Agoura Horse Property - Custom & Equestrian Real Estate by Nona Green

Thursday, August 29, 2013
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The expansion of Disney in the Santa Clarita Valley is good news for Los Angeles County real estate. There are gorgeous semi-rural communities within commuting distance that appeal to privacy loving, land loving, county life-style loving studio employees and execs.

The new studio development is expected to create jobs.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

For those planning any home improvement projects, the first step may be to visit the Conejo Valley Home Show. Over 150 vendors will be demonstrating thier wares and offering remodel advice. $4 is the general admission fee; the first 200 visitors can enter for free.

The 37th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show on Sat. and Sun., Sept. 7 and 8 is at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.

Public hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8.

Gourmet food trucks will be at the show on Saturday only from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This is one of the largest home shows in the area, with local kitchen and bath contractors, landscapers, roofers and interior designers. More than 150 home improvement specialists will be on site.

During the great recession of 2009, the Home Show went off their usual schedule due to lack of vendor participation. Now it seems, the economy, and the Home Show, is back to business as usual with over 5000 guests attending the April 2013 show.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
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Last night, the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation voted to lead the fight against the use of anti-coagulant rodenticides in the Conejo Valley and beyond. They will be writing letters to local and state officials to support an outright ban on the sale of these products.

After a presentation by Kiam Shulman of Poison Free Malibu, the LVHF was moved to action.

The link between anti-coagulant rodenticides and the decline of wildlife is clear:

The decline of the owls, hawks, bobcats, weasels, coyotes, and other natural rodent predators will actually exacerbate the infestation of the unwanted animals that that the poisons are used to control. We are poisoning our natural control system. The use of these poisons are cruel as the method of death is slow and excruciating. Children and pets are at risk from accidential ingestions of the poisons.
What can be done?
Spread the word. Tell the merchants, feed stores, and suppliers that they should cease selling these products. Employ safe practices to control nuisance rodents:
When seeking professional help to control rodents, look for the companies certification from one of these organizations:
Sign our petition:
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Monday, August 19, 2013
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Should one buy a house or a home?

Put another way, should one buy a property primarily for it's investment potential, it's prestige factor, or to maximize that tax shelter, versus buying a property that provides emotional stability and a lifestyle for the family?
This is a short article about the difference of buying a property and making it you home or making it just a house, just a place to live. Logic vs emotion.
As a broker who specializes in semi-rural and equestrian properties in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, the choice is clear. Typically, in order to live in a more rural environment, a sacrifice is made to give up square footage in exchange for more land and/or privacy from other homes. My clientele includes people who may have already owned the dream house and found that bigger, fancier, and more expensive isn't the priority for them. They want to raise their families off the beaten path, want some room to grow things, interact with nature, and rely less on the external features of a property to make them happy.
Research suggests that buying a "home" even if it means giving up the ideal of the elite crowd, contributes to living happily:
Please comment on the choices you've made about whether to buy a "house" or a "home".
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Monday, August 19, 2013
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Agoura Horse Property Inc, recently asked about 100 agents in the Conejo Valley "How does a solar system affect resale of a home?" Of those that answered the question, most said that there was a "small advantage", and that the advantage increased to the extent that the seller owned the system outright rather than was making payments on a long term loan. A handful of agents had experienced a transaction in which a leased solar system with a long term contract had a negative effect on the resale value.

We love using the sun's energy to spare natural resources, and saving money in the long run on the cost of electricity is a good thing. The results of our poll suggest that buying versus leasing the system may be best for resale. When buying is not possible, and there is a likelihood that the home will be marketed for sale, then a solar lease contract should be certain to include a reasonable "buy-out" amount. This amount could be factored into the purchase price of the property.
Here's a compelling ad for solar:
We'd love to hear about your personal experience with solar? Do you lease or own your solar? Have you experienced either shopping for a home, or selling a home where a solar system feature had an effect on your sale transaction?
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
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What would Ronald Reagan have thought of an Equestrian Campground on his beloved ranch? The site for the proposed ranch, a ongoing fundraising project headed by Equestrian Trails, Inc.and Save Open Space, is now part of Malibu Creek State Park. The park spans over 7000 acres of land from Agoura to Malibu.
“This area is so rich in equestrian heritage and we feel strongly about creating something like this,” said Woody Smeck, superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, part of the National Park Service. “There are equestrian centers in the Santa Monicas, but one is at Point Mugu in the far west end and one is at Topanga State Park in the east,” Smeck said. “What this, Ronald Reagan Equestrian Campground, will do is tie all of the trails together and create a multi-day camping and equestrian experience.”

Opponents of the proposed equestrian camp site watershed pollution from manure runoff, an eyesore in a scenic corridor, and fire danger as their primary objections. They think the $2 to $3 million that the campgrounds will cost is a waste of money, and it benefits only a handful of well-heeled equestrians.

Presently, Malibu Creek State Park has campgrounds that accomodate non-equestrians. Fees are paid through Reserve America, and help pay for the maintenance of the campgrounds.

Download campground presentation:
Printable version Reagan Campground Concept Plan:

Ronnie is no longer around to comment. We'd like to hear from YOU,,,,

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This is in the "why didn't I think of this" category. After all, there are BABY-CAMS. When I go a way for a few days, I sometimes take my dogs to Camp Bow Wow in Agoura Hills because they have a "Camper-Cam" where I can see the dogs in real time. It's reassuring to see their tails wagging rather than imagine that they are depressed and lonely.

Now I can be sure that my horses are safe, have their fly masks on, have plenty of water, etc. etc.

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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Letter to the Acorn 8/8/2013

Chesebro parcel worth saving

Saving the Chesebro Meadow is not a NIMBY issue. In 1999, the Agoura Hills Open Space Committee listed this whole property as the highest category in their open space wish list. We now know these 71 acres are part of a critical corridor for maintaining the wildlife population in our national park.

As a college student and Liberty Canyon resident, I have been involved in the effort to preserve this land for the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor. Working with Save Open Space, I helped put together an application for the state wildlife conservation/mountain lion funds to purchase this entire property at fair market value.

The fact is, there are still millions of dollars of unallocated 2013 funds available. If the money is not used here, then it will be used elsewhere in California.

This strip of land and wildlife choke-point must not be further compromised by development of 15 estates, each with their own guest house.

Let’s all work together to preserve the entire 71-acre Chesebro Meadow as open space as envisioned by our city’s own committee in 1999.


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Wednesday, August 07, 2013
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Riding on the trail at dusk on the Chesebro Trail in Agoura Hills, one is never alone. Squirrels, rabbits, coyote, crows, owls, and the occasional deer keep me company. Just in the last year or two, I've added bats to the list of companions on the trail.

This summer I've noticed bats like I've never noticed them before. They seem like small black birds flitting about, yet unlike birds, they make frequent changes in direction - more like an insect than a bird.
I guess the bat population has increased dramatically this year. Does anyone know why? I'm certain this is good news since bats eat mosquitoes like crazy. Bats also pollinate plants.
Click here for more info on bats, including the rabies factor.

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