The Secluded and Serene California Home Johnny Cash Built in 1961 Just Listed for $1.8M
Music icon Johnny Cash left behind a collection of husky, heartfelt hits when he passed away in 2003. These songs and his life story, played out on screen by stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line, will stand the test of time. However, a lesser-known piece of his legacy exists in the wild hills between Ventura and Ojai. The 4,500-square-foot home Cash created for his family in 1961 is now for sale asking $1.795 million.
The California estate sprawls 5.9 acres and was envisioned together with his first wife, Vivian, as a getaway for themselves and their three daughters. Though their marriage didn’t survive past 1966 and they only spent six years here, the property has remained as serene as it was when they created it.
According to listing agency Douglas Elliman, the musician had a heavy hand in the home’s look and layout. After buying the land brimming with live oaks and gardens, the house was built to his “exact specifications.”
Most spaces are original to Johnny and Vivian’s design, with an original wall-mounted turntable and intercom system, painted ceilings, and a curved brick fireplace in the family room. Music lovers can feel Cash’s spirit in the wood-paneled studio where he hunkered down to write many of his beloved songs. Designed just for Cash, it has high windows so the six-foot-tall crooner could look out at the views without anyone being able to peer in.
The home also offers five bedrooms, including dual master bedroom suites. These were made out of necessity. With Johnny often staying up writing music and sleeping through the days, he and his then-wife had starkly different habits. Known as the ‘Man in Black,’ it’s no surprise that the suite he occupied reflects his moody style, including a black toilet.
Longtime locals remember times Cash playing concerts for them from the comfort of his home, with the help of some powerful speakers. Full of soul, the property is now listed with Melissa Borders and Adam McKaig.