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Nine Oaks Ojai In The Beautiful Arbolada

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Batherooms, Sleeps 8

Nestled in one of Ojai’s most desirable neighborhoods, “Nine Oaks” awaits you. This rustic mid-century home—spacious, serene and inviting--is the perfect retreat for a family or group. Set on a glorious acre+, surrounded by 100-year-old oaks, once there, you will not want to leave.

The gracious living room has a lodge-like feel with its stone fireplace, mahogany ceiling, club chairs, and French doors that bring the outside in. Great for gatherings of all kinds, “Nine Oaks” has a fully equipped, eat-in kitchen, a formal dining area, and a lovely courtyard patio with dramatic tree lighting, large teak table and a grill ready for al fresco entertaining.

The spacious master suite features a king bed with large adjoining full bath, plus separate sitting/TV room. French doors open out to the back patio, where you are just steps from a dip in the seasonal pool or perhaps a Jacuzzi under the stars. Bedroom #2 is open and airy, with a comfy queen-size bed, and a desk that is ready for your laptop, plus a full bath across the hall. Cozy and bright Bedroom #3 offers another queen bed and adjoining bathroom. The “kids room” has a set of twin bunk beds and ample space for indoor play.

Full laundry facilities, cable T.V., and WI-FI are available for your use. A detached 400-square-foot writers studio--perfect for projects of all kinds, yoga or meditation--is also available for an additional fee. A separate guesthouse on the property completes the compound, and is currently rented to Jan, our wonderful long-term tenant, who acts as the local host for Nine Oaks. While being very respectful of guest privacy, Jan is available throughout your stay to provide information or assistance if desired, and ensure you have a wonderful visit.

Nine Oaks” is a delightful walk to downtown Ojai and a 5-minute drive to The Ojai Valley Inn.

More Details

Leslie Strauss
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 27, 2017

About Leslie Strauss

We run a not-for-profit drama-based values and literacy program that brings inspiration and empowerment to many thousands of public school students every year. The work is very rewarding and demanding, so “Nine Oaks” is the perfect getaway for us after a long week. We fell in love with Ojai and chose to be married there, but it took us almost five years to find a spot in the valley that felt so inviting, we had to call it home.

From the very beginning, Nine Oaks became our place for family holidays and special occasions, workshops, organizational retreats, and visits from many, many friends. We are happy to be able to share it with others who fill the home with even more joy.

Jan, our local host, takes pride in welcoming guests personally and orienting them to the property. She is also a great resource for places to go and things to do in the area, particularly if you like sports or the outdoors. While you may not see her for the rest of your stay, Jan is always more than happy to assist you.

Leslie Strauss purchased this house in 2011

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Leslie & Richard,

We had a wonderful, relaxing stay in your beautiful home! We really enjoyed the hot tub after our mountain to beach run. Your backyard was most inviting and the outdoor dining was perfect.

Thank you!
May 2015
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Ojai House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , This bath is off the master bedroom and includes two sinks.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Nine Oaks Ojai In The Beautiful Arbolada
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews
Signal Mountain

Serenity and fun in Ojai

  • 5 of 5

The home was so charming, beautifully decorated, and well equipped. The pool was so much fun; complete with floating chair rafts and noodles! The beds were super comfortable, and the linens, towels, etc were very nice quality. The location is superb; minutes to town and all the fabulous restaurants and shops there. Laurel, the on site host, was so informative, helpful, and pleasant. I can't say enough good things about this lovely home. We were here with our two grown children and their significant others for a long weekend exploring the area. We hope to return and will definitely book this home again! Thank you, Leslie!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Linda. It was a great pleasure having your family here! We'd love to have you back. All the best, Leslie & Laurel
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Long Beach, California

A peaceful place under the beautiful Ojai oak trees.

  • 5 of 5

Nine Oaks was the perfect destination for our family as we celebrated a wedding close by. Nestled among several large oak trees, the home provided a peacefulness from the busy days. Several rooms within the house allowed our larger family to comfortably stay. Our kids loved the bunk beds and the pool!

Thank you for welcoming us to this wonderful place and we would love to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mission Viejo

Fantastic place for a big group

  • 5 of 5

Our family is super familiar with Ojai, having come up several times a year to visit our grandma, but this time we needed a place to stay for her memorial. We know the Arbolada well, as its beautiful, windy, tree-lined streets are only a stone's throw away from where grandma lived. Arrival was made extra convenient through Laurel, the owners' full-time caretaker who led us through the house, pointed out all the amenities and stocked supplies and was there throughout the weekend if we needed anything. What was great too was that in addition to the 8 people who stayed at the house, they allowed us to bring additional family over on Saturday night to gather after the memorial, and we were grateful for the space and accommodation - everyone talked about what a great space it is. The king bedroom (master w/attached bath) and the kids' room + TV room are all together in one 'wing' of the house and can be closed off creating a private space for our nuclear family, and giving our in-laws their own space making it super ideal. My Mom stayed at the other end of the house in the smaller suite with the bathroom off the kitchen so at night it felt very private even though there were so many of us staying there. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for a lot of space in Ojai to enjoy. Leslie is great to work with and very flexible and having Laurel there is invaluable. We hope to be back sometime soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this tranquil retreat with my family!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous weekend in Ojai

  • 5 of 5

First time visiting Ojai, CA and had a spectacular visit - not the least of which was staying in this beautiful home. Everything about it is meant to please from the beautiful furniture, well appointed kitchen, comfortable beds in spacious bedrooms and pool and hot tub where we watched the spacious sky and voluminous stars. A short walk to town and drive to a multitude of hiking trails. We are a regular on VRBO and Airbnb and this is one of the best places we have stayed.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing home during wedding weekend

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic and beautiful home. A group of 8 of us went to Ojai for a wedding at the Valley Inn and Spa. The location was ideal since it was a mile away from the wedding festivities. The house is quiet, beautifully-furnished and comfortable. Everyone in the house slept very well and we spent a lot of our time in the backyard lounging near the pool. There's a supermarket close by in case you want to buy food and cook in the kitchen, which is well-stocked as well. The cool nights gave us a reason to enjoy the hot tube. There are many ways to relax in this beautiful home. Many thanks again to Leslie. There was strong communication between us, which made the stay in Ojai a lot easier. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Ojai House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas Holiday
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

It is an additional $45 per person, per night for groups over 8.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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