Behind an orange grove near beaches in S. California

Behind an orange grove near beaches in S. California




Apr 2007

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 3
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Hidden away behind an orange grove on an acre of fenced property with mountain views, my home is a spacious, casual 1950's California ranch house full of light with terracotta tile floors, sundecks off the kitchen and adjoining dining room, outdoor spa, private yard with trees and sun. There is one small charming feminine pastel bedroom with a double bed and there is a large bedroom with a sofa and a queen size bed, armoire and high speed internet and Asian decor. The living room with leather sofas and dining room with leather table and chairs both have fireplaces (one gas logs, one wood burning) and many windows. I have DVD, VCRs with movies to watch or rent nearby. I do not have cable TV but could get it if you want. The spacious kitchen has a table for two. My home is one level, casual with an open floor plan, cheerful & comfortable. People say it is a happy home.


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  1. I am a woman in my fifties, former international corporate executive & lawyer, world traveller, writer and poet. I have lived in Paris and Australia and travelled many times in France and French Polynesia. I am happy, in fact wish, to exchange pet care as well as homes. My cat will either come with me to your house or stay home if you are cat lovers and willing to take good care of her. She is short haired, mature, well trained, well behaved and has a cat scratcher so she does not scratch furniture. I love cats and most dogs too. I am interested in visiting New Zealand in and near Auckland or St. Barths or preferably between January - March. I would like to go to France en Provence to the Vaucluse, or the Drome, or the Hautes Alpes de Provence and possibly also to Paris 7ieme,6ieme,ou le 4ieme sur les isles in August. And I wish to go to Hawaii, preferably the Puna district, or to Oahu to the North Shore or West or East coasts. I expect to travel alone but it is possible that a friend might come along. I will take very good care of your home and your pets too.

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Where is it?


My home is quite private at the end of a long paved driveway on a fairly busy road with one acre properties that was once rural but now is a neighborhood. It is very safe. It is in a beautiful valley only 5 minutes by car,or a 5 minute walk to the trolley, to get to the charming small town of Ojai with some fine restaurants, coffee shops and stores. It is a 30 minute walk to the nearest restaurants and health food store. Ojai has a movie theatre and two theatres for plays. It is a town of creative artistic people, many artists, musicians. There is a bike bath that starts by the end of my road and goes all the way downtown. It takes me about one hour to town by bike and 1/2 hour back. You can rent good bikes or use mine which is older. The bike path also goes all the way to the beach. The beaches are lovely white sand and good surfing. There is a 5 star country club and health spa available and tennis clubs and golf course for day use. It is only a 45 minute drive to Santa Barbara and its wonderful shops, restaurants, theatre, music and clubs. It is a 1 1/2 hour drive to Los Angeles and to Malibu down the beautiful Pacific coast. There is a Farmer's Market every Sunday here and many Farmer's Markets in Santa Barbara so fresh vegies and fruit is plentiful. The health food store has good fish and meat and there are 2 supermarkets in town for the rest. I have an orchard with plums, oranges, tangerines, some nectarines.

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