About This Listing
The Beautifully rustic cabin, Wabi Sabi House, is nestled in the most sought after location in the Ojai Valley, the fabled East End, where Krishnamurti himself used to take his daily constitutional. Surrounded by nature and steps from great hiking.
Wabi Sabi House is nestled in the most sought after location in the Ojai Valley, the fabled East End, where Krishnamurti himself used to take his daily constitutional.
The East of Ojai, where the Chumash thrived for 10,000 years, is the part of Ojai that Aldus Huxley, Jackson Pollock, and John Lennon have come to rest while in California. The large parcels of land, and ample privacy still allow for a lone bike ride along a lush, breathtaking road, undisturbed.
Drenched in sunlight and twenty minutes from the beach, this Japanese style retreat sits at the base of Horn Canyon, with a huge private yard filled with bamboo, succulents, a fire pit and outdoor dining. It is situated between two preparatory schools, The Thacher school, and The Ojai Valley School, The Krishnamurti Library, and what was once Beatrice Woods' home and studio.
Just up the trail which winds past the house and up over the "Pink Moment" bluffs, resplendent with local flora and fauna, crystal streams, and a natural climbing wall, is a Pilates studio offering world class massage in an outdoor setting.
Natural sage, aloe, and aromatic herbs are right outside your front door, and down the road is an organic Pizza Parlor nestled amongst orange trees, oaks, and sweeping vistas. The good news is, you are still 1 hour and 15 minutes from Los Angeles and a short bike ride from town.
The cottage has a detached Japanese style bath house with a restored clawfoot tub, and birch paneling. It is ideal for a private soak after a long hike...
Views from the house include the Ojai mountain range on all sides, replete with hawks flying overhead. It is perfect for weekends or for the week to work in nature, near organic cuisine, Whole Foods style markets, world class spas, yoga, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and of course..surfing! This is the perfect place to re-charge all of your senses...enjoy!
Guests have access to the best hiking in Ojai right outside the front door, there are fresh oranges to pick from the tree on the property, mountain streams, pepper trees, a soccer field surrounded by the mountain range and generally the most gorgeous flora and fauna that Ojai has to offer.
Interaction with Guests
Guest can text me or call me at any time if they need something. I live in Los Angeles but my folks live on the property and are available for anything guests may need from extra firewood, to tea light candles. The key and a manual are left for them so if they don't want to see anyone, they have that option also. The property is one acre so complete privacy is available.
The East End of Ojai is the most gorgeous area in Ojai. It is a sought after respite for people from neighboring Los Angeles where vacation homes are kept, but is also one steeped with long time residents who will give a friendly wave to anyone who happens past on foot, bicycle or car. Low traffic, close to town, like mountains in Spain, or the South of France. It's exquisite by all standards of what paradise looks like. Flanked by two prep schools, students jogging and horseback riding are a frequent sight. It's a great place to unwind.
There is a cute open air trolley car that picks up and let's off at Boccalis restaurant from the center of town which is a walk from the house. Drive is 3-5 minutes. Walk is about 45 minutes.
Other Things to Note
The house is the perfect balance of nature and town. Just far enough away to make one feel completely at peace. A massage and Pilates studio are a short walk up the trail, and hiking is at the front door. Because the house flanks a national forest, please be aware that indigenous California wildlife is part of the landscape. We advise that you keep your dog on a leash while outside. Please in the warmer months tell kids to be vigilant as rattlesnakes are part of the natural landscape and guests should be aware when hiking and with kids and dogs to remain vigilant when it is hot out. These critters don't want to interact with us but this mountain range is their home so we should be aware when enjoying its natural splendor! Otherwise enjoy the utter gorgeousness! Incredible beaches are a 30 minute drive away and surfboards are available!
Please be sure to adhere to check-in/check-out times as we often are booked back to back and Kristy the housekeeper needs time to make the house sparkle:).
Please no smoking.
Please leave keys on counter upon departure.
Please wash dishes and leave to dry upon departure.
Please clean up all pet debris in yard upon departure.
If you bring dogs prone to barking, please do not leave them unattended for long periods of time.
Please do not let your dog off the leash while outside.
Please no electric musical instruments.
Please do not leave candles burning unattended.
Please remove excess traces of your pet inside and outside of the house upon departure.
Enjoy your stay!
While we only stayed for two nights I hope to return. Caitlin provided the perfect reprieve with accommodations that were quaint and comfortable. We can not thank her enough for allowing us to sweetly trespass.
Thanks for another great stay in Ojai! As always, we loved our two nights at the Wabi Sabi. In fact, the design is so efficient that it has inspired us to think about building out own split studio/bath house some day.
Caitlin has quite a place there. The cottage itself is charming, and the grounds add considerably to your living space. It is quiet and secluded, but convenient to downtown. Will definitely go back.
A lovely, eclectic yet simple little retreat space with a touch of romance amongst the trees and morning birdlife. Perfect for grounding after a long flight into LA. Quiet and cosy, this suited us fine. Kitchen did seem a little unprepared for travelers with small details like salt, bowl and cutlery missing... these basics plus a few little extra touches might have been nice to feel more looked after. Heater was much appreciated as was the beautiful bath after such a long transit (although hot water tank contained barely enough water to cover legs). Space was clean and felt private and sufficient for our brief stay, and Caitlin was available on the phone when we needed. Air bnb system/email response was a little frustrating but Caitlin was generous in her flexibility with our arrival delay.
We did have a hard time finding the room at night, even with a gps.
All in all a wonderful, quiet and private little space that held us well for two short days/nights. Thank you Caitlin.
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About the Host, Caitlin
Hello! I am a creative professional..illustrator, interior designer and brand consultant, living in Los Feliz, CA. I just co-founded my own business, a Design/Art House called Zoe Bios Creative. Our showroom is located in Silverlake CA, and we offer art and home furnishings. Although I love my LA neighborhood, it is great to keep my home in Ojai as a vacation rental so that I can escape to it from time to time to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, to hike, and to enjoy small town life..:). I love the idea of sharing my place and the experience of Ojai with others! It is truly a great place to both relax and/or work, and recharge. I have completely redesigned it to let in lots of light and veiws...I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do! Cheers! Caitlin