A tiny bit closer to Los Angeles, less ballyhooed, more relaxed and considerably less expensive than the famously costly seaside community of Montecito, the decidedly scenic and slightly out of the way Ventura County resort community of Ojai nonetheless attracts a fair share of L.A-based showbiz types who seek a quiet, nearby refuge from the thrum and drum of Hollywood. Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have not just one but two homes, Diane Ladd just sold her longtime compound for $3.1 million, and more than a decade ago Jerry Bruckheimer incurred the wrath of some of his neighbors after he planted trees on his 400-acre ranch that blocked views of the surrounding mountains.
One of the historic, casually upscale and slightly New Age-y town’s newest residents, according to property records, is experienced television writer and producer Liz Tigelaar, who together with her PR maven wife Alison Rou have splashed out $2.4 million for a fashionably appointed mini-compound about two hours outside of L.A. and 40 miles west of Montecito.
Though hardly a household name outside the insular confines of Hollywood, Tigelaar’s already solid reputation is still well on the rise. In addition to a slew of writer and/or producer credits on a bevy of shows that include “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Nashville” and Apple TV’s “The Morning Show,” Tigelaar created the short-lived but critically acclaimed series “Life Unexpected,” produced and wrote for Hulu’s well-regarded dramedy “Casual” and, most recently, developed and served as the showrunner for the miniseries “Little Fires Everywhere,” which was based on Celeste Ng’s novel of the same name and earned Tigelaar her first and not likely her last Emmy nomination.
The stylish, well-connected sellers, per tax records, were actor turned interior designer Channon Roe, who describes himself as a “veritable Renaissance man with a modern twist,” and former model and actress Bianca (Chiminello) Roe. The couple, who sell a curated collection of lifestyle-oriented knickknacks and paddywhacks from their In the Field boutique, made a mint on the sale of the property they bought about 8.5 years ago for a smidgen under $310,000.
A private, gated oasis of bohemian trendiness that marketing materials aptly assert “combines mid-century charm with a no-holds-barred boutique lifestyle,” the nearly half acre spread comprises a three-bedroom and two-bath residence, a dynamite guesthouse with its own bath and, the shimmering apex of the property’s photogenic hipsterism, a vintage Airstream trailer.