Live Off-the-grid With A Vineyard And An Olive Grove

Live Off-the-grid With A Vineyard And An Olive Grove

Location: Topanga, California

Price: $9.99 million

This 17-acre off-the-grid compound in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains offers a wide array of amenities, including a private vineyard and an olive grove and equestrian facilities 45 minutes from Los Angeles.

Known as Trust Ranch, the retreat on Will Geer Road has been the site of the Topanga Film Festival and many harvest festivals and Oktoberfests along with weddings and graduations, said listing agent Aaron Grushow, of AKG/Christie’s International Real Estate. “They’ve even had a circus there.”

“This home is well known in the community because they have hosted many large-scale events there,” he said. “The grounds can accommodate well over 100 cars.”

“One thing that is pretty unique is the amount of usable land and its orientation within the Santa Monica Mountains,” he added. “You just can’t find this amount of space this close to L.A.”

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Topanga in the early 1900s became a retreat for entertainment and arts figures looking to escape from Los Angeles, he said. This property was initially developed in 1991, and the actress Jane Sibbett bought it in 1998. “She’s the one who turned it into what it is today.”

There is a “lot of lore around the magical energy of the Topanga area,” he said. “Trust Ranch really encapsulates all of that.”

With the surrounding mountains and nature, “you really feel like you’re in the wilderness and feel one with all of that,” Grushow said. “People consider it sacred territory. There is something about it that really speaks to people.”

Coming into the two-story main house, you’re greeted with an open dining area and a great room with high ceilings and panoramic views of the rolling hills and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, according to the listing.

“Every single room has a unique perspective of the property and grounds,” Grushow said. “You really feel like you’re living in nature.”

Design details in the home include reclaimed Douglas fir flooring dredged from the bottom of Puget Sound, custom iron railings and fixtures, tilework created by local artists Paul and Matt Doolin, multiple sets of glass sliders and French doors that open to outdoor patios and terraces, high wood ceilings and oversized windows.

The eat-in kitchen has custom cabinetry, an oversized center island and a desk area. The main level also has a media/den area, two en-suite bedrooms and office space attached to a multi-functional room that the owners use for arts and crafts. This room has a loft area with a library.

Additionally, there is a full guest suite with a kitchen, a living room, an en-suite bedroom and an office.

“The house has a great floor plan,” Grushow said.

The majority of the home is on the main floor, with the primary bedroom suite upstairs, he said. It features a private balcony, a walk-in closet and a room the owners use for yoga and meditation.

An on-site water well offers off-the-grid independence and a large solar array provides electricity and hot water, according to the listing.

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The 8,247-square-foot house has six bedrooms and five full bathrooms. It sits on a 17-acre plot of land. There is also an 1,800-square-foot guest house with a kitchen, a dining area and an en-suite bedroom.


Amenities include a vineyard, a detached two-car garage, three fireplaces, 360-degree mountain views, a beach volleyball court, an archery area, a pavilion, hiking paths, an artist’s studio, fruit trees, an olive grove, beehives, solar panels and an organic garden.

The equestrian facilities include a barn, stables and multiple riding rings.

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Neighborhood Notes

Topanga is pretty isolated,” Grushow said. “There is not even a gas station there.”

But it’s just a 10- to 15-minute drive to the coast and Topanga State Beach and a bit farther to Pacific Palisades, which has lots of restaurants and shops, he said. It’s about a 45-minute drive to the center of Los Angeles.

Agents: Aaron Grushow, Bryce Lowe, Kirby Gillon, and Teri Lewis of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate
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