Valley and boasts amazing views of the surrounding Westlake Lake. This city is a planned community that was designed to provide residents with a safe and private place to live, which is displayed by the fact that much of Westlake Village is surrounded by open space, complete with hiking trails for exercising and horse trails if you enjoy riding. With three golf courses and country clubs to select from, many residents of this community love to golf, a love that’s buoyed by the pleasant and sunny weather that persists all throughout the year.

As a planned community itself, Westlake Village plays host to a large variety of gated communities and popular neighborhoods that you might want to keep on your radar. Of the 20 gated neighborhoods situated throughout Westlake Village, most have homes that cost upwards of $1 million or higher, due mainly to the added security and privacy that a gated community provides. For a more family-friendly gated community, consider Kensington Park and North Shore, two communities that offer scenic mountain views, a variety of homes, and an abundance of safety. If you wish to live in style and have the budget to do so, the Oak Place and Westlake Trails neighborhoods should be at the top of your list. With home prices that average $1.5 million on the low end, these communities offer seclusion and stunning views with homes that match your luxurious lifestyle.

History of Westlake Village

The history of Westlake Village is a compelling one that first began some 3,000 years ago when Chumash Indians settled into the area, although it wasn’t until the late 18th century when Spanish explorers and missionaries started to use the area of Westlake Village in earnest before it eventually became one of the first Spanish land grants. When Mexico fought for and won their independence from Spain in 1821, this land grant became a part of Mexican territory and would remain that way until it was sold to the Russell brothers in 1881, primarily for cattle ranching.

This land would switch hands a few more times before being bought by the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company in 1963. In coordination with Prudential Insurance Company, a plan was created to have a city built that was surrounded by country and rural area. In the years following, this planned community was built to match 1960’s style suburbanism, eventually becoming incorporated as the City of Westlake Village, after which the area became a popular community for people looking to settle down in Southern California.

Westlake Village Schools & Education

If you’re wondering what type of education your children will receive, Westlake Village is served partly by the Conejo Valley Unified School District as well as the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Although there are several additional private schools and charter schools to select from, the primary public schools available to Westlake Village residents include White Oak Elementary as a part of LVUSD and Westlake Hills Elementary, and Westlake High as a part of the CVUSD.

Las Virgenes Schools

The Las Virgenes School District is one of the most acclaimed school districts in the country!

Each of these schools are distinguished in their own way and have gained a reputation as providing their students with a fantastic education, which is displayed through the yearly awards that each have received. White Oak Elementary was named as a National Blue Ribbon School in 1986 and 1994, while Westlake Hills Elementary has been the recipient of a wide array of awards over the years, including the prestigious Governor’s Performance Award. As for Westlake High School, it was one of the 329 National Blue Ribbon Schools in 2016, which is an award that’s designed to recognize high performing schools that are among the best performing ones in their respective state.

Westlake Village Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Although the city itself is small, Westlake Village is packed with intriguing attractions, shopping centers, and restaurants that are sure to satisfy. If you enjoy spending time among nature and want to visit a place where you can relax and take it easy, then consider stopping by The Gardens of the World, which are beautiful botanical gardens that highlight the culture and gardening practices of the places they represent. As you take a stroll through the gardens, you’ll spot different sections for Japanese gardens, French gardens, Italian gardens, and also a Mission courtyard that focuses on the early history of California.

When spending time with the entire family, The Stadium is an exciting venue that offers dozens of different types of games to play in a sizable 3,000 sq. ft. arena. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or a get together with your children and their friends, The Stadium offers games for everyone to enjoy, although the primary attraction at this destination is laser tag. Other games you’ll have a chance to play while visiting include Foosball, ping pong, pool, air hockey, and chess.

If you enjoy shopping, then you’ll love living in Westlake Village, as it hosts two of the best shopping centers in Southern California, including The Promenade at Westlake and Shoppes at Westlake Village. The Shoppes at Westlake Village is a beautiful shopping destination that offers 35 stores to select from, which were chosen to provide shoppers with variety. Although Target is the main attraction at this shopping center, you’ll also find popular stores such as Lighthouse Salon Suites and Kirk Jewelers as well as dining options like The Gallery Restaurant and Los Agaves Restaurant. The Promenade at Westlake is a great place to spend time with friends and is outfitted with Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas, an upscale movie theater that you don’t want to miss. Some of the main shops at this destination include Barnes & Noble, Sephora, and Vintage Grocers.

The Shoppes at Westlake Village

With a number of unique local stores, large shops, and luxury boutiques, Westlake Village has something to offer for all!

When you’re searching for a great place to dine at after moving into your new home, there are a large variety of delicious eateries to select from in Westlake Village for any palette. If you’re in the mood for classic American fare with a light Italian twist, consider placing a reservation at Boccaccio’s Restaurant, an upscale eatery that offers elegant outdoor seating with pristine lake views. When dining here, they have an extensive wine menu to choose from as well as dishes like chicken Toscano, herb crusted rack of lamb, and May Tag filet Mignon.

For more eclectic fare, Mediterraneo provides guests with a Mediterranean menu that’s filled with delectable dishes. Whether eating at the bar or at a table, you’ll have a vast menu to select from. For dinner, start your meal with flied calamari or butterfly jumbo shrimp. Most of their entrees use locally sourced ingredients, which can be found in such dishes as Australian lamb chops, prime rib eye, and chicken Parmigiana. For dessert, try the Florentine art or butterscotch pudding.

Westlake Village Homes for Sale

The homes in Westlake Village are exceedingly varied, as you can find smaller single-family homes with 1 or 2 bedrooms as well as sizable single-family residences with 4-5 bedrooms. Many of these homes overlook lakes and are built with swimming pools and hot tubs as key amenities.

Throughout Westlake Village, you’ll also find several neighborhoods that consist entirely of larger townhomes that are built with extensive green lawns and patios that offer views of the wonderful Westlake Village scenery. While the majority of homes in Westlake Village are single-family residences, some of the more affluent and expensive areas of Westlake Village include spacious estate homes, many of which are custom built, allowing you to search for one that matches your preference and tastes. These homes are outfitted with all of the latest amenities and modern designs, from an open layout that makes good use of space to stylish interior furnishings that provide an elegant and luxurious look to the home.

Now is a great time to purchase a home in Westlake Village, as recent market trends indicate that it’s currently a buyers market and is set to be for some time in the future. Although the average price per square foot for a house in Westlake Village has risen from $410 to around $424 over the past year, the median sales price for a home has dropped around 8 percent in totality. The month of August 2017 saw a median sales price of $800,000, a drop from $837,000 in April of this year. While current home prices are affordable, these prices have been gradually increasing over the past five years, but have done so at a slow rate, which is great when you’re attempting to find the home of your dreams.

An important facet of any home search is dealing with competition for the homes in the area, which means that your initial bid for a house might not be enough to close on the property. Since Westlake Village is one of the more attractive destinations for families and couples to settle down in Southern California, there’s a substantial amount of competition on the real estate market, which is displayed by the fact that even slower months usually have at least 80 homes taken off the market due to purchase. Between June and August 2017, the amount of homes sold varied between 153 and 160, although it’s important to understand that the end of summer and beginning of fall have been the most competitive and highest selling months for the past five years, which is why you’re likely to experience less competition as a buyer during the middle fall and early winter months.

If you have a specific amount of bedrooms in mind for the home you’re considering purchasing in Westlake Village, both 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom houses have seen drops in their overall price since the same time last year, the most dramatic of which is a nearly 18 percent drop in median sales price for 4-bedroom homes to a price of $931,000. On the other hand, 2-bedroom homes have seen an uptick in price by over 20 percent throughout the past year, resting currently at a median sales price of $540,000. With this info, you should have a better understanding of the pricing to expect when looking at a home in Westlake Village, helping you to avoid paying too much for your next home.

If you need assistance with purchasing or selling a home in Westlake Village, be sure to stop by or contact our Westlake Village Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty office today! Our real estate professionals have the experience and expertise to get you the best price for your Westlake Village dream home! Contact us today!

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Malibu Real Estate Market Trends 2017 https://www.ewingsir.com/malibu/malibu-real-estate-market-trends-2017/ https://www.ewingsir.com/malibu/malibu-real-estate-market-trends-2017/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:00:48 +0000 https://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23422 Malibu is a premier luxury destination in California that’s known for its spectacular weather and stunning views and is home to many notable celebrities. This highly desirable area composed of luxury properties with panoramic ocean views as well as easy access to many beaches on the Pacific coast. The luxury property prices run up to $60 million, though the […]

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Malibu is a premier luxury destination in California that’s known for its spectacular weather and stunning views and is home to many notable celebrities. This highly desirable area composed of luxury properties with panoramic ocean views as well as easy access to many beaches on the Pacific coast. The luxury property prices run up to $60 million, though the average property price is around $7 million. There’s plenty of variety in home prices and types, allowing you to find the home of your dreams (within your budget).

Malibu Median Sales Price Trends

Because of its fantastic location and proximity to the coast, Malibu is among the most desirable places to live in Southern California, which means that home prices are among the highest in the area, although the current market is looking to be a buyer’s market, which is great for anyone who’s searching for the right home at the right price. When taking into account all types of properties, from 1 bedroom homes to properties with four or more bedrooms, the median sales price for a home in Malibu reached a high of just under $2.5 million in December 2016. Since then, the prices have been dropping consistently every month. From May to July, the median sales price sat at $1.65 million.

Although these prices have been dropping, the market throughout Southern California is a healthy one that’s marked by rising prices, which means that now is a great time to purchase a home!

Over the past two years, home prices in Malibu have reached their lowest during the summer months before increasing throughout the fall and winter. If that continues to be the case in 2017 remains to be seen, but the lowering trends in home prices is great for anyone searching for a luxury home at an affordable price.

Over the past year, there’s been a general decrease of 11 percent in home prices, although the price per sq. ft. has risen in that same time period from $940 to just over $1,060, which indicates that the homes being placed on the market recently in Malibu are somewhat smaller in square footage than the homes listed the previous year. It’s also important to understand that dozens of homes in Malibu are listed and sold every month, so the median prices are taken from a wide range of homes, some of which sell for a lot more than the average price, as a luxury property in Malibu can sell for more than $60 million.

Trends in Malibu Home Prices (3/4 Bedrooms)

Once you’ve identified the size of the home you would like to purchase, the trends and median property prices associated with specific home sizes should help you better gauge the current market and whether you would benefit from it.

With both 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom properties, the median sales price is lower than it is for the same period last year, which is a great sign for anyone who wishes to buy a home of this size in Malibu. When it comes to 3-bedroom homes, prices have seen a reduction of nearly 30 percent year-over-year for the months from the beginning of March to the end of May, resulting in current prices that are situated at around $1.775 million. As for a 4-bedroom home, a similar 18 percent drop has occurred over the same time period, leading to current home prices of around $1.525 million, although many 4-bedroom houses in Malibu sell for much more.

The prices for 3-bedroom homes have taken similar paths as all properties throughout the past year, as they reached a high of nearly $2.5 million in December 2016 and have since dropped to their lowest since July 2015. Although the current price for a 4-bedroom home in Malibu is $1.525 million, this is easily the lowest median sales price for a house of this size since March 2014. However, unlike the prices for a 3-bedroom house in the area, these prices don’t appear to be a trend. For the five months between January and May of 2017, home prices for a 4-bedroom in Malibu oscillated between $2.05 million and $2.665 million.

The lowest median sales price for a 4-bedroom home over the past year aside from the June sales price was November 2016, wherein the average price was $2.025 million. Although the last month of data being far lower in sales price than previous months doesn’t indicate a trend, it does point towards the fact that you might be able to find a home of this size for a great price. When you go searching for a 4-bedroom home in Malibu, you should expect the median price to be upwards of $2 million or more.

Trends in Malibu Home Prices (2 Bedrooms)

If you’re in the market for a 2-bedroom home in Malibu, the current prices for this type of home have increased over 50 percent year-over-year to around $1.2 million. However, 2-bedroom home prices were among their lowest in years at this time last year, which is why the current price of $1.2 million is seen as an increase despite the fact that it’s actually a drop from the median sales price during the months of October to December of 2016, where the median sales price for a 2-bedroom home oscillated between $1.35 million and $1.9 million.

A low of $831,000 was reached in February 2017, though prices have since seen a gradual rise to $1.2 million in June. While home prices have been gradually increasing over the past four months or so, this increase is only slight, so it appears as though this is a great time for buyers to start searching for a new 2-bedroom house in Malibu. Prices are generally affordable for a 2-bedroom home and have dropped substantially from a high that was set in December of last year, so this trend is beneficial for both buyers and sellers. The number of 2-bedroom homes being listed each month has remained consistent over the past year, so you’ll have many options to select from.

Sales Volume in Malibu

The sales volume for homes listed each month in Malibu can provide you with insight into how competitive the market is and whether or not this is a good time to start looking for a property in the area. Combined with the median sales price trends and information listed previously, this data should help you make a decision on when you should start your home search.

PCH along the ocean in Malibu

The sales volume for homes listed each month in Malibu can provide you with insight into how competitive the market is and whether or not this is a good time to start looking for a property in the area.

The sales volume in Malibu has remained relatively consistent over the past five years, though there are some spikes here and there that you should definitely be aware of. In general, there are at least a few dozen homes sold each month in the area, which means that even more are available in that time period. In June 2017, the sales volume of 39 homes for the month was at its lowest since January of the same year where only 37 were sold. While this number is among the lowest it’s been for quite some time, over three dozen homes being sold is still a sign of market health. In the months between February and May, the amount of homes sold each month ranged from 42-45, a consistent number that displays positive signs for both buyers and sellers.

Over the last five years, there have been dips into the high 30’s for sales volume almost every year, but there have been exceedingly high numbers posted each year as well. For instance, 66 homes were sold in October 2016, while 66-68 homes were sold each month from June to August in 2015. The highest amount of homes sold in Malibu in the past five years was in September 2013 where 88 houses were sold in a single month. While sales volume for the first half of 2017 remained consistently between 37-45 each month, the fall typically sees an uptick in sales volume. For now, the trends show that there are just over three dozen homes sold every month, which means that the market is relatively competitive. However, given the fact that prices are at the best they’ve been in quite some time, this should be a sign to you that now is a great time to buy.

Malibu Community Stats

When you’re interested in purchasing a home in Malibu, you should know that the city has some of the best community statistics in Southern California, which should assist you in your decision on whether or make Malibu your home. The total amount of people living in this community sits at just over 20,000, with a nearly 50/50 split among males and females.

Of the 7,264 households in Malibu, over 63 percent are comprised of family households and just under half of these are family households with children, making this a great destination for families and anyone who plans on raising children. Education is also known to be spectacular in Malibu, as 94 percent of all adult residents have at least graduated from high school. Over 25 percent of adults have received a college education while six percent have gone on to obtain an Associate’s degree.

The best education statistics are seen with people who have received a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree, as just over 36 percent of adults have received the former while a sizable 27 percent have obtained the latter, which shows that many residents of Malibu are highly educated, brought on by the fact that the city is home to a renowned education system and highly regarded schools.

When you’re living in Malibu, the risk of crime is decidedly low in a number of key areas, which should allow you to feel safe about your choice of residence. With the national average being 100, the risk of property crime sits at a very below average 47, while the risk of burglary is not far behind at 40. When living in Malibu, you also have a very low risk of larceny, as the risk is at 19 compared to the national average of 100.

Looking to Buy or Sell a Home in Malibu?

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Home Cooling Systems: How to stay cool in the Conejo Valley https://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/home-cooling-systems-how-to-stay-cool-in-the-conejo-valley/ https://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/home-cooling-systems-how-to-stay-cool-in-the-conejo-valley/#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:50 +0000 https://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23403 Southern California is one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. due largely to its beautiful sunny weather throughout the year. Unfortunately, it can get pretty hot during the summer months, especially in the Conejo Valley. If you are currently a homeowner or are considering purchasing your first home, home cooling systems are essential for […]

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Southern California is one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. due largely to its beautiful sunny weather throughout the year. Unfortunately, it can get pretty hot during the summer months, especially in the Conejo Valley. If you are currently a homeowner or are considering purchasing your first home, home cooling systems are essential for keeping cool and comfortable during those hot summer months. When it comes to home cooling systems, there are many different types to choose from, all with their own unique advantages that you may want to consider before the next heat wave hits!

Home Cooling Systems

Air Conditioning

Standard air conditioning is the most basic type of cooling system available, wherein a specific unit uses duct work that’s installed in your home to transfer the warm air inside to the outdoors, ensuring that the air inside is cool and crisp. No matter which type of air conditioning unit you consider purchasing, the way in which the unit transfers heat out of your home remains very much the same, though some key differences in how each type filters cool air into your house might push you towards considering one over another.

Central Air

A central air conditioning unit is the most common method used to cool a home in Conejo Valley, as this type of air conditioning is designed specifically to cool your entire house. With a central air system, a sizable compressor unit is placed just outside your home, typically in your backyard or to the side of your house. The compressor unit is the main element of the system and includes the condenser coil that begins the air filtering process by sending the air through the metal ducts that are installed throughout your home, all of which are hidden so that you’ll never see them. An evaporator coil inside your house is filled with refrigerant that cools the air before it gets sent to every room.

Home Cooling System: AC Central Air

A central air conditioning unit is the most common method used to cool a home in Conejo Valley

When you’re considering the purchase of a central air conditioning unit, you’ll want to search for one that’s been marked with a SEER rating of 13 or higher, though these units must have a rating of at least 14.5 to receive the Energy Star, which identifies that the system itself is highly energy efficient and will save you money on your energy bill. The main positive of a central air conditioning unit is that it provides a consistent temperature all year long throughout every room in your home, no matter what the temperature is outside. Because of the inclusion of air ducts situated conveniently within your home, the air is filtered so as to remove allergens and other harmful gases, which makes for a much better air quality overall.

While there are plenty of reasons as to why you should buy a central air conditioning unit, there are also some drawbacks that you might want to keep in mind, such as the fact that your energy bills will likely be somewhat higher than other cooling solutions due to the fact that the air is allotted evenly in each room of the home, even when one or two of these rooms don’t require cooling. While the inclusion of ducts means that the air that gets sent into your home is filtered, it also means that mold and other bacteria can develop in the ducts, which requires yearly maintenance in order to keep the system functioning properly.

Room Air Conditioners

Room air conditioners are much simpler than their central air conditioning counterparts, due mostly to the fact that this home cooling system is designed specifically for a single room. These air conditioning units are mounted through a hole in your wall, though the compressor is still located outside. If you wish to cool your entire home with these air conditioners, you will need to buy one for each room of your house, which might not be the most feasible cooling option if your home consists of a large number of rooms.

Room Air Conditioner

This home cooling system is designed specifically for a single room

When you’re attempting to ascertain the efficiency of a room air conditioner, look for the EER rating on the device, which will be higher when the unit is more efficient. The advantage of selecting a room air conditioner for your home is that they are very inexpensive, so you’re likely to find one at a good bargain. These systems don’t make much noise, so your home will remain quiet during operation, even if several of your rooms are outfitted with these units.

Another benefit that not many people are aware of with these systems is that they can actually cool more than one room if situated conveniently, which all depends on the layout of your home. On the other hand, these units can be a hassle to move from one room to another and the installation of them can be difficult and time-consuming if you’ve never handled one before. Since a room air conditioner is visible, it might not match well with your home decor, which you should definitely be aware of before selecting one.

Cooling your home with Fans

While standard air conditioning units are some of the most effective ways to stay cool in the Conejo Valley, other methods might prove useful as well, such as cooling your home with fans. From a whole house fan that works similarly to central air conditioning to a ceiling fan that helps to cool a single room, fans can easily act as a replacement for air conditioners in the Conejo Valley.

Whole House Fans

When you select a whole house fan, it’s installed directly in the ceiling between the attic and living space. These whole house fans pull air in from any open windows and exhausts it through the roof and attic, which makes for great attic ventilation in addition to cooling the whole house that’s provided with this home cooling system. Depending on the size of your home, a whole house fan filters in new air around 30-60 times every hour, which will leave your home feeling cool on a continual basis.

Home Cooling System: Whole House Fan

Whole house fans pull air in from any open windows and exhausts it through the roof and attic

One of the best reasons to select a whole house fan is that it helps to create a nice indoor breeze throughout the entirety of your home without the need of an air conditioning unit, especially when used in combination with ceiling or window fans. Since this type of home cooling system regularly replaces the air inside your home, airborne hazards such as carbon monoxide and radon can be heavily reduced. Despite these advantages, one of the main drawbacks of a whole house fan is that it can be very noisy, although this noise can be dampened if the system is installed with a rubber gasket.

Ceiling & Window Fans

Ceiling and window fans are fantastic additions to a home cooling system that can facilitate a better airflow and cooler temperatures in your home even during the hottest of days. A ceiling fan is a mechanical fan that’s suspended directly from the ceiling of a room, usually providing you with three presets of low, medium, or high depending on how warm it is inside. These fans are designed to cool one room and are outfitted with rotating paddles that help to circulate air as well as a pull chain when you wish to turn it on and off.

AC Ceiling Fan

Ceiling and window fans are fantastic additions to a home cooling system that can facilitate a better airflow and cooler temperatures in your home

As for window fans, these are placed directly into the frame of your window and can be installed in any room in your home for a much cheaper cost than central air conditioning. If you’re considering the purchase of a window fan, make sure that it comes with expandable side panels so that the entire window opening can be covered. When switched to one of the three variable speeds, a window fan will send the hot air within your house outside while keeping the cooler air inside.

Ceiling fans are highly beneficial because of their low cost and ease-of-install, lowering the temperature in your room by 4-5 degrees when in use. These fans can also lower your monthly energy bills but are somewhat noisy and can be difficult to clean, especially if they are installed on a ceiling that’s too high for you to reach without a ladder. With a window fan, the costs are relatively low and maintenance is kept to a minimum, but you should be aware of the fact that these fans can take some time to install and leave a small security risk due to being placed at an open window.

Proper Ventilation for Keeping your Home Cool

No matter which type of home cooling system you’re using, proper ventilation of the air within your house will help to keep your home cool, which is essential when the weather gets hot and there’s no breeze to be found. Not only does proper ventilation keep the air cool inside, it also prevents the development of mold and reduces some of the work that needs to be done by an HVAC system.

Proper Air Ventilation

proper ventilation of the air within your house will help to keep your home cool

Home Cooling Tips & Tricks

Even without a home cooling system, there are many tips you can use for keeping the home cool during the hot summer months. All filters within your air conditioning unit should be cleaned at least once every month, though you should replace them periodically as well. It’s also important that you set your thermostat as high as you can for it to still be comfortable for you during the summer while also making sure to raise the set temperature whenever sleeping or traveling.

Another great way to keep your home cool during the summer is by keeping your blinds, drapes, or other window coverings shut throughout the day so that the sun’s rays are blocked, which will help to keep the cool air inside and your house from heating up. Whenever you’re bathing or cooking in the kitchen, make sure that you turn off all exhaust fans that you use for these activities within 20 minutes after you’re done, which will help you conserve energy, saving you money on your monthly energy bill.

The very best way to keep your home cool is by selecting energy-efficient products and appliances when purchasing cooling equipment, as better energy-efficiency offers such benefits as more consistent cooling that’s distributed evenly throughout each room of your house. When you’re searching for the right cooling equipment, you’ll want to select products that are outfitted with an Energy Star. By implementing each of these tips, your home will be consistently cool during those scorching summer days.

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Vasa Park in Agoura Hills: a Local Treat for Family Activities and Company Events https://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-hills/vasa-park-agoura-hills/ https://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-hills/vasa-park-agoura-hills/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:00:58 +0000 https://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23388 Given that Southern California is known for its spectacular weather, Vasa Park is a great place to enjoy the sunshine and host family activities or company events and picnics. Situated in Agoura Hills at 2854 Triunfo Canyon Rd., this park is beloved by the local community for all that it has to offer, from twisting water […]

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Given that Southern California is known for its spectacular weather, Vasa Park is a great place to enjoy the sunshine and host family activities or company events and picnics. Situated in Agoura Hills at 2854 Triunfo Canyon Rd., this park is beloved by the local community for all that it has to offer, from twisting water slides and a spacious picnic area to a wide array of fascinating Scandinavian events. Vasa Park is always bustling with energy, creating an exciting atmosphere that’s great for the whole family!

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The beautiful city of Agoura Hills is lined with numerous parks and recreational facilities for you and your family to enjoy once you’ve moved into your new home. Likely the most intriguing of these parks is Vasa Park, nestled conveniently within the Santa Monica Mountains. Because of its fantastic location, you’ll have spectacular views of rippling creeks, lush green fields, and a bountiful amount of Oak trees, which are great for offering shade during hot weather.

Vasa Park Yearly Events & Company Picnics

Since Vasa Park is privately owned by Team Play Events, an event planning company in Southern California, you’ll want to mark your calendars for the yearly events that are held at this park for families and company picnics, as these are among the only times that the park opens to the public. There are three events that are held annually on the grounds of the park, each of which is sponsored by its own Swedish organization as a means of supporting and emphasizing the Swedish culture. There’s also an additional event available for youth Vasa members in the summer that will be detailed later.

The first of these events is SpringFest, which is a fun event held at the onset of spring every year. This annual event is a family day that’s available to Vasa members and any guests they decide to bring along. A slew of activities and entertainment are offered all throughout the day, starting with a delicious waffle breakfast at 9:00AM, where you’ll be able to sample popular Swedish dishes like strawberries and whipped creme as well as Swedish coffee.

All of the park water sports are open during this event, providing you and the rest of your family with access to many enticing areas to visit, such as the alpine slide, waterslide, rock climbing area, and a spacious swimming pool. Lunch is catered to everyone at SpringFest and entertainment is ongoing throughout the day, allowing you to listen to local musicians as you make your way around the park. If you have time, stop by the Swedish car exhibit, which displays a wide range of Swedish Volvo and Fiat vehicles for you to peruse.

The next of the three annual events is the Midsummer Festival, which recently celebrated its 97th year back in June. With so many activities available for attendees to partake in, this event was recently expanded to two full days of celebrations, the festivities of which begin with a coronation luncheon where a Midsummer Queen is selected and crowned.

This outdoor festival is sponsored by the Swedish American Central Association of Southern California and includes singing, folk dancing, and the raising of the Maypole, a unique event that has its roots in Swedish and European festivals. Food and drinks are provided by the park and a range of Scandinavian vendors can be found throughout the premises, providing you and your family with the ability to take part in Swedish culture.

The final event of the season is the Scandinavian Autumn Fest, a market and Swedish meatball contest that offers you the opportunity to sample some popular Swedish food while listening to Scandinavian music, watching folk dancers, and listening to the Viking reenactment group share stories about the historical Vikings and the journeys they went on. Breakfast is provided at 9:00AM on the day of the festival while the Swedish meatball contest is held at noon, the winner of which is chosen by the guests in attendance and is provided with a trophy at the end of the festival.

As you’re traversing the park, you’ll find a substantial amount of Scandinavian vendors and artisans that offer specialty items you can’t find anywhere else. All of the standard activities and attractions in the park are open throughout the day, such as the swimming pool, bounce house, waterslide, alpine tube slide, rock wall, petting zoo, and a variety of fun and adventurous games. A pie eating contest is also held during the celebrations, which you can enter if you feel bold enough to do so.

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It’s also possible to hold a company picnic at Vasa Park through Team Play Events. All of the standard Vasa Park attractions and activities are available during company picnics, making this park a very appealing destination for such events. Food is also provided by the park itself, which is typically standard BBQ picnic fare. If your company picnic is open to the whole family, there are many activities for your children to enjoy.

Activities, tasty food, and a 274-foot water slide!

As both parts scenic park and event venue, a visit to Vasa Park will have you and your family taking part in all kinds of unique and interesting activities. Events hosted here have had everything from all-you-can-eat buffets, to family-friendly bouncy houses, to company team-building exercises, to a 274-ft. waterslide. Since the park is situated over 30 acres, it has been outfitted with a large number of different activities that might pique your child’s interest. Your children might enjoy the bouncer obstacle course, which is a safe and fun inflatable playground where children must bounce their way to the end of the course. It’s challenging and exciting all at the same time and will keep your child’s attention for hours on end.

Both children and adults will love the waterslide and alpine tube slide, the former of which is just over 270 ft. long. The alpine tube slide sends you down a lengthy and steep slide, after which you’ll likely want to do so a few more times. One of the more popular activities in Vasa Park is gold mining, where you and your family can sift for flakes and small pieces of gold. It’s a fun activity that also gets you into the gold mining history of California. Older teenagers and adults will enjoy the rock climbing area, which comes outfitted with two tall rock climbing stations. Race with your friends to see who can reach the top of the rock first, if any even can.

The food is also wonderful and abundant in nature, mostly including such picnic favorites as hot dogs, hamburgers, coleslaw, BBQ, and chicken, but all of the food is free when attending an event at the park and the picnic facilities are spacious, including dozens of picnic tables and plenty of seating. The food is provided as an all-you-can-eat buffet, so feel free to stack up plates with whatever dish excites your taste buds.

Viking Village Youth Camp

Similarly to the three annual events mentioned previously, one distinctive aspect of Vasa Park is its Viking Village Youth Camp that’s held there every year. This camp is available for one week each year for youth between the ages of 8-14, though every child who attends must be related to parents or grandparents who are members of the Vasa Order of America.

If you have a teenager above the age of 14 that would like to be a part of the youth camp, anyone above the age of 14 can apply for an opportunity to become a youth counselor. In recent years, these counselors have even had the opportunity of attending a two-week Swedish language camp in Sweden due to a $25,000 scholarship fund provided by the Vasa Park Association.

Like all facets of this park, the Viking Village Youth Camp has a lengthy history with Swedish roots, although anyone is open to becoming a member of the park or attending an event there. Before camp begins, families are typically invited by the camp to eat with their children who are attending the camp over a Swedish meatball or potluck dinner, after which the week-long camp officially begins. The camp has been held annually since 2006 and has always served as a celebration of Swedish culture and a learning experience for the children who attend, some of which might even have Swedish ancestors.

While there are a wide range of adventurous activities for children to take part in throughout the week, many of these activities focus on Swedish culture, where your children will be able to learn a few words from the Swedish language, watch folk dancing and singing, and participate in traditional Swedish crafts. Most of the Swedish activities are held in the late afternoon and evening.

Throughout the rest of the week, your children will be able to participate in many different day programs, from zip line rides and go-carts to rock climbing and swimming. Some of the additional activities and events that your children will be able to enjoy include paddle boats, horseback riding, fishing, a bounce obstacle course, a selection of carnival rides, and sports like soccer and touch football. No matter which types of activities your children are interested in, they’re sure to find something they love to do at the Viking Village Youth Camp.

Homes for sale in Agoura Hills

The community of Agoura Hills is a highly desirable and livable area with many events, parks, and activities for all to enjoy. The housing market is particularly strong and there are a large variety of shopping and entertainment options close by, providing you with plenty of intriguing destinations to visit.

Are you looking for Agoura Hills homes for sale?

If you are, contact our offices today to get started on the home buying process. We’ll be happy to assist you in finding the Agoura Hills home of your dreams!

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Agoura Hills is a premier residential destination in Southern California that’s filled with beautiful parks, hiking trails, and fun activities and entertainment for you and your family or friends to partake in. If you’re searching for a home in Agoura Hills, the city plays host to many beautiful homes and communities for you to consider. Agoura Hills also is in close proximity to many exciting Southern California destinations like the city of Los Angeles and the Malibu Creek State Park. When you’re spending your day shopping or going out to see a movie, these restaurants are some of the best in Agoura Hills and can accommodate any cuisine preference.

11. SoLé SoupS

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SoLé SoupS is a unique eatery located in the heart of Agoura Hills that provides a one-of-a-kind menu filled with dozens of soups, salads, and other delectable entrees. When dining at this location, you’ll be presented with a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere that allows you to relax while enjoying your meal. Every ingredient they use in their dishes is grown locally so that guests are always provided with food that is fresh and natural.

While the soup menu comes with such common soups as tomato, hearty beef stew, and clam chowder, you’ll also have the option of tasting some distinct soups like carrot-ginger, cauliflower, and Southwestern chicken chili. One of the more unique features of SoLé SoupS is that they offer a range of frozen soups that you can take home with you at the end of your meal, which is great when you’re always on the move and need to stock up. These frozen soups use the same ingredients as their main menu. People who visit rave about the fact that you can sample any of the dishes before making your choice.

10. Simply Fish Grill

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If you love seafood, then you’ll definitely want to stop by the Simply Fresh Grill. From the moment you enter, you’ll notice its welcoming atmosphere and the comfortable seating available to everyone who dines there. Despite the fact that Simply Fish Grill is a casual eatery, they offer a wine menu where you can order a glass of Merlot or chardonnay, both of which pair well with fish. Whether you’re visiting for lunch or dinner, you’ll be presented with a menu that’s lined with fish tacos, burgers, and salads. Consider trying one of their unique lunch specials, which includes everything from cod and chicken to wild Mahi Mahi and shrimp. If you’re unsure of what to order, regulars to Simply Fish Grill praise the Ahi tuna and fish and chips selections.

9. Jinky’s Agoura Hills

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Offering a more casual and down-to-earth experience, Jinky’s Agoura Hills is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is widely known for the extensive breakfast menu that it offers. If you visit this destination for breakfast, be prepared to spend some time trying to make a decision on what to get, as their menu is comprised of dozens of delicious entries, from crab cake Benedict to gourmet sausage and eggs!

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’ll be pleased to know that Jinky’s offers a menu designed specifically to suit your tastes, where you can select such dishes as the vegan fiesta bowl or burrito as well as the vegan Bombay bowl. If you’d like to enjoy the beautiful Agoura Hills scenery, Jinky’s has a spacious covered patio area where you can dine anytime you visit. While this eatery has a fantastic reputation for offering delicious food, one favorite by many people who dine there is the Athens delight, an omelette that’s made of feta cheese, red onions, tomatoes, and fresh spinach.

8. Lal Mirch Indian Restaurant

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Specializing in delectable Indian cuisine, the Lal Mirch Indian Restaurant offers something for everyone. With an elegant yet casual atmosphere, this eatery is a wonderful destination to visit for couples and families alike. If you’ve never tasted Indian cuisine before, this is a great place to start, as the dishes are varied and are certain to include something you like. Lamb is a big part of Indian cuisine and plays a large role in the menu at Lal Mirch, as there are well over a dozen lamb dishes to select from, such as lamb curry and lamb vindaloo. The portion sizes are ample and the customer service is known to be exemplary. People who visit this eatery love the garlic naan and chicken tikka dishes, the latter of which is cooked in a creamy masala sauce.

7. Grissini Ristorante Italiano

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Grissini Ristorante Italiano is an upscale Italian eatery that provides every guest with an elegant and luxurious dining experience. Whether having a date with your significant other or spending time with friends, the intimate and cozy atmosphere will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to Rome. The menu consists entirely of Italian cuisine, where you can select such dishes as vitello picatta, pollo cacciatore, and the grilled portobello burger.

They use only fresh seasonal ingredients in the creation of these dishes, so you’re sure to be provided with high quality food every time you visit. When dining inside, each table offers a candlelit experience that you won’t soon forget. The pasta dishes they offer are fully customizable, providing you with the unique opportunity of adding only the ingredients that you want. When visiting Grissini Ristorante Italiano, people love to order the chicken Parmesan and tiramisu for dessert.

6. Cafe Bizou

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Cafe Bizou is one of the premier dining destinations in Agoura Hills and is a great place to eat for everyone, largely due to the family-friendly and comfortable atmosphere. You’ll want to make reservations if you intend to dine at this destination, as it is oftentimes busy and you don’t want to have to wait an hour to be seated. Once inside, you’ll be presented with a special Prix fixed menu that consists of three courses.

The first course is comprised of a handful of appetizers like French onion soup and Caesar salad, while the second course consists of such dishes as the lobster duo and cedar planked North Atlantic salmon. The third course is the dessert course, allowing you to order dishes like tiramisu and flourless chocolate cake. People who visit this eatery rave about the lobster bisque, which you’ll definitely want to consider ordering the next time you visit.

5. Twisted Oak Tavern

The Twisted Oak Tavern is a lively brewery in Agoura Hills that provides visitors with a hip and laid back atmosphere that’s punctuated by live music. This eatery is only two years old but has already garnered a fantastic reputation for delivering great food, wonderful customer service, and an impressive selection of beer. Whether you’re visiting for lunch or dinner, there are dozens of dishes you can sample, most of which is standard American cuisine, although you’ll find some Italian cuisine and seafood on the menu as well. The Twisted Oak Tavern specializes in small dishes that nevertheless will fill you up quickly. The Twisted Oak burger is a great choice for lunch or dinner and is a favorite among local residents. Consider trying the chocolate lava cake for dessert.

4. Osteria Orto

Osteria Orto is an authentic Italian eatery that provides a menu that’s comprised almost entirely of locally-sourced ingredients. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, although the restaurant is outfitted with a bar and HDTV, making it a great place to visit when you want to watch the game. All of the gourmet dishes at Osteria Orto are derived from the mind of Chef Francesco Pesce and include such options as Agnolotti, traditional lasagna, bricked pressed half chicken, and roasted pork collar. When you visit for lunch or dinner, you’ll want to stay for dessert, as their desserts are made-to-order from scratch, based entirely on the whims and inclinations of the chef. People who dine at Osteria Orto love to order the braised short ribs, as the quality of the meat is said to be exceptional.

3. Tifa Chocolate & Gelato

Tifa Chocolate & Gelato is a wonderful dessert cafe in Agoura Hills that offers everything from gelato and hot chocolate to homemade candies. With an inviting atmosphere and large viewing windows where you can see all of the chocolates and gelato being made, you’ll want to sit down and enjoy the sights while you eat. Most people who eat at Tifa Chocolate & Gelato start off with a hot coffee or tea, such as oolong tea and yerba mate. Don’t forget to try their sumptuous gelato, of which they have 21 flavors to select from like lemon cookie and salted caramel. They also make their own unique truffles and nut-clusters that you can only find at Tifa. Their cups of crushed hot chocolate are definite favorites among people who visit the chocolate shop.

2. Old Place Restaurant

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The Old Place Restaurant is a rustic eatery with an American cuisine that provides guests with a unique Western decor upon entering. This decor makes for a warm and appealing atmosphere that will have you wanting to sit and stay for hours. From time to time, a piano will be played so that guests can enjoy some music during their meal. This one is a little off the beaten path in the community of Cornell, which is about 4-5 miles west of Agoura Hills. However, the short trip to this destination is worth it, as their steaks are loved by everyone who orders them. Try the oak-grilled sirloin or rib-eye, both of which are 12-oz. cuts. For something more exotic, you might want to consider the chef’s selection, which offers you a choice of elk, venison, or wild boar. Along with the fire-grilled steaks, guests rave about the clam chowder.

1. Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

The Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill is a family-friendly diner that’s known for its delicious BBQ and ample serving sizes. While their menu of American cuisine is extensive and includes dishes like the buckeye burger, tri tip sandwich, and Kansas City strip, the pecan wood-smoked beef ribs are ordered by many who dine at this restaurant, as they are always smokey and cooked to perfection. The atmosphere inside is very cozy and relaxing, a feeling that’s accentuated by the plush seating.

We hope our list of the 11 best restaurants in Agoura Hills has served you well! Have a favorite spot of your own you’d like to add to the list? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!

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The Morrison Ranch Estates https://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-hills/the-morrison-ranch-estates/ https://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-hills/the-morrison-ranch-estates/#comments Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:00:14 +0000 https://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23366 Located in the city of Agoura Hills, Morrison Ranch is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Conejo Valley, providing residents with a prime location that’s just nearby a great selection of award-winning schools, numerous shopping centers, and delicious eateries. This affluent neighborhood was first developed in the early 1980’s and has since grown to include over […]

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Located in the city of Agoura Hills, Morrison Ranch is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Conejo Valley, providing residents with a prime location that’s just nearby a great selection of award-winning schools, numerous shopping centers, and delicious eateries. This affluent neighborhood was first developed in the early 1980’s and has since grown to include over 1,000 homes, many of which are elegant single-family residences with large yards and ample amenities. If you’re searching for the right property in Morrison Ranch, the community is family-friendly with a warm and inviting atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.

Morrison Ranch Properties

When you’re considering purchasing a house in Morrison Ranch, you’ll find that there are a wide range of different property types to select from, which can differ greatly in size, price range, and included amenities. Of the more than 1,100 homes that are currently situated throughout Morrison Ranch, the properties mainly consist of sizable single-family homes as well as some larger estate houses. Many of these homes consist of modern open-floor plans that facilitate easier access to each room in the house as well as bathrooms and kitchens that have been updated and remodeled for a stylish appearance.

Many of the properties found in Morrison Ranch consist of two floors with 3-5 bedrooms and a total square footage that ranges anywhere from 2,500 to well over 5,000. These homes tend to be comprised of large yards and are mainly built in the Mediterranean style, which is a style that’s notable for its tiled roofs and stucco exteriors. While the current median price for a house in Morrison Ranch is around $1.2 million, these prices can differ dramatically depending on the square footage of the house as well as the number of bedrooms that it consists of. When you’re searching for the right home in Morrison Ranch, you can expect to encounter homes with a standard price range extending from $750,000 to $1.4 million, though you’ll also find some houses that are listed at a higher price.

Depending on the square footage of the home you select, many houses in the area come with at least two bathrooms, although some consist of 3-4, making these houses perfect for larger families that enjoy their space. Given the fact that Morrison Ranch is an affluent neighborhood, you’ll also be presented with homes that consist of a substantial amount of amenities, ranging all the way from custom cabinetry and pristine granite counters to beautiful wood paneling and vaulted ceilings. Almost all houses in the area also consist of a spacious garage where you can store your vehicles as well as a private backyard where your children can spend their afternoons when school is over.

If you’re in the market for a larger estate property, there are plenty of these types of properties in Morrison Ranch. These estates usually run upwards of $1.5-1.6 million, but come with much larger yards, opulent interiors and the best views in the neighborhood, providing you with an up-close look at the nearby Santa Monica mountains. When purchasing one of these homes, you can expect at least five bedrooms, massive kitchens, sizable outdoor terraces, and all the amenities you can wish for when buying a home.

Morrison Ranch Housing Market

As with many housing markets in Southern California, the Morrison Ranch housing market is currently strong with advantages for both home buyers and sellers. As of now, the median listing price for a house in Morrison Ranch is just under $1.2 million, which is a dramatic increase from the low of under $800,000 in October 2016. Since that time, the value of homes has gone up on a consistent basis, reaching a little over $2 million in January of this year and never dipping below $1.1 million in the six months following.

While the increase in the value of homes in Morrison Ranch is highly beneficial for people who are looking to sell their homes, it’s also great for you as a homebuyer, as these trends look as though they will continue in the future, meaning that your initial investment into a new home will pay off if ever you place the house on the market later on. Another aspect of the housing market that’s important to look at when searching for a home in Morrison Ranch is that the average days on market has been decreasing as of late.

Towards the end of 2016, homes were averaging over 60 days on the market, a number that has decreased ever since, reaching a low of just 24 days in June 2017. Along with the value of homes going up, this reduction in the number of days that a home is on the market seems to indicate that the housing market in Morrison Ranch is very competitive, a trend that will likely continue. Along with the decrease in days on market and the boost in home value, the median price per sq. ft. is also going up, another factor that points towards an increase in home value.

At the beginning of 2016, the average price per sq. ft. for a house in Morrison Ranch was around $310. Since that time, it has increased substantially, reaching a high of $420 for both May and July, a clear sign that the value of homes in Morrison Ranch is increasing with each passing month. Because of these trends, it’s definitely recommended that you start searching for a home in the area as soon as possible, as waiting will only serve to cost you money in the long run.

The Morrison Ranch Community

Morrison Ranch is such a desirable place to live primarily because of the fact that it’s a very family-friendly community that has an inviting atmosphere that will make you feel welcome from the moment you step foot in your new home. You’ll often spot your neighbors walking their dogs through the neighborhood or taking a quick jog down the winding streets, as the appealing Conejo Valley weather makes it difficult to not spend a lot of time outdoors soaking up the sun and hanging out with family and friends.

Morrison Ranch is also well-liked for its fantastic location, as it has close proximity to numerous local schools and parks, such as the Forest Cove Park and a wide range of other appealing parks in Agoura Hills. The forest Cove Park is a great place to visit with your children or whenever you want to spend some time among nature. This park consists of large playground areas with numerous slides, basketball courts, baseball fields, and several other fun amenities that will have you spending many hours there.

The Morrison Ranch Community is also in close proximity to some of the premier entertainment hubs in Conejo Valley, including Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, allowing you to take short drives whenever you’d like to watch movies, go shopping, or visit one of the many exciting attractions in the area.

The Morrison Ranch HOA

If you’re considering a move to Morrison Ranch, you should know about its HOA, commonly referred to as the Morrison Ranch Estates Homeowners’ Association, which is a group that’s dedicated towards the upkeep of the neighborhood, helping to make sure that the community is safe and looking its best at all times. While every member of the community must pay monthly HOA fees, these fees help with the constant upkeep of the neighborhood that ensures that home values remain high and the neighborhood itself continues to look beautiful.

Without an HOA, a homeowner can decide to do nothing as their home and yard continue to degrade in both appearance and quality, which has the adverse effect of causing the home value for the rest of the houses in the general vicinity to plummet, a problem that’s avoided entirely with an HOA like this one. The Morrison Ranch Estates HOA has a wide range of architectural rules that everyone moving into the neighborhood should be aware of, many of which pertain to such issues as making a new addition to your home or the installation of a mailbox. While the rules by the HOA can be rigid at times, the benefits provided to you as a homeowner are numerous.

Morrison Ranch Schools

If you have children, you’ll definitely want to be aware of the schools available for younger children and teenagers in and around Morrison Ranch. Overall, there are a total of four schools to select from for children that live in this neighborhood, which are divided into two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, all of which are a part of the award-winning and highly reputable Las Virgenes Unified School District, which is widely regarded to be among the best school districts in Southern California and the Conejo Valley.

If your child is entering grades K-5, there are two different elementary schools that they may be enrolled into, including the Willow Elementary School and Yerba Buena Elementary School. Middle school children will have the ability to attend Lindero Canyon Middle School while high school students will attend Agoura High School.

Each of these schools has received widespread recognition for having great learning environments and providing children and teenagers with the tools necessary to develop and become knowledgeable before heading out into the real world. Every school available to residents of Morrison Ranch has also received numerous awards throughout the years. Willow Elementary School, for instance, received the National Blue Ribbon award in 1992 as well as the Distinguished School Award in 2014. Yerba Buena Elemntary has been awarded with the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2015 and the Distinguished School Award in both 1995 and 2014.

As for Lindero Canyon Middle School and Agoura High School, they are among the most awarded schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, having both received the aforementioned awards on numerous occasions as well as the California Gold Ribbon award in 2015, the latter of which is provided to schools throughout the state that have demonstrated outstanding educational achievements. You can be confident that your child is receiving a great education from exemplary teachers at any of these schools.

If you’re looking to buy a home in Morrison Ranch Estates and believe that this community would be a great place to settle down, contact us today so that we can help you find the home of your dreams at the right price!

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11 Best Hiking Trails in Agoura Hills https://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-hills/11-best-hiking-trails-agoura-hills/ https://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-hills/11-best-hiking-trails-agoura-hills/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:00:42 +0000 https://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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