Known as "The Last Best Small Town" in Southern California, the city of Fillmore is located in Ventura County in the Heritage Valley about a half hour drive from Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. Fillmore offers an affordable real estate market with a fine selection of single-family homes, an excellent education system with accessibility to several colleges and universities throughout the region, plenty of recreational amenities, and a strong local economy. It's no wonder popular publications like Sunset Magazine have named Fillmore one of "The West's Best Cities." (more)
Fillmore is home to roughly 15,000 happy residents that are proud to call this charming city home. Unlike the neighboring County of Los Angeles, Ventura County isn't as congested and busy, with many communities—like Fillmore—boasting unobstructed views of the San Cayetano and Sespe mountains and Los Padres National Forest.
Once a railroad town, the first thing that visitors notice once they step foot into Fillmore is its idyllic small-town charm. Visitors and residents aren't the only ones who appreciate Fillmore's old fashioned charm; Hollywood has also taken notice and has filmed several high profile television shows here including CSI, Big Love, and Jericho.
There's more to the city of Fillmore than meets the eye. As a terrific place to raise a family, retire, or fulfill your professional goals, Fillmore offers quality living that is hard to find in many of Southern California's communities today. If you're looking to live in a city that offers small-town charm and is a half-hour drive from several cities and about an hour drive south to the booming city of Los Angeles, then get ready to come home to Fillmore today.
Fillmore students are served by the schools of the Fillmore Unified School District. As a district that is "Committed to Excellence", FUSD is dedicated to providing challenging curricula as well as a safe and progressive learning environment for students so that they are more than well prepared to move forward with their higher education goals. Schools within the district include Fillmore High School, Sierra High School, Fillmore Middle School, and Mountain Vista, Sespe, San Cayetano, and Piru elementary schools. Parents looking to explore alternatives to public education may consider sending their children to Fillmore Christian Academy or any of the other private schools located throughout the county.
Once students graduate from high school and are ready to move forward with their higher learning goals, several colleges and universities are ready to attend to their needs. Nearby colleges and universities include: Moorpark College; California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks; California State University-Channel Island in Camarillo; Ventura College; College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita; Oxnard College; and Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills.
The largest employer in Fillmore is the city's school district, Fillmore Unified. The agricultural industry also drives the local economy with oranges, lemons and avocado orchards being the city's agricultural mainstays. Row crop farming also serves a purpose in Fillmore's agricultural industry, and most recently, tree farming has also witnessed a boom in production.
Parks and Recreation
Many of Fillmore's recreational facilities, parks and open spaces are operated by the city's Parks and Recreational Department. The department also helps coordinate city programs, special interest activities, community events and other recreational programs in conjunction with the Park and Recreation Commission. Residents can join sports leagues for softball and basketball, take up a ballroom dancing class, or take swimming lessons at the Fillmore Aquatics Center.
Whether you're a duffer or the next Tiger Woods, you can improve your game at Elkins Ranch Golf Course. Featuring a 6,302 yard, 18-hole PGA Championship golf course set against the backdrop of the mountain ranges of the San Cayetano and Sespe mountains in the Santa Clara River Valley, players are treated to lush, rolling fairways and obstacles that will make your game challenging and worthwhile.
Areas of Interest
The city's history is deeply rooted in the railroad industry and in fact, you can still ride the Fillmore & Western Railway from downtown Fillmore. Residents and visitors can learn more about the city's history with the railways at the Fillmore Historical Museum, Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society, Sandi Ward's Train Stop, and the Heritage Valley Tourism Bureau and Fillmore and Western Train Station.
Another local site of interest is the Sespe Condor Sanctuary located just north of Fillmore. The sanctuary serves as a wildlife refuge for the endangered California condor, the largest bird in North America. Another educational site of interest is the State of California Fish and Game Fish Hatchery located in Fillmore. The hatchery is located on the banks of the Santa Clara River and gives visitors a first-hand look at fish resource management, the life cycle of fish and the role they play in California's rivers and streams.
Fillmore Real Estate for Sale
Fillmore's real estate market is anchored by listings for single-family homes with an average sales price of around $250,000, which can buy you a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom house with over 1,270 square feet and a swimming pool. Real estate prices range between $115,000 and $1.7 million. New construction, hillside estates and Mid-Century masterpieces boasting unobstructed views of the Los Padres National Forest and Sespe Mountains anchor the higher end of the pricing spectrum. Some short sales and REO properties are also available for purchase in Fillmore as well.
Fillmore, California Average Home Sizes and Asking Prices
If you're ready to turn your next sale or purchase into a success, then be sure to get in touch with an experienced realtor like Laurie Ehrhardt first. Laurie started her real estate career as an investor before delving full time into the industry as a licensed Realtor®. She currently represents the real estate needs of clients in Ventura County where she has also been a resident for the past 6 years. (more about me and my testimonials)
Laurie's passion for real estate and helping others succeed is evident the moment you meet her. Prior to real estate, Laurie worked in public relations, marketing and sales. Her past experience in marketing and networking has given her the knowledge and fortitude on how to pursue leads, deliver superior customer service, and most importantly, building a strong rapport with her clients.
Laurie enjoys working with buyers who are interested in purchasing single-family homes or investment properties. She has also successfully facilitated the sales and purchases of foreclosed properties.
Throughout her career Laurie has achieved many awards by utilizing strong sales and marketing efforts. She also runs a women's networking group called The Ladies Luncheon and is an ambassador for the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
Originally from San Diego, Laurie moved to Ventura County with her husband shortly after marrying and has become an integral part of the area ever since. Contact Laurie Ehrhardt today to learn how you can become her next success story.
1) We needed to purchase a house with good value in order to have the budget to renovate. Laurie came through for us. We were competing with multiple offers, cash offers, and non-showing listings. She never got discouraged. When we finally had an accepted offer, the job was not done. Laurie kept us updated with the status of purchase for 3 months. She continued to show us alternatives. We got our house and had the budget for the renovation. She was resourceful throughout this process. We were lucky to have her on our our side.
2) While searching Oxnard/Ventura real estate sites we found Laurie via the internet. Laurie kept in touch with us, for about a year via email, with information about homes based upon our criteria. When the time came Laurie made herself available to suit our schedule as she lined up homes to show us. She was always on time and had great insight to the homes she showed. She fine tuned her searches as she got to know us better and continued checking newly listed homes.
Because of Laurie’s knowledge of the area, patience and diligence we are now living in the home we always wanted.
Alan and Aurora Shapiro-Oxnard
3) Patient. Good Listener. Helpful. Resourceful. These words describe Laurie Ehrhardt and our recent home buying experience. Being a first time home buyer, in a very trying market, she was able to listen to our needs in helping us find a home, that we can enjoy and when the time comes, retire in. Without the help of Laurie and her efforts, we could still be looking for a home to purchase in a difficult market.
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"Laurie was absolutely amazing. She made our house buying experience unforgettable. In such a short time she found our family the perfect home and we were in fast with no problems at all!"
Fillmore Real Estate Stats and Trends for the week of October 20th, 2014: homes priced around $524,387 compared to $524,387 the previous week, to remain steady with no change in listing price. For Friday, October 24th, the current national mortgage rate for a 30 year fixed mortgage is 3.98%; the 15 year fixed rate is at 3.04%. For a loan larger than conventional conforming loans, or 'jumbo' loan, the 30 year rate is 4.22%, while the 15 year jumbo rate currently is at 3.92%. You can calculate your mortgage rate with our mortgage calculators. Get local info and homes for sale in Fillmore CA. View active real estate listings for different types of properties including new homes, houses for sale, foreclosures, short sales, and price reduced listings. Find information and property resources including prices of recently sold homes, neighborhood information, crime stats, home values, and schools in Fillmore to help you find the best home!