Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 09-25-2012
Being a super-achiever must be in the genes. Even as a young child, Reese’s parents referred to her as “Little Type ‘A’.” Having received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at age 34 only serves to prove her parents right. Reese grew up in a family where achievement was the accepted norm. Her father is a doctor and her mother has a Ph.D. in pediatric nursing and works as a professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University. Since her father was also a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserve, Reese lived in Germany for three years, giving her a more global perspective of her place in the world. Her interest in acting began at the age of seven when she was asked to be a model for a town florist shop advertisement. This seed stayed in her mind throughout her formal education and blossomed into reality from there with the decision to study acting. The rest is history. With the worldwide success of such films as Sweet Home Alabama and Legally Blond among many well-known others, Reese has won everything from an Emmy to a Golden Globe and has added film and TV production as she continues to achieve, . . still only at age 36.
Judging by the ranch she has for sale in Ojai, California, Reese also has cultivated good taste in addition to her other talents. Libbey Ranch was originally built in 1923 for Edward Libbey of glassware fame, as a stable. In following years the ranch evolved and has also had other illustrious owners such as Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters) and Kathryn Ireland, fabric designer and decorator to the stars. Taking into account that it was designed by Wallace Neff with later additions designed by Austen Pierpont, its history alone is intriguing. Its ambiance also attracted Frank Capra who used it as the setting for Shangri-La in his film, Lost Horizon. Though Kathy Ireland filled the home with her colorful textiles, Reese came in with her own decorator, Kristen Buckingham, who gave it a neutral palette of earthy textures that accentuated the true architectural beauty of the home and blended it into its natural surroundings. The heavy use of stone in the large fireplaces, huge exposed beams, Spanish tiles and century-old hardware that was forged on site, takes one back to gentler times when life was slower and each day meaningful. This is what Reese and her family enjoyed together on this ranch.
Reese Witherspoon’s enchanting Libbey Ranch. Priced at $10 million.