I personally would recommend a home in an established neighborhood, in the better school district - with a more favorable teacher to student ratio. Cul-de-sac's are always great for small children... Have you considered a home above Foothill Road? Perhaps in the Skyline Estates tract? The homes above Foothill have views, long-time owners, larger lots, more privacy than new construction homes, and fantastic re-sale value. Ohh yeah, and the best school district..
Most of Ventura is great for schools and families. I used to live in the college area and was very happy with the neighborhoods and schools.
Keller Williams Realty
Have you considered Ojai? The schools are great and the crime rate is low. We have homes in every price range. We are 15 miles inland from Ventura, but worth the drive. Ojai is a real community where you know your
neighbors. The population is about 8,500 . We have hiking, fishing and boating at Lake Casitas, lots of free tennis courts at Libby Park, horses and dogs every where. Lots of sunshine and it snows on our mountain tops. We're very old fashioned in a good sort of way. We also have a bike trail that goes all the way to the beach and a horse trail that goes all the way to Foster Park. If you are curious, check out my website below and check the school sites.
Good luck in your search. Call or write if I can help in any way.
Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe
VERY Safe and less crime living on the Lanes in PEIRPONT as they are dead end streets and the cars drive slow.. No more creeps cruising your street looking for something to steal, one way in one way out and you will be noticed..
Each Lane has that small town feel, each lane has its own personality , everyone knows their neighbors and looks out for one another. Many homes are vacation homes for the affluent, so they are vacant most of the time, except for the Fourth of July, best fireworks show around is on the our beach...
Great quality of life for everyone, lots of things to do and shopping within walking distance, park that gas hog and start riding your bike its healthier...
With the fine weather your kids can go outside and have fun for cheap, get those off of those mindless video games and being couch potato watching television all day;
Awesome schools, PIERPONT ELEMENTRY is LIKE A PRIVATE SCHOOL, Lots of people move here just to get their child into that school..
Looking for a home to buy or rent, give Artie a call 805-653-5800
PEIRPONTS THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE.
I have lived in the Ventura area since 1973. I have a 17 year old son who has gone to school in Ventura.
For young children the elementary school you hear the most about is Poinsettia. This school is located off of Victoria Avenue and there are many nice neighborhoods nearby that are median priced for Ventura. If you can afford a bit higher priced home then the neighborhood of Ondulando is wonderful. This area also is good for middle school and high school. There is also Citrus Glen elementary school a bit further on the East End that has a great reputation and again there is a wonderful neighborhood surrounding this school.
To answer your second question: New homes initially bring a premium to purchase but much like a new car once they are more than about five years old that premium drops way off and the home will blend with other comparable older properties. The key to retaining home value for resale is condition and remodeling of the home...more so than actual age.
If you are looking to purchase in the Ventura area I would love to help you!
Check out my website at http://www.Venturahomesforsale.org
I noticed that you are specifically asking about VENTURA. We have several blue ribbon schools here for very young children, Some are better thought of than others. If you go to http://www.greatschools.com you will get feedback written by actual parents along with report cards on how well the students pass exams, student-teacher ratios, and other comments. I also send people to http://www.venturausd.org/ which is the official site of the Ventura School District. Personally, I like Poinsettia & Pierpont, which are first picks for many parents, and also hear many good things about Elmhurst, Citrus Glen, and Portola. One thing you may want to consider if you plan on staying in your home for a long time is which Jr. High you are attached to as well.
I hope this helps you specifially in the town you asked about. I am a Ventura specialist!
BTW, I have lived in Agoura Hills (a few miles out of Ventura county) for 19 years. Most of my work is in Ventura County. You will love it here! Diantha, Bonnie and Ted give great advice.
Personally, I looked at moving to Ventura and Santa Paula several years ago but stuck with Simi because of affordability. I had a really tough time with what a median home price bought you just 6 or 7 years ago. Of course a local Realtor would be the best resource for you but as a homeowner, I just wanted more for my money than a small home on a small lot, which many homes in Ventura at the median price range offered. If your question is where to purchase in the City of Ventura it's a tough choice. I'd definetely look at schools. I would probably stay away from the areas along the Ojai Fwy corridor. They are the most affordable but the schools didnt seem that great (I had two nieces that attended the local elementary and middle school there). I think this is considered East Ventura, it's all the area located behind the Vons on Main. The best thing you can do is work with a Realtor who knows the area, and drive around neighborhoods some too. I once had a couple that came to Simi, drove around and told me they loved Indian Hills. They bought in another neighborhood because it was a little less expensive. Within less than two years they sold that home and bought in Indian Hills. People know what feels right to them. Good Luck with your house hunting and if for some reason you decide to stay local. Contact me for assistance.