is just an hour’s drive from Los Angeles and Hollywood. Located along the scenic southern-most part of California’s Central Coast. Year round daytime temperatures average 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) so it’s no wonder early Spanish settlers dubbed Ventura the “land of endless summers”.
People have lived along this stretch of the California coast for at least ten thousand years. San Buenaventura was founded in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra, the ninth of the California missions. He named it after the Italian St. Bonaventure, hence the nickname “city of good fortune.” Ventura a truly wonderful town to call home. t
The Ventura Unified School District has an annual enrollment of 17,000 students. The 2012 Academic Performance Index was 814.
There are 17 Elementary Schools, 5 Middle Schools and 5 High Schools and one junior college.
Community Memorial Hospital and Ventura County Medical Center are located here.
Besides all of the activity that the close proximity to the Pacific Ocean affords it’s residents, there is so much more to do in this charming seaside town. Did you know there are 3 Golf Courses, 31 Parks, 3 Performing Arts Centers, 2 Movie Theaters and 2 Libraries!
An interesting fact about San Buenaventura is Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason, had a law practice in Downtown Ventura where he did much of his early writing. The building where his law offices were housed is at California and Main Streets. There is a historical marker on the building noting this.
Some of the larger employers located here are the County of Ventura, Ventura County Health Care Agency, Ventura Unified School District and Ventura County Community College to name just a few.
There is always a demand for housing in this appealing city, which keeps home prices fairly competitive, the closer to the ocean, the more the home price climbs.
If you have never been to Ventura, you might want to put it on your bucket list!