If there’s anything rich folks love these days, it’s their own homegrown food. Vegetables from the garden, fruit from the mini-orchard, and eggs from backyard chickens. And, indeed, the lucky, deep-pocketed purchaser of this ranch in Ojai, Calif., can one-up all of them, since the place includes not only an organic Syrah vineyard, but also a certified organic walnut farm. Imagine your holiday open house and you get to hand around cups of your own mulled wine along with spiced nuts grown in your backyard. And the price for all this semi-rural hobby-farm loveliness? $3.65 million. Listings are held by Patricia Waltcher at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.
There are just over 24 acres of arable land with incredible views. The house itself is a beautifully updated 1940 ranch-style bungalow; the front porch, with the best views, is particularly inviting. The main living space has been opened up to one enormous room that showcases white-painted beams and a vintage fireplace crafted from local stone. (The same stone was used in the foundation as well as the terraced landscaping.) The living room’s built-in cabinetry and window seat make for a cozy reading nook with serene mountain view, while the kitchen features trendy open shelves for a relaxed farmhouse feeling.
With only two bedrooms and two baths here, one bedroom has a set of bunkbeds to keep a gang of kids accommodated for a long weekend. The pictured bathroom retains its vintage charm, too. Still need more room? There’s a heated studio on the property, which could be used for extra dining or entertaining space, plus a wooden barn that offers plenty of storage and opportunity. Don’t worry about water, either, the property boasts a new well.
The current owners live up north, in the Bay Area’sMarin County; given the country-house élan the home exudes, she’s unsurprisingly an interior designer, while he’s a finance guy. We’re sure they’ll be sad to see this place go, even if only for bragging rights. Now then, may we top up your glass with a hyper-local Syrah and offer you a freshly picked walnut?