Officially named Ojai in 1917, this tiny artistic community has unofficially been called "Shangri-La" since director Frank Capra picked the Ojai Valley as the location for his movie Lost Horizon in 1937. The city is approximately 15 miles from the ocean and less than 10 miles from the beautiful Lake Casitas. By far the smallest city in Ventura County, it is at the heart of the larger unincorporated areas in the Ojai Valley. It also serves as the gateway to the Los Padres National Forest.
Despite having Ojai mailing addresses, the areas known as Mira Monte and Meiners Oaks are not within the city limits. Instead, these unincorporated areas are part of Ojai Valley and are within the jurisdiction of the County of Ventura. These areas share Ojai's unique small town character and village atmosphere. Residents of all three communities are served by the Ojai Recreation Department, which "seeks to enrich and enhance the physical and mental well-being of the citizens by creating and offering a wide variety of accessible activities."
Ojai residents have access to more than 10 elementary, middle and high schools within the Ojai Unified School District. The district is supported by numerous local education organizations such as the Ojai Valley Neighborhood for Learning. Of course, at the higher education level, students have their pick of the best that the state has to offer. The real estate markets of Ojai, Mira Monte and Meiners Oaks offer a wide range of lovely homes in beautiful wooded neighborhoods.
Real Estate Market Summary - Prices of Ojai Homes for Sale
The real estate market of Ojai is diverse. Townhouses in Ojai and Ventura County condos are available from approximately $250,000 and can exceed several million dollars. Ojai home amenities include fireplaces, attached garages, scenic hill/mountain views and access to community swimming pools and spas. Houses in Oja2 are available from just over $450,000 to $1 million and more. Large estate properties in Ojai and the community of Upper Ojai can be found in the $2-4 million range.
Outside the city limits of Ojai, homes in the neighboring communities of Mira Monte and Meiners Oaks are available from around $600,000, though prices for large estate properties can exceed $4 million. Luxury amenities include swimming pools, spas, hardwood floors, guest quarters, fireplaces and mountain, water and canyon views. Available styles include Spanish, ranch, contemporary, Victorian and Mediterranean.