Disney Imagineer's Ojai Retreat Hits the Market

Ojai Disney home

Nestled in the picturesque Ojai Valley, with sweeping views of the Topatopa Mountains, the former residence of celebrated Disney Imagineer Frank Armitage is a testament to creativity and artistry. Recently listed for sale, this property has graced the Ventura County real estate market for the first time in over fifty years, priced just shy of $3 million.

Built in the early 1970s and designed for Armitage and his then-partner, artist Jill Penkhus, the home is a 2,000 square-foot architectural marvel set across a sprawling 10-acre landscape. The residence boasts a distinct green wood siding, complementing the lush surroundings. The split-level design features two bedrooms and three bathrooms, optimized to harness the natural light through its abundant windows.

The living room is adorned with a unique sculpture—a centaur, half-man, half-horse, crafted by Armitage himself. This mythical figure strums a guitar, a reflection of Armitage’s whimsical and creative spirit, and sets the tone for a home filled with artistic flair. Accompanying the sculpture, the room features a retro wood-burning fireplace and glass and wood-trimmed doors that lead out to an expansive wood deck.

The property does not just offer a living space but a glimpse into a creative life. The adjacent kitchen with its eat-in peninsula flows seamlessly into a dining area and a family room that doubles as an art studio. An office space is cleverly tucked next to the entrance foyer, providing a quiet corner for contemplation and creativity.

Outdoor spaces are equally enchanting. The grounds are a peaceful retreat, dotted with avocado and orange orchards, and crisscrossed by boulder-lined hiking trails. The property also houses two unique cottages; one built from local river stones and another serving as a music studio with a full kitchen and bath.

Frank Armitage, an Australian-born artist, moved to Los Angeles in 1952 and quickly became a pivotal figure at Walt Disney Studios. His contributions to iconic films such as Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, and The Jungle Book, as well as his work on Disney theme parks, have left an indelible mark on the art of animation.

This home is more than just a structure; it's a sanctuary that has nurtured creativity and witnessed the creation of art that has touched hearts worldwide. It stands as a living tribute to a remarkable individual and offers a rare opportunity to own a piece of artistic history in the serene Ojai Valley.

listed by Douglas Elliman

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