West of Los Angeles, California, in Ventura County, lies the city of Oxnard. This seaside city is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Oxnard–Thousand Oaks–Ventura, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Oxnard continues to expand and revitalize as its population grows, including projects such as the Fisherman’s Wharf Project.
Oxnard's Fisherman's Wharf is a historic fishing port with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals. Fisherman's Wharf offers a variety of seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, and fishing boats that bring in the daily catch. The Wharf is a hub for whale-watching tours and watersports such as kayaking and fishing while also providing stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands.
Background on the Fisherman’s Wharf Proposal
Channel Islands Harbor Properties, LLC (CIHP) submitted a proposal between 2019-2020 for a mixed-use, harbor-oriented village with a waterfront promenade around the border featuring various retail and restaurants, all leading to a new one-acre harbor-themed park with views down the Harbor's east channel. Alongside new restaurants and retail spaces, the proposal included an overwater dining deck, a boardwalk spanning 1,000 feet, office space, and a total of 390 apartments with excellent views and numerous amenities.
Eventually, this proposal was rejected, and the Fisherman's Wharf proposal went cold. In 2022, however, four new bids were submitted for consideration, which were then narrowed down to three projects to be presented to the public.
Public workshop presentation in September 2022
On September 19th, the workshop was held, and each contracting company presented its ideas. Once the presentations were finished, each contractor had a table where residents could visit to ask questions and raise concerns. The three proposals were submitted by Karl’s Adventure Village, Pacific Heritage Communities (Mandalay Village Marketplace and Pacific Collection), and the Kibo Group. Karl's Adventure Village's proposal was a Strawberry Village, a staple of the German company, with seven other locations in operation. Pacific Heritage Communities and Kibo group proposed upscale boutique shopping and dining areas with public spaces like an outdoor amphitheater and playgrounds.
Announcing a chosen proposal in November 2022
The proposal was presented by Robert Dahl, a German strawberry farmer and the founder of Karl's Adventure Village. Karl's Adventure village proposes establishing a Strawberry Village, which ties in with Dahl's background as a strawberry farmer and Oxnard's reputation as the strawberry capital of the world. Currently, there are seven other strawberry villages established in Germany. Dahl emphasizes the uniqueness of each village, as he incorporates public feedback and makes necessary adjustments to fit the community's character.
Dahl proposes transforming Fisherman's Wharf into a visitor-serving adventure village accessible to anyone, from families to retirees. The plan for the concept is to refurbish existing areas treasured by the community and create new retail and dining options. The proposed retail businesses include children's toys and book shops, clothing shops, home goods stores, and a garden shop located outdoors. Possible dining options are a country and maritime kitchen, a food market, a café, and various sit-down restaurants. Other amenities include playgrounds, public park areas, children's rides, and a boutique hotel.
Project update as of January 2023
Following the director’s message, Robert Dahl posted a guest column on Channel Islands Harbor’s blog to address concerns and questions from residents.
Living in Oxnard
Contact Eric Swartz today if you are at the beginning of your home-buying journey and researching homes for sale in Oxnard, California. Swartz has eight years of real estate experience in Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme and is active in the local yacht racing and boating community. Eric will help you navigate the entire process, whether you are listing luxury homes for sale in Oxnard or listing your home on the Port Hueneme real estate market.