Ventura County is teeming with extraordinary things to do, see, and experience. Residents praise Ventura County for its comfortable and soothing climate that is extremely pleasant year-round.
Because Ventura County is my home and workplace, I know the entire area like the back of my hand. Those exploring more about the County online can find it tough to locate a source with strong information about the region as a whole, which is why I’m providing this overview here. I have traveled extensively throughout virtually every nook and cranny of Ventura County and pride myself on helping clients find their dream home in the area. My knowledge also helps me properly position and present clients’ homes to attract perfectly fit buyers looking for a little paradise in the region. Take a look below and learn more on why the County is proving irresistible to so many.
I suggest you take a look through my profiles on the cities in the County to find even more attractions to explore.
That said, a list of the region’s highlights would be amiss without mentioning Sespe Hot Springs, a backpacker’s nirvana with an abundance of large and rare wildlife that’s just two hours north of LA.
Oxnard (207,000) and Thousand Oaks (129,000) are the largest cities here by population, while Ojai (7,600) and Fillmore (15,500) are the smallest.
Just over 850,000 people call Ventura County home. The median age is around 40, and the area is split nearly 50-50 between men and women. The workforce is dominated by white-collar professions, including lawyers and architects and engineers. It’s only natural, then, that Ventura County is also highly educated: nearly one of out every four residents has a bachelor’s degree or higher. The area is also attractive to couples and families, since about 75% of homes here are “family” households, and nearly 42% of residents in the County are married.
Residents praise Ventura County for its comfortable and soothing climate that is extremely pleasant year-round. Sunshine reigns in the County and is one of the principal draws to the region: we enjoy nearly 300 sun-drenched days every year. Precipitation is scant, with only about five weeks of rain annually. (February is the wettest month; July is the driest.) And compared to other parts of California, Ventura County largely veers away from extreme heat, with only 30 days per year with temperatures above 90 degrees.
The good life that Ventura County promises its residents reaches a high point with the area’s compelling dining scene. A number of restaurants jockey for the top spot, but many residents praise Lure Fish House above all: its crab cakes and cioppino will have you ducking to lick every crumb off your plate. Family-owned Cafe Zack in Ventura also ranks highly for its irresistible selection of innovative culinary fare, including slow-roasted wild boar shanks, topped off by an unequaled romantic vibe. I enjoy the California fusion cuisine at Twenty88 in Camarillo – their martini bar also draws raves. And I tell Ventura County newcomers to start their weekend mornings right at Pete’s Breakfast House, featured on the Food Network; they’re best known for their signature yummy pancake roll with yogurts and berries.
Los Angeles families fed up with the smog and traffic have long earmarked Ventura County as an oasis, both for its excellent weather and for its budget-friendly options. All this has led to an influx of families relocating to the County – not just from LA, but from around the country. One-stop spots for memory-making, like Ventura Harbor Village, the SeeBee Museum in Port Hueneme, and the standout vintage car collection in the Murphy Auto Museum, underscore how tailor-made the region is for families in particular. Add to this the County’s abundance of high-quality schools, such as Thousand Oaks High School, Poinsettia Elementary School in Ventura, and the Montessori School of Ojai, and you start to grasp the authentic appeal for raising children in this supportive and sunny California locale.
A list of the region’s highlights would be amiss without mentioning Sespe Hot Springs, a backpacker’s nirvana with an abundance of large and rare wildlife that’s just two hours north of LA.
Anacapa Island, whose name was derived from the indigenous Chumash people’s language, is tailor-made for both a one-day jaunt or an overnight camp full of swimming and kayaking and snorkeling.
And Mission San Buenaventura offers a rich snapshot of history of both the area and of California in general – don’t skip it! If you are in search of you “Zen” check out Meditation Mount in Ojai, you’ll be amazed by the scenery and will leave feeling renewed.
The County is also gaining global recognition for its award winning Breweries, which provides its residents a place to wind-down after work, network or enjoy a televised sporting event.
Job prospects are thankfully booming in Ventura County. The area has added jobs at a rate of nearly 1%, with huge gains made for employment opportunities in technology, education, healthcare, and the leisure and hospitality sector in particular. Moorpark and Simi Valley recently ranked in the top 50 of a WalletHub listing of California’s best cities to find a job. Major employers in the region include the Ventura County Office of Education, Moorpark College, Sullstar Technologies, The National Guard (Port Hueneme), and Haas Automation.
Ventura County offers a deep array of inviting and exciting options for your nighttime kicks. I recommend the Beachcomber Tavern in Oxnard not only for their free popcorn but also for their immense selection of California craft beers and emphasis on central California wine. The Manhattan of Camarillo doubles as both a top-notch Italian steakhouse and a trendy beer garden; the venue attracts enchanting jazz acts from around the country, too. And don’t miss 1901 Speakeasy, whose Prohibition-era cocktails are downright criminal in how good they taste.
Ventura County’s visual thrills alone make it prime territory to enjoy the golden years of life. Seemingly endless miles of beautiful coastline couple with the County’s predominance of sunny days and mild temperatures to attract a booming number of retirees, particularly to Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ojai and Ventura. The area also boasts more than fifty high-quality independent living communities, further increasing interest in the area.
Ventura County has one of the most robust and diverse agriculture environment’s found anywhere in the world. Which provides its residents an ample supply of fresh, organic and seasonal produce to choose from. Not to mention nearly every city has access to FARMERS MARKETS, so you can meet the individuals that are supplying your fruits and vegetables. Ventura County’s agriculture business provides over 2 billion dollars of economic revenue to the economy!
Sunshine reigns in the County and is one of the principal draws to the region: we enjoy nearly 300 sun-drenched days every year. Precipitation is scant, with only about five weeks of rain annually. (February is the wettest month; July is the driest.) And compared to other parts of California, Ventura County largely veers away from extreme heat, with only 30 days per year with temperatures above 90 degrees.
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