August 18th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Ojai real estate

A private retreat

Matilija Canyon Ranch is a rare opportunity to own an Ojai retreat that feels like a step back to an easier time. The ranch is comprised of three parcels totaling approximately 560 acres surrounded by Los Padres National Forest.

The four residences at 3572-4101 Matilija Canyon Road are situated amid a private wildlife refuge that includes hiking trails, hundreds of fruit trees, a trout stream, two ponds, outdoor living areas, an aviary, and a fenced corral.

Of the four residences on the property, the largest is Dent House, a historic 1908 Craftsman that was moved from Ventura and has been a designated Ventura County Landmark since 1985. Original owner John Dent raised walnuts, cattle, and apricots, and was instrumental in forming a dried-apricot association.

Ample opportunities for use

At approximately 5,000 square feet, Dent House may be a permitted boardinghouse with a commercial kitchen (further owner research required), and four bedrooms with private baths. It can be rented out for conferences, meetings, and seminars or, if desired, used solely as a private residence.

Another home about the same size features separate living areas and bedrooms, as well as a large flex room that could be used as an event or meeting space. Also on the property are a one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage with a wraparound porch, and a two-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow.

Situated at the end of a paved county road and behind a U.S. Forest Service locked gate, the property is just 90 miles from Los Angeles and 40 miles from Santa Barbara. Matilija Canyon Ranch offers country living with endless opportunities to explore the majestic lands in the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Watch a video tour of the ranch.

For complete information on the property, listed at $6.9 million, contact REALTOR®-sales associate Daniel R. Banchik at our Beverly Hills office, 310.503.6436 mobile, 310.777.2866 direct, or



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