A weekend of holiday festivities in Ojai, California
OJAI HOLIDAY HOME TOUR & MARKETPLACE
Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12
Will Call Box Office will be at the Holiday Marketplace at
St. Thomas Aquinas Church Hall (185 St. Thomas Drive)
Hours of the Marketplace: Saturday from 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm.
The Ojai Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace kicks off the holiday season with festive inspirations on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12. Presented by the Ojai Festival Women’s Committee, this treasured tradition invites guests to explore four homes in quaint neighborhoods replete with distinctive charms and architectural surprises. With the help of area floral designers, the homes are given festive touches according to a chosen holiday theme.
Also taking place the same weekend is the Holiday Marketplace held at a new location – Aquinas Center at St Thomas Aquinas Church (185 St. Thomas Drive). The companion event will feature a collection of curated lifestyle and fashion items from more than 40 vendors. Admission to the Marketplace is free and open to the public.
Weekend hours of the self-guided home tour are 10am to 4pm. The Marketplace hours are 10am to 5:30pm on Saturday and 10am to 4:30pm on Sunday.
The Home Tour and Marketplace benefit the Ojai Music Festival and its BRAVO education and community program, which offers free music workshops to the Ojai Valley public schools and the community.
The tour price is $40 per person advance and $45 day of the event. A group discount is also available for 8 or more people. Organizers request no cameras allowed on the tour or children under 12 years of age. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended (no high-heeled shoes allowed). A free shuttle service will be provided for two of the homes located in the Ojai Arbolada for the convenience of the patrons. Tickets are on sale online or by calling 805-646-2053.
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Ranch at El Roblar
Ranchero history and Topa Topa Mountain views surround the quiet open spaces. That majestic area possesses many hidden property gems, but none more precious than this 1-1/2 acre flag-shaped property. Purchased four years ago, the owners brought new life into the property through creative renovations. They transformed the main house and landscape to reflect modern themes and necessities, without disturbing the quality work the house and surroundings already possessed.
Approaching the house, you will encounter copper rain gutters along the long rose lined driveway. When you reach the new front entrance deck and vibrant red door, you will understand that treasures await inside. From World Design artwork, maple wood floors, and high ceilings to the rustic picnic table in the garden, this property will spark inspiration!
In 2014, this beautiful Ojai home was purchased with loving philosophical intentions and purpose. The owners named it “Ashiana,” which means shelter, in the hopes of creating a gathering hub for the entire family, similar to what they left behind in India.
They succeeded. The North Indian and Southern Californian architectural references and interior furnishings are meditative and exquisite. Each area of the home extends outside onto a veranda surrounded by white flowing curtains. Various pieces of furniture are from their parents’ homes in India. The handmade, angular tiled floor complements the variation in furniture. Bedrooms surround a hacienda style courtyard with doors engraved with the River of Life theme, similar to the entry doors at the Ojai Valley Museum. From the antique Persian rug to the Lotus Pond, it becomes clear to a visitor that this home is a special, distinctive space.
The Estelle Clark House
In 1928, silent screen star Estelle Clarke commissioned architect Austen Pierpont
to design a home in Ojai that would remind her of the castles in her native Poland. Pierpont designed a Tudor home for the actress that became the last of the historic homes built on Foothill Road. The home sits on just over an acre directly facing the Topa Topa Mountains and captures the Pink Moment. Many of the original architectural details are intact, including leaded windows, handmade doors with hand-hammered hardware, mahogany and oak parquet floors and a turret that leads to the upstairs bedrooms. The interior is lath and plaster with a stucco and half-timber exterior. This Pierpont design is unusual due to the large size of the rooms and the heights of the cove ceilings while still maintaining a fairy tale cottage atmosphere. The home has been completely restored in keeping with the period.
This Rancho Matilija home displays a giant oak by the Mediterranean fountain on the paved walkway entry. You are welcomed by a 15′ turret as you enter the large Mahogany and sculptured glass front doors. It is a grand entrance to a beautiful home full of architectural detail and a majestic floor plan. There are French provincial, Belgian and Asian art pieces, figurines, and furniture pieces to enjoy in every room. The interior reflects the cultural backgrounds of the owners as well as their travels, hobbies and other eclectic interests. There is a great room, a massive cook’s kitchen, a library and an office to explore. With eyes wide open, you will also visit the guest house, studio and gym. Meanwhile, two acres of a serene park-like setting with beautifully arranged gardens surround the home.