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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.

Our Favorite Summer Festivals

It’s our favorite time of the year! The weather is finally starting to warm up and there is so much fun to be had! At California Oaks Property Management, we know when you are looking to find your next rental property, location is the biggest factor! Ventura has a great community environment and offers multiple festivals to enjoy during Summer 2018! Find some of our favorite festivities below!

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION, SANTA BARBARA: If you’re up for a short drive this weekend is the Summer Solstice Celebration in Santa Barbara. The parade is on Saturday, June 23rd and starts at noon. The solstice festival kicks off summer and is a great family friendly festival. On Sunday, June 24th they even have a children’s parade at 1:30! So, leave early and don’t forget the kiddos! For more information check here

VANS WARPED TOUR, VENTURA: For music lovers the final Vans Warped tour comes to town at The Ventura Fairgrounds on Sunday June 24th. Tickets are $45 and doors open at 11AM. This is sure to be a packed event and a great outing for the entire family! For tickets and more check here

SUMMER MOVIES SERIES, VENTURA: For movie lovers, Downtown Ventura will be hosting a summer movie series and showing movies outdoors over the summer. The first scheduled movie is Back to The Future showing Friday June 29th at 7:00. Don’t forget chairs and blankets! For a complete list of outdoor movies, check here

SURF RODEO, VENTURA: Another huge summer celebration is Surf Rodeo taking place over the weekend of July 14th and 15th. Enjoy Pierpont Beach while shopping local vendors, enjoying food, corn hole and bands! With so many great bands this year, it can’t be missed. For information on purchasing tickets please check here

TACOS & TEQUILA FESTIVAL, VENTURA: For foodies and Tequila lovers alike, Tacos & Tequila Music Festival is Saturday July 21st -22nd at Plaza Park in Downtown Ventura. This event is so great, and you can buy tickets for both days or choose one day for just $10. Saturday is the tequila tasting day and Sunday is all about the margaritas, no matter which day you choose you are sure to have a good time. They have great music both days and multiple food trucks, so come hungry! Check here for tickets

We encourage all our tenants, owners and tourists to try and make it to some of these fun summer outings! If you are considering relocating to rent a property in Ventura, this is a great way to see what our community has to offer! And of course you can’t forget to hit the beaches!

Benefits of Renter’s Insurance

Don’t have Renter’s Insurance? You Should.

When tenants move into a rental property many don’t consider getting a renter’s insurance policy. My personal property is covered by the owner, right? What’s the likelihood of needing it? Think twice.


After our community was affected by the Thomas Fire, California Oaks quickly learned that most of our tenants did not have a renter’s insurance policy and how important it is for our renters to understand the benefits of carrying one.


Why do you need a renter’s insurance policy?


It protects you and your belongings. The owner’s insurance policy does not cover your personal belongings. If your property is damaged due to a fire, flood or electrical damage your landlord cannot assist you with the replacement of your personal belongings. Consider how much it would cost to replace your furniture, clothes and electronics.


It gives you liability coverage. If a visitor is injured at your apartment, most renter’s insurance policies would pay the medical bills and will help with legal costs up to the policy’s limit.


It covers additional living expenses. If your apartment is damaged and you need to temporarily relocate because it is uninhabitable, a renter’s insurance policy can reimburse you for extra expenses such as hotel rooms and meals.


It covers property theft. Someone broke into your apartment or vehicle and stole your laptop? Your renter’s insurance policy will cover it.


It’s inexpensive. The average renter’s insurance policy is less than $200 per year. That’s cheap compared to the cost of replacing your apartment.



At California Oaks Property Management, renter’s insurance is optional at most of our properties. However, we encourage you to ask yourself whether you could afford to replace all of your possessions if they were damaged or destroyed. If your answer is no, get covered.



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