The Libbey Estate
- 1000 Foothill Rd
- Ojai, California
- 3 Bedrooms
- 3½ Bathrooms
- 3.7 Acres
- 4000 Square Feet
1908 Myron Hunt Design
This is the historical winter home of Edward Drummond Libbey, the visionary philanthropist who transformed Ojai from a ramshackle western settlement into the modern architectural mecca it is today.
A prosperous glass manufacturer, Libbey wintered in Ojai beginning in 1908. He is responsible for the original Wallace Neff clubhouse and the George C. Thomas, Jr. golf course of the Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club. He was also the driving force behind the Arcade and Post Office tower that are the heart of downtown Ojai, the El Roblar Hotel (now the Oaks Spa) and the layout of the Arbolata west of downtown.
Myron Hunt, the renowned Los Angeles architect responsible for the Huntington Library, the Ambassador Hotel and many buildings at Caltech, Occidental College and Pomona College, designed the Libbey Estate in 1908.
Hunt’s first craftsman bungalow, the original house has been maintained and improved over the years and is currently in better than original condition. The property boasts some of the most spectacular views in the Ojai Valley. Hammered copper and mica lights, old-growth redwood, elaborate ironwork and tile and massive stonework decorate the historical home. Libbey generously supported the Chumash Indians and out of gratitude a tribal elder painted the living room walls and ceiling with Chumash designs. This home is an extremely unique Indian/Craftsman design, furnished much as Libbey envisioned it in 1910.
Located on Foothill Road near downtown Ojai, the estate features three separate houses, an office, a recently built 60 foot tile pool and extensive cactus and succulent gardens. The property totals 3.7 acres, including an additional one acre legal parcel.