Reese Witherspoon has a new $6.9 million country house in Ojai, California. According to the MLS listing, it’s a Wallace Neff architectural masterpiece that includes an equestrian compound: “The perfect 6+ acre hideaway is nestled in fabulous Ojai Valley, a short drive to one of LA’s most sought after vacation spots. Fabulous new master suite. Incredible privacy.”
The home was formerly owned by actor/director Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters). Here’s how it looked in the real estate listing:
*Update: It was later reported that Reese got the place for about $5.8 million, knocking a chunk off the asking price.
Everything looked pretty bland and colorless in the real estate photos. The pics were teeny tiny, too. I enlarged them as much as I could!
Originally, this house was designed by Wallace Neff in the ’20s to be a barn. Then another architect, Austen Pierpoint, made changes in the ’40s so it could be a home. This is classic Spanish architecture, but with a sense of bohemian fun, comfortable and loose.I love the way this house moves from the kitchen into the living room. And then these massive iron door handles everywhere. I love to lift them. It’s downright medieval.
Here’s how the rooms looked when Ireland lived in the house, and there was a lot more color in them:
You can read more about designer Kathryn Ireland and see more of her work here. Visit House Beautiful to see the original article and all the pics taken by Victoria Pearson. Article produced by Scot Schy.
*7/12 UPDATE: We finally get to see how Reese decorated Libbey Ranch, as it’s known. Check out the pics in my new post: Reese Witherspoon’s Sweet Retreat in Ojai!