Home Old-School Opulence in Ojai: This 100-Year-Old Spanish Colonial Is Simply Gorgeous
March 29, 2020
Quick! Close your eyes and picture a Southern California spec house. Many of the spec homes we see nowadays are sleek, white boxes with a distinctly modern aesthetic.
Now open your eyes and behold “Spec House A” in Ojai, CA. And let its old-school charms wash over you like a cool wave.
Built by renowned architect George Washington Smith in 1922, it’s an impeccably preserved Spanish Colonial Revival home. And although it’s nearly a century old, the residence has been updated with all sorts of modern conveniences.
The classic home also comes with a price more in line with modern realities—it’s on the market at $3,995,000.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better maintained example of the architecture of the era. The colorful vintage tiles alone are astounding—on the floors, accenting the walls, on the beautiful fountain in the courtyard, and on the traditional red tile roof. All the tiles are original, imported from Spain almost 100 years ago.
Original Spanish tiles
The master bathroom has been updated with gorgeous decorative tiles from RTK Studios and new fixtures that fit right in with the vintage style of the home.
Master bathroom with stylish tile
The kitchen also has an Old World look and features both classic and modern amenities.
Among them are marble countertops, rich wood custom cabinetry, and a wrought-iron light fixture, as well as a center island and top-of-the-line appliances that include a built-in coffee station. We’re most impressed by the luxurious AGA oven and stove.
Kitchen with AGA stove
Throughout the four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home are soaring, open beamed ceilings, sturdy plaster walls, and grand fireplaces. There are also gracious balconies and decks overlooking the lovely grounds.
Set on a 1.22-acre lot, the grounds include a fruit orchard, raised garden beds, towering oaks, and red ironbark eucalyptus trees, which provide not only shade, but rich fragrance. There’s also a saltwater pool with RTK Studios tile trim.
Separate from the house is a three-car garage with an attached artist’s studio and/or guesthouse, which is being used at the moment as a weaving studio.
Studio and garage
Weaving studio interior
The home last changed hands in 2009 for $2,575,000, and several updates have been made since. But it’s still redolent of California’s history. It’s designated as “Ojai Landmark #16,” and any buyer will benefit from property-tax savings under the Mills Act, which should help cushion the purchase price just a bit.