About This Listing
Our spacious 2BR/3BA townhome is nestled on a quiet street right in the heart of downtown. Walk to shops, spas, the famous Ojai farmers market and The Ojai Valley Inn.
Spanish Colonial cottage in the heart of downtown Ojai. Two minute walk to shopping, concerts, spas and the famous Ojai farmers market. Eight minute walk to The Ojai Valley Inn with its world-class spa and golf facilities. In a three block radius you'll find the post office with its iconic clock tower, the county library, groceries, the bike trail that can take you all the way to the Ventura beaches, bike rentals for that trail and Libbey Park with its famous Libbey Bowl, home of outdoor summer concerts and the renown Ojai Music Festival.
As longtime residents of Ojai, we keep our home clean and simply furnished. You'll find all the things you need for everyday life -- a well stocked kitchen, toys for the kids, baby supplies and comfortable beds. Broadband internet, wifi, a Netfix account with unlimited shows and movies and a desktop computer will keep you connected. Three bathrooms guarantee you'll never wait in line. The king size bed made from all natural materials is truly fit for royalty. We love dining on the patio while listening to the Libbey Bowl concerts barely a stone's throw away. Best seat in the house.
But don't stay indoors for long. Enjoy strolling the Arcade boutiques, hiking the quiet trails listening to birds under the smell of wild sage, taking a horseback ride or visiting serene spiritual sites like Meditation Mount and Kratona. Enjoy soothing hot tubs, classes in Pilates and yoga and crystal clear swimming pools at the Ojai Athletic Club under the watchful gaze of the Topa Topa bluffs.
Okay, this description sounds a bit over the top. But mark my words, there's a reason why Ojai has the nickname "Shangri-La" and was the chosen site to set the film of the same name. Come and find out for yourself. And welcome to our home.
House, shared grounds and private patio.
Interaction with Guests
Always a phone or email away. I will not be present during your stay.
Downtown Ojai is a paradise. Shopping, nightlife, street fairs, art galleries, scrumptious food. And we're right by Libbey Park, home of fabulous outdoor concerts sheltered by oak trees. Some nights you'll hear music and smell orange blossoms. Others you'll hear coyotes and owls.
You can walk to nearly everything in town. For larger excursions, ride the Ojai trolley. Plenty of room for a couple cars, too.
Other Things to Note
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This is not a hotel. It is our home and we visit frequently. We like to think of our guests as our new friends we just met who are coming to visit. We love to open our home to our new friends. We think that's the spirit of Airbnb, and use the service ourselves when we travel.
Although we are happy to share our place and things with you, we will miss them if they are gone, broken or mistreated. If you think of your stay with us as house sitting for a friend, then you don't need a list of rules.
You will find detailed instructions throughout the house on cards in each room and a big book of house guidelines, recommendations for food and activities and manuals for our various electronic gizmos in a binder we call "the book" which you will find on the table when you enter.
Besides that, we keep our house super clean and allergen free. No smoking, no pets.
Limestone patio with plenty of shade in summer and room for outdoor dining. Libbey Bowl outdoor concerts a block away behind fence. Dine in to live music.
Excellent stay at the Sanctuary! Alden was a welcoming host with great communication leading up to our stay. The house was great condition and the location was very central (right off the Ojai Valley Trail and walking distance to the market, restaurants & the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa where we attended a wedding).
This House was perfect for our stay. It was Spring Break for my grandchildren and I needed a place that I could have all of us stay, with the amenities to take care of them. It was great to have a washer and dryer. The patio area was good for the kids to play. Plenty of space.
Alden was available by text, or email whenever I had a question. He had a very detailed book to help us navigate the house, and surrounding areas. I was concerned about being in someone else's house, but Alden made it very comfortable to stay. Just the way he worded the book of instructions was kind, and funny.
The location was within waking distance of the main part of Ojai, the Farmers' Market, the regular market, the Bike Rental shop and the Park. Lake Casistas was an easy drive. I was even able to go into Oxnard for a computer fix (although there was a computer available at the house, I brought mine for work).
We would definitely stay again.
Thank You Alden
Alden, you are an exquisite long-distance host. We all appreciated "The Book" - your entertaining and informative guide to staying in your house and in Ojai. Thanks for the clear, friendly and welcoming environment. I love that you provide non-toxic cleaning supplies and preset the thermostat to conserve energy. Thanks for the trail guide on the bookshelf - very happy to find the benches on the Shelf Trail to catch a sunset over the valley.
My family of 5 and I enjoyed a wonderful week at City Center Sanctuary. The home is clean, comfortable and just as described. The big benefit for us was the location. Everything seems to be only a few blocks away: public library, playground, bike path, bike rental shop, grocery store, restaurants, shops. Yet, it is far enough from the main street that traffic and other noises are non-existent.
Alden is an excellent host, and his “book” is justly famous. It’s a concise jump start to the home’s features and Ojai’s many restaurants, attractions and activities. Highlights for us were the tour of the local olive ranch and olive oil tasting, and hiking the nearby mountain paths with blooming wildflowers and ripening avocadoes.
We heartily recommend City Center, and hope to return.
This is the second time we stayed at Alden's place in Ojai. We liked the house and the community so much we came back . It is a beautiful place with everything you need and it is in the perfect location for exploring the completely walkable small town of Ojai. It's probably 50 feet from a walking/bike path that runs the length of Ojai and continues all the way to the beach town of Ventura 10. This path used to be a railroad right-of-way so it doesn't have steep hills. There is an Amtrak station not far from the end of this path so the adventurous could pedal to Ventura and catch a train to nearly anywhere on the Southern California coast. Alden has a great full-size refrigerator but you really don't need it because the closest grocery store is a block and a half away and and there are two other great stores within walking distance soyou can walk over before every meal to buy what you need. Although you might not be doing much cooking. There are at least 10 good restaurants within a few blocks- many as good as anything you would find in the big city. You can also walk to the big city park with bandshell, tennis courts and excellent picnic spots, the movie theater, post office, library, the community theater and arts center- pretty much everything you might want is within easy walking distance. Oh, and there's a great gym with an Olympic pool a couple blocks away on the walking path. We live out in the country where most places I want to go are more than 10 miles away and Alden's place in Ojai is perfect to experience the sweet small-town experience of Ojai. And for those of you in northern climes, we went to the beach 10 miles away on Valentine's Day and the teenagers were walking around in bikinis.
About the Host, Alden
Hi! I live mostly in Seattle with my wife Susan and two adorable kids. We like traveling, hiking in the mountains around Seattle, going to outdoor concerts and most of all food. Known for facing driving rain, horrendous traffic and the real possibility that the restaurant will be boarded up and abandoned on arrival just to savor the best Ethiopian food within 15 miles, we are mocked by many and appreciated by few. I learned to speak Spanish to order food (y lo hablo bastante bien), learned to cook to eat it, and learned to speak and write so I could talk about it.
Have you eaten somewhere I haven't? We must right this wrong. Ping me and tell me where and when. I'll meet you there.