Slice of Shangri-La in Ojai

MCM gem for sale—accented with lovely interior stone and a rustic, natural setting
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Now on the market, this captivating split-level mid-century modern in Ojai is situated on three acres and accented on the interior with beautiful stonework. Check out the photos. All photos by UpMarket Media

Anyone who has visited Ojai, in Ventura County, will tell you the town of a mere 7,600 residents is a slice of paradise.

In fact, Ojai so impressed movie director Frank Capra that he chose it to represent Shangri-La as the ideal setting for his 1937 film ‘Lost Horizon.'

East of Santa Barbara, and northwest of Los Angeles, Ojai is nestled in a valley in the Topatopa Mountains, where a weekend getaway might include a stay at our favorite Ojai Valley Inn, or a visit during the annual Ojai Music Festival.

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There, in Ojai's coveted east end, we discovered a captivating split-level mid-century modern on a sprawling three acres generously accented with beautiful stonework throughout its charming interior.

"This is a beautiful property, and has been a fun one to get ready to present," points out Tonya Peralta of Keller Williams of her listing, priced at $3.150 million, at 4569 Grand Avenue. "The response has been tremendous, too."

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"I love the original terrazzo flooring," she adds, "and how over the years they really maintained a lot of the architectural significance."

While strolling through the grounds, its enjoyable to admire the mature trees—oaks, pines, and eucalyptus—that "really give a special feeling…rustic and untouched," says Peralta. "Nobody has professionally landscaped it; and I love that, and all the native rock."

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