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Old 05-11-2016, 11:40 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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but trying to get a nice house for ~$450k doesn't have many options.
Here's a few:

634 Casabella Ct, Santa Paula, CA 93060 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

3677 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

203 Via Del Prado, Santa Paula, CA 93060 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®

short sale, negotiate down:2518 Winthrop Ct, Simi Valley, CA 93065 - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - realtor.com®
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:12 PM
 
Location: SoCal again
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Do what I did when I moved to Ventura county. Rent an apartment, stay there for a few months and check out the area. Then start looking for a place to buy.
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:14 AM
 
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Your suggestion seems like normally the best, oh-eve, and my wife and I are considering the 2 options closely, rent and buy later vs. buy right away. I went ahead and got a loan pre-approved just in case.

In our case our furniture will arrive about 6-8 weeks after we get there, so if we can find a place in the meantime we can avoid paying to move again some months later.

Also, we're finding most apartment complexes like Avalon are very small (under 1100 sq ft) and I think we will need above 1200 sq ft once our furniture arrives. That wouldn't be a problem if the apartments were convenient for short-term leases but many of them seem to charge much higher rates for 1-3 month leases. I'm calling them over the rest of this week to find out if any are reasonable on shorter leases, so if I find any good info I'll post it.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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Thanks for those suggestions, we're checking those. I'm using the realtor site a lot now. One thing I've found is that realtor.com never has HOA price info, but I've found a similar site called redfin.com that does have the HOA fees listed. I expect it's not 100% accurate, but all I have to go on for now. Like all we're going to have to play some things on the fly - still don't know if we might want to live near the beach, say in Port Hueneme, which appears surprisingly possible or live more inland. Still a lot of things to learn and decide. The good thing is from the outside Ventura County seems to have a lot going for it and we're glad to have the chance to stay whichever city we wind up in.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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You may want to check out an extended stay place for a little bit, especially since your furniture won't be there. That would give you time to check out the area. Buying a place may not be the best move because you might find you like another area of the city or another city in the area.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:50 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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You may want to check out an extended stay place for a little bit, especially since your furniture won't be there. That would give you time to check out the area. Buying a place may not be the best move because you might find you like another area of the city or another city in the area.
There's one in Simi:Los Angeles - Simi Valley Hotel | Extended Stay America
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:23 PM
 
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Wow, excellent, that's what we need, you're right. I currently had reserved a room at Best Western Oxnard for a week because they accept my little dog and I'll be working at Port Hueneme. I originally thought Simi Valley would be too far away but from what I heard it will work for a month - maybe 1 hour? I was looking at ExecuStay which offers "corporate apartments" in Oxnard - it seems like you just end up in a regular apartment that is furnished but they're site is vague on details and I guess it's much more expensive. You have to contact each apartment to get the details which is a lot of work. Thanks very much for the ideas.
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:12 PM
 
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Hi,


My wife and I bought a house in Riverpark this past March, and our HOA is a total of $89 per month. We'd purchased a single family house (4 bedroom, 3 bathroom). There are actually hundreds of single family homes in Riverpark, not just condos and town houses.


Riverpark is a very nice area to live in. Is it perfect? No, but the area is very clean, walkable with people out and about, enjoying the outdoors. The Collection, as already mentioned, is a great place to go for dining, shopping, etc. More restaurants, shops are coming into the Collection, as well as two hotels. There's another school being built within Riverpark soon, which will make 3 schools within the community.


My family and I truly enjoy our home, community and way of life that Riverpark provides. I think you would love it here too.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Hi,


My wife and I bought a house in Riverpark this past March, and our HOA is a total of $89 per month. We'd purchased a single family house (4 bedroom, 3 bathroom). There are actually hundreds of single family homes in Riverpark, not just condos and town houses.


Riverpark is a very nice area to live in. Is it perfect? No, but the area is very clean, walkable with people out and about, enjoying the outdoors. The Collection, as already mentioned, is a great place to go for dining, shopping, etc. More restaurants, shops are coming into the Collection, as well as two hotels. There's another school being built within Riverpark soon, which will make 3 schools within the community.


My family and I truly enjoy our home, community and way of life that Riverpark provides. I think you would love it here too.
True there are single family homes at Riverpark. Lot size is not very big though. Then again I see my 100' X 60' lot as being small. I think if I was looking at homes I would look in the Gonzales road area around Snow. Those homes also have small lots but they have a cheaper property tax range.
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