I was wondering when you spoke about land, if that meant a home on a nice size lot, or purchsing a home on numerous acres? As a suggestion, maybe you should consider taking a nickel tour with a local Realtor of the various areas, say for example, Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Fillmore and even the Valencia area (very desirable area) which includes Castaic etc. Some agents like myself work both the Ventura and Santa Clarita (Valencia) real estate boards. This way you can discuss the areas, and maybe peek at a home or two, to weigh some differences.
In addition, I recently sold a property in Santa Paula and Piru, and both of these were tough sales.
Hope this helps and best of luck!