/This Southern California Compound Prioritizes Relaxed Luxury – Robb Report

This Southern California Compound Prioritizes Relaxed Luxury – Robb Report


Historically an agricultural center nestled into the fertile base of the Topatopa Mountains, less than 80 miles outside of Beverly Hills and 30 miles due east of Montecito, Ojai, California, is also a cashmere-wearing Shangri-La for wellness pursuits and high-end New Age woo-woo.

Long a discreet hideaway for Hollywood celebs looking for a vacation home or a quick getaway (the Ojai Valley Inn is a favored destination), the community’s laid-back, nature-first vibe and picturesque setting have attracted oceans of Tinseltown movers and shakers. Among the area’s past and present residents (and part-time aficionados) are Dianne Ladd, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, and Natalie Portman.

1221 Foothill Ojai

The pool and spa are set against the Topatopa Mountains.

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North of the charming downtown district, along a quiet lane canopied by trees, a 1.6-acre compound is hidden behind a stone wall and secured entry gates. The property, now listed for $9.5 million after first coming to market at $10.525 million, comprises five structures amid sculpted plantings, tree-shaded terraces, and hedge-lined walkways. Altogether, there are six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in about 5,200 square feet.

The original, circa 1940s residence has been impeccably restored and updated by the developer-owner to preserve its vintage aesthetic while updating it with all-new infrastructure. In addition to its three ensuite bedrooms and additional powder room, the 2,800-square-foot home features 7-inch European white oak floorboards and a 30-foot-long living and dining room with a stone fireplace and a chunky mantle fashioned from wood that was salvaged from New England barns. The kitchen is spacious, efficiently arranged, and well equipped, while the nearby family room is cozily proportioned. French doors open every room to patios, decks, and terraced gardens that include a bocce ball court and an outdoor fireplace.

1221 Foothill Ojai

The kitchen in the main residence is spacious with an island snack bar.

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The 1,100-square-foot, solar-powered ADU was recently completed and overlooks a hedged garden that contains a swimming pool, spa, and dining ramada. Two ensuite bedrooms flank a living room, kitchen, and powder room. Elsewhere, there’s a 450-square-foot guest cottage with a full kitchen and bath, as well as a yoga studio/gym/office and a pint-sized writer’s cabin.

The grounds also include an artfully designed communal parking area, numerous fruit trees, and raised bed planters for growing herbs and vegetables. By night, the mature oak, pine, and palm trees are lit up to create a magical interplay of light and shadows.

The listing is jointly held by Tomer Fridman at The Fridman Group International (Compass) and Char Michaels at Keller Williams West Ventura.

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