715 El Toro Road

I invite you to watch the above advertisement for Oliver Peoples and allow it to begin your Ojai immersion.


Ojai: an interior Santa Barbara, a still, meditative, hillside space, protected in the valley, allowing you to refresh and reinvigorate before a pallet of whitewashed plaster, red tile roofs, and thickly layered green hedging. This home, originally completed in 1921, was designed by none other than the George Washington Smith, one of the most influential architects in California during the 1920s who established a uniquely southern Californian take on white, thickly walled Andalusian farmhouses that flourished especially in Santa Barbara and Ojai. The large, graveled auto court is divine, and its separation from the walled entry court allows for a clear, established ebb and flow between spaces. This walled interior area is an important facet as it creates that human scale and human oriented details which draw you further into the mindset of this home and its design composition.

The interiors of this fabled home come complete with their original period detail and charm. I would make all the walls white to show off their significance, change out the flooring for either a tile with a light glaze or wide, wide, wide planks of distressed or antique wood. The library would be significantly expanded and sheathed in whitewashed bookshelves.

The second floor rooms provide many, many windows and balconies from which to survey the grounds and surrounding mountains and foothills. The original details abound throughout the second floor as well, providing a wonderful setting for further customization as you acquire and play with you collections of art, furniture, and décor.

A multitude of garden paths, flowers, planters, textures, and specimens unravel before you as you exit the rear of the home. Boxwoods, palm trees, roses, and oak trees all mingle around an inviting sky blue rectangular pool. Who needs an interior when the exterior rooms are such as these?

715 El Toro Road is a 6,089 square foot, 6 bedroom, 5 and a half bathroom home located on a 1.75 acre lot in the esteemed Arbolada neighborhood. The home is currently listed by Cameron Clark of Sotheby’s International Realty for $6,500,000.

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