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Ventura's Real Estate Market
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Metro Area
Profile: Beach town / suburban complex Location: Southern California in the Santa Clara River coastal area and inland valley northwest of Los Angeles Elevation: 49 Time zone: Pacific Standard Time
|Year-round climate||Long commutes|
|Attractive setting||Growth and sprawl|
|Low crime rates ||Cost of living|
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Ventura is a beach town along the original Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. 101). The inhabited portion of Ventura County also includes numerous towns including Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Santa Paula. Aside from Ventura and its beaches, the area is a mix of agriculture, small industry, and residential areas.
Oxnard is set along the coast in a broad, mainly agricultural plain dotted with subdivisions. The city is the area’s industrial center, with Procter & Gamble and food processor Sysco among others operating plants in the area. There is a small high tech industry, and shipping and import-export companies are tied to a small port and naval facility just south of town.
While most of the area is prosperous and attractive, Oxnard has some gritty areas largely absent in the nearby towns. Thousand Oaks is a mostly residential and family oriented community in the valley 20 miles inland, and has been a leader among the region in controlled growth practice.
The Cost of Living Index is high and rising but the area has the lowest crime rates in the state and a high level of educational attainment. The location is isolated by mountains and long freeway drives- Los Angeles is too far for a practical commute but some may commute to its northern areas in or near the San Fernando Valley. Public transportation facilities are lacking for an area its size. The coast and Channel Islands (“America’s Galapagos”) offer plenty of recreational opportunities. While costs are rising, the rest of the package is complete and on the upswing, hence the high ranking.
The east-west running valley is flat to gently rolling with a gradual slope toward the coast. The inhabited area is bounded by two coastal ranges rising 4,000 feet. The mountains are dry and covered with oaks at lower elevations and some coniferous trees at higher ones. The climate is coastal Mediterranean with a winter rainy season and summer dry season. Clear, sunny days are the rule in summer, with occasional incursions of coastal low clouds called “fog” locally. Excessive heat is rare but may occur, especially inland.
Interesting Facts about Ventura (zip 93004), California
As of 2014, Ventura (zip 93004)'s population is 29,698 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 9.45 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Ventura (zip 93004) is $417,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 17.00 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Ventura (zip 93004)'s cost of living is 53.90% Higher than the U.S. average.--------------------
Ventura (zip 93004) public schools spend $10,282 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 18.1 students per teacher in Ventura (zip 93004).--------------------
The unemployment rate in Ventura (zip 93004) is 5.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ventura (zip 93004) jobs have Increased by 0.71 percent.
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Average Commute time is 23 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
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