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Old 05-10-2008, 09:54 PM
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I will be moving to Ventura CA within the next two months and need some help from the locals. I have a 3 year old child and would be grateful for reccomendations on day care centers. Also - rental housing (I know all about the sticker shock I should expect) - neighborhoods? apartments? My rental range will be $1200-$1600 for a 2br, of course wanting to stay closer to $1200 (is there anything lower that would still be safe and enjoyable?)

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Old 05-11-2008, 11:25 AM
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I wish you luck on finding any 2 bed rental for 1200 in Ventura... I've been gone for about 5 years but even back then folks were paying 1600 to 1900 for 2 bedrooms in decent areas. You might be able to find someone who is desperate to hang onto their home to share it with you for around 1500.
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:39 AM
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Thanks - what are the areas in Ventura I should be looking at - or away from? Can you point me in the right direction?
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:23 PM
Location: Orlando
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I lived in Ventura for 10 years. Visit the local newspaper website to search rentals. VenturaCountyStar.com : Ventura County, California, News, Business, Homes, Jobs, Cars & Information. Also go to apartment.com or rent.com and you'll see what the prices are these days.

My advice would be to look for something in "EAST" Ventura. As far east as you can get. Do not move to the west side of town or anything on or close to Ventura Avenue. You may be inticed with lower rents but it's not a good area of town. Mid-town areas have some decent neighborhood as well but I think you really need to choose well on which streets you live. There are also nice areas near the beach in the Pierpont area but they will most likely be expensive. Also the east side of town has better weather in my opinion. We lived at the beach for several years and it was always windy with much cooler temperatures. Ventura weather was really too chilly and foggy for my taste but that's just me.

As far as daycare, there is an excellent pre-school at the Missionary Church up off of Foothill that I highly recommend. My daughter went there and it was a great place.

Best of luck!
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:36 AM
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Thanks - what are the areas in Ventura I should be looking at - or away from? Can you point me in the right direction?
East Ventura is generally family-oriented, but you can find some nice areas mid-town also. Lower Montalvo (near Metrolink) is a little funky, IMO worse than west Ventura, "The Avenue," which has its problem areas. The Avenue is improving, but reputations last.... The upper Avenue (above Stanley) is nice. Also near downtown try Poli Street. There are quite a few apartments on Santa Clara Street. The areas directly east of downtown are nice also. Ventura is a safe city. Good luck.
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:13 AM
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See my post here:


for preschool info.

Check out Villa Boccali on Redwood Ave off Telegraph. 805.642.1316. 2+1, 900 square feet for $1200. Apartment available now. I know because I live here and it's great. Best deal in town. Rent will likely be raised to $1250 October.

For something a little roomier (1200 sq ft), any rental on Dean Drive will be part of the Buenaventura Gardens condo complex. You should be able to get something for 1400 - 1600.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:25 AM
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Hi. I just moved back from Ventura to MI. I paid 1125 for a 1 bedroom off telegraph rd in Ventura. Let me tell you when I moved from Mi apt hunting was a task. Have you looked on craigslist? Many of the apts I looked at were very expensive and not in the best condition. I was starting with a lower price range in mind though but realized I had to increase it and make cuts other places. I found Ventura Del Sol apts and really liked them. The staff is so nice and the apt is gated and clean. You may be able to find an apt in that range there that is 2 bedroom. I think also when I was looking there were some town homes off I think it is called hummingbird in that range. Just fyi and you may know but I didn't realize. I knew but I guess didn;t think it would add up to a big deal and I am not sure if you are coming from out of state that everything is more expensive. I am talking groceries,gas,oil changes,everything. Good luck
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:21 PM
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You can find a 2br for under 1200 in a nice area near midtown. I almost moved into a 1100 2-br before finding a 1-br that was 250 cheaper/month.

There's a lot of "for rent" signs out everywhere in midtown nowadays. Visit and bargain. I found my place via Craigslist and then came in person a few times to select it. I also almost took a 1200-ish place on the hill with 2-br's and a partial ocean view.

I keep saying this, but PM me if you want the contact information for my place (safe, cheap, very nice) because I'm moving out to go back to school and I know they have 1-br availablilty (They're the cheap 2br that I mentioned).
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