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

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

On September 1, 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Historic Preservation Ordinance. As of Oct.1, applications are being taken to deem a property a Landmark and afford the owner certain protections and benefits. The ordinance was passed to identify properties of historic interest and importance for the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the public.

There are two properties that just came on the market for sale in Agoura which meet some of the criteria for registration as a LANDMARK.

Agoura-Woodland Hills Pony Club

The United States Pony Club is an institution dating back to 1954. The USPC aims to teach children to be well-rounded horse people with complete knowledge of riding on the flat, in the open, jumping, and horse care.

"The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth..."

The Agoura-Woodland Hills Pony Club is one of the first clubs on the west coast and resides on 52 acres at the end of Chesbro Rd. The land, including the adjacent 30 acres leased to a herb farm, is beautiful - and is for sale.

Shanti Anantam Ashram

The importance of Alice Coltrane to 20th-Century music cannot be overstated. While she passed away in 2007, Coltrane's work as a composer and multi-instrumentalist in the realm of avant-garde and spiritual jazz continues to influence legions of musicians.

Coltrane quest for spiritual enlightenment inspired her artistry. Along with the Beatles and other musicians in the 1960's, Coltrane introduced the western world to Indian religions. She established her Vedantic Center in 1976 as a nonprofit organization. The Center still serves as a sanctuary today on 47 acres in Triunfo Canyon. "The land is conducive to spiritual practice and development." It is sublime - and it is for sale.

Could either of these properties qualify as a historical landmark? If not, they will still be an important footnote in the annals of Agoura history - and now they are for sale. Call Nona Green for more information 818 426-2292


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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
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Two Women to Clean up the Mess

Illece Buckley Weber and Linda Northrup were elected to fill the two vacancies on the Agoura Hills City Council. Voters were adament that future decisions of the council not go the way they have been.

When Agoura Hills City Council members agreed to sell the 71 Acre Chesebro Meadow, the goal was to settle a lawsuit with the buyer. In hindsight, the expense of continuing the suit, and the liability should the city have lost in court, was a paltry sum compared to the value of the meadow measured in dollars AND in its critical benefit to the survival of many species in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The city figured they might lose the lawsuit, and their defendant was the only buyer to come forward. The public did not have any vote on the matter - a deal was struck. While it seemed like the only option at the time, the sale of the Chesebro Meadow for less than $1M was unfortunate. The sale was contingent on the Final Environmental Impact Report certification. While there are other conditions to be met, including the annexation of the land to the city, certifying the FEIR was the first step.

The second mistake may have been a foregone conclusion - tethered to the sale agreement. At the City Planning Commission and Council meeting, experts gave compelling testimony why the FEIR was inadequate, and yet 3 out of 5 planners, and 3 out of 5 council members voted to certify that document.

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, registered voters of the City of Agoura Hills had the opportunity to elect two members of the City Council.

Three candidates voted that the FEIR inadequately addressed fire evacuation safety or the potential effects on the development to a proposed wildlife crossing. They were Chris Anstead, Linda Northrup, and Illece Buckley Weber.

The Old Agoura Homeowner's Association endorsed Northrup and Buckley Weber because they deemed the FEIR inadequate. Their votes counted this time.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Los Angeles Regional Planning will decide today if Matt Osgood's proposed development at the corner of Piuma and Cold Canyon must adhere to the Local Coastal Plan

From the Monte Nido Valley Newsletter:

Development of 15 tract homes coming our way!

Does this sound like the Monte Nido you know? Large, suburban tract homes boasting manicured lawns and pseudo classic architecture. Fearfully bright night lighting that drowns out the stars. Structured fencing obstructing nature trails to segregate all that pesky wildlife lurking in the mountain nest.
This is Monte Nido’s future.

There is a 15-home tract development currently in the works for both sides of Piuma between Cold Canyon andthe first hairpin curve. These new tract homes come to us from developer Matt Osgood of Vintage Communities, a well-known Orange County residential property development company.

Vintage at Hidden Park in Agoura Hills is developer Matt Osgood’s model for
Monte Nido’s future. Why should we be concerned about this tract development? Consider its impacts on:
? Reduced open space: 15 homes averaging 4500 sq. ft, not including garages (up to 1600 sq. ft), pools and other hardscape on proportionally small lots of approximately 1 acre along a half-mile stretch of both sides of Piuma -- with some homes 30ft. from the edge of Piuma.
? Effects on wildlife habitat and passage: fencing, night lighting, noise
? Impediments to Backbone Trail and views
Community Safety
? Flooding: despite the drought, there is an historical flooding problem along Piuma (recall 1980, 1995, and 2005) exacerbated by recent build-out on the triangle. Fifteen new tract homes and their hardscape could create a rush of floodwaters to the homes below.
? Wild fires and exiting traffic back-ups: with Piuma as the main thoroughfare for evacuations and fire vehicle transport, an overrun of development can obstruct fighting efforts.
Community Character
? Large tract homes on proportionally small lots in proximity to each other don’t support the aesthetic originality of our “rural village.”
? Dark skies are threatened.
? Is this the genesis of the Oaks or Simi Valley in our mountain nest – aren’t there enough of those?

What you can do:
1) See it. Drive up Piuma, take in the view (possibly for the last time), witness the cleared out lots, and envision the impact this large subdivision will have as you enter Monte Nido.
2) Read the history of this development at:
3) Google “Matt Osgood Vintage Properties” and pull up articles like:
4) Check out Matt Osgood’s Vintage Communities at Hidden Park Estates in Agoura Hills at to see his vision for Monte Nido.
5) Learn how the Naples community in Santa Barbara united and won against Matt Osgood’s planned development along their pristine coastline at
6) Attend small group information meetings hosted by your neighbors to galvanize our community efforts and preserve the Monte Nido we love.
For five decades, the Monte Nido Valley Community Association, a respected and heeded voice of the Santa Monica Mountains, has held the line on inappropriate development in the Las Virgenes Valley. Working with county and state agencies, and sometimes through litigation, we have fought to defend this beautiful “mountain nest” that some would like to exploit for their own gain.
Support our efforts with a donation to the legal fund dedicated to fighting this tract development.
Send payment to: MNVCA at P.O. Box 8054, Calabasas, CA 91372 or donate online.
Many thanks,
Your Neighbors, MNVCA

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sometimes I think the Acorn deliberately writes an article so inciteful, just to see if anyone is reading their paper. What is sad is that people DO read the paper. A society raised on meat may be doomed to destroy the planet because of the sentiment espoused in their recent ignorant and factless editorial.

One doesn't have to go far to find good science linking cardiovascular disease and cancer to a diet of too much saturated fats and protein (animal product based) and yet, even if that were not factual, what about the inhumanity to countless innocent creatures, and the disastrous effects on the environment?. The animal product industry is the largest single source of torture AND greenhouse gases.

Over 120 school DISTRICTS, not just schools, have adopted Meatless Mondays and the Acorn thinks it knows better? Shame on them.

To read the original Acorn Newspaper editorial click here.

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Thursday, October 08, 2015
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Dressage is an elegant sport, with only formal attire allowed at the upper levels - think dark coat with lapels.... Do riders at top levels ever wish they can wear something besides black. What about PINK!?

A show coming up on Oct. 17, lets riders get into the spirit of helping fight breast cancer by waiving the dress code. Speaking of "spirit", once you ride at Spirit Equestrian in Somis, CA, you will be spoiled for life. The venue couldn't be more welcoming. Nestled on 20 acres amid the avocado and lemon grove covered hills of Somis, CA, Spirit Equestrian is a Premier Southern California competitive training and boarding facility featuring top-notch hunter/jumper and dressage trainers. Spirit boasts a unique microclimate fueled by cool ocean breezes, resulting in temperatures that average 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the surrounding communities of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and Simi Valley.

Spirit Equestrian owner Marie Knowles founded the popular October show in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"Everyone is affected by this desease. We all have friends or family who has been afflicted. Since we're at the start of the show season, and because people can be creative with the PINK motif, we always have a lot of fun," says Marie.

Olympian Charlotte Bredahl took home a ribbon at last years show. Jan Ebling, and Hilda Gurney are regular competitors and fans of the event which raises several thousands of dollars for breast cancer research every year.

Dressage at Spirit Equestrian
October 17-18, 2015
Level 2

THINK PINK!! A portion of the proceeds are donated each year to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Conservative colors are waived for this event as long as you wear PINK!! Year after year this show has grown and we have been able to continue to increase our donation to this wonderful cause. Please help us make this show the best one yet!

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Agoura Hills City Council votes 3 to 2 to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report prepared to assess the environmental impacts of the proposed Agoura Equestrian Estates project and 15 one acre home-sites. The site of the project is the Chesebro Meadow along Chesebro Rd., just north of Driver Ave. in Old Agoura.

The EIR acknowledged that the Chesebo Meadow is part of an area that links wildlife habitat north and south of the 101 FWY. Many environmental groups are pushing for a bridge across the 101 FWY to allow mountain lions, bobcats, mule deer and other species to survive in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Nevertheless, council memebers Weber, Edelston, and Koehler voted to certify the EIR in spite of expert testimony that said it was inadequate. They said that the law didn't not require that the EIR be perfect. Edelston thought that since some speakers had changed their mind over the years, having supported the Equestrian Estate project in the past, that their testimony was not credible.

Council member Harry Schwarz and Mayor Illece Buckley Weber opposed certifying the EIR. Schwarz thought the EIR did not adequately address evacuation measures in a flood or fire, and Schwarz thought the EIR did not thoroughly assess the impact on wildlife

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Check out his video for a rendering of the crossing, and an easy way to donate $10 at a time.

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Warning: There are COUGAR jokes in this video.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Spiritual Paradise for sale? Actually, the land and the structures are for sale, Spiritual Paradise comes with it at no charge.

47 Acre Campsite/Corporate Retreat/Equestrian Center/Nature Sanctuary; These are just a few of the potential uses for this property zoned Resort and Recreational in unincorporated Los Angeles County. Year round Triunfo Creek meanders though the property which is studded with heritage oaks and soaring sycamores. Surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the land is a refuge for wildlife including hawk, owl, deer, trout and turtles. The property consists of two parcels, each approximately 23.5 acres. Each parcel has an access road from Triunfo Canyon Road, and they share a bridge across the creek to acres of level to gently rolling land. There are several residences and accessory structures, a water well and storage tank, and sewer connection. The north half of the land is mountainous and connects with riding and hiking trails. This property would make a unique and ideal private estate site for one or two homes. Owner prefers to sell both parcels together, yet is open to selling just one. Buyer to verify square footage and bedroom/bath count - size reflects combination of multiple dwellings.

The property is owned by the esate of Alice Coltrane. She purchased the property in 1983 and today is still the site of her beloved Ashram. From the NY Times:

Alice Coltrane, widow of the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and the pianist in his later bands, who extended her musical searches into a vocation as a spiritual leader, died on Friday in Los Angeles. She was 69.

Alice Coltrane

The cause was respiratory failure, said Marilyn McLeod, her sister and assistant.

Ms. Coltrane lived in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles near the Sai Anantam ashram in Agoura Hills, which she had founded in 1983. Known as Swami Turiyasangitananda, Sanskrit for “the highest song of God,” she was the guiding presence of the 48-acre ashram, set among the Santa Monica mountains, where 25 to 30 full-time residents study the Vedic scriptures of ancient India, as well as Buddhist and Islamic texts.

She was also the manager of Coltrane’s estate, as well as of his music-publishing company, Jowcol Music, and the John Coltrane Foundation, which has gives out scholarships to music students.

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