An 1870s Ojai House with an Art Gallery and Retail Space is for Sale
You may wonder what you could do with your second act if you have been daydreaming about getting out of the rat race for the past few years but cannot figure out what to do with it, so here is an opportunity in Ojai that you might find interesting.
The mixed-use property, located in Ojai's village business district and just a half block away from the town's famous farmers' market, was built in 1874 by John Montgomery, one of the town's earliest developers and the town's third-oldest building. The property is one of the most important things in the village.
As of 2013, it has been home to the Porch Gallery, a contemporary art space featuring rotating exhibitions by nationally and internationally renowned artists, which has been operating in the building since 2013.
Beato Chocolates was officially launched by Porch Gallery owners Heather Stobo and Lisa Casoni in 2018 after they partnered with chocolatier Emily Burson to create the product. Taking its name from noted Ojai artist Beatrice Wood, this chocolate shop offers chocolate sculptures created using ceramic molds made by Wood.
Besides serving as a gallery and retail store, the Montgomery House has also been used as an event venue often, which makes it a popular venue among people who wish to hold events there. In addition to all of that, this 3,293-square-foot landmark has also continued to serve its original purpose of being a residence, with two separate apartments, the first of which is located on the lower level of the property, and the second of which is located between the first and second levels.
A total of two bedrooms are available in each unit, as well as two bathrooms that have been updated. A number of unique architectural details are also included in this home, including original woodwork, wainscoting and moldings, two fireplaces, a high ceiling, fireplaces in each bedroom, built-in bookshelves and seating, as well as wood-framed windows and French doors.
As part of the exterior design of the 9,813 square foot property, you will find the eponymous wrap-around porch, which is shaded by a 140-year-old Cypress tree, and a backyard deck with built-in seating and a gas firepit, all of which offer spectacular views of the Topa Topa Mountains and their trademark "Pink Moment"..”
It has been revealed that the historic abode was last sold in 2017 for a price of $1.1 million, according to Rich Report. The property is now being offered for $3.8 million. Listed by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties, Gabriela Cesena and Nancy Kogevinas are the agents representing the listing.