If you're having fantasies of living in Ojai, there are two important questions to ask yourself as you begin your home search:
#1 Do I want to live in town?
like an easy choice, yes? Not so fast. Some people like the idea of
having a few acres of land in the hills. You know, the full 'country'
experience. The trade-off is, you'll have to drive everywhere, which
for some people sort of defeats the whole reason of living in a
charming small town in the first place. If you live near historic
downtown, you'll be able to stroll just about everywhere, including the
health food store, the post office, the yoga studio, shops,
restaurants, grocery, nature trails -- you name it. However, you may
have to sacrifice that acreage. How important is a pedestrian lifestyle
to you? How would you feel in the first year of having to drive
everywhere? What about the second year? The third?
The hills or town -- which would you choose? Leave your vote in the comments section.
#2 What level of maintenance do I want?
the larger your spread, the more work involved in maintaining it. In
condos and some green housing communities downtown, monthly homeowner's
dues are required. Monthly dues sound like a drag at first, but it also
means that for a hundred bucks or so, all the gardening, landscaping,
watering, community areas, and weed-whacking will be handled for you. A
little gardening is fun when itâ€™s optional, but are you ready to
maintain two or more acres on your own? On the other hand, it can feel
luxurious to have the space and privacy that a large parcel provides.
Which would you choose, larger and more maintenance, or smaller and low maintenance? Leave your vote in the comments section.