The former home of Johnny Cash in Ventura County, California is on the market for $1.795 million.
Measuring approximately 4,500 square feet, the five-bedroom home is located in Casitas Springs, a rural community about 80 miles from Los Angeles. Mr. Cash bought the roughly 6-acre property with his then-wife, Vivian, in the early 1960s, according to public records. On it, they built a ranch-style house, according to the book “Johnny Cash: Life” by Robert Heilborn. The couple divorced in 1966, and records show that Mr. Cash’s ex-wife sold the house in the early 1970s. Mr. Cash went on to marry John Carter, and the couple lived on a lakefront estate outside of Nashville, Tennessee, from 1968 until their deaths in 2003.
Hickman said the current owners, Chip and Joanne Hickman, purchased the Casitas Springs home in 2003 for about $739,000.
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The home has a number of features Mr. Hickman says are original, including a wall-mounted turntable, intercom and grandfather clock. On the grounds there is a swimming pool, a small pool house, multiple storage buildings and fenced pastures.
Mr. Hickman said the Hickman family, who have three children, bought the property because they needed a home spacious enough for the relatives who were living with them at the time. Hickman said that while he grew up listening to Mr. Cash’s music, the source of the house didn’t influence his decision to buy it.
“I bought it because it was a great house to unite the family in,” he said.
He added that the house was “a very nice place to live and raise children”. “There are hills in the back to walk, explore, and make tree forts.”
Mr. Hickman, now retired, is the former head of the Montecito Fire Department, and Ms. Hickman, also retired, was an insurance agent. He said the couple decided to sell the property because they wanted to downsize.
Adam McCaig and Melissa Borders of Douglas Elliman have the list.
Despite rising interest rates, the Ventura County housing market still has strong demand and limited inventory, Mr. McKeig said. In April, the median listing price was $869,000, up 11.4% over the same period last year, according to Realtor.com. (News Corp., the parent company of The Wall Street Journal, operates Realtor.com.)