About This Listing
This design gem called Agave House is wrapped in windows and skylights. Sunlight is abundant, and guests feel privately perched with a view of mountain ranges, and lush foliage on all sides.
Drenched in sunlight, Agave House is nestled in the most sought after location in the Ojai Valley, the fabled East End. Next door to Beatrice Woods previous home and studio, it is also a short stroll to the Krishnamurti Library, and the historical Thacher school, founded in 1885.
Situated at the base of Horn Canyon ( 5 minutes from town and 20 minutes from the beach ), it has sweeping views of the Ojai mountain range, repleate with low flying hawks, incredible hiking, and a huge private yard, filled with tropical plants, succulents, a Moroccan tile patio with chiminea, and a field of Aloe.
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 more sweeping vistas. The good news is, you are still 1 hour and 15 minutes from Los Angeles and a nice bike ride from town.
The house is restored with birch floors and walls, skylights, mirrors and windows to reflect the outdoors. Downstairs, glass doors open onto the private yard. It offers wifi, dishwasher, flat screen TV, washer/dryer and we can provide in house maid service upon request during your stay. The bathroom features a restored clawfoot tub, birch paneling, a skylight, which is great for star-gazing while soaking in an aromatic bath.
The bedding and mattress match top hotels, for an exquisite sleep beneath another skylight, and one more view of Montana sized stars, clear as diamonds due to the lack of city light.
The concept of the space is to offer a totally serene indoor/outdoor experience with all the luxury of good, comfortable design mixed with a really lovely collection of antiques and art, combined with a high tech environment to cater to those who must work while away from the city.
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!
Surf boards and a hammock await you. 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. Please in the warmer months ( April-September) keep your dogs on a leash and tell kids to be vigilant as coyotes and 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!
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 you so if you don't want to see anyone, you 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 of the fenced yard. 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 leave all dishes in dishwasher and run it upon departure.
If you bring dogs prone to barking, please do not leave them unattended for long periods of time.
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.
No illegal drugs or substances please.
Enjoy your stay!
Caitlin's home was true to the description--quaint, light-filled and full of amenities and charming touches. The neighborhood is a bit remote (note: on Google Maps it will show as on a Forest Rte, rather than McAndrew Road); it about 1 mile down the hill, and then another 3 miles to the main part of town. It makes more sense to do the 8-minute drive than to walk, particularly when hot. We enjoyed our time here!
This is the coolest house that I have ever been to! You are tucked away among the trees, there are windows and skylights everywhere, so it almost feels as if you are outside. There is kind of a hobbit/tree house/ Japanese/modern vibe going on. You can see the stars from the bed! Caitlin decorated this little house so beautifully, green plants everywhere you turn, and every detail is so well thought out. She provides everything that you need to be comfortable there, down to shampoo and kitchen supplies. We only stayed 1 night, but would love to come back and explore the nearby trail. Truly a unique and magical space.
Lovely house in a natural setting. We enjoyed taking short walks and were able to spend several hours looking at the sky.
Located in a more secluded part of town - the Agave House offered exactly what I was looking for, a scenic, quiet and relaxing stay. The home was exactly as it is described, if not better and I really enjoyed looking at all of the details Caitlin has put into the home. I really appreciated the welcome binder she provides with all of the information of what to do in town and Caitlin's communication with you is great! I would definitely stay here again.
Staying here was like spending the night in a magical treehouse. There were so many personal touches (the linens, art, tiling, landscaping, etc) that makes this home so nice to stay in. My daughter and I have already referred several of our friends to stay here. It is in such a beautiful, serene spot and we hope to come back again! Thank you for such a wonderful stay.
We had such an amazing time in the Agave house! Caitlin was extremely helpful and our visit was completely hassle-free. She provided an incredibly detailed packet full of local menus, tips for spending time in the area, and information about the house. There was hardly reason to ever leave the house though- it's so gorgeous and filled with light from all the windows and skylights!
Perfect place for a romantic getaway weekend, it was truly wonderful!
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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