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Old 06-28-2007, 02:38 PM
 
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My husband and I are considering a move to Ventura from Woodland Hills (we can't stand the valley and the heat!) We lived in West LA for ten years and loved it, but we both got jobs in the Conejo valley last year and moved closer to work. We miss living near the coast, but we also like the "city life" as well. We're looking to purchase a single family home (which is pretty much out of our reach anywhere but in Ventura County) and was looking at the Citrus Walk development off Kimball. Can anyone comment if that is a good location? Also, what is the commute time between Ventura and Thousand Oaks?

Thanks!
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Old 06-28-2007, 04:28 PM
 
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Commute time is dependent on day/time of travel...if all is in your favor....avg commute could run 45 minutes. Friday afternoons from TO area to Vta can run much longer if you hit the gridlock on 101 near Rose Ave in Oxnard.

Not sure what you're looking for in hsg costs, Citrus Walk homes start in the mid-400k range. Median home price in Vta is upwards of 560k.

I would hope that Vta has improved the crime problem...and I don't mean to sound negative, but that is one of the reasons we left the area. Maybe it's better now.

I hope you enjoy it there. We just got tired of the expensive hsg, smog, foggy summers, crime, traffic and crowded conditions. But, don't let that deter you from enjoying Vta just because we didn't like it!

Good luck!
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:02 PM
 
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We just got tired of ... smog .... traffic and crowded conditions. But, don't let that deter you from enjoying Vta just because we didn't like it!
Perceptions will differ from person to person, of course, but honestly, this does not sound like the Ventura I know. In 20+ years that I've been in the area, it has grown, to be sure, but I would not characterize Ventura as smoggy, traffic clogged or crowded. Of course, the standard I'm using for comparison is LA County.

You should know that growth patterns in Ventura and Oxnard are very different from those of the San Fernando Valley. In the future, expect compact development and a high focus on bicycle/pedestrian/transit orientation instead of car-based development. This is because of Ventura County's open space protection measures.

Commute between Ventura and TO has its ups and downs. On Fridays before holiday weekends, the northbound commute can be tough. If your work schedule allows for it, and if you're inclined to do so, the VISTA express bus serves Ventura/TO all day long.

There are several other threads on Ventura living and TO commute in the CA and LA forums. You might search for those threads for additional info.

Last edited by Winston Smith; 06-28-2007 at 09:28 PM.. Reason: grammar error
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