Just 65 miles from Burbank, Upper Ojai offers country living minutes from shops, restaurants, spas, golf, and the weekly farmers market.
A private, gated road leads past the lighted tennis court, horse facilities, caretaker’s quarters, and over-sized RV garage to deliver you to this expansive, hacienda-style home with guest quarters, gym, game room, office, large vestibule, wet bar, and two fireplaces.
Head to the central courtyard to lounge by the pool or grill a feast for your family on the built-in BBQ, ride horses or motorcycles on your own property, harvest fruit from the family orchard, grow fresh produce in the vegetable garden’s raised garden beds, soak away the city stress in the master bedroom’s two-person spa tub, or simply spread out and enjoy the space on your private retreat spanning more than five acres.
Now is the time for you to live your dream of a simpler, country lifestyle, so come meander through your irrigated pastures and enjoy the beautiful mountain views.
For more information and photos for this Upper Ojai horse property, visit the property information page.
You have been spending more time at home for months now, which probably means you have already replaced your patio rug, updated your cushions, and hung some festive string lights to enhance your outdoor living areas. You may have even painted your patio furniture or installed shade sails to make all the time you are spending in your backyard even more enjoyable.
If you are starting to run out of project ideas and plan on spending the fall months dining, working, and playing outdoors as much as possible, here are five more projects you might want to consider. Plus, if you plan on entertaining folks you are not isolating with, it is safer to do it outdoors, so let’s get those patios ready to go.
This is probably the first thing you did when you started upgrading your outdoor spaces earlier this year, but it’s probably time to do it again. If there are a few too many pool toys, art supplies, or yard tools cluttering your patio, now is a good time to find them a home. Since you might be doing more activities outdoor these days, consider purchasing or building a storage cabinet where you can stash boardgames, craft projects, or homeschooling supplies when not in use.
2. Update your patio ceiling fan.
The weather may be cooling off a bit, but if you are spending time outdoors during the day, I’m sure you are still using your ceiling fan. As fan styles change, an older fan can pretty quickly make your patio look dated. This makes this small project an easy way to update your outdoor living area, particularly if you plan on entertaining this fall. Handy homeowners will likely be able to replace an existing fan on their own by following the instructions provided by the manufacturer. If you are not comfortable working with electrical wires or are installing a ceiling fan for the first time, call a local professional to complete this project for you.
3. Paint your patio planters.
This easy project gets bonus points for being both a way to beautify your patio and a craft project you can do with your partner or kids. Grab some paint and paintbrushes, lay out some of the cardboard from all of those online orders you are doing these days, and enjoy an afternoon painting planters to add cheery pops of color to your patio.
4. Work on your vegetable garden.
Lots of folks who are spending more time at home have either started a vegetable garden or expanded their existing garden. If you planted tomatoes, carrots, and other typical garden fare early on, you are probably harvesting your bounty right about now, and it is time for the next round of planting. For your fall planting, consider radishes, kale, spinach, celery, chard, asparagus, onions, beets, and, of course, another round of carrots.
5. Make sure your fire features are ready for fall.
You will likely start using your fire pit or outdoor fireplace more this month, so now is good time to clean it and make sure it is working properly. Make sure you have plenty of fuel and that it is stored safely away from your fire feature. Check your fire screen, and replace it if necessary. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher or bucket of sand on hand to quickly put out the fire if things go awry. You might also want to invest in some skewers or roasting sticks so that you will have them on hand for roasting hotdogs or making s’mores.
Side note: Don’t forget to clean your rain gutters, change your HVAC filters, and adjust your automatic irrigation system once the weather starts cooling off a bit more.
AimeeJo Davis-Varela is a freelance writer specializing in real estate, sustainable home improvement, eco-friendly landscaping, green living and travel writing. She is also the owner of Mind Your Manors, which provides second home management services.
This beautiful Ojai home for rent offers the privacy of being located in the middle of a 16-acre ranch with a gated entry and plenty of space to spread out with four bedrooms, two offices, formal living room, great room, formal and casual dining, and a multi-room master suite.
Four bedrooms + Two Offices
Three full bathrooms, two half bathrooms
4,200+ square feet of living space
Vaulted ceiling and brick fireplace in great room
Formal living room with fireplace
Remodeled kitchen with breakfast bar, Wolf range
Separate Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer
Soaking tub, walk-in closet in master bedroom
Ample space to spread out and enjoy country living
Located on 16+ acre ranch
Approximately 1,000-square-foot, attached garage
Tennis court refinished in 2020
Balcony with views off master bedroom
Spacious deck with amazing views
Covered patio with outdoor kitchen
Fountain with brick walkway
Surrounded by lush lawn
Short drive to shops, restaurants, and farmers market
Monthly rent: $8,500.00
Security deposit: $12,750.00
Water and landscape maintenance included.
For more information or an application, contact Nora today!
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