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Ojai is a small city in Ventura County, California that is located in the beautiful, lush Ojai valley northwest of Los Angeles. The city has four neighborhoods and is the 453 largest community in the state. The city has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Uniquely all chain stores are prohibited in Ojai giving the town the definite small-town charm of mom and pop shops. The city is blessed with a gorgeous Mediterranean climate. The city has a council/manager style of city government and carries the nickname “Shangri-La”. It is a beautiful and thriving tourist destination, which is known for its hiking trails, spiritual retreats, boutiques, lush hotels and endless recreational options. It is a well-educated town, over 50% of adults over 25 in Ojai have four-year degrees or higher. It is a semi-diverse community in terms of race and ethnicity.  The majority of residents identify as Caucasian, followed by Asian and Hispanic.  English remains the primary language in the city, followed by Spanish and Chinese. 

The city spans 4.36 square miles of land area. It is a white-collar community, where more than 88% of the workforce hold white-collar positions. It is an upper=middle income community compared to state economic standards and a wealthy community compared to federal standards. Artists are fairly prevalent in the community as well, more so than in 90% of U. S.  communities. Uniquely, 16% of the workforce works from home, primarily through tele-commuting. The 2016 population estimate was 7,461 and the approximate population density was 1,745 people per square mile. In 2016, the estimated median household income in Ojai was $65,886 and the per capita income was estimated at $39,291. In the same year, the median house or condo value was $730, 963, the mean price on all housing units was $593,881 and the median gross rent was $1,402. 

Before the arrival of European explorers and missionaries, the area was inhabited by the native Chumash tribes. The town was laid out in 1874 by R.G. Surdam. Surdam named the town Nordhoff in honor of author Charles Nordhoff. In 1898, the budding community was connected by rail to the national rail network by the Ventura and Ojai railroad. The town of Nordhoff became a popular wintering point for the wealthy and in August of 1921 the city was incorporated. During the tumultuous years leading up to WWI anti-German sentiments led to the changing of the community’s name, from Nordhoff to Ojai. More recently, in 2016, the Taormina neighborhood was declared the city’s first historic district. This neighborhood features beautiful architecture of French Normandy designs. 

Public education is provided by the schools of the Ojai Unified School district. The district has ten schools of varying education levels and a student body of around 2,640 students. Private schools in the area include Villanova Prep, Oak Grove School, Laurel Springs School and others. Ojai is a beautiful city of artists, artisans, galleries and boutiques. The city offers countless recreation options like horseback riding, hiking, biking, rock climbing, golf tennis and more. Homes for sale come in all shapes and sizes. There are also many rental and lease properties like apartments and condos available. To begin your home search in Ojai call local real estate agent and expert DENNIS AMICK today at 805 654 8000

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805-640-4366
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805-646-5818
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