Waiting for home prices to fall

GUEST OPInion /// Residential real estate

Waiting for home prices to fall before you purchase? The collapse of housing prices 11 years ago affected many directly and indirectly. Sons and daughters of homeowners—at the time not old enough to purchase a home—witnessed the stressful ugly side of home ownership. Today those same sons and daughters are working, have some money saved and are ready to purchase […]

Rent control initiative a key issue

Proposition 10 would allow cities to cap prices

Southern California is home to some of the most desirable real estate in the country, but not everyone in the land of beaches, mountains and sunshine can afford their piece of the pie. Rents, for one, are among the highest in the nation. The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate issued a report last year that said leases on SoCal […]

Bee-utiful autumn in Agoura Hills

PETAL POWER—One day after the first rain of the 2018 season recently, a busy bee stops to pollinate a flower along a trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. Hikers are encouraged to stop and look for such interesting details as they make their way through the local rural areas.

5-Star creates monster mania at Kavli

Fairy tales turned on their head in musical show

Five-Star Theatricals opened its 2018-19 season Oct. 19 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza with the debut of “Shrek the Musical,” a satirical fairy tale starring a self-pitying, ostracized ogre who has been banished to a swamp because of his own repulsiveness. “Shrek’s” thinly disguised morality tale—preaching that beauty and valiance come from within—is accessible enough for a child to […]

Home sits on over 2.7 acres, has mountain views

This secluded sanctuary has panoramic views and sits on over 2.7 acres. Inside is an open-concept floor plan, wood floors and views from every room. The main living area is separate from the master suite and guest bedrooms for privacy. The gourmet kitchen includes a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking and Thermador appliances, granite counters and custom cabinetry. Opening to the kitchen […]

Dog park goes to bed early

Everybody I have spoken to at our new Westlake dog park loves it. I am, however, somewhat confused by the decision to close the park at 5 p.m. after September. It isn’t dark at 5 p.m. and I don’t believe there is any cost issue, so why close it at an arbitrary time that prevents working dog owners from taking […]

‘Did ya hear the one about Irish John?’

Gore’s loss leaves area residents with a hole in their hearts

True story: Irish John Gore may not have been the biggest guy in the room, but he had the biggest personality. The newspaperman, Kiwanian, cyclist, soccer—no, “football”— enthusiast, philanthropist, patriot and friend of many in the Conejo died Sept. 28 from colon cancer. He was 82. Those who knew the longtime Thousand Oaks resident well say he will live on […]

See raptors up close and personal

Public welcome at wildlife rehab center open house

The Ojai Raptor Center nonprofit will present its annual fall open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4 at 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of birds of prey and other wildlife, and to providing educational programs on wildlife. The open house offers a rare opportunity for the public to […]

Strike up the band for America

After a recent run of shows in Italy, Israel, England and the Netherlands, America is back in America. The classic rock band, known for hits like “Sister Golden Hair,” “Tin Man” and “I Need You,” will play a 7:30 p.m. show Thurs., Nov. 8 in the Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Gerry […]

Top tips to help streamline the buying process

The homebuying journey may seem long, complicated and time-consuming at first. Fortunately, there are lots of things a property buyer can do to streamline the process of finding his or her dream residence. Let’s take a look at three tips to help a homebuyer navigate the property buying journey like a pro. Narrow your home search. If you want to […]