Johnny Cash’s Secluded Hillside Sanctuary Hits the Market for $1.8M

Cash’s spirit lives on in this tranquil 1960s retreat he helped design.

Property Details:

Location: 8736 Nye Road, Ventura, CA

Price: $1,795,000

Footprint: 4,500 square feet (five bedrooms)

Lot size: 6 acres

Year built: 1961

From the agent: "Johnny Cash often sang about the hills and flowers and wide-open spaces, and he lived it too. In 1961, Johnny built a 4,500-square-foot home in rural Casitas Springs, California, as his quiet place to escape from the rock 'n roll lifestyle. A place where he and his wife, Vivian, and their three daughters could enjoy family life in the hills for many years into the future. While their future did not pan out exactly as Johnny planned—he and Vivian divorced in 1966—the home was exactly what Johnny envisioned. The property includes five bedrooms, a pool, office, barbecue area, and sweeping views of the Ojai Valley, complete with oak trees, evergreens, and year-round flowers."

Cash sought a secluded home to help inspire his songwriting and creative process—however the property isn’t far from Ojai and Ventura, which are both eight miles away. 

The home mixes past and present with brick floors, wooden ceilings, and bright, airy living spaces. 

The home retains many of its original features, although the interiors have been refreshed. A wood-paneled floor mingles with a brick floor and fireplace. 

Another living area is adorned with vaulted ceilings and plenty of light.

Many of the features that make the home unique were designed by Cash himself—like this curved brick fireplace. 

The kitchen features wooden cabinets, exposed beams, tiled floors, and a sky-blue backsplash. 

An old-school turntable folds out from the wall—another Cash-designed quirk. 

One of the main bedrooms features calming blue wallpaper, with panoramic views of the surrounding hillside. A sliding door reaches provides access to the backyard. 

Another bedroom continues the bright and airy motif, with a deck that leads directly out to the pool. 

Wooden panels, carpeted floors, and retro decor lend the home a vintage feel that underscores Cash’s influence. 

Situated at the bottom of a lush hillside, the home features a private driveway and a custom pool. 

Featured on, Johnny Cash’s former home is listed for $1.795 million by Adam McKaig and Melissa Borders from Douglas Elliman.


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