Photo Courtesy of Don LewisEscaping the harsh angles and modern designs of most LA homes, the picturesque Libbey Ranch is planted on seven acres of prime real estate just outside of Ojai, California, a short drive north of Los Angeles. This beautiful California-style ranch manages to effortlessly fuse ornate and simplistic designs. Just as previous homeowner, Reese Witherspoon, embodies the classically quirky woman, this house seems to perfectly mirror this Oscar-winning personality. Every aspect of this magical home oozes character and grace with rustic wooden ceilings, iron wrought stairwells with festive Spanish tiles, and a large stone fireplace.
This handsome and historic home has been featured in numerous top publications, including House Beautiful, Vogue, and Elle Décor. “When you buy a beautiful piece of art, you don’t really own it,” Reese Witherspoon recently told Elle Décor for their September 2012 issue. “You’re just the caretaker.”
Originally constructed in 1923 by architect-to-the-stars Wallace Neff, this countryside abode was first built as stables for father of the glass industry, Edward Libbey, who is also considered to be the “founding father” of Ojai. Other celebrity names that have owned this stunning retreat include actor and director Harold Ramis ("Ghostbusters") and celebrity interior designer, Kathryn M. Ireland.
Now, after nearly five years of utilizing this serene escape whenever she had a chance, Witherspoon has listed the property on the market at $10,000,000. This comes as no surprise considering its four bedroom, three and a half bathroom main house, equipped with a large yet cozy country kitchen, library loft and private heated pool. Witherspoon tells Elle Décor that her time spent on the ranch reminded her of growing up in Tennessee, where she would spend most of her days playing outside. “I wanted my children to have that experience,” explains Witherspoon. “To get muddy and hang out with the animals.” Speaking of her children, their father Ryan Phillippe is also in the real estate market, selling his Sunset Strip home for $6,995,000.
Just a quick trip down the country lane takes you to this magnificent property that looks far more like a resort than an actual residence. Inside, crisp, clean hues are found throughout this fairytale-like country estate, scattered with playful pops of color and unique decorative pieces.
With this home, architect Wallace Neff was able to create a piece of work whose design would stand the test of time, ensuring that despite the fact that it was built nearly a century ago, it will probably continue to awe its residents and guests alike for generations to come.
The property is being handled by Billy Rose on behalf of The Agency Real Estate.