Old Meets New

Photos/Words by Logan Hall

Historic Gridley Estate Nov 2018 1-1 _sml

A home that’s more than 100 years old will undoubtedly have its share of character. This Colonial estate on Ojai’s East End is no exception. Built in 1914, the home was designed by renowned architect Reginald Johnson. His resume included the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel (1926), the Santa Barbara Post Office, and the Hale Solar Laboratory, among others. 



The home and surrounding 25 acres of land have, at the same time, historic colonial charm like the rustic barn and more modern amenities like the pool. The layout of the property varies as well. Near the barn, a dirt road disappears as it wraps around behind a small oak forest while the house itself sits on a flat, landscaped expanse perched above the orchard. Views from the brick patio out front seem to stretch out endlessly, yet trees and the mountains behind lend a private, secluded feel.

Inside, it’s hard to find a room without a breathtaking view. From the bedrooms to the kitchen, almost every room has a view of the orchard, valley, and mountains beyond. Each room seems to have its own unique personality, like the mural walls and mid-century modern chandelier of the dining room.

For more on this historic property head to Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe Realtor Patty Waltcher’s website at pattywaltcher.com.