Johnny Cash’s Beloved California Getaway Sells to a Fan for Over Asking
Tracking down and collecting music or Hollywood memorabilia can be a thrilling hobby, one that also keeps the stories of cultural icons alive and tactile. Reeling in a legend’s former residence must be the ultimate prize. Luckily, there are many out there to discover. California homes formerly belonging to Frank Sinatra, Betty White, Bing Crosby, Greta Garbo, and Jack Lemmon have popped on the market in past months and years, as well as the getaway Johnny Cash built for his family in 1961. Casitas Springs listed in June for $1.8 million and just changed hands at the end of August for $1.85 million, selling to a local fan.
Set on 5.9 acres in the hills between Ojai and Ventura, the modest midcentury ranch is full of stories. Cash and his first wife, Vivian, planned it with their lifestyle in mind. Cash, in particular, is said to have walked the rooms and decided on exact placement and layout. That, of course, meant creating a great space for him to write. The wood-paneled studio where he penned many of his famous songs was purposefully designed to have high windows so the six-foot-tall crooner could look out at the rugged views with ease.
The pair also made two separate primary suites since Cash often worked on his music through the night and slept in during the day. Other features that remain include an original wall-mounted turntable and intercom system, painted ceilings, and a curved brick fireplace.
The captivating vistas are a huge part of the estate’s allure, too. Mountains, valleys, and beautiful flora overwhelm the senses. And, what better backdrop for a soulful, country concert? Longtime locals remember times Cash played for them from the hillside home.
Adam McKaig and Melissa Borders of Douglas Elliman held the listing.