Amtrak Offering Discounted Tickets to Ventura, Santa Barbara and SLO Counties

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, which travels 351 miles along the coast between San Luis Obispo and San Diego, is offering ‘friends and family’ discounted tickets to Ventura, Santa Barbara and SLO counties through May 23. With the purchase of a full-fare adult ticket, passengers can buy up to three half-off tickets for the same reservation.

According to a release, the deal is part of the “Hug the Coast” campaign and will encourage travel to areas negatively affected by recent wildfires.

The deal is available for trips to or from stations including Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc-Surf, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, and San Luis Obispo, and as well as Amway Thruway buses to Solvang, Lompoc, Buellton, Santa Maria, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and University of California Santa Barbara. To book online, select an adult ticket and use the promo code V346. Or, reference that same code when calling 800-USA-RAIL or visiting a service station.

Additionally, there’s a 20 percent discount on single tickets year-round thanks to partners Santa Barbara Car Free and San Luis Obispo Car Free.

While the entire line takes about nine hours, it’s just over five hours to get from Los Angeles to SLO and just under three to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.

Story courtesy of We Like LA.

Rodeo Realty’s Sherman Oaks agent Michael Chez sets area sales record for the year at $4 million


A contemporary-style estate in Camarillo has sold for a record $4 million. Rodeo Realty’s Michael Chez was the listing agent for the property, which sold for $101,000 over the asking price.

“In the Ventura County community, it’s the highest single-family home sale of the year and one of the priciest transactions historically,” said the Los Angeles Times in a recent article.

The 8,325-square-foot house is set behind gates in a golf course community. The property has 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, 30-foot ceilings, a pub and wine cellar, a media/theatre room, and a gym with a full bath and steam shower.

The state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen features two wide center islands and a breakfast nook. Outdoors, the entertainer’s back yard is highlighted a pool and a waterfall feature. A nearby guest/pool house holds a bedroom/game room, a full bath, and a complete outdoor kitchen and fireplace.

According to the LA Times, a roughly 9,100-square-foot house set the price record for Camarillo in the same enclave that sold in 2005 for $4.7 million. For the year, there have been five sales of $2 million or more recorded in the area.

To read the LA Times article on this sale, click HERE.

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