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Local Business highlight: Fluid Sate Beer Garden

Since opening in May 2017, it’s safe to say Fluid State Beer Garden in Downtown Ventura, has become a fast favorite for Ventura natives and visitors as well. Though it is a “beer garden” at heart, they have a full bar which is a plus and a rarity for most breweries. The beautiful patio is inviting and perfect for spending an afternoon under the sun. It is another great addition to our constantly growing Main St. community. Even though new breweries seem to pop up weekly, I think Fluid State offers something a little different.

One of my favorite things about the beer garden, is its ever-growing list of taps. They are consistently switching out the beers they have, and I have found some of the best tasting beers here! If I don’t see something that sounds interesting I always ask the staff and they never steer me wrong.  If you aren’t a big beer drinker, don’t worry they have a full bar and make a mean cocktail. They are always helpful and have great recommendations for your taste preferences. You cannot come to Fluid State and not try the pizza, so be sure to arrive hungry! Their pizza is some of the best pizza I have ever had, it rivals New York slices. Give them a try and you won’t be disappointed, they are open from 3-11 Tuesday-Thursday and Friday-Sunday from 11:30-11. If you’re visiting Ventura from out of town, add this to your list of stops while in town,  you will not be disappointed it’s a great local spot!


Caring for your rental: Fall/Winter maintenance tips

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

With the season changing it’s always good to stay on top of home care. At California Oaks Property Management, we always try to stay preventative with our maintenance of properties in order to keep our tenants happy and to ensure the best level of care for our homeowner’s properties. Even though Ventura County and surrounding areas do not get severe winter weather, it is still necessary to take some precautions during the colder months. Here are just a few of our tips for keeping our tenants safe and happy in their rental.

Heaters- Filters on heaters should be changed annually. Make sure to check your filters and clean or replace them before the cold season begins! Most heater filters can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Rain Gutters- If rain gutters are not properly clean and clear of debris before the rains start, it can cause leaks. If you notice that the gutters have a buildup of leaves at your rental, please contact our office.

Fireplaces- If your property has a fireplace that you would like to enjoy, please make sure the vents are clean and your flute is open before using, especially if it has been a long time since the last service date.

Windows- A lot of residential windows slide on a track, outside of which are small “weep holes” that allow rainwater to drain out. If these weep holes are plugged up with dirt, the track may fill with water and leak during heavy rains. To prevent water damage, thoroughly clean all window tracks before the rainy season.

Exterior hoses-Turn off and flush any outdoor water hoses and faucets.

Weather Stripping- If you notice any damaged caulking / weather stripping to windows and doors, let us know before Winter sets in. This will prevent large drafts and save on utility costs.

As always, feel free to report any and all maintenance concerns to our office. Our priority is taking care of our properties and our tenants!



For additional tips, check out these links!

New Property Highlight

Enjoy Living in Desirable Ventura Keys Neighborhood

One of the most requested and sought-after neighborhoods for us is definitely the Pierpont/Ventura Keys area. We have listed a beautiful completely remodeled (looks brand new!) duplex! This spacious 2 bedroom is setup with not one, but two master suites! Give us a call to tour this beautiful beachy home in person. For more information on this property, and our other listings visit our website at

Local Business Highlight

Waypoint Ventura

Waypoint Ventura has created quite the buzz since opening earlier this year, after visiting the vintage trailer park I can see why it is becoming so popular. Tucked away between the Ventura Pier and Downtown Ventura, you could easily miss the park. The first thing that caught my eye was an open trailer that was stocked with bikes that are complimentary for the guests of Waypoint. Visitors can easily grab a bike and be on the beach or pier in no time! Each of the restored trailers are different, but they all are equipped with tv’s, microwave, refrigerator and individual decks with plenty of seating make it the perfect hang out spot.


The grounds have corn hole boards for guests to enjoy, swings for the kids and fire pits for s’mores at night! They really have thought of everything here, and the site is walking distance to Downtown Ventura, so you’re close to everything if you don’t want to take advantage of the communal barbecues just walk to any of the great restaurants downtown. This is a great place to spend a weekend and bring visitors from out of town! My family loved it, and I can’t wait to go back. Looking at the website, they have a great variety of trailers to choose from! So, if you are interested in going with a big group, fear not they even have a trailer that has 6 twin beds and one queen, with two outdoor showers! So whether you are in town visiting, or a Ventura native looking to get away, Waypoint is the perfect weekend spot.

If you’re interested in finding out more, here is a link to their website




Local Non profit emphasizes tradition

Escaramuza Charras Unidas
We are so proud to support local organizations, including Escaramuza Charras Unidas of which our wonderful onsite manager for the Del Norte St apartments on the East end of Ventura, Jill Martinez is a part of. It is a local non-profit that performs the traditional national sport of Mexico. Their team is based out of Santa Paula but perform all over, including the Ventura County Fair for the last 7 years! While wearing traditional Mexican attire along with their horses they ride side saddle in very precise patterns, and if you haven’t seen it before you need to check them out! It is so impressive to see the choreography they perform with the horses in the beautiful traditional Mexican uniforms.

For the last three years the team has been invited to represent the United States in the International Puerto Vallarta Tournament, as well as competing in regional competitions and they have been competing for over 10 years, which is very impressive!

They also have a youth team with girls ages 4-14, and 3 -7 years old. The youth teams are taught about side saddle horse back riding and the traditions of Escaramuza, as well as focusing on Mexican culture, and teamwork. We love being able to support not only an organization that promotes people learning about their heritage while emphasizing traditions, but also supports one of our team members. The link below is to the team facebook page, or I’m sure you can catch them at next year’s fair!

Rental Application Tips


Application Checklist

When applying for a rental property, it is important that you have all the required documents when turning in the application. If an application is submitted with only partial information or missing documents, the application will not be processed right away. In such a tight rental market, this means another applicant can be approved for the property before your application has been processed.

Here is an overview of what we need to process an application:

– Completed application for each person 18+ that will be residing in the property. (Can be a paper application from our office or one submitted online through our website.) An application is considered complete when it is fully filled out (no sections can be left blank).

Rental History– The application asks for a minimum of 5 years rental history. This includes the property address, contact name and phone number for references and dates which you resided at the property. Be prepared, because we will contact all previous landlords to obtain rental references.

-Photo I.D. for each person 18+

-Income verification- Combined gross income of all adult occupants must be at least 2.5x the monthly rent amount. We require the most recent two paycheck stubs for each person 18+. If you receive direct deposit or personal checks that you deposit into a bank account, we will require 6 months of consecutive bank statements to verify income. If you receive income outside of your employment that is consistent and would like that to be included with your application, we would need proper documentation to verify that as well.

-Pets– If you are applying for a property and have a pet, be sure to check that the property you are applying for is accepting pets. This information can be found on the website under the amenities and description section of the property.  We require the breed, weight and picture of the pet to be submitted with your application.

-$30.00 application fee per applicant. Online this may be paid by credit card. If you are submitting paper applications to our office, the application fee must be paid in cash.

At California Oaks Property Management, we understand finding a rental property can be a stressful time. By being prepared when submitting your application, our office will be able to process your application faster and help you move into your dream rental!

Benefits of Property Management

Renting out your home can be a stressful time for a property owner.  California Oaks Property Management is an experienced and reliable full-service management company that has been serving local Ventura County for over 30 years. Let us take the stress out of being an income property owner and help you rent your property with confidence!

Below is an overview of our full-time management service.

INITIAL PROPERTY INSPECTION: The broker will meet you at your rental property to complete a physical inspection to ensure the property is in compliance with rental regulations and give you recommendations for cosmetic updates. At this time, we can answer any detailed questions you have regarding our management services and provide you a recommended listing price.

MARKETING: Your property will have high quality pictures and detailed description created for online advertising. Our marketing software will showcase your property to over thirty rental websites including but not limited to our company website, Craigslist, Zillow and

TENANT SCREENING: Our office completes a thorough background check on all applicants 18 years and over. This includes a complete credit check, verification of employment, criminal background, eviction background and rental references. We have a reputation for attracting high quality tenants which ensures proper care of your property.

LEASE PREPARATION AND RENEWAL: Your income property will be protected with a detailed Rental Agreement and appropriate addendums. California Oaks continuously makes updates to our leases to ensure they are in compliance with current Real Estate laws. At the owner’s request, we will complete lease renewals and rent increases.

CONVENIENCE FOR YOUR TENANTS: Your tenants will appreciate our up to date software with online applications, automatic online rent payment options and online maintenance requests.

MAINTENANCE: California Oaks Property Management employs our own maintenance staff. Owners and tenants appreciate knowing that if something does need a quick repair, a reliable and familiar face is available to help. All maintenance repairs are handled in the most cost-effective way for the owner. Should extensive repair work ever be needed, we maintain contacts with reputable contractors.  Our office has an on call 24-hour emergency line if your tenant ever experiences an after-hours emergency.

FINANCIALS:  All rents are collected on time and forwarded to you on schedule. You will receive a monthly, itemized statement that will make it easy to keep track of your income property, and your accountant will appreciate having all your information in such a concise format. Paperless options are available where you can access all your statements online 24/7 and receive your owner draw by direct deposit.

LEGAL NOTICES: If your tenant is in violation of their lease or late on rent payment, our office will handle the preparation and serving of all legal notices. In the rare case an unlawful detainer is required, we have relationships with reputable eviction attorneys.

MOVE-OUT INSPECTIONS: Our experienced Property Managers will complete a thorough move-out inspection of your home to document the condition. Our software allows us to photo document the property and send you an itemized inspection report online.  We will handle your tenants itemized deposit return and charges.

VACANCY PREPARATION: Allow California Oaks to prepare your property in between tenants by coordinating all contractors and cleaning. Our experienced staff completes this in an efficient manner, minimizing the amount of time your property is vacant.

Whether you are an owner looking to fill your vacancy with a qualified tenant or seeking full-time management services, California Oaks Property Management will ensure your property is rented out with confidence. For more information and quotes on our management service options, please contact our office today at (805) 648-1851.

Investing in our local youth

As a locally owned company, California Oaks Property Management strives to support our community in all ways that we can. What better way than to invest in our local youth?! For over a decade, California Oaks Property has annually donated to Ventura High School Football!

California Oaks Property Management invites our tenants and property owners to help us celebrate the Ventura Cougar pride by attending the 7th Annual Tailgate and Chili Cook Off on Thursday, August 16th at 5-7PM at the Ventura High School lower parking lot. Don’t forget to purchase some new Cougarwear to support the school!

Ventura High Football season kicks off this Friday, August 17th at 7pm with a scrimmage game against Canyon! Come enjoy the game and see our company banner from the bleachers! For a full football schedule and more ways to look into donating to our local Ventura youth, please visit the High School website at


Local Business Highlight

Local Business Highlight: The Refill Shoppe

At California Oaks Property Management, we love supporting local businesses and causes. And since we have so many great new additions to the community, we thought we would highlight different  locally owned and operated businesses in the area,  this post we are focusing on the Refill Shoppe who has not only provided our community with another way to protect the environment, but also supports multiple non profits which is something California Oaks believes very strongly in. We hope if you aren’t familiar with the shop, this will entice you to stop in!

How It Works

The Refill Shoppe is located in Downtown Ventura opened 8 years ago and has brought so much to our beach community, since then it has become a staple of downtown. If you aren’t familiar with the store, let me give you some background. The Refill Shoppe specializes in reusable eco friendly products. This place has everything you need, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, they even have cleaning products for your home.  You choose your container and trust me they have plenty of bottles/ containers to choose from,or  bring your own container from home and you just fill it with your product of choice and choose a scent! You can customize most products with a scent of your choosing. They have a long list  of essential oils to choose from! So the possibilities are endless.  When you run out, just return to the shop and fill it back up. It’s such a simple concept that has a huge impact on our community waste. I love their lotions and toners, and it doesn’t stop at skin care. They also have a variety of reusable and travel style dishware and eco friendly lunch boxes and to go containers. So, no need for Styrofoam and other wasteful products.

At California Oaks Property Management, we  not only love striving to provide the best service to our tenants and owners, but we love our community and the  local businesses that make Ventura so unique, and this is one of them. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the Refill Shoppe I highly recommend stopping in the next time you are in downtown Ventura, it’s an experience! If you can’t make it, they also ship so here is a link to the website 

If you’re interested in learning more about the shop, here is a link to an interview with the owner



DIY Maintenance

As a property management company, we regularly receive maintenance calls for the properties that we manage. Some of these calls can be handled with small adjustments. We thought it would be a good idea to share a few tips for some of FAQ we get. We hope everyone find these tips helpful whether you are renting or own your home!


  • One common call we get is for lack of water in one area of the home, maybe it’s the bathroom sink that is not receiving any water, but you have water in all other areas. If this does happen it could be a clogged aerator screen on your faucet, hard water after a time begins to build up mineral deposits and that can contribute to little to no water pressure in faucets. If this in your home, try cleaning the aerators with vinegar. It works wonders to break down the mineral deposits.
  • Another very common problem we hear is lack of power to certain outlets in a home, or loss of power in one or two rooms. Sometimes flipping the breakers can resolve this or resetting the GFI’s. If your outlet has a button that says “reset” this can reset the GFI and restore power to the outlets.
  • To help with drains try using boiling water down the drains to maintain them. If a drain is clogged, try flushing with one cup of baking soda and then following with one cup of vinegar. When the weather gets windy it can kick up all sorts of things and can affect the smell of drains. I have noticed when the Santa Ana’s start we get an influx of calls for sewer smell coming from drains and will sometimes resolve itself once the weather changes back so try and be patient.

Of course if these simple fixes do not resolve the issues, contact our office.

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