Johnny Cash was a man of many talents. And yes, that included home design.
In 1961, he built a 4,500-square-foot home in Casitas Springs, Calif. as a tranquil escape from the rock ‘n roll lifestyle. He and wife Vivian Liberto enjoyed family life in the rural property (until their divorce in 1966).
And now the music history-invigorated home is up for sale. On the market for $1.795, the listing is held by Adam McKaig and Melissa Borders of Douglas Elliman.
“Johnny bought the land and built the house to his exact specifications; walking the rooms and deciding on exact placement and layout. He created a secluded sanctuary, unique to this rural small-town enclave. Longtime locals recount stories of Johnny setting up speakers on the hillside outside the house, and playing concerts for the townspeople down below,” according to the listing agents.
It’s cool enough that you could be living in the very vision imagined by one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest legends. Even better, however, is that the home continues to offer a space for peaceful solitude and is tucked away between the hills of Ventura and Ojai.
The Nye Road property sits on nearly six acres of land and sprawls across five bedrooms, four bathrooms and one half bathroom. Coming up from the long private driveway, you’ll discover Cash’s design concept persevering through the country-motif family room, the curved brick fireplace, custom wood built-ins and an original wall-mounted turntable.
What’s more, the very wood-paneled studio where he wrote some of his most infamous songs is still intact. There are also two his-and-her master bedroom suites because of Cash’s late-night writing sessions that often continued until the early morning.
From the outside, the double-gabled home also features a pool, barbeque area and sweeping views of the Ojai Valley, oak trees, evergreens and year-round flowers.