I’m a Happy California Homeowner in The Bubble

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Agoura Hills, CA. Sometimes it looks like a fairy tale.

When I married my husband, he already owned his own house, so I assumed ownership too but it never felt quite real. After going through the whole process of selling that house and buying our new one (with the help of our awesome REALTOR® who walked us through everything and cared for my emotions, too!), I became a bonafide happy California homeowner. Happy because we love our new town and our house, quirks and all.

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The listing photo. It still looks almost exactly the same.

Four years ago Stewart and I moved our family from the San Fernando Valley to “The Bubble,” as Agoura Hills and some of the surrounding towns are called. This area still has a small-town feeling even though it’s on the edge of Los Angeles. There’s one public high school, one middle school, and 4 elementary schools. We know the people who work at the grocery store. We run into our friends at church, at sports games, at one of the many beautiful parks, and at restaurants.

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Pedalers Fork in nearby Calabasas, CA

And getting from one side of town to the other? Never more than 10 minutes.

I don’t think we would have ended up in this town if it wasn’t for our REALTOR®, Myrna Tollett. We thought we couldn’t afford a house in Agoura Hills, but she encouraged us to look and she found homes that were in our price range. Plus, we got our favorite house of the ones we saw, even though at first it went to a different buyer. Myrna was so on top of things that when the first buyer pulled out, she jumped right back on the case and secured the deal for us.

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Flag football at the foot of Ladyface Mountain.

There are other ways to sell and buy a house, but the only one we ever considered was working with a REALTOR®. A good friend of mine is also a REALTOR®, and his favorite part of the job is connecting people with the home of their dreams. What starts with one California REALTOR® benefits all of California. That’s the underlying sentiment of the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) integrated consumer ad campaign called ‘Ripple.’ One home purchase (and we were part of TWO) stimulates the economy by $60K. One job is generated for every two home sales. So not only were we improving the lives of our family, but we were also helping all of California! Go us!

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We are so happy here. For both my husband and me, it reminds us of the smaller communities we grew up in. It’s quick and easy to make our weekly trips to the Agoura Hills Library, one of our favorite places in town.

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The beautiful Craftsman style Agoura Hills library and community center.

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He is pretending to read at Westlake Village library, which is also close by.

While the kids are in school and Stewart is at work, I work from home with such a beautiful view of the mountains that I am tempted to “play hooky” at least once a week and go hiking on one of the countless trails that take me up to beautiful views of the Conejo Valley or the Pacific Ocean.

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Top O’Topanga (Topanga Canyon, CA)

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Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks, CA.

When it gets really hot, which it does often, we suit up and walk around the corner to the country club, where we are summer members so we can use the pool. Or we pack up the car and head to the beach in Malibu, which is just a 20 minute drive. Plus, the city runs a shuttle bus for $2 per person, so when the kids are in their teens they can go with their friends without relying on rides from Mom or Dad.

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I’m fairly informed about events and programs in the city as a blogger – soon after we moved I started Agoura Hills Mom because I noticed that the URL wasn’t taken. And then I figured I’d better get some content up there. And then I enjoyed it so much that kept going!

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Our town’s own Lake Lindero, a view on my daily walk.

But now that both of our kids are going to the local public elementary school, I’m more informed as a parent, too. Still there are so many new things the people of this great little city provide and produce for us to take part in that there’s always something new to discover and new friends to make.

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Residents await the Reyes Adobe Days parade during Agoura Hills’ annual festival.

We love staying close to home, but we can still be part of the big city adventures that the Los Angeles area has in store for us. As long as we budget enough time for traffic.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Flashback Friday: June 2002

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On this Flashback Friday, I celebrate my Mom. In this picture she is turning the wind-up handle on my engine so I can make it through an epic wedding day. She just came to visit last week and we had the best time. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Eyebrows! (Or, look! I made a .gif!)

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I just couldn’t resist.

Wordless Wednesday: I Can’t Remember What It Was Like Without Them

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