Simi Valley, CA Real Estate News

By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
Simi Valley has a long history of famous people coming to visit.Here is a partial list of 5 famous people who have come to Simi Valley:   Steven SpielbergWhen Steven Spielberg was looking for a place to film his horror classic, Poltergeist in 81-82, he needed a house that perfectly conveyed the feeling and vibe that he was looking for. After scouting for homes throughout the Greater LA Area, he settled on a home in Simi Valley. The house that served as the home for the Freeling family needed to have a very middle-class/suburban feel, and he found that. The home is still standing to this day (with it being known as the Poltergeist House).  Wayne GretzkyOften referred to as “The Great One,” the Canadian-born Gretzky is one of the most famous athletes of all time. The greatest hockey playe...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
Since the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library opened, there have been four presidential debates that the Library has hosted. All four of these debates occurred during the Republican Primary. The four debates that have taken place at the Library include two that happened during the 2008 primary, one during the 2012 primary, and the last one was during the 2016 primary. More likely than not, if the 2020 Republican Primary had been competitive, there would have been a debate hosted during that campaign as well.The reason why any debates have happened at the Library is due to President Reagan’s vision.According to the Ronald Reagan Library’s website:“When Ronald Reagan opened the doors to his presidential library in 1991, he stated that he wanted the Library to be more than just a place for ...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
Some people think that Simi Valley didn’t have much in it before the City incorporated in the late 60s, and while it’s true that the vast majority of people who live here now came here in the 80s or were born here after that time; Simi does, in fact, have a history that stretches back quite some time. One of the nearly forgotten gems in Simi Valley history is the Santa Susana Airport.According to Airfields-Freeman:“Santa Susana Airport, Simi Valley, CA 34.27, -118.71 (Northwest of Los Angeles, CA).The earliest photo which has been located at Santa Susana Airport was a 1940 aerial view by looking southeast (courtesy of Jeffrey Niven). It depicted the field as having a single unpaved east/west runway, with a small building & a few light planes parked along the northwest side of the field....
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center has been a staple of the community for over 27 years. During this time, they’ve hosted hundreds of plays, they’ve had thousands of patrons come to attend shows, and they’ve provided the city with some of the highest forms of art and entertainment in this part of Ventura County. With that said, what is the history of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center?According to Today Tix:“Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, a Ventura County Historical Landmark, was originally established as the Simi Community Methodist Episcopal Church in 1924. With a long history involving several earthquakes and various building owners, the building was acquired by the City in 1994 and re-opened as Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in 1995. Since then, the now-refurbished Cultural...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is one of the most unique things that exist in all of Ventura County. In fact, this Presidential Library is the most visited presidential library in the entire United States (pre COVID).One question that people might ask is, why was the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library specifically built in Simi Valley?According to an LA Times article from 1987: “President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan are familiar with the locale and have been kept apprised of the site-selection process, Jones added.The property, located on a mesa in an unincorporated area between the cities of Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, is being donated by developers Donald E. Swartz and Gerald W. Blakeley. Their partnership, Blakeley Swartz, owns the land, which is part of a 640-acre ...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
Over the past 90 years, Simi Valley has been the location for thousands of movie productions, commercials, and television productions. One of the larger film productions that have taken place in Simi Valley happened back in 2002/2003 with The Cat in the Hat movie.According to an article from the Independent Record:“Between Moorpark and Simi — in a house pink and blue — the Cat will come soon with Thing One and Thing Two.The houses are ready, the neighbors don’t know, but the scene is now set to start filming theshow. Mike Myers will be there, in costume at that. But this time around, he’s the Cat in the Hat.Production on the movie version of Dr. Seuss’ classic ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ the ultimate mom’s-gonna-kill-us children’s fantasy, is due to start Monday at Butler Ranch near Moorpark....
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
 PINNACLE ESTATE PROPERTIES 22nd ANNUAL TURKEY DRIVE DATE: MONDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2020 TIME: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM WHERE: TWO LOCATIONS: WESTLAKE VILLAGE - Calvary Church Parking Lot 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village SIMI VALLEY - Pinnacle Estate Properties 1855 Cochran Street, Simi Valley What once started out as an idea to donate Thanksgiving meal groceries to just 10 families on Thanksgiving has flourished into an amazing charity benefitting over 225,000 people since its inception by realtor Alex Gandel in 2000. Through the generosity and support of fellow neighbors and realtors, we are able to provide food to thousands of families that would otherwise go without a meal on Thanksgiving. Each $25 that was donated will provide enough groceries for a family of 10 to cook a complete Thanksgivin...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
Recently, I celebrated 40 years in business as a Realtor. To say that a lot has changed since my career began would be an understatement.  In 1980, personal answering machines had just become popular, and I had just met the first person who owned an automatic garage door opener. Since then, technology has advanced tremendously, and the real estate industry has become much more complex. For example, when I first started, a purchase contract was only one page and deals were sealed with a handshake. Now buyers are signing 40 pages just to make an offer and often signing digitally. Although we tend to look at the past with nostalgia, there were significant hurdles in the industry at the beginning of my career. There was the economic downturn in the early ’80s when interest rates were at 18%...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
A Personal Story by Alex GandelA big key to success in any aspect of life is having positive mentorship. From Aristotle, who was famously influenced by his mentor, Plato, to Oprah Winfrey, who was mentored by Maya Angelou, many who have made an impact on this world have often been impacted by a mentor figure. I know for myself, mentors have played a significant role in my life, and their impact on me is still felt to this day.There have been five mentors who have profoundly affected me – these five mentors vary in terms of their backgrounds and the type of success they’ve achieved, but all five share a common thread – they taught me something or imparted wisdom that I’ve been able to incorporate into my daily life.One of the most impactful people that I’ve ever known was an incredibly g...
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By Carmela Jacobs, Ventura Co., Los Angeles Co., CA, & Global Realtor
(Carmela Realty)
Alquilar o ser propietario, ¿Qué es mejor para usted?En un mercado de bienes raíces donde los precios de las casas están subiendo, muchos han comenzado a reexaminar la idea de comprar una casa, eligiendo a cambio, alquilar por un tiempo. Pero a menudo, hay un dilema: ¿Debería continuar pagando por un alquiler? sabiendo que las rentas están también subiendo o ¿debería asegurar su costo de la vivienda y comprar una casa? Veamos ambos escenarios y analicemos los pros y los contras de cada uno:AlquilarCon el desplome del mercado de la vivienda de 2008, muchos propietarios de vivienda perdieron sus casas y se convirtieron en inquilinos. Según Iproperty Management, “El número de hogares alquilando su casa… aumento del 31.2 % en 2006 a 36.6 % en 2016”.Algunos eligen alquilar porque es más conv...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
CENTURY 21 Troop Real Estate sales professional is ranked No. 10 in the Nation for sales for CENTURY 21Alex Gandel had a highly productive year in 2017. He is ranked No. 10 out of over 110,000 sales professionals nationwide for CENTURY 21 and still managed to offer a remarkable level of service to his community. He was recognized recently for his outstanding contributions and awarded Business Person of the Year 2017 by the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce.“We are pleased that Alex is receiving this well-deserved award,” Brian Troop, Founder of CENTURY 21 Troop Real Estate said. “Alex has proven to be an incredibly kind and giving human being throughout his 38 years as a top producing real estate professional.Among his many accomplishments, Alex founded the annual CENTURY 21 Troop Turkey ...
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By Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties
(https://HugginsHomes.com)
This Month's Home Prices in Simi Valley  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes   About the Simi Valley Area The city of Simi Valley (from the Chumash word, Shimiyi), is situated in the southeast corner of Ventura County. The city's 2014 population has been estimated at 126,871, up from 111,351 in 2000. The city of Simi Valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountain range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and northeast of the Conejo Valley. It is largely a commuter bedroom community feeding the larger cities in Ventura County to the west and the Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley to the east. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the former president was buried following his death in 2004, is in Simi Valley. A study don...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
The prestigious northeast community of Silverthorne, Simi Valley, was built by Centex Homes and boasts of elegant residences with slate and granite accents offering luxury style and design detail. Silverthorne at Indian Hills also offers a spectacular location, nestled in the foothills of northeast Simi Valley, surrounded by beautiful rolling hills near excellent schools, parks, golf courses, shopping, hiking trails and business.Welcome to Silverthorne at Indian HillsOffering architecturally distinctive exteriors, featuring brick, stone and siding, professionally selected exterior color schemes, 2-Car to 4-Car garages with roll-up sectional garage doors, fire-resistant concrete tile roof in shake, slate and barrel tile designs, custom wood front entry doors, courtyard entries on selecte...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
The Highlands and The Glen, Simi Valley Located in the foothills of west Simi Valley, there is a small community of single-family homes in a neighborhood called “The Highlands”. This neighborhood is not to be confused with the Big Sky community also named “The Highlands”.“The Highlands” is a neighborhood consisting of a small group of single-family homes adjacent to a condominium/townhome community called “The Glen”. Both communities combined offer multiple community pools and spas. There is a walking trail behind “The Highlands” with a bench at the entry to the trail.There is a Home Owner’s Association that governs both communities. The HOA dues for “The Highlands is approximately between $70 and $80 per month. To view homes and condos for sale in The Highlands and The Glen click here!...
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By Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties
(https://HugginsHomes.com)
This Week's Home Prices in Simi Valley  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes   About the Simi Valley Area The city of Simi Valley (from the Chumash word, Shimiyi), is situated in the southeast corner of Ventura County. The city's 2014 population has been estimated at 126,871, up from 111,351 in 2000. The city of Simi Valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountain range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and northeast of the Conejo Valley. It is largely a commuter bedroom community feeding the larger cities in Ventura County to the west and the Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley to the east. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the former president was buried following his death in 2004, is in Simi Valley. A study done...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
As I look back on my 37-year Real Estate career and really focus in on when I realized that I needed help in the office, several things come to mind as turning points for me. I think that the simple most important event if you will, that comes to mind, was that I was literally becoming tired of not having enough time to do everything, and more importantly, do it well. I missed out on a business opportunity because I wasn’t able to get to it on that day. Please remember that this was in the mid-1990’s and we didn’t have advanced email or texting yet, and by the time I realized that I didn’t make that phone call, it was simply too late at night. I lost the deal, and I was devastated but learned my lesson right then. It was a difficult economic time, but I really had no choice – I needed h...
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By Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties
(https://HugginsHomes.com)
This Week's Home Prices in Simi Valley  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes   About the Simi Valley Area The city of Simi Valley (from the Chumash word, Shimiyi), is situated in the southeast corner of Ventura County. The city's 2014 population has been estimated at 126,871, up from 111,351 in 2000. The city of Simi Valley is surrounded by the Santa Susana Mountain range and the Simi Hills, west of the San Fernando Valley, and northeast of the Conejo Valley. It is largely a commuter bedroom community feeding the larger cities in Ventura County to the west and the Los Angeles area and the San Fernando Valley to the east. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the former president was buried following his death in 2004, is in Simi Valley. A study done...
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