Great Questions! New Homes are not a better deal than older homes when it comes to resale. Just like new cars, new homes tend to drop faster in value and not hold their value as long. This is due to the fact that buyers pay a premium for a "new" home that has not been lived in by others. It is actually better to find a used home that is in great condition in a neighborhood that retains value well. The location is extremely important.
There are many terrific schools in Ventura. Poinsettia off of Victoria has a great reputation at the elementary school level. Also, Citrus Glen on the East End of Ventura is a great elementary schools. None of the elementary schools have bad reputations though. My son went to Cabrillo and we loved it. The principal, Glory Page, is fantastic and runs a great school. But again Anacapa also has a good reputation. High Schools are all good. You can choose from Ventura, Buena and Foothill. My son is at Ventura High and loves it and I am really impressed with the school.
Of course, museums and flea market is downtown, but that is within easy access of anywhere in Ventura really.
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