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Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball lists his Ojai retreat for $5.89 million

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“American Beauty” screenwriter Alan Ball has put his scenic retreat in Ojai up for sale at $5.89 million.
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Screenwriter and producer Alan Ball, who put his compound in Hollywood Hills up for sale earlier this year, is looking to pare down his portfolio even further. He’s put his equestrian estate in Ojai’s East End neighborhood on the market for $5.89 million.

Set across a cresting hilltop, the Mediterranean retreat takes in sprawling views of the Ojai Valley floor, surrounding vistas and a nearby reservoir. Forty acres of grounds include horse facilities, a two-room office/studio, a covered dog run, an aviary, native landscaping and trails.

In the main house, built in 1960 and since updated, there’s a living room with vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace, a family/media room and a chef’s kitchen with a long island. Saltillo tile, rustic fixtures and warming hues lend a pastoral note to the 4,336 square feet of interior space.


An upstairs master suite has a separate dressing room for a total of three bedrooms and four full bathrooms. French doors off the master bedroom open to a balcony overlooking the grounds.

Outdoors, a cobblestone patio sits off the family room and kitchen areas. Lawns, drought tolerant flora, citrus groves and mature oaks complete the scenic setting.

The house last changed hands five years ago for $3.34 million, property records show.

Steven Streich of Village Properties, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, holds the listing.


Ball, 59, is known for writing “American Beauty.” The Oscar and Emmy winner created and produced the series “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under.” His other producer credits include the TV show “Banshee” (2013-15).

His Hollywood Hills home is currently listed for sale at $8.25 million.


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