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About Ojai Valley

Ojai Valley, in Ventura County, is northwest of Los Angeles and southeast of Santa Barbara, surrounded by hills and mountains. The City of Ojai is fourteen miles inland from the City of Ventura accessed by Highway 33, it is also convenient to Carpenteria and Santa Barbara (about 33 miles) via scenic Highway 150 which also passes Casitas Lake.

Ojai is a way of life and the people live here love its small town, friendly atmosphere along with its easy access to the larger cities. Most every sunset turns the Topatopa Mountains that tower over the valley turn pink casting a lovely sheen over the valley even if you are inside in many cases.

The current population of the Ojai Valley is approximately 7500. The Valley is very horse friendly and many properties are zoned for horses and there are trails made for horses throughout the valley (minimum lot size is 10,000 square feet). There is also a world famous 18 hole champion golf course, numerous hiking and biking trails, a full service athletic club complete with tennis and two pools, acres of peaceful park lands and Lake Casitas.

This area has always been popular with artists and writers and there are many artisans’ wares on display in the many galleries and shops.

Residents and visitors can never really get bored because there is always something going on in Ojai. It is a close-knit community and the residents love to get together. Ojai also is well known for the annual music festival, story time festival, a local theater that hosts an annual film festival. In the Valley there are more than 250 clubs and organizations that provide a wide-range of cultural and social opportunities.

Ojai also has a hospital and a library. The public schools of Ojai are excellent and Ojai boasts an array of exceptional private schools.

All of this makes Ojai a major visitor destination for events, vacations and short terms rentals.
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Ojai Neighborhoods

The key neighborhoods that make up the Ojai Valley are, the City of Ojai, Ojai East End, Upper Ojai, Meiners Oaks, Mira Monte, Oak View. Other special, unique neighborhoods are the Ojai Arbolada, Rancho Matilija, Saddle Mountain Estates, Persimmon hills and Casitas Springs.

City of Ojai

An incorporated city located on Highway 150 between Ventura and Santa Paula surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, the City of Ojai is the focal point for the Ojai Valley and the main center for most of the Valley’s activities and events.

Ojai is off the “beaten path” some fourteen miles inland from the ocean. You have to go out of your way to get here and that is just how the residents like it. The downtown area is very unique and features old town Main Street style shopping, very walk friendly. Anchored by the mission style US Post Office and family friendly Libbey Park (boasting the Libbey Bowl and an USTA approved Tennis facility, as well as, the famous city fountain and children’s playground). There are many small town family owned businesses, one movie house, some great coffee spots and small cafes, a weekly farmers market, one small town local newspaper, some incredible art galleries, quaint shops and many fine restaurants.

There are a lot of craftsman style residences and businesses dotting the blocks around the main street, as well as other styles and a few smaller apartment buildings.

Ojai is a community where on the 4th of July everyone comes out to watch the local parade and the fireworks. It is a community where people gather to raise money for and provide support for the land conservancy, the arts and to promote local theatre, music and several festivals.
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Ojai East End

Located just outside of downtown Ojai on either side of Grand Avenue. The types of homes you can expect to find here range from the modest to high end estate type homes on one to twenty acres. If you are looking for a country estate or a country setting you will want to take a look at this prestigious area. Major roads in the area are Fordyce Road, Thacher Road, Grand Avenue, McNell Road, McAndrew Road and Reeves Road. Grand Avenue is the central road for this area and is the most traveled. People are attracted to this area because they want to live in the country yet be close to downtown Ojai. Most of the homes here have views of the surrounding mountains.
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Upper Ojai

Upper Ojai is located along highway 150 (Ojai Santa Paula Road) between the City of Ojai and Santa Paula. Upper Ojai is a rural community where homes sit on one to forty acres. Once you leave the City of Ojai you will climb high up into the hills on what is known as the Dennison Grade.

When you reach the top there is a place to stop and look back out over the splendor of the Ojai Valley.

Only a handful of homes sell in this area each year. Residents have said that once you experience the beauty and tranquility of the area it is very hard to move.

Upper Ojai is a way of life. You move here because you like to be surrounded by nature and beautiful mountains and wildlife.
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Ojai Arbolada

The Ojai Arbolada was one of Ojai’s first developed subdivisions. It was designed and developed by Edward Libbey around 1922. The subdivision is unique in that each home enjoys from 1/2 to 2 acres and the area is covered in native Oak trees.

Today the Arbolada is considered one of the high-end neighborhoods for the City of Ojai. There are usually no more than three to seven homes available for sale at any given time.

Area Arbolada Street names would include, Foothill Road, Tico Road, Cuyama Road, Sierra Road, El Camino Road, El Paseo Road, Bristol Road, Palomar Road and Del Norte Road.
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Persimmon Hill

Persimmon Hill is located just outside of downtown Ojai and is a premiere equestrian neighborhood. The streets in this Ojai neighborhood are Longhorn Lane, Buckboard Lane and Saddle Lane. A unique, one of a kind neighborhood. Homes range in size from 2500 to 4500 square feet. One of the big advantages of this Ojai Neighborhood is that it is close to town.

Persimmon Hill Homeowners’ Association is an Association organized and operated to provide for the management, maintenance and care of Association property and common areas. In addition to such duties, the Association maintains architectural control, enforces its protective restrictions, and promotes the general welfare of the community comprising the Association. If interested in this area, it will be important to carefully review the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) set forth by the Board of Directors of this association.
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Meiners Oaks

Meiners Oaks is an eclectic neighborhood of older 1940 to 1960 style homes. The Meiners Oaks Neighborhood, which borders the city of Ojai, is located between highways 150 and 33 with the main roads being La Luna and El Roblar.

Once the ranch and orchard of John Meiner, the neighborhood was subdivided and homes were built after World War II.

The area is still spotted with orange orchards. From almost every area of this neighborhood you will have a view of the surrounding Los Padres Mountains.
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Rancho Matilija

Rancho Matilija is a private, gated Ojai Valley Community which features estate type homes on three to five acres of land.

Rancho Matilija is located on Highway 150 approximately five miles from downtown Ojai.

If you are looking for graceful country living in a large spacious custom home on acreage then rancho Matilija is a community you may want to consider. Usually, at any given time, there are a couple of homes available in Rancho Matilija.

The community is controlled by a homeowners association and restrictions to insure that the stately character of the neighborhood is always maintained. All buyers need to carefully review the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) set forth by the Board of Directors of this association prior to finalizing a purchase.
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Mira Monte

Mira Monte is an Ojai Valley Neighborhood featuring a strip of homes and small businesses located on either side of highway 33 between Oak View and the City of Ojai. Mira Monte (the Spanish word for Mountain View) is bordered on one side by the Ventura River Basin and the other by rolling hills dotted with homes. Many homes enjoy views of the surrounding mountains, wilderness and Lake Casitas. Mira Monte is located with Oak View on one side and the City of Ojai on the other. If living just outside of the city in quiet, safe country neighborhoods but yet still having the easy convenience of Ventura is desirable than Mira Monte may be a place to look.
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Oak View

Oak View is an Ojai Valley Community of homes and businesses located on either side of Highway 33 between Casitas Springs and Mira Monte.

Oak View, an unincorporated Ventura County community is primarily made up of approximately 1500 residential homes and has about 5000 inhabitants.

Cool ocean breezes blowing in from Ventura make Oak View a delightful place to live with average temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Burnham Road and Creek Road areas feature some homes with small tracts of land that are suitable for raising and/or boarding horses depending on the zoning and size of the lots.

Saddle Mountain Estates, Oak Ranch Estates and High Country Estates are a part of the Oak View Community where you find country estate properties with acreage. Both Saddle Mountain and Oak Ranch Estates are considered equestrian areas. You can find Saddle Mountain Estates by taking Encino Drive off of Highway 33 which ambles up into the hills overlooking the Valley and Lake Casitas.

The Oak View residential neighborhoods located on either side of highway 33 are where you will find some of your more standard city lots with two to four bedroom homes.
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Saddle Mountain Estates

Saddle Mountain Estates is located between highway 33 and Creek Road and is an Ojai Valley equestrian neighborhood where you can find large, stately country homes on three to forty acres of land.

Encino Drive is the main road through this unique subdivision of homes. Once you turn off of highway 33 this country road winds up into the hills that overlook the Valley below.

Many homes in the area enjoy mountain or views of Lake Casitas.

Saddle Mountain Estates offers peaceful, quiet, country living in a well-planned Ojai Valley community. If you are looking for horse property, hopefully you can find your spot here, but only a few properties come up for sale per year.
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Casitas Springs

Casitas Springs is the first little community that you come to as you travel Highway 33 from Ventura to Ojai. One of the main advantages to living in this area is that you are close to Ventura but yet far enough away that you have a sense of living outside of the city. Casitas Springs is a rustic little community with quaint homes and real country feeling.

Casitas Spring came about during 1940s and 1950s as a bedroom community to the nearby oil fields in Ventura. This is an eclectic neighborhood with an assortment of homes. Parts of this area are off the “beaten track” and set back in wooded areas. However, most of Casitas Springs is along Highway 33.
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