Been trying to find a new home on the Westside? On a scale of one to “We’re giving up and moving out of state,” exactly how frustrated would you say you are? We feel your pain. Affordability and inventory issues can make it incredibly challenging to try to buy a home in Santa Monica, Venice, West L.A., Mar Vista, or other nearby cities. Well, you don’t have to leave California. You just need to know where to look.
Instead of heading inland, where it can be hotter and more congested, and where you may regret being so far from the ocean, head north and spend the day in Ventura. Explore this ideal coastal city, spend some time at the Ventura County Fair, and tour the new homes at The Farm, the area’s fastest-selling new-home community. If the open floorplans and modern features don’t make you immediately want to do away with the idea of buying a new home on the Westside and buy a new home in Ventura instead, the family-friendly communities with two on-site parks and wide neighborhood streets where kids are playing and neighbors are congregating may just do it.
But the price will likely be the most surprising factor. Home prices in most Westside cities are well over $1 million (in Santa Monica, it’s more than $3 million!). And let’s not forget that the more affordable the Westside home, the more likely it is to be cramped, old, and desperately in need of costly renovations.
Prices for brand-new homes at The Farm start in the mid $500s at the community’s innovative townhome community, and the high $600s for single-family homes; even the largest and most luxurious of the three single-family new-home communities at The Farm, offering executive-style family residences from 2,781 to 3,343 square feet and four to six bedrooms, are priced from the low $800s. Plus, there’s no HOA or Mello-Roos fees on single-family homes, further increasing the affordability.
Want more reasons to ditch the notion of buying a new home on the Westside and check out The Farm? How about eight more.
If you already live near the beach, you know. Yeah, you know why you wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Especially during this incredibly hot summer, being able to enjoy ocean breezes and drive to the Pacific within minutes is crucial. If you’ve been considered moving farther from the water because you think it’s the only way you can afford to buy a house, you definitely need to check out these Ventura homes for sale.
We mentioned the homes in need of massive renovations, right? Sadly, that may be all you’ll be able to find in your price range on the Westside, if even that. Buying a brand-new home at The Farm means brand-new everything, like modern, open floorplans with gourmet island kitchens with eating bars, great rooms, master suites with spa baths and walk-in closets, outdoor space, and the most desirable features and finishes. No need to swing a hammer here!
Living near the beach is the dream of many and the reality of few, but communities like The Farm are making it doable. With a high quality of life, cooling breezes, better air quality than many other cities, and a casual California vibe, Ventura is far more affordable than many coastal towns in the state, allowing homebuyers to achieve their dream of buying a home near the beach without depleting their bank accounts.
A beach for every type of beachgoer
Looking for a calm place to let the kids swim? A surfing haven? You’ll find those and everything in between in Ventura. “Beaches in Ventura aren’t just white stretches of sand dotted with bright umbrellas and sunbathers,” said Movoto. “Try Emma Wood State Beach, or any of the other local state beaches, to find great birdwatching, camping, surfing—there’s even a few, like Harbor Cove Beach, where Fido can tag along. Harbor Cove is also a favorite of families because it’s protected by jetties and a breakwater, making it a safe choice for kids.”
Being able to send kids to quality schools is a concern every parent shares. Families move to Ventura for the high-quality schools of the Ventura Unified School District and the school choice that allows them to select which educational facility is right for their child’s needs. Parents also have the option of sending their children to one of the city’s acclaimed charter school and numerous magnet schools.
The experts’ view
“Picked as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live for a multitude of reasons, Ventura offers residents a collection of restaurants and outdoor recreation options and five college campus that help the city maintain a youthful vibe,” said Livabillity. “Ventura is home to Surfer’s Point, one of the most popular surfing areas in the country,” they said. “With near-perfect weather, ocean and mountain views, a thriving arts community, and endless recreation, dining, and entertainment options, there really isn’t much not to like about Ventura, California.”
Head to the harbor for a different kind of waterfront enjoyment. A variety of restaurants from casual to romantic overlook the marina, providing relaxing views. Head down after lunch for a harbor tour or rent a paddleboat to work off that clam chowder. The kids will love the arcade with carousel, and you can even take a trolley downtown for even more restaurants as well as museums, nightlife, and the Majestic Ventura Theater, a registered 20th century landmark.
Variety of new home offerings.
The Farm’s new-home offerings include:
Traditional single-family homes with one- and two-story residences, classic architecture, chef’s kitchens, and California rooms; Three to four bedrooms and two to three baths; 1,914–2,753 square feet of living space
Luxurious single-family homes with open flow, downstairs bedrooms, great outdoor space, and alley-loaded garages; Four to six bedrooms and three to four and one-half baths; Separate apartment units over the two-car garages in two plans; 2,781–3,343 square feet of living space
Light-filled single-family homes with open floorplans, island kitchens, first-floor en-suite bedrooms, and alley-loaded garages; Four bedrooms and three to three and one-half baths; 2,223–2,702 square feet of living space
Unique townhome designs that live like single-family detached homes, with open plans, upstairs bonus rooms, and private yards; Three to four bedrooms and two and one-half to three baths; 1,744–2,287 square feet of living space
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