8:24 am - 09/18/2012

Reese Witherspoon Puts Ojai Ranch Up for Sale

If those walls could talk!

Reese Witherspoon is selling her Ojai, Calif. ranch estate for $10 million, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Monday.

Featured in the September issue of ELLE Decor, the Spanish Colonial spread was the site of Witherspoon's March 2011 wedding to CAA agent Jim Toth. More recently, the remote, rustic chic property served as a place of refuge for Witherspoon's Water for Elephants costar Robert Pattinson -- who escaped to the premises in the aftermath of girlfriend Kristen Stewart's mid-July fling with married director Rupert Sanders.

(Pattinson was also spotted drowning his sorrows at local watering holes in the Ojai area in late July.)

Now expecting the birth of her third child (and her first with Toth) Witherspoon purchased the property -- once owned by actor/director Harold Ramis -- in 2008. Sitting on 7 acres, the site features a four-bedroom main house plus horse stables, three guest cottages, a carriage house and a swimming pool.

"It's meditative and restorative," Witherspoon told ELLE Decor of her vacation home, which also hosts a menagerie of animals including donkeys, horses, pigs, and four dogs. "As soon as I drive through the gate, I relax. The air is fresh, the phone isn't ringing, you can't access e-mail. Time slows down. Within an hour I'm lying on that couch taking a big fat nap. It's like having a little bit of Tennessee in California."

As it happens, Pattinson, 26, is also selling some real esate: A source recently confirmed to Us Weekly that he is selling the home he once shared with Stewart, 22, in L.A.'s Los Feliz area.

Once owned by ER star Noah Wylie, the abode is "on an acre and a half of land and has a 150-person screening room and amazing gardens," according to a source.


I guess the ELLE spread and the Robert Pattinson rumour were all designed to draw attention to the ranch and attract a buyer?
ellaellaeheheh 18th-Sep-2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
its pretty. and must be very relaxing.
starswept 18th-Sep-2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Reese has mentioned in tons of interviews how much she loves it, how she has tons of animals there, etc. And she did get married there. I wonder why she's selling.
ellaellaeheheh 18th-Sep-2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
maybe she wants to buy another one?
sowhat_whocares 18th-Sep-2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
maybe too much stuff has happened there now that the paps are on it too much or something? IDK, it seems like its too accessible now.
ellaellaeheheh 18th-Sep-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
very true. maybe she wants somewhere more private now.
starswept 18th-Sep-2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
It's been really accessible from the beginning though. She always talked about it in interviews from the time she bought it, the paps hovered in helicopters over the wedding in March 2011, etc. As for the stuff that's happened recently - the ELLE spread and the supposed Robert Pattinson thing - the former she obviously did knowingly, and the latter I suspect may have been a rumour cooked up by her camp too to help her sell it. He never was actually photographed in Ojai as far as I know, but it certainly made the ranch a place of intrigue. She probably finds it too far from LA and too much maintenance and cost now that she's going to have a newborn again.
sowhat_whocares 18th-Sep-2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
well, Rob has pretty much not been papped ANY place outside of promotional events since the end of July regardless, and he went back to London to visit his family too.

IDK, I think its more accessible now than before, personally. and I dont think the rumor about Rob being there sounds like something she or her 'camp' would do to attract sellers...the Elle spread + Reese's house would attract plenty.
bardotlashes 18th-Sep-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
The too far from LA/too much maintenance for a new mom thing sounds sensible to me. And if she did do the spread and let RPattz crash there (I don't think that's a fake rumor--didn't People report it?) with the intention of driving up the price, well, that's just good business.
starswept 18th-Sep-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Well I think either he did actually stay there, and Reese's people let it "slip" to the media after he left (it was originally reported by Us Weekly, which is the mag to which Reese always give exclusives), or he didn't stay there but Reese and Rob's people agreed together to make up that rumour and give it to Us to distract people from where he really was while simultaneously drumming up interest for Reese's property (win-win!). And yeah, it is pretty good business - that's why I found it interesting :)
warriorholmes 18th-Sep-2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Ojai will forever remind me of Brothers and Sisters.
brtneysbtch03 18th-Sep-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
haha, same here. I thought it was something they made up for the name of the company... little did i know
sky3205 18th-Sep-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
lol, YES!
sowhat_whocares 18th-Sep-2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
dont think the Rpattz rumor was started to attract buyer attention...that doesnt seem like Reese's cup of tea. and besides, I dont think it was released he was there until after he had probably already left.

the Elle spread might have been, but I doubt the Rob rumor, but whatevs.
starswept 18th-Sep-2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
idk, that's what been speculated on a few other sites. Reese's people definitely know how to play the media so it wouldn't surprise me (for example, they constantly keep her name in the press by announcing or floating rumours about movie projects she will never end up doing, and they've done so for years). And it is the main thing mentioned on all the sites reporting this - Reese lists Rob's hideout! Even if it's not true it makes it fun to discuss :)
kachna_junior 18th-Sep-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
I would buy it

maybe in another life...
warsawed 18th-Sep-2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Wait, so he didn't actually stay there?
starswept 18th-Sep-2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, there was never actually any proof of it. And if I recall correctly, the rumour originally came from Us Weekly, which has been Reese's go-to publication since she got involved with Jim Toth (they got the exclusives on her engagement, wedding, and pregnancy, except for the wedding pics themselves since it would look tacky for an A-lister to have their wedding pics in Us).

Edited at 2012-09-18 02:27 pm (UTC)
ilouboutin 18th-Sep-2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
isn't she playing amy in the screen adaptation of "gone girl"?
arsenicsugar 18th-Sep-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
I think she's just producing it.

Of all of Gillian Flynn's books I'm kind of sad that "Gone Girl" is the one getting adapted. It's my least favorite of hers :/
bardotlashes 18th-Sep-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
I saw a suggestion that Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling should reunite for Gone Girl and now that's all I want for the rest of my life.
ilouboutin 18th-Sep-2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
Ryan Gosling could do Nick justice but I just can't picture Rachel as flawless Amy tbh. I like Rachel but I just can't see it.
lovinewan 18th-Sep-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
It even has horse stables and a pool? I wish I could buy it.
makeyoulisten 18th-Sep-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
If I had millions, I'd buy it for my parents.
sixseventytwo 18th-Sep-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
I would so buy this place for myself if I had the money and I would prob never leave.
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