When I saw that Reese Witherspoon listed her country retreat in Ojai, California, this week, I was stunned. I couldn’t believe she’d let this place go.
The house was featured in Elle Decor earlier this year, which may have been a sign that she was about to sell. It seems to be the thing celebrities tend to do to get interest in their properties before they go on the market, doesn’t it?
The ranch has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths in the main house.
Take a look!
Reese Witherspoon’s Libbey Ranch in Ojai
The designer Reese hired was Kristen Buckingham.
Buckingham shared this behind-the-scenes “outtake” from the Elle Decor shoot with me:
Libbey Ranch was the site of Reese’s wedding to Jim Toth last year:
The listing says:
The house was originally built as a stable for Edward Libbey, the glassware magnate, who is also considered the modern founding father of Ojai. Libbey commissioned celebrity architect Wallace Neff, who put his own touch on the property.
Designed by the much-acclaimed Pasadena architect Wallace Neff for Ojai founding father Edward Drummond Libbey, this property exudes the charm of a rustic Mediterranean farm house reminiscent of what one would see in the French or Spanish country sides.
This notable and truly authentic classic ranch built in 1923, has been painstakingly brought back to its original splendor with its century old fixtures, hardware and original stonework while introducing beautiful and time sensitive modern day amenities for today’s living.
The four bedroom, three and a half bath main house has an architecturally significant living room with heavy timber beams, fireplace, numerous French doors and upstairs mezzanine with original Talavera tile staircase.
The great room/country kitchen that adjoins the family and dining room is made complete with an impressive, inviting stone fireplace. The outdoor courtyards, verandas and terraces surrounding the house are perfect for entertaining.
Other amenities to this very private and gated 7+ acre property are three guest cottages, carriage house, swimming pool and spa, horse stables and barn, blacksmith’s shop, four-car garage, many acres of pasture, organic gardens and peace and tranquility.
Check the listing for photos and information about 915 Del Norte Road in Ojai.
Elle Decor photos by William Waldron, styled by Anita Sarsidi.
I was hoping you’d post about this when I read the news yesterday… you didn’t disappoint! There is nothing I don’t love about this home. Like you, I can’t imagine why anyone would ever let go of it. My only guess is that since she bought it prior to their marriage, maybe they want something that they choose together. I adore Reese and can’t wait to see what she buys next… the lady has taste and class in spades.
House Crazy Sarah says
Oh such a bummer that she is selling that gorgeous home! There are so many standout features and I adore the overall “stable” feel and layout. So elegant with such rustic character… I can’t get over how beautiful that arched window is under the staircase!
I’m as shocked as you. Why….oh why…would anyone sell this beautiful property?
Ricki Jill Treleaven says
I love this ranch! I can’t imagine why she would want to sell. Thanks for this post, Julia!
(Mayhap Rob Pattinson trashed the place :/ just kidding….)
I always thought of her as a smart girl with a lot of good taste, she prove me I’m right, I love her and this house is beautiful! And that window under the staicase is a really good idea!
Christina from Dallas says
Same thing everybody else is asking. Why oh why Reese would you sell this fabulous house?
By the way, I thinking that the whole Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart breakup thing and those pictures with that producer is a publicity scam. The way she” posed” in those pictures with the directer look so fake. I figured this was all a stunt to promote the last movie. Will they or won’t they get back together etc…
Seventies Girl says
I absolutely love this home! I think your site is as close as I’m going to get to a magnificient property like this. So, I have to thank YOU for offering such a wonderful blog that allows me to travel and house hunt from the comfort of my own humble abode!
I love everything about this house! I especially love the fact that they didnt cover up the beautiful walls in the kitchen with cabinets but instead went with open shelves.The house has been updated where needed but without changing the intregrity or the character of the house.
Yes, that Kristin Stewart thing was a publicity stunt. They are seeing each other again now. Hollyweird disgusts me and I think Reese is too, too good for such an industry. But, I do love her house here and her taste. She remains a normal person in Hollyweird, one of the very few.
Luciane at HomeBunch.com says
That’s crazy! I thought this was her dream home! Well, who knows… maybe she’s choosing to live somewhere better to raise her kids. Hard to imagine it, though…
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
I like the kitchen a lot; fun to compare it with the other. I didn’t realize that Reese and Robert were friends until I remembered Water for Elephants (duh), so that makes sense that she’d let him stay there. She seems like a very genuine, classy person. 🙂
Grand D says
I love the wood beams – the whole house is beautiful.
Ojai is enchanting.
I spent alot of time in Ojai as a child as my uncle had a house there. It was hippieland USA; trust fund flower children living on farms. Funny, today those flower children are all grown up and Ojai is now where all the rich and famous have “ranches”. Ojai is nice, but give me Santa Barbara any day.
Off-topic, I see today on HGTV: Marathon: The Unsellables! Today 1-7pmET. Have you done an Unsellables review/blog post? I’m a huge fan of that show. .
I haven’t, but I like that show. I actually thought it had been canceled. Maybe it’s not if they’re running a marathon! I’ll have to check it out. Thanks.
or likely that it IS cancelled and that’s why the marathon – a long goodbye!
[email protected] says
I’ll take it! Do you think they would take an IOU?
Abby R says
I was so shocked that she listed this house! I can’t imagine why, though I must give her kudos for being a smart businesswoman and having the Elle Decor shoot as a major pre-listing interest gatherer.
Maybe with the baby almost due she doesn’t want to travel back and forth, but if I were her I’d nest in Ojai with my new baby and say adios to LA!
Jocelyn Pascall says
Oh my – I love this house. I love it so much.
What a gorgeous house! Why Reese Witherspoon would want to give up such a wonderful place is beyond me. I hope she doesn’t regret selling it because she probably won’t be able to find a house just as great as this one.
Cindy Deas says
Why???? Didn’t she just buy that place, and remodel it, not that long ago? Wasn’t she, and this home, just featured in Elle Decor? Why do these celebrities move around so much? I would definitely want to stay put in that beautiful home!
Maybe it’s haunted…mwah ah ah…..j/k…I’d live there even if it was!
It’s a beautiful home … but isn’t it shameless that Elle magazine would collude with her to advertise the house to the whole dang world just a month ago?
Seems not quite right.
Guess I’m definitely in the minority. I don’t like this house at all, not a fan of the Spanish architecture. Seems cold to me.
I love the red barstools!
Rebecca C. says
I love this house. It’s just so warm and inviting. My guess is she’s selling it because it’s only four bedrooms? Three kids soon. Maybe she wants more room. Those wood beams are wonderful. I hope she finds another great house.
Check the temps over the weekend that might give a clue to why she’s getting out of Dodge. Or “he” hates it.
Julie B. [Holland] says
This is one house I would love to own ! Thanks for posting Julia!
e. george says
How could she????? You think she can wait until one of us girls wins the Lotto? Can’t pick any faults with this beauty thank you for sharing . Regards Esther from Sydney.
Why, why, why? I don’t see how you could top this place. Really.
Wow, didn’t know it was connected with the Libbey family. Libbey Glass is still a big production in Toledo, Ohio (it was once called the glass capitol of the world, thanks to the Libbey family). You can still find the signature cursive L on the bottom of many drinking glasses. Interesting historical footnotes aside, it’s sad to see so many celebs buying and selling houses with no apparent feelings of attachment.
Dusty Coyote says
Love this house and these pictures. I’ve been trying to spend less time on my computer and haven’t been commenting on blogs as much as I used to, but I have to give you a huge THANKS for all your great posts and, especially, pictures. I’m in the early stages of building/designing my dream home and am constantly on Google images for inspiration. Time and time again I am taken to your blog. Just this morning I was linked here because of your great photos of Meg Ryan’s house in “Hanging Up” and the “It’s Complicated” house. Thankyouthankyouthankyou, for all your time and research!!!
Normally I look at celebrity houses and have no real appreciation for them, and this one is totally NOT my style… but I can actually see living in this house and enjoying it. It’s so beautiful and cozy. I liked all the color that Kathy Ireland had in it too. Either way, it’s wonderful.
Who knows? Maybe my style is evolving. 😉
Love, love, love that house!
Anne @strawberryjampackedlife says
Gorgeous! The style of it reminds me of the house from “The Parent Trap” (the old one with Haley Mills). I should go watch that movie.
Oh cool! I’d seen the previous posts for her house, thanks for the updates, Julia. I didn’t know it was an Edward Libbey house (as a Toledoan [and particularly a former resident of Toledo’s Old West End], that’s definitely a notable name) – cool little new nugget of info for me 🙂
This house is gorgeous – she’s nuts to sell it!
Screendoorgirl 3 says
Total dream house. I love the kitchen and yard. Two words– Bucks deluxe!!
Is this also the house from the movie “Boys on the Side?!” I feel like it was used for that movie! If anyone could find out its you!!
Kelly–I just checked the IMDb.com website and according to it, that movie was mostly filmed in New Jersey and Arizona: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112571/locations. No mention of Ojai.
Perhaps the fact the Twilight star has stayed there is, indeed, the problem. Is it possible that the site has been trespassed, photographed, and the family hounded by both the press and the Twi-hards? Considering just how rabid some of the fans are, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Otherwise, I cannot imagine why she would want to sell. She said it was her favorite place to unwind. It certainly is a family home, and perfect for her growing brood. But if she doesn’t feel protected and private anymore, well . . . I’d move.
But Hollywood has a habit of flipping houses. Maybe it’s just a great way to make money between gigs.
Am I alone in the fact that I can’t even hear or read the word “Ojai” without instantly thinking of “Brothers & Sisters”? Haha, I swear that the Walkers uttered that word as many times as they say “Texas” on “Friday Night Lights” or “victim” on “CSI”.
So true! Ha.
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None of the above says
In hindsight the Elle Decor shoot was thoroughly transparent and false. She waxed lyrical about it being a dream place to live, and had liked the Ireland style enough to buy it down to the silverware, but as with most things it was a front.
It is a shame, and everything that Ireland had done to the place with her bold and vibrant fabrics was completely washed away with this new bland look.
Hopefully the new owner will keep it as it is, no major renovations, and bring some much needed colour back to make the estate what it is supposed to be – a home.