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Mountaintop majesty at a mere US$9.95 million in California's Olaj Valley. Jim Bartsch / Christie's International Real Estate
Mountaintop majesty at a mere US$9.95 million in California's Olaj Valley. 
Jim Bartsch / Christie's International Real Estate

High life on the coast of California

The Life: A Mountaintop house in Ojai Valley in southern California comes for $9.95 million with views of the mountain.

Located between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, southern California's Ojai Valley is known more for its hiking trails and organic agriculture than luxury homes.

But if farmers' markets and Hollywood are neighbours, a mountain-top home in the area could challenge the competition amid other properties closer to Los Angeles.

Up for sale for US$9.95 million, the house offers views of the nearby hills and the Ojai mountain valley below and Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands beyond.

Although the property is newly built, the architecture is inspired by old Spanish colonial style.

The touches from the Old World include a hand-forged iron gateway and a four-storey bell tower besides a courtyard at the entrance with a three-tiered stone fountain.

The house comes with five bedrooms and seven full bathrooms besides a detached garage and horse facilities. It also has a pool.

The high ceilings, hand-painted Italian tiles and travertine and pecan-wood flooring cover most of the 4,000 square feet interior. French doors connect the living room with an inner hacienda courtyard and a front patio.

The kitchen comes fitted with stainless steel appliances and two French doors that open into a dining courtyard and a stone barbecue.

A 6,000 sq ft barn is under renovation for agricultural processing and equestrian stalls. Staff quarters have separate access.

For those buyers with children, there are five public elementary schools, one public middle school and one public high school in the town of Ojai. There are quite a few private schools as well in this town of a little over 7,000 people.



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