BUYER: Rashida Jones
LOCATION: Ojai, CA
SIZE: (approx.) 3,500 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: As was first whispered to us via digital communiqué from someone who called himself Tony Tickler and who quite likely first read about it in the L.A. Times, showbiz scion and entertainment industry hyphenate Rashida Jones shelled out $3.2 million for an arrestingly scenic and properly private spread northwest of downtown Los Angeles in the artsy and New Age-y community of Ojai, California. The secluded property is anchored by a low-slung, contemporary ranch-style residence that is carefully nestled amid a grove of mature trees and was designed byan acclaimed architect as his personal residence.
Glass doors open to a central foyer with vaulted ceiling and, on its back wall, glass sliders that open to a small terrace with a panoramic view. Wide plank hardwood floors extend into an exceptionally long combination living and dining room with a vaulted ceiling punctuated by sky lights, huge picture windows filled with downright mesmerizing mountain and valley vistas, several stretches of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and, in the living room area, a minimalist-minded carved stone fireplace. The roomy, cook-friendly center island eat-in kitchen, which also has a vaulted and sky-light lined ceiling and is updated with newer stainless steel appliances and eggshell-toned solid surface counter tops. The main portion of the approximately 3,500-square-foot single-story residence includes two spacious master bedrooms well separated for privacy while what listing details describe as a “seamless addition” provides two more bedrooms, a bathroom and a secondary family room. There are a total of three full and two half bathrooms. At the front of the house, a meandering pond is picturesquely shaded by a canopy of tree branches and, along the backside of the house, a series of decks and stone terraces incorporate a built-in grilling station and provide mesmerizing views over the Ojai Valley and rugged Topatopa Mountains.
Miz Jones, daughter of music industry mover and shaker Quincy Jones and “The Mod Squad” actress Peggy Lipton, additionally owns a humbly sized if hardly inexpensive 1,225-square-foot cottage tucked behind a white picket fence and tall privet hedge in a tightly packed West Hollywood neighborhood that was purchased in October 2007 for $1.24 million.
The veteran television actress, who previously had prominent roles on the sitcoms “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” and currently portrays the titular character on the comedy series “Angie Tribeca,” is a bit of an entertainment industry Renaissance woman has also appeared in films that include “I Love You, Man” and “The Social Network,” sung backup for a number of recording artists and bands including Maroon 5, created and co-wrote the comic book series “Frenemy of the State” and, with her writing partner Will McCormack, co-wrote the screenplay for the upcoming animated film “Toy Story 4.”