California’s drop-dead gorgeous, casually aristocratic and conspicuously expensive seaside community of Montecito has long attracted deep-pocketed Hollywood heavyweights looking for a serene getaway less than two hours outside of Los Angeles. Oprah Winfrey presides over a baronial estate she calls The Promised Land; Rob Lowe is a long-time resident who, after he sold his longtime estate for a whopping $44.5 million to private equity tycoon Jack McGinley last year, paid a combined $18.2 million for two properties; And, of course, Ellen DeGeneres has bought and sold more multimillion homes in Montecito than anyone would care to count, including a Tudor villa she sold to Ariana Grande last year for $6.9 million.
However, Montecito’s less ballyhooed, more New Age-y and not quite as pricey, though hardly inexpensive nearby cousin Ojai, nestled into a small valley up against the Topa Topa Mountains less than 90 miles outside L.A and about 15 miles north of Ventura, has long been a popular if slightly under-the-radar getaway for showbiz types: Oscar winner Anne Hathaway has a stunning Alpine-inspired Craftsman that was recently featured in both Architectural Digest and Vogue; powerhouse producer Jerry Bruckheimer maintains a 400-ish acre ranch property; “Dumb and Dumber” director Peter Farrelly dropped $2.4 million on a two-plus acre estate just outside the quaint downtown district a few years ago; and Adam Levine has peeped at least one of the area’s more expensive and stylishly rehabbed homes.
One of the sleepy and artsy resort community’s long-time residents, per tax records, is Will Gluck, screenwriter, director and producer of the 2014 remake of “Annie” and the 2018 live-action/computer animated box office hit “Peter Rabbit” as well its recently released (and not yet quite as successful) sequel. Coming up on 14 years ago, around the time he co-created the short-lived sitcoms “The Loop” and “The Michael J. Fox Show,” Gluck and his writer wife Trista Gladden ponied up a tetch more than $1.4 million for a secluded mid-century home that, after it was first and quietly tossed on the market earlier this year at $3.2 million, is now up for grabs at $2.9 million.