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Abandoned Places – Thousand Oaks – May 08

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Nov. 21st, 2008 | 07:21 am
location: northern Alabama
mood: contemplativecontemplative
music: Blaqk Audio - Between Breaths
posted by: jj_maccrimmon in abandonedplaces

Enigma House (Part 1 of 2)


Back in may while I still lived in Southern California I happened to spy this house on the way to visit a friend in Ventura. Sitting all alone on a hill next to a very busy freeway sat this 1920’s ranch home. How could I pass it up?




The grounds were covered in tall grass but it appeared there had been recent activity




A large garbage skip / dumpster (just out of view) sat mostly full near the small garage








Skeletal unlife







Next – Secrets and Mysteries (Part 2)

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Nov. 21st, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Wow, the hardwood flooring & nice chimney says it was a good quality house. And the knob-and-tube wiring speaks of how old it is... ^_^

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Nov. 21st, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I am hopeful that it was restored which I think was what was happening. The lath and plaster walls having been ripped out while leaving the studs intact gives me some hope for that. Seeing that old wiring harness and the cermanic insulators really impressed me too.

The place almost gave the vibe that it was waiting for it's make-over.

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Mims

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from: mims03
date: Nov. 21st, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Great pics...the 10th one is my favorite!
Can't wait to see the next part! :D

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Nov. 21st, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :)

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midnight21

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from: midnight21
date: Nov. 24th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Do you have any knowledge about this place? or why it was abandoned? These are some quite interesting photographs. I have this itching desire to spend thousands of dollars (which i don't have) and fix the place up...

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Nov. 24th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
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As best I've been able to learn, an elderly gentlemen owned this property and refused all offers to sell it for commercial develpoment. After his passing, his family seems to have had no such hesitation. In their defense, the property is a small hill with a clear and prominent view east and west down US Hwy 101 (The 101 Freeway), with easy access. According to property survey estimates, the 2.4 acre property is probably worth between $800,000 to 1.3 million dollars. It would be prime real estate in that area for offices or a high end restaurant.

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midnight21

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from: midnight21
date: Nov. 26th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow!!!! and they're letting such a value go to waste? How sad!

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Nov. 26th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Edit: I did a bit more follow-up research and got exact info.

Sadly, the property was worth a touch over a million (1.34) and prime for a business development. Much as it appears to be a beaucolic little place, it was adjacent to US Hwy 101 (the Ventura Freeway) and has three corporate headquarters complexes within 300 yards of it. Since the house has been removed now, I'm not hesitant to show you this Wikimapia link to it's location (http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=34.1409176&lon=-118.7077475&z=16&l=0&m=h&v=2). That should give a good indication of how the community of Lost Hills grew up and surrounded this place.

Edited at 2008-11-26 06:02 pm (UTC)

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