Home to approximately 29,000 residents, the city of Santa Paula is a community that is rich in culture, history, and features a thriving agricultural industry that has dubbed the city as the "Citrus Capital of the World." Located in Ventura County about an hour's drive north from the city of Los Angeles and about 15 miles down the Santa Paula freeway from San Buenaventura State Beach and the coastline, Santa Paula offers a high quality of life that is simply second to none. (more)
Once you step foot in to Santa Paula, you'll be quickly charmed by the city's semi-rural atmosphere complete with citrus and avocado groves. Residents are known to be friendly and welcoming, regularly get together for a variety of community events and festivities, many which celebrate the city's history. Santa Paula was also once considered the film capital of California before the golden days of Hollywood when French director and producer Gaston Méliès brought his film company, Star Film Company, to Santa Paula in 1911.
Santa Paula is the perfect place to raise a family, fulfill your professional career, and retire. Students are accommodated by three local school districts in addition to several nearby colleges and universities, including Ventura College and California State University-Channel Islands. As a primarily agricultural community, Santa Paula is home to some of the largest citrus, fruit and food processing companies worldwide, providing residents with plenty of employment opportunities. Additionally, since Santa Paula is located in the center of Ventura County, residents will find that there are many employment opportunities located throughout the county. Real estate options in Santa Paula include affordably priced single-family homes, estates, condos and townhomes.
Santa Paula's student population is under the auspices of three school districts: Santa Paula Elementary School District, which includes 7 school campuses that serve elementary and middle school students; Mupu School District also serves elementary and middle school students; and Santa Paula Union High School District. For private school options, students may attend nearby St. Sebastian School as well as several other campuses as an alternative to public education.
Once students graduate from high school and are ready to move forward into a more collegiate environment, campuses from Ventura College, Thomas Aquinas College, California State University-Channel Islands, Moorpark College, and California Lutheran University are within 15 miles from Santa Paula. Commuter colleges such as Pepperdine University in Malibu and College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita are approximately 30 miles from Santa Paula.
As the "Citrus Capital of the World," it's obvious that Santa Paula's local economy is based primarily in the agricultural business, specifically in oranges, lemons and most recently, avocados. Big citrus companies like Limoneria Company and Saticoy Lemon Company are based in Santa Paula. Other agricultural based companies headquartered in Santa Paula include Calavo Growers, Inc. (an avocado processing plant), Fruit Growers Supply, Pan American Seed, Shore Packing Company, Fruit Growers Laboratory, and Rain for Rent.
Automotive products and supply businesses also thrive in Santa Paula with companies like Automotive Racing Products and Abrisa Glass providing top of the line parts for domestic vehicles and exotic racing cars. Small businesses also play a major role in the local economy and you can find plenty of shops located in Santa Paula's Main Street district and throughout town.
Annual Events and Areas of Interest
As a tight-knit community, Santa Paula regularly hosts events celebrate everything from the city's heritage and roots in the citrus industry, to art openings and holiday events. A sampling of some of Santa Paula's annual events include the Citrus Festival, Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, Moonlight at the Ranch, Pumpkin Patch at Faulkner Farm, and the Santa Paula Art and Photography Show.
Santa Paula also happens to be the home of several cultural attractions and historical sites of interests. Visitors may learn about the age of prosperity and wealth that followed after the discovery of oil in the state at the California Oil Museum, take a tour of the many antique aircrafts on display at the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, hop aboard the train at the Santa Paula Train Depot and Railroad Plaza Park, or take a walking tour of some of the city's outdoor murals in downtown.
For recreational pursuits, residents are encouraged to head out to the Los Padres National Forest and engage in a variety of outdoor sports such as hiking, fishing, mountain biking and camping. If you'd much rather spend your day out on the green, two nearby golf courses will surely provide you with some challenging rounds: Mountain View Golf Course and Santa Paula Community Par 3 Golf Course. Bike paths, a few community parks and a skate park round out the city's recreational offerings.
Santa Paula Real Estate for Sale
Santa Paula's real estate market is highly desirable due to its affordability and community amenities, such as golf course access and convenience to local shopping centers, the city's own airport and local freeways. Average sales prices for properties in Santa Paula run at approximately $230,000 which can buy you a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom single-family home in the Hillview Estates subdivision. However, interested buyers can easily find a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom starter home in Santa Paula for as little as $165,000.
Custom built properties and private estates in Santa Paula's more exclusive neighborhoods can be found starting from $650,000 to upwards of $3 million. Townhomes and condominiums can be found in Santa Paula as well with prices starting in the low $100,000s for a 3 bedroom unit.
Santa Paula, California Average Home Sizes and Asking Prices
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Laurie's passion for real estate and helping others succeed is evident the moment you meet her. Prior to real estate, Laurie worked in public relations, marketing and sales. Her past experience in marketing and networking has given her the knowledge and fortitude on how to pursue leads, deliver superior customer service, and most importantly, building a strong rapport with her clients.
Laurie enjoys working with buyers who are interested in purchasing single-family homes or investment properties. She has also successfully facilitated the sales and purchases of foreclosed properties.
Throughout her career Laurie has achieved many awards by utilizing strong sales and marketing efforts. She also runs a women's networking group called The Ladies Luncheon and is an ambassador for the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
Originally from San Diego, Laurie moved to Ventura County with her husband shortly after marrying and has become an integral part of the area ever since. Contact Laurie Ehrhardt today to learn how you can become her next success story.
1) We needed to purchase a house with good value in order to have the budget to renovate. Laurie came through for us. We were competing with multiple offers, cash offers, and non-showing listings. She never got discouraged. When we finally had an accepted offer, the job was not done. Laurie kept us updated with the status of purchase for 3 months. She continued to show us alternatives. We got our house and had the budget for the renovation. She was resourceful throughout this process. We were lucky to have her on our our side.
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Santa Paula Real Estate Stats and Trends for the week of March 10th, 2014: homes priced around $876,296 compared to $893,228 the previous week, showing a decrease of less than -2%. For Sunday, March 16th, the current national mortgage rate for a 30 year fixed mortgage is 4.29%; the 15 year fixed rate is at 3.35%. For a loan larger than conventional conforming loans, or 'jumbo' loan, the 30 year rate is 4.37%, while the 15 year jumbo rate currently is at 3.72%. You can calculate your mortgage rate with our mortgage calculators. Get local info and homes for sale in Santa Paula CA. View active real estate listings for different types of properties including new homes, houses for sale, foreclosures, short sales, and price reduced listings. Find information and property resources including prices of recently sold homes, neighborhood information, crime stats, home values, and schools in Santa Paula to help you find the best home!