I am not an agent or broker and I LOVE Ventura. I have not lived in Portland, which I imagine is a great place to live, but I have lived in Washington State and living in Ventura is like living in paradise! I love raising my 2 children here. We have a fantastic art community, awesome schools and the people are eclectic. Midtown is a cute place to live and I walk my dog at all hours of the day...even late and I always feel safe. I love the schools in this area even though my husband and I are homeschooling one of our children. My other has gone to both Middle school and now High School here in Ventura. Walking distance to the beach, Farmers Market on Saturdays, First Friday art days, too many tattoo shops for my liking but oh well....there are 5 in walking distance from my house LOL! Never TOO hot or TOO cold. All in all....a great place to live AND to raise a family!!!