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What’s up everyone it’s Sam Benner of Ventura Beach Properties and we had so much fun watching the Tall Ships arrive that Jeff and I were determined to find our way on one. After browsing the website we came across the perfect blend of history and explosives, the Battle Sail. With our families in tow we hopped aboard the mighty Hawaiian Chieftain.

After a quick introduction to the boat’s features from a crew member we shoved off from the dock and were on our way out of the Ventura Harbor and out to sea.

The crew, which was a diverse group of men and women quickly took to climbing up the very tall mast and unfurling the sails. Watching them fearlessly ascend to the top and their footing secured only with ropes was an impressive sight to see.

Before we knew we were at the entrance to the Pacific Ocean, our captain at the helm. My son Dylan immediately gravitated to our sea savvy leader asking questions like ‘how much do you get paid’ and ‘do you ever use Google Maps’?

So this trip wasn’t one of those sit back and enjoy the show kind of deals. We had jobs and responsibilities. The first mate jumped right in to give us instructions on how we, yes we were going to be in charge of the mizzen. Gulp. Jeff and his wife Darai wisely made their way to the front of the ship to take in the incredible views of Ventura from open sea.

Without further ado, the main sail made it’s mighty debut. “It’s Alive” the captain yelled doing his best Dr. Frankenstein impression.

There wasn’t much time for fanfare and celebration as another ship approached us with unclear intentions.

The captain jumped into action and gave us instructions as to where the most vulnerable points of the enemy ship were and we took our battle stations.

The Lady Washington creeped closer, moving into the line of battle… a heated exchange of cannon fire began.

The crew worked in unison adjusting the sails quickly so the ship could position itself for another pass at our mortal enemy who was quickly approaching. The captain called to our gunner, with the coolest goggles ever, for one final shot. The Roundys surveying the damage declared us the victor.

We proudly returned to shore allowing for plenty of time to enjoy the sunset and of course plenty of time to goof around. The aptly named ‘Too Much Fun’ joined us as we basked in our victory.

For more information about this and other fun happenings in and around Ventura, make sure you check out our website at and follow us on Facebook. Until next time mateys!

For the pirate in all of us its Tall Ships Time! Jeff and I were on hand with many onlookers as the ships majestically entered the harbor, complete with cannons firing. You could hear the crew ‘man the yards’ they say from the water’s edge as they worked in unison to bring the ships into harbor.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain really are something to behold and remind us of a special time where the ocean really was an uncharted frontier. The ships are touring up and down the California and Oregon coast from now until June.

They’ll be in the Ventura Harbor until Valentine’s Day and you’ll love all the events they have planned. Jeff and I and our families will be partaking in the Battle sale this Saturday, there’s also an Adventure Sail and the very popular sunset sail. For you land lovers there are many opportunities to go dockside and get an up close look at both magnificent vessels.

When you’re not busy hoisting the main sail make sure you check out the many great shops and restaurants in the Ventura Harbor Village sure to shiver your timbers.

Until then folks may your anchor be tight, your cork be loose, your rum be spiced, and your compass be true.

Full schedule of all the events can be found here:

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Ventura, CA

The first day of Summer sure didn’t disappoint today did it?  Luckily Ventura offers many ways to beat the heat and enjoy the wonderful coastline we are so lucky to have nearby.  Here’s our top 5 ways to cool down.

1. Marina Park


A sandy beach and grassy park all rolled in to one.  Located at the south end of Pierpont, Marina Park has a couple signature amenities, including large, beached ship complete with zip line.  Most Venturans can trace their childhoods back to riding the zip line for hours and hours on the many sunny beach days we have here.  Parking is easy and usually very available which leads to a large grassy field complete with picnic tables. and plenty of room to toss a frisbee around or setup a serious game or cornhole.  Beach access is nearby, but don’t expect very large surf.  Great for the little ones who are just getting their sea legs.

2. Ventura Pier


It doesn’t get more Ventura than the pier.  Originally built in 1872, the pier is the perfect backdrop for a sunset stroll.  As you walk along you can get a little peak of the Pacific below between the wooden planks.  At the very end of the pier is a great observation deck with a cutout down to the ocean and one my personal favorite views as you turn back and look at the city of Ventura behind you.  If you like to fish you have found a great spot to drop hook, line and sinker and no matter if you catch a big one or not, the beautiful views of the Ventura coastline will help you pass the time.  You can park at the paid lot below the pier or in nearby downtown Ventura in one of the free downtown lots and walk across the freeway.  A perfect end to the day can be found at Beach House Tacos located at the entrance to the pier where some tortilla wrapped goodness and a nice, cold beer (if that’s your thing) are awaiting you.

3. Downtown Ventura


Ventura is the fortunate recipient of a very unique feature, a downtown directly adjacent to the Ventura coastline.  Filled with unique and engaging shops and restaurants it is a great way to take in many different experiences all in one afternoon.  Remiss of a bunch of big box stores, many locations are good ol’ mom & pop shops where you have the opportunity to meet the owner and get a personalized shopping experience.  From the motorcycle and nautically inspired clothing of Iron & Resin, to the attention grabbing landscape art and photography of Latitudes there is plenty to choose from.  After a long afternoon of shopping you will need to fuel up and the selection of eateries is ample.  Lure Fishouse features a diverse menu of seafood dishes and an oyster bar to die for.  If you are looking for some California inspired cuisine then I suggest stepping into Watermark, housed in an extensively remolded historic bank building complete with open air rooftop lounge that features live music on most evenings.

4. Whale Watching


Thank goodness for Island Packers.  They’ve been providing transportation out to the Channel Islands for over 50 years.  One of their excursions gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with blue and humpback whales.  These trips start in June and continue into September.  Their boats and crew are very safe and experienced and they do the best they can to give you a great show complete with water shooting from blowholes and, if you’re extremely lucky, a breach.  An added bonus usually involves a pod of dolphins swimming along with the ship.  When the opportunity comes a longer trip to one of the nearby Channel Islands is also highly recommended.  Fun ahoy!

5. Ventura Harbor Village


This cool enclave is the perfect family getaway when things warm up.  The Ventura Harbor Village is made up of many fabulous shops, eateries, and who can forget the Village Carousel & Arcade, another key rite of passage for any Ventura youngin’.  Here you’ll the find the hat Store, a sock store, and one of the best bikini outlets in the area.  Food options abound like the Greek at the Harbor where your meal comes complete with belly dancing performances.  If you’re looking for laughs make sure you stop by the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club which books local upcoming and nationally known comedic talent.  As a firm believer in a strong dessert being necessary to finish out a hot day, make sure you stop by Coastal Cone and stack up as many of their delicious flavors as you can.

Happy first day of Summer from Ventura Beach Properties and make sure you get out and enjoy one or all of these great adventures as soon as you possibly can.


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Ventura Beach Real Estate – So Much to Choose From

Ventura Keys, Pierpont, Rincon, Solimar, and Faria beach all come under the umbrella of Ventura beach real estate. Each beach has its own unique characteristics, and if you do not like one, you are bound to like the next one. In all, you have five choices to pick from and checking out all of them should not be an option, but a requirement.

If you are planning to reside near the beach, you need to find the perfect beach community to call home. Therefore, visiting the “fab five” is vital, as you do not want to regret your decision later on. Come on! Let us explore Ventura beach real estate to give you an insight on all that awaits you:

Rincon Beach: The Turf for Surfers

You have probably heard the name Rincon Beach mentioned in a Beach Boys song. Their song aroused people’s interest in Rincon Beach, and soon, saw it transform into an exclusive beach community. The beach community is built behind a gate.

Due to the Beach Boys’ recognition, surfers from all over the United States have taken to the beach’s amazing surf-worthy waves. The residents welcome surfers onto their beach, as they have their own private section of the beach to bury their feet deep inside the soft sand.

Solimar Beach: Personification of True Beauty

Rincon Beach might be the most exclusive property, but Solimar Beach is the most lavish. Almost every home besides two are located right on the beach, adding to its immense popularity and appeal amongst people. If you want, you can build your home to your liking and preferences.

There is no law in place telling you how tall you can build your beachfront property. The mornings on the beach are a sight to see with tides gently washing up ashore. Since the Solimar beach community is a tight-knit group of people, you feel as if you are part of a family.

Faria Beach: Bringing You Closer to the Waves

Do you want the water to brush up against your feet while you stand below your deck? Most of the beachfront properties of the community are situated on the boundary of Faria Beach. When the tides are at their highest, the waves will touch the decks and when the tides are at their lowest, take your family out to make sand castles.
You have the choice of choosing between two communities, a gated and non-gated one. The gated community has forty-eight houses and the non-gated community has 120 houses. Both communities are friendly, welcoming residents shifting in a beachfront home and visitors coming to tan in the sun.

Ventura Keys: The Perfect Balance of Serenity and Fun

Ventura Keys serves as the perfect balance of the calming sounds of waves and the hustle and bustle of chatter. Since the beach is near the city, people can take part in the nightlife by going out to eat and raid the retail stores.

After a long night of socializing and having a good time, come rest at the beach to block out all the noise. If you want to view the beach from the comfort of your home, you can purchase a house with a dock, overlooking the channel. Single-family homes are the only houses with their own docks. Other than that, you have your pick from duplexes to mansions.

Pierpont Beach: Takes You Back to Vintage California

Do you like everything to be within walking distance of your home? Residents that live in Pierpont Beach do not have to take out their car unnecessarily as every facility is a short walk away. Additionally, the residents reflect the idea of a 1960s community, small and friendly.

Even some of the beachfront properties imitate the structure of the 1950s architecture. You can also find newer developments in tuned with the modern era.

Jeff & Sam Want to Hear From You:

If you have any concerns, comments, or thoughts, feel free to ask us. We would love to hear what’s on your mind so leave us a comment below. What makes the beach communities of Ventura Keys, Pierpont Beach, Rincon, Solimar, and Faria.

Pier Under the Stars This Weekend

Beach-FoodFoodies of Ventura unite!  One of the signature food and wine tasting events is almost here.  Pier Under the Stars, in their 21st year, is set for Saturday October 4th.


Featuring food from many local restaurants and catering companies you are guaranteed a culinary collision of many different flavors and inspirations as you peruse the event grounds.  For those fans of the vino, there will be varietals of the finest kind from local wineries as well.


All in all, this is one of those Ventura events that brings the entire town together with 2 thoughts in mind, get full and keep Ventura’s rich history alive and well.


Why Pier Under the Stars?

The event is in support of the continued maintenance and care of one of Ventura’s most signature landmark, the Ventura Pier.  Its amazing history aside, we as Venturans must do what we can to support the Pier so it may endure for future generations to enjoy it as much as we have.

Pier Into My Family History

I have quite a soft spot for the Pier myself as my Dad ingrained in me from a very early age how important the Pier was to him.  His name sits on a plaque at the Pier entrance and it is always a fun way to remember him each time my family and I take a stroll across the historical wood planks.




Pier Pressure

So, for the food, the wine, the good times please go out and support Pier Under the Stars this weekend, you and your taste buds surely won’t regret it.

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