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7 Living Room Design Mistakes Renters Should Avoid

The Importance of Your Living Room

Lack of space. Sofa that didn't fit into the living room to illustrate living room design mistakes Your living room is easily one of the most important rooms in your rental home. Think about it. The living room is the place in your home where family and friends gather. Don’t you want to create a space that everyone will feel comfortable in?

A leading design website, MyDomaine, has come to the rescue. The editors asked a leading stylist, an interior designer, and a residential architect to share their opinions. Here’s what they had to say about the most common living room mistakes with advice on how to avoid them.

Mistake #1: A Great Living Room Starts With a Great Sofa

“So often I come into a house and the owners have good taste, but they already have a sofa that they want to work with,” explains stylist and TV host Emily Henderson. “I’ve had to break the news over and over that with a sofa like that, they would never get the room they want.”

The easy way to avoid choosing the wrong sofa is to keep it simple. Don’t fall for the trend of the day. Stay away from overly ornate details and instead, look for quality and timelessness.

Mistake #2: Don’t Go All Showroom

“It’s important to us to mix new and vintage elements in order to create an interesting, eclectic, and individualized room.” That advice from New York-based architect Elizabeth Roberts. She adds that accessorizing can steer renters away from a living room that that looks like they bought everything from the same store.

After your large items have been purchased, change things up a bit through lighting, textiles, and accessories.

Mistake #3: Small Rug Syndrome

“America has been suffering for too long from ‘small rug’ syndrome,” she says. “I see it virtually every day, and it pains me—especially when it can be so easily avoided.”

Figure out the right size rug before you buy. For most living rooms, that size is 8-by-10 feet. Even if you have a small space, stay away from anything under 6-by-9-feet.

Mistake #4: Making the Most of Your Layout

A lot of planning goes into creating a tasteful living room. Roberts has some excellent ideas on how to accomplish the right layout the first time.

“It’s important to consider and create conversation groupings, especially if the room is long and narrow like many townhouses and lofts,” she says.

Mistake #5: Installing Your Art Correctly

“Art hung the wrong way on a wall is like a character in a movie wearing a really bad wig,” Henderson says, “it’s just kinda hard not to see it, and you wish so bad you could just rip it off, knowing that everything would be so much better without it. It doesn’t ruin your experience, but it’s just terribly distracting.”

While typically, art should be hung at eye level, that is not always the case. To determine the right level, look your walls as if they were cut up vertically into four sections and hang your art in the third quadrant.

Mistake #6: Too Precious to Touch

Long gone are the days of formal living rooms. Today’s living rooms are meant for living. Roberts suggests renters create a space that can handle everything you, your family and friends throw at it. A great idea is to use outdoor fabrics because they are sturdier, especially if you have dogs and/or kids.

“Select textiles and rugs that can take the wear and tear of everyday living,” Henderson recommends.

Mistake #7: Combining Periods

Dick says, “Often times people feel boxed in and limited by the architecture of their home and select furniture based on the home’s architecture and time period. Our solution is to mix furniture styles with the style of architecture. We love to recover and rework vintage pieces and mix them with custom sofas, so the living room feels timeless and approachable.”

When combining periods and styles, pay special attention to furniture heights. Traditional furniture is typically taller than modern pieces.


As the County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast is here to help renters find the perfect property where they can create the perfect living and avoid these design mistakes. Or just rent one of our property’s that are already furnished. We represent premier long-term rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.  


 

Commuting to Work vs Renting Near Your Office

Do you commute? 

Looking to rent near your office? This house is available in VenturaFor a majority of Americans, commuting to work is a necessary — and dreaded — daily routine. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Household Travel Survey reveals that the total number of U.S. commuters is at 128.3 billion. Then there’s the latest U.S. Census Bureau data which states that approximately 10.8 million people commute an hour or more to work one way.

Should you move closer to your office?

The financial decision to refrain from relocating has its own repercussions, which can affect your savings account as well as your health and wellbeing. It’s important to understand the benefits and disadvantages of commuting to work versus moving.

Cost of Commuting to Work in U.S.

Here are some factors that are included in commuting cost:

  • Gas. AAA reports that the current national average is at $3.654 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel. That can really add up if you have to commute from far away.
  • Insurance. The more you’re on the road, the more of a risk you are to auto insurance companies. That means you’ll be charged more for coverage. Why? Simply because a longer commute time means a greater possibility of getting into an accident.
  • Vehicle Maintenance. Putting more miles on a car means having to service it more frequently. An oil change can cost around $200, then there’s the other accelerated costs of other part replacements like tires, timing belts, etc.
  • Injuries. Prolonged commuting to work can result in deteriorated health, including obesity, fatigue, high blood pressure and a higher risk of heart attacks, according to College@Home.

In addition to these expenses, the cost of commuting includes your time. Spending time on the road to and from work takes away valuable time and consequently takes a toll on your relationships. In fact, 40% of couples are more likely to get a divorce when one partner has a 45 minute or longer commute.

Cost of Moving

Relocating to a new home is significant, and so is the cost of moving. Here’s a breakdown of costs:

  • Moving. You’ll need to plan for the cost of moving and packing, so think boxes, tape, U-Haul and dolly rentals, plus a few helping hands as the typical moving expenses.
  • Basic Equipment. It’s the daily use items in the home that new movers often take for granted. Such household essentials, like trash cans, dishes and potholders are commonly overlooked.
  • Starter Pantry. Everyday kitchen items like cooking oil and salt and pepper are the basics to building a home-cooked meal, but these things cost money that you most likely will need to budget for.

Comparing the costs of moving to the cost of commuting to work doesn’t necessarily make finalizing a decision to move or commute easier, but it gives perspective that you may have not otherwise considered.

If you work in Ventura, you could live in the beautiful two story 3-bedroom plus 3-bathroom home pictured at the top of this blog. This home features travertine, hardwood floors, tile and carpet throughout the home, the interior has been freshly painted, and the master bedroom features its own balcony.

We also represent premier long-term rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Camarillo.


As the County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast is here to help you find the perfect rental property near your work so you can finally stop commuting. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.  


 

Celebrate Easter in Ventura County

Easter Sunday is April 21

Easter in Ventura County means fun at the Underwood Family Farms Want to celebrate Easter in Ventura County? Easter may be right around the corner, but the celebrations have already begun here. In fact, there are plenty of local fun events to enjoy with your friends and family right now through April 21st. We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite events below.

Moorpark

Underwood Family Farms has started their Easter Springtime Festival that runs through April 22nd  at their Moorpark location. Easter at the farm is full of family fun activities from a wagon ride, and photos with the Easter bunny, to a giant haystack, and, our fav, animal races and animal shows. All the fun takes place the weekends at this fully functioning farm. You can even pick your own fruits and vegetables for your Easter celebration at home. Kids can also participate in their annual egg hunt. With endless fun for the families, it sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Spring and celebrate Easter.

Camarillo
Camarillo will be hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza & Spring Craft Fair at the Camarillo Community Center Park on April 20, from 10AM-2PM. The event is free of charge and will feature egg hunts (with 20,000 eggs!!), the Easter Bunny, carnival games, petting zoo, crafts and much more!

Oxnard
Don’t miss the fun at Easter Bunny Day. The 19th Annual Farmers’ Market Easter Bunny Day features an egg decorating contest, Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, live music and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20, 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. Free. 643-6458.

Ventura
The Ventura County Animal Services has a fun Easter Eggstravaganza event planned to highlight animal adoption and remind people not to give animals, especially bunnies and chicks, as Easter presents. There will be half-off adoptions on dogs and cats, an egg hunt, a photo booth, crafts, music, prizes, a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, scavenger hunt, raffles, and food trucks. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19, Camarillo animal adoption center, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. Free. 388-4341.

Santa Clara
Hop on the Easter train! The Fillmore & Western Railway’s Easter lunch train features a ride through the Heritage Valley along with lunch and a visit by the Easter Bunny. Reservations required. Noon-3 p.m. April 20, 351 Santa Clara Ave., Fillmore. $22-$47. 524-2546.


If you don’t live in Ventura County but still want to celebrate Easter in this neck of the wood, we’ve got great news for you. As the County’s premier full-service Property Management firm, RE/MAX Gold Coast is here to help you find the perfect vacation rental to call home ooverEaster or any time of the year. We represent amazing vacation rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. We also have wonderful long-term rentals should you decide to extend your vacation. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 and let us know what you think of the 4 vacation rentals we love.


 

Moving to a New Home?

Don’t forget to change your address

A mailbox full of mail against a blue and puffy white cloud sky to illustrate moving to a new homeMoving to a new home can be exhausting. Not only do you have to pack and unpack, but you also need to alert various people and businesses of your change in address. Follow these tips to make the process a little simpler.

Create a List
Before you move, create a list of all the people and businesses you will need to notify with your new address. This list allows you to keep track of your progress and it will feel so good to put check marks by the ones you have completed. Divide the list into family and friends, utility companies, financial institutions, and subscriptions. Under each of these headings, start listing the various people or businesses you plan on contacting.

Bills
Place all your bills on a table and write down important contact information. This way, you’ll have the phone numbers ready when it’s time to call.

Financial Institutions
Be sure to include the names of numbers of your banks or credit unions, credit card companies, insurance agents, and investment or brokerage companies. You can also add

Professionals
You’ll want to include a list of professionals, such as your doctor, dentist, and lawyer.

Subscriptions
This list would consist of newspapers and magazines. If you order items online from the same company, like an online pharmacy, make sure you change the listed address.

Notification of a New Address
Once you know the date of your move, start the change of address process with the postal service. Either visit your local post office to fill out a change of address form in person or log onto their website at USPS.com to fill out the form online.

The change of address form will ask for your current address and the new address. It will also ask the date on which you want your mail forwarded to the new address.

Once at your new home, single out any mail that continues to be forwarded. This way you’ll know who still needs your new address.

Even after you make all the necessary calls to inform businesses of a change of address, it’s also wise to fill out the change of address form on all your bills. Many bills have a section or a place to mark if you have a new address.

Don’t forget to change the address on pet and luggage tags. Changing the address on these items may not be at the top of your list, but eventually, you’ll want to get it done.

And be sure to register to vote at your new address.

As Ventura County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast is here to help our customers move into a new home. We represent premier long-term rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.

Good Vibes Only on the Ventura County Coast

Time to plan your next beach vacation?

Sunset surf sets rolling in to the Ventura California coast.There’s a perfect blend of warm and cool breezes in Ventura County Coast which adds to the good vibes everyone experiences in our little slice of heaven. We’re talking uncrowded beaches in Ventura, Oxnard and Port Hueneme which can only mean one thing: loads of outdoor fun. Whether you’re a parent planning your next family vacation, or a weekend warrior searching for your next adventurous thrill, all you have to do is reserve one of our amazing vacation homes and head to the beautiful Ventura County Coast.

Family Fun

The Ventura County Coast is the place for family fun. It’s easy to spend the entire day at Ventura Harbor Village. First off, the local beach Surfer’s Knoll is right across the street. You’ll find Ventura Boat Rentals in Harbor Village where the family can rent kayaks, SUP boards, pedal or power boats, and jet skis.  While they’re out playing on the water, Mom can head to the boutique shops. Meet up for lunch or dinner at any of the harbor’s delicious, family-friendly dining options. Make sure to stop by the vintage indoor carousel and arcade, always a hit with the kids. Reserve your trip on one of the Island Packers daily ferries out to Channel Islands National Park. They also offer whale watching and marine wildlife tours.  End the day at Coastal Cone, a local favorite ice cream shop that’s been in the village for 33 years.

Extreme Adventures

Roughly an hour and a half drive north of the LA area, Ventura County Coast offers plenty of extreme outdoor activities for those who are into pushing themselves to the edge. From skydiving to surfing a shipwreck site, there’s something for every adrenalin junkie. Ventura County Coast is also chock full of scenic bike paths and trails for cyclists of all skill levels. No bike? No problem! Ventura Bike Depot offers an impressive selection of rentable bikes, including electric ones. Conveniently located steps away from the Ventura waterfront bike path on Main Street, stop in and get equipped with everything you need for an exhilarating excursion.

As West Ventura County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast, we represent some of the best vacation rentals on the Ventura County Coast. If you’re planning to vacation on the Ventura County Coast in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, or other nearby cities such as Oxnard, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon, BeachPark, Ventura or Camarillo, please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.

4 Vacation Homes We Love

If you prefer to feel like a local when you travel, then take a look at these 4 vacation homes we love. Besides being totally unique, these homes offer you the perfect base camp for an exciting adventure in West Ventura.

Spending vacation time in homes like the ones we represent can give you special insights into the area as well as the opportunity to live like a local, albeit for a short period of time. But then again, we also represent long-term rentals so if you fall in love with the area, we can help there too!

As West Ventura’s leading realtor, we’ve got a lot of vacation homes for you to choose from. Here are 4 of our favorites:

sunset at vacation home we love

1)    Bel Air at the Beach
What we love: taking in amazing sunsets like the one pictured above through the floor to ceiling windows. Oh, and the five-star feeling you get when you stay in this vacation home.
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vacation home in Silver Strand beach

2)    Surfers Paradise
What we love: this intimate, cozy beach cottage is just four short doors from Silver Strand’s beautiful sand, a best-kept secret by avid surfers.
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vacation rental living room with ocean view

3)    Nolo Escape on the Coast
What we love: This New Orleans inspired oceanfront home will definitely give you all good vibes the fun southern city has to offer, right here on the West Coast.
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amazing ocean view backyard at vacation home
4) Hamptons West

What we love: this Cape Cod style home has all the charm and glamour of the Hamptons.
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As the County’s premier full-service Property Management firm, RE/MAX Gold Coast is passionate about your vacation. Our team is here to help you find the perfect vacation rental to call home for a week’s escape in our sunny part of the world. We represent amazing vacation rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. We also have wonderful long-term rentals should you decide to extend your vacation. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 and let us know what you think of the 4 vacation homes we love.

4 Long-Term Rentals We Love

Move in today!

Are you looking for the perfect long-term rental in West Ventura? As the leading realtor in the area, we’ve got a lot to choose from. That’s why we are sharing some of our top picks and see why we can’t get enough of them. (Psst … they’re all available if you’re ready to make a move.)

1)    The Chic Retreat
What we love: the bright and airy kitchen and everything else!
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2)    The Beach Hideout
What we love: The colorful patio with plenty of room to entertain.
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3)    The Quirky Bungalow
What we love: The front door and everything that lies beyond it.
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4)    The Beach Front Escape
What we love: the sand between your toes and the amazing views.
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As the County’s premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast is here to help you find the perfect long-term rental property to call home. We represent premier long-term rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.

 

Where to See the Wildflower Super Blooms in Ventura County

What is a super bloom anyway?

A peaceful path through a field of wild California poppies to illustrate wildflower super blooms in Ventura CountyWildflower super blooms are taking over the Santa Monica Mountains in Ventura County. Patches of bright orange poppies and white lilies dot the hillsides along mountain roads. Blue dicks and purple lupines have popped up along some trails. And this is only the beginning.

Experts predict this year’s wildflower bloom to peak between now and mid-April. Why? Because of our above-average rain, this winter combined with the remnants of the Woosley Fire that ravaged the Santa Monica Mountains. That combination typically means hillsides painted in orange, red, blue and purple blooms, as the more regular crowd of wildflowers mixes with so-called fire followers. Visitors and locals are blown away by the brightly colored fire poppies to California bells, with seeds that can wait underground for decades until their cue to sprout.

“I would get out there now and start looking,” said Joey Algiers, a restoration ecologist with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Where can you find wildflowers?

So far, in the Santa Monica Mountains, chocolate lilies have been spotted in Rancho Sierra Vista, poppies popped up in upper Cheeseboro and a stretch of grass turned yellow with goldfield flowers just inside the entrance at Paramount Ranch.

In Malibu Creek State Park, trail-goers can find a little bit of everything.

Rancho Sierra Vista and Point Mugu State Park stretch from neighborhoods of Newbury Park to the Pacific Coast Highway. Blooms already have popped up, especially on south-facing slopes.

Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills is one of the most accessible spots to see a field of wildflowers. A blanket of goldfields covers the ground along the entrance road.

Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyon is no stranger to fire. In 2005, the park was burned in the Topanga Fire. In its wake, visitors say, the wildflowers were a sight to see. Now burned in the Woolsey Fire, the park in Agoura is again expected to be awash in color.

Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas is expected to have a variety of blooms. “You’ll find something you like no matter which trail you go on,” National Park Service biologist Mark Mendelsohn said.

“This is like all the colors on the rainbow and the vibrant green included,” said National Park Service biologist Mark Mendelsohn of the wildflower display. “It’s a spectacle. It really is. It only happens a couple months out of the year and, to this extent, on really good years.”

You simply MUST see this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. Why not make one of our beach vacation homes your wildflower viewing hub?

Silver Strand vacation rental beach house, great hub to take in wildflower super blooms in Ventura CountyTake this beautiful home on Silver Strand Beach. When you’re not busy checking out the super blooms, you can take a quick stroll to the beach or a bike ride into town for plenty of shops and places to eat. After a long day of wildflower viewing, come home and relax in the backyard by the fire or shoot some pool. The home has 4 boogie boards, 3 beach cruiser bikes, 4 surfboards, a 12 ft tandem kayak and a beach wagon to make your vacation extra special.

ReMax Gold Coast is the premier full-service Property Management company in the area. Besides Silver Strand Beach, we represent the finest vacation rentals in Hollywood Beach, Port Hueneme, Mandalay Shores, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches or Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 and check out our list of exception properties. And don’t miss the wildflower super blooms!

 

7 Local Hot Spots in Ventura

Locals would rather keep these gems hidden but…

Fresh oysters, hidden gem, local hot spot in Ventura

Photo Credit: Visit Ventura

Ventura may be known as a sleepy seaside village to outsiders, but locals know where to head for some excitement. Here are 7 local hot spots to check out:

  1. Main Street

Believe it or not, many Venturans ditch our beautiful beaches to hang out at VenTiki Lounge & Lanai on Main Street for a little taste of island life. Maybe it’s because of the crowd, maybe it’s due to the delicious fare or maybe the VenTiki’s cocktails are what brings people back. This place prides itself on cultivating classic, legit-as-you-can-get cocktails created by the folks who brought the island culture stateside back in the 1930s. No, there aren’t any singing birds, but thunder and lightning will greet you if you’re around on Tsunami Tuesdays.

  1. Hideout for bookworms

Stepping into Bank of Books is like being transported into a dimension found at the back of a wardrobe. Something from basically every genre can be uncovered in this used bookstore with a basement filled to the brim with classics and rarities you’d never find in a million internet searches.

  1. Oysters

Oyster lovers rejoice at the local fave, the Jolly Oyster where you can shuck your own bivalves. The Jolly Oyster sources their oysters from right here in Ventura as well as Baja, Mexico, and sells them by the dozen. Locals visit the Shuck Shack weekly and grab Kumamoto and Pacific oysters for shucking with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Or, if you prefer, you can just grab a box of fried oysters from the permanent Jolly Oyster Kitchen truck that also whips out oyster tacos, chowder, and baked oysters.

  1. Tony’s Pizzeria

Tony’s Pizzeria, a Venice original, has been a local favorite for almost 50 years. Located a few blocks west of Main Street, the restaurant’s wood-burning oven gives the pizza at Tony’s signature crispy crust and is well worth the wait. Yum!

  1. Mexican food is HOT here

Mexican food is in the blood of those who live here, especially on Ventura Avenue, the city’s original drag, stretching from just after the Fairgrounds and heading up toward Ojai. Along the way, countless restaurants and bodegas stand as landmarks. There’s Taqueria Tepatitlan, featuring signature mole dishes on certain nights, not to be missed; Taqueria Cuernavaca is what Avenue residents call “authentic,” where the al pastor is accentuated with sweet pineapple; and El Jarocho, a tiny hole-in-the-wall serving up the best ceviche and shrimp cocktails in the county.

  1. Free trolley ride

The Ventura Harbor Trolley isn’t just for tourists. While anyone can hop aboard the 1920s-themed trolley, replete with bells, and ride to the Ventura Harbor from downtown, locals use it as responsible transportation for a day at the beach with a bottle of wine or two. From downtown Ventura, the trolley is a half-hour ride or so to the Harbor, where you’ll find a handful of eateries, water sports, and a mellow stretch of sand known as Mothers Beach. The protection from the waves provided by the jetties here makes it a great spot for families or visitors with little ones looking to play in the ocean.

  1. Cycling sweet spot

The Ventura River Trail is an incredible paved bike path 17 miles long, ending in downtown Ojai. The full trail is actually two combined, the aforementioned section merging with the Ojai Valley Trail. The transition is made seven miles up the path at Foster Park, home to a defunct amphitheater built in the 1920s. The trail features in dozens of officially sanctioned races, but most Venturans use it as an excuse to get some exercise and enjoy the views.

Of course, we also have some of the best beaches in the world! Inspired by these 7 local hot spots to move here? Let the local fave, ReMax Gold Coast help. We’re the premier full-service Property Management in the area and pride ourselves on representing the finest long term and vacation rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Port Hueneme, Mandalay Shores, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches or Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 and check out our list of exception properties.

RE/MAX Gold Coast Honors the Women Police Officers of Ventura

Because March is Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, we here at RE/MAX Gold Coast are joining The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. While we honor women across the country, we would especially like to thank today’s female police officers who work diligently to keep our community safe.

Today, 16 of 137 police officers sworn to defend and protect the people of Ventura are women. These female officers can arrest and detain individuals who are accused of breaking the law, just like their male counterparts do. They ensure drivers follow traffic laws, respond to emergencies, and patrol areas in Ventura where crime may occur. Basically, these officers are tasked with maintaining order and keeping our community safe. In tv and movies, that usually involves chasing down the bad guys or busting a crime ring. In reality, the term police officer covers a wide variety of roles, including behind the scenes work like handwriting analysis and officer training.

While attending Buena High School, Officer Katie Hume had an interest in crime scene investigation but decided to take a different route. She attended beauty school and became a licensed esthetician and massage therapist. She was a successful business owner providing skin care and massage services for nearly a decade but still yearned for a career that was challenging and offered something different every day, so she pursued her goal. She entered the police academy in 2016 and became a Ventura Police Officer in 2017.

“I can’t imagine doing any other job and I would not change my decision to switch careers,” she said. “I always feel like I’m learning and the opportunities for the future are endless.”

Here’s what a few of other female officers in Ventura have to say about their job:

“Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to become a police officer,” explained Ventura Police Officer Stephanie Lopez. “I made it my goal to make my dream come true. I have been a Ventura Police Officer since 2017. I love my job! I enjoy the people I work with and feel blessed to be able to serve our community every day.”

“What makes the Ventura Police Department unique to me are the people that work here. They are the reason why I wanted to become a police officer,” Officer Gabrielle Root said. “Since being hired, I have been shown so many opportunities this career offers. I’m so fortunate to have people around me that support me, but more importantly push me out of my comfort zone and encourage me to be a better police officer every day.”

“I always liked helping people and found being a police officer is the best way I can do that,” Detective Alyse Quiroz explained. “Every day is different and that keeps this job exciting.”

According to Sergeant Sarah Starr: “There aren’t very many jobs out there that let you do something different every day and challenge you both mentally and physically. Our department is a great place to work especially because of the great group of people I serve alongside. I feel very lucky to have found my career path here at the Ventura Police Department.”

ReMax Gold Coast offers a sincere thank you to all our courageous policewomen, especially during Women’s History Month. As the premier full-service Property Management in West Ventura we pride ourselves on representing the finest long term and vacation rentals in safe communities including Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Port Hueneme, Mandalay Shores, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches or Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075 and check out our list of exception properties.

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