Just a couple of hours north of L.A., Santa Barbara County is known for gorgeous beaches, a temperate climate, and lovely vistas. It’s also home to a host of A-listers such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Oprah Winfrey—all folks who desire space, luxury, and privacy.
But nothing’s perfect—the area is also vulnerable to devastating wildfires.
In late 2017, the Thomas Fire destroyed more than 1,000 structures and shut down U.S. Route 101 in both Santa Barbara County and Ventura County.
After the fire
Architect John Davis‘ home in Ventura County was left unscathed while much of the land surrounding his property was charred. He’d built his house with the best available fire-resistant materials and design.
So it makes sense that the architect’s designs were in demand when it came time for area residents to rebuild.
Completed in 2019 and described in the listing as a “ranchette/hacienda/villa,” five structures sit on the 1.14-acre property. Two are residences, two are for storage, and one serves as an office/studio. They’re proof that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort, style, and luxury for safety and security.
The modern and luxurious living units are constructed from fire-resistant materials such as corrugated steel and concrete, and they’re solar-powered. All the roofs are metal.
The guesthouse is a spacious studio with a kitchen and bath.
The main home features an open plan and includes a kitchen with an island, a great room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom.
The office/studio comes with its own deck.
A hot property
The parcel itself is interesting. It’s a former agricultural field that lay fallow for more than 50 years. There’s a hundred-year-old apricot orchard on one side, and the Los Padres National Forest on the other.
Outdoor features also include a lap pool and spa, Greek olive trees, more than 50 varieties of roses, and stone pathways. Water can be pumped from the pool if needed to fight fires.
The buildings were positioned with distance from flammable substances and are surrounded by gravel, earth, and other fire-resistant materials.
The acre lot also offers plenty of space to add new structures.
Even though the property has a faraway feel, it’s relatively close to downtown Ojai. Even better, it’s located close to a Ventura County fire station.
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