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Beautifying Rentals

Here are a few fun, and easy tips to beautify your rental space!

Whether you rent a home, an apartment, or a studio from California Oaks Property Management, these are a few ideas we think help!

Estate sales- these are great for finding vintage furniture and art and even jewelry. You can find a list of estate sales in the local paper under “classified”

Photo squared app- this app is so neat, you can turn photos from your phone into hangable tiles. They don’t even need nails so no damage to the wall. They have an adhesive attached to the back of the tiles and are very easy to be taken down when the time comes.

DIY bar cart-if you happen to enjoy making your own cocktails and entertaining this is the perfect addition even for small spaces.

Succulents and air plants- succulents are great for brightening up any area, and they are very low maintenance so don’t be intimidated even if you don’t have a green thumb. Air plants are also an affordable and fun way to decorate.

Flea markets- you can find so many great things here, from furniture to art, and even clothing. Go early, and you can find all the gems. There is one every Wednesday at the Ventura County Fair Grounds, admission is cheap and you get the best deals on unexpected items. I have even found really great patio and yard furniture in good condition.

We hope these ideas help in making your rentals feel like home!

If you are currently looking for a rental property, be sure to check out our website for current vacancies!

Local Business Highlight

Café Ficelle in Ventura opened in June of 2017 and shortly after became one of my favorite go to spots in town. Since first opening, they have expanded their menu to now include lunch items, wine, beer, and even a happy hour.

I love going on a weekend morning for breakfast, everything is so fresh and delicious, and the ambiance is inviting and fresh. It is the perfect sampling of French cuisine that our quaint town needed. The breakfast is not to be missed, but even just stopping in for a coffee and some pastries will leave you hooked!

The coffee is just as good as the pastries, trust me waiting the extra few minutes for that coffee is worth it. They even take special orders for cakes, and desserts perfect for those special occasions. Breakfast at Café Ficelle is a great time to get acquainted with the new hot spot. The menu has some traditional items like fruit crepes, and hearty favorites like Croque-Monsieur. They are planning to open a second location in Camarillo, this summer but for now the only location is in Ventura. I highly recommend making a special trip even if you live outside Ventura I promise it is worth the trip.

Easter in Ventura County

With Spring in full swing there are so many things to look forward to!  Easter is right around the corner and there are plenty of local fun events to enjoy with your friends and family! Check out a few of our favorite events below!

Moorpark

Underwood Family Farms has started their Easter Springtime Festival that runs through April 22nd  at their Moorpark location. Easter at the farm is full of family fun activities including things like a wagon ride, photo with the Easter bunny, a giant haystack, animal races and animal shows on the weekends and is a fully functioning farm where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables! Ticket sales are available online now and admission is just $12 on the weekends. For additionally purchased tickets, kids can also participate in an egg hunt! With endless fun for the families, it sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Spring and celebrate Easter!

For more information on activities, hours and the Somis location please visit the Underwood Farms website at https://underwoodfamilyfarms.com/about-moorpark/

Ojai

If looking for other Easter fun in the Ojai area, the Ojai Valley Inn hosts an egg hunt on April 21st at 11:30AM where you can enjoy music and crafts, along with their grand Easter Brunch, a good time is sure for all!  For a list of all the Easter fun visit the Inn’s website at

https://www.ojaivalleyinn.com/application/files/4615/5139/2028/2019_Discover_Ojai_Activities_Guide.pdf

Camarillo

Camarillo will be hosting their Easter Eggstravaganza & Spring Craft Fair at the Camarillo Community Center Park on April 20, 2019 from 10AM-2PM. The event is free of charge and will feature egg hunts (with 20,000 eggs!!), the Easter Bunny, carnival games, petting zoo, crafts and much more! For more information on this event visit the website at

http://www.pvrpd.org/recreation/special_events/easter.asp

Oxnard

The City of Oxnard is hosting Bunny Hop at The Collection at Riverpark this Saturday, April 6th from 10AM-12PM. Guests of all ages are invited to join in the fun with special arts and crafts. Hop on over with the family for photos with the Easter Bunny and fun presented by St. John’s Hospital. For more information visit the website at

http://thecollectionrp.com/connect/events/detail/138/bunny-hop

Ventura

If staying around Ventura, there is a giant Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday April 6th in Mission Park in Downtown Ventura. Come prepared with a large enough basket, as there are over 25,000 eggs to be found! Hunt starts promptly at 11:00 am! For more information please visit:

https://www.eventa.us/amp/events/ventura-ca/the-hunt-venturas-largest-free-holiday-egg-hunt

Whatever you choose to do, we hope everyone has a great time with loved ones! Happy Easter!

 

Property Highlight: 40 N. Wells Rd.

Enjoy having complete privacy in this extraordinary property! This one acre home located  in East Ventura has been refurbished throughout, but still maintains the original character and charm. Since being built in 1938, the home has been updated with air conditioning and a remodeled kitchen! This home must be seen in person to appreciate the beautiful details, contact our office today to schedule!

 

 

 

 

https://caloakspm.appfolio.com/listings/detail/eea3c491-9459-4fec-a37d-5a9c75d17d48

Our Service Area: Santa Paula

Santa Paula is the “Citrus Capital of the world” and has a small-town charm that is undeniable. Maybe it’s the tree lined streets or the history that this town holds, but it is completely adorable. The town itself has numerous historical landmarks and one of the most aesthetically pleasing backdrops. I had never really spent much time in Santa Paula until one of my dear friends bought a home in town.

The neighborhoods look like something out of a book, long streets lined with huge trees and the Topa Topa mountains in the background. This quaint town has a lot to offer, from a giant corn maze every October to beautiful hiking trails and parks. This town is the perfect place to slow down for a minute and enjoy the beauty that our county has to offer.

If you aren’t a fan of outdoor adventures, Santa Paula has some great restaurants to choose from. The Glen Tavern Inn isn’t known just for being haunted but also for the Italian restaurant Enzo’s inside of the hotel. This vintage hotel was built in 1911 right across from the train depot in order to provide accommodations to the newcomers in the area.  If you haven’t been to Santa Paula I highly recommend stopping by the next time you are passing through.

California Oaks Property Management proudly services the city of Santa Paula for Management Services. If you own property in this wonderful city or thinking of relocating to the area, contact our office today!

 

Tips to avoid online scams

With the growth of the internet today, it is easy for people to take advantage of anyone looking to rent. At California Oaks Property Management we have seen an increase in online scams for rentals. I will list a few tips to help people be aware and stay safe when using the internet to look for rentals. Being a property management company, we must advertise available rental listings for owners and one way we do that is via the internet. This is a great way to find information easily,but as always when using the internet one should do so with caution.

Verify Information

My first tip is to always check our direct website for the most accurate, and up to date information. If you see a listing that seems too good to be true, check our website to verify. If it isn’t listed on our website, then it’s most likely a scam. This happens a lot on Craigslist, so be aware. You can also pick up copies of our rental list from our office directly at 2463 E. Main St or contact us at (805)648-1851 if you are unsure of the legitimacy of an ad.

Fake Listings

Another good way to tell if an online ad is face is by checking the location.  I have heard of people from areas outside of Ventura County(Camarillo, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Oxnard, Carpinteria) reposting our property listings on Craigslist as their own. They will list the same address and just change to Pasadena for example.

If someone asks for money upfront, before processing any kind of paperwork this is a red flag. Our company policy is to require someone to tour a property in person before an application can be taken in, then we will check financials, credit, and background. I cannot speak for all management companies, but this will be the process for all our properties.  Never send money to someone online that you have not met in person, I have heard a lot of people will pretend to be an owner of a property and request that you send funds over the internet to secure a property. If you are ever unsure do not hesitate to contact our office.

New Traditions

Giving Back to Children of Ventura County!

California Oaks Property Management prioritizes giving back to the community, which is why this year we decided to host our very first Toys for Tots Toy Drive!  Once we made the decision to participate, we knew we wanted to get everyone involved and make it as successful as possible.

Our amazing staff all came together and started contacting our property owner’s, our tenants and our vendors to bring toys to the office by December 15th.  We had hoped we would see a strong response but didn’t expect that in the first week we would have filled almost two boxes! Some of our generous owner’s and vendors donated large sums of money for toys to be purchased. It was so inspiring to see people coming in everyday bringing loads of toys!

The response to our first Toys for Tots Toy Drive far exceeded our expectations! We filled over seven boxes of toys, donating over 200 toys to children in need this holiday season! With such a great turnout; we cannot wait to do it all over again next year!

Having the opportunity to participate in events like this really remind us what is important, especially during the holidays. We are so grateful to be able to give back and we cannot thank everyone who participated enough!

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!

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/55572864/list/your-winter-home-maintenance-checklist

https://www.onecrazyhouse.com/winterize-your-home/

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  https://caloakspm.appfolio.com/listings/detail/583a5aaa-78ad-41d2-a060-8ba1f7d87688