Johnny Cash’s former California ranch-style home – designed to be a serene getaway from the pressures of fame – has just hit the market for $1.795 million.
In 1961, Cash built a five-bedroom, 4,500-square-foot home on nearly six acres in Ventura County with his wife, Vivian, to “escape the raucous fame of his rock ‘n roll lifestyle.” , according to a representative Douglas Elliman.
A private driveway leads to the residence at 8736 Nye Road in Casitas Springs, CA. The couple and their three daughters spent time at the property nestled in the hills between Ventura and Ojai.
“If you know the rest of the story, you’ll know the farm wasn’t enough to save them from the forces that were beginning to torment Johnny and threaten their marriage,” according to the property listing. “But as they clung to the possibility, they poured their hearts and souls into the home, irrevocably making it their own, imbued with a combination of country flair and starry glitter.”
They divorced in 1966. Vivian sold the property in the early 1970s, according to a Wall Street Journal article. Cash later married June Carter.
“The story goes that Johnny bought the land and built the house to his exact specifications, going through the rooms and deciding on the exact location and layout,” according to Douglas Elliman.
The double-gabled house sits in a natural setting of evergreens and flowers with a lovely pool and grilling area. Inside, much of the original design remains, with glitter-infused painted ceilings, a wall-mounted hub and intercom system, and a curved brick fireplace in the family room.
“This property is the perfect example of a time capsule,” listing agent Adam McKaig of Douglas Elliman told the Sacramento Bee via email. “As soon as you walk through the front door, you are transported to Johnny’s living room. From the record player sticking out of the wall to the intercom system to the wagon wheel light fixtures, this home was designed by the legend herself and decades later her essence lives through all four walls. It is a timeless piece of history.
Melissa Borders is the co-registration agent.
The custom wood cabinetry and beams in the kitchen and living room “are period-specific and full of charm,” the listing says.
“The wood-paneled studio where Johnny sequestered himself to write many of his hit songs is timelessly preserved,” according to the property listing.
The studio has tall windows that overlook the grounds and provided the privacy Cash needed to stay up all night writing music, and “then sleeping all day required two separate his and hers master suites. since their sleep patterns were so different.”
Johnny Cash’s famous black chest of drawers is still in the house, by the way.
The singer-songwriter taught his daughters to shoot on the estate. According to Douglas Elliman, spent shells sometimes appear as evidence of their target practice.
The sellers are Chip and JoAnn Hickman, according to the Wall Street Journal article. They are downsizing after buying a property in 2003 for about $739,000, according to the article.