May 7, 2013
Misty Volaski, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean lines, lots of light and transformational indoor/outdoor living spaces: Those are the hallmarks of renowned architect Kazumi Adachi’s homes. The only one in the Ojai area sits in the East End, and is so remarkable in its style — referred to as mid-century modern — that HGTV’s FrontDoor television show has chosen it as a finalist in the annual Doory Awards.
HGTV editors combed through countless homes currently on the market, eventually settling on six that represent the best mid-century modern style homes that America has to offer. The contest’s winners will be chosen through an online voting process — open to the public — that will be announced in June.
The Ojai home’s listing agent, Tonya Peralta of Keller Williams Realty, thinks her listing is tops. “This nomination is a testament to how spectacular this home is,” Peralta said.
The McNell Road property is just under an acre and features a salt-water pool, mountain views, floor-to-ceiling windows, terrazzo floors, an outdoor fireplace and kitchen (yes, there’s one inside, too), and a pool room — which contains a walnut murphy bed and full bath, effectively making it a small guest house.
“The entertaining areas are really pretty neat,” enthused Peralta.
The gardens are full of drought-tolerant native Australian plants, but there’s also a Zen garden and small orchard with avocados and oranges. One of Peralta’s favorite things about the house: Each of the three bedrooms opens to its own patio, along with garden spaces that connect to the others
The home was originally owned by a Japanese-American artist and landscape architect, who passed it on to a Canadian film and television producer before finally falling into the hands of the current owners, one of whom is an art dealer. “It’s always attracted a creative type of person,” pointed out Peralta.
The current owners “Remodeled the property when they moved into it,” Peralta said. “They have a really keen eye for details and quality, and keeping it authentic. It’s very authentic to the style. It has all the modern conveniences but is still very simple and sleek, just like it was originally.”
Homes were also selected for 19 other categories, such as Waterfront Escapes, Tiny Homes, DIY Dream Homes, even Homes for The 1 Percent.
Another Ojai home, the Wallace Neff-designed Libbey Estate — currently owned by actress Reese Witherspoon — has also been nominated in the Celebrity Homes category. The historic 7-acre ranch, on Del Norte Road, is pitted against homes owned by Jon Bon Jovi (in New York), Kelsey Grammer (Malibu), Pamela Anderson (Malibu), Cheryl Tieg (Los Angeles) and Wayne Gretzky (Thousand Oaks).
The competition runs through June 5, and voters can vote for one home in each category once a day. Log on to www.frontdoor.com/doory/midcentury-modern to vote for the East End home; select “Celebrity Homes” under the “Luxury Homes & Places” tab to vote for the Libbey Estate.