Ojai and Ojai Homes for Sale
A Health-conscious Hamlet Brimming with Laid-back Style and Natural Beauty
The word commonly used to connote Ojai’s ambiance is “magical.” Resting serenely against a dramatic mountain backdrop, in one of the world’s few east-west running valleys, the community enjoys a setting imbued with stunning sunrises, and surreal sunsets offering what locals call “the pink moment.” The brief interlude occurs when the setting sun bathes the mountains in an almost otherworldly pastel glow.
View Available ListingsIt’s no secret why, at any given time, many Ojai homes for sale take advantage of dramatic views.
Ecology, health and wellness, arts and culture, recreation and community activities are mainstays of the Ojai lifestyle. Hosting just under 8,000 residents, the hamlet preserves the charm of a small town while providing a distinct quality of casual sophistication.
Many Who Can Live Anywhere in the World Live, or Have Lived in Ojai
There must be reasons why dozens of well-known artists, actors, writers and innovators have made Ojai their principal or secondary residence. Primary among those reasons is location. The hamlet seems far from the madding crowd, yet is an easy 45 minute drive to Montecito and Santa Barbara, and is 90 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport. In addition, the atmosphere here is relaxed, friendly and respectful of personal privacy. Cultural and recreational activities are plentiful.
A Bit of Ojai History
The name Ojai is derived from the Ventureño Chumash word ‘Awha’y, meaning “Moon”. The fertile valley was originally home to the Chumash people, was awarded as a Mexican land grant in 1837, and went through periods of use for cattle ranching and oil production. It wasn’t until 1874 that a town was laid out. Originally called Nordhoff, Ojai quickly became known for its clean air and hot springs, and began attracting wealthy Eastern and Midwestern visitors; some of whom built winter homes in the valley. In 1916, Libbey Glass Co. owner Edward Libbey hired an architectural firm to transform the existing rustic town, including construction of a Spanish-style business arcade that is still Ojai’s landmark town center.
Ojai Real Estate
Ojai homes for sale typically include modest family cottages and mid-century ranch-style residences in the $800,000-2,000,000 range, to multi-million-dollar modern and Spanish-style estates. Individuals and couples are drawn to the community as full-time or vacation home owners to take advantage of the clean air, recreational and cultural opportunities, while families value the myriad educational prospects evident in the number and diversity of schools. The Ojai Valley hosts 8 public schools, a half-dozen private boarding schools, and a number of private day and alternative education learning institutions.