of three separate but contiguous parcels, the property stretches from
the end of Lynn Drive up to Foothill Road at Ventura's northeastern
border. Originally, the land the Gould's owned in this section of
Ventura consisted of 60+ acres of lemons, bordered by the present day
streets of Loma Vista, Foothill, Agnus Dr and Willowick Dr., including
the current site of Loma Vista Elementary School. Over the years parts
of the property were sold off or donated to leave what remains today of
a gentle country estate.
electric gate you enter a place where serenity and quiet predominate.
The massive trees that greet you upon your first entrance bring to mind
how graceful but powerful nature can be. The three giant California
Oaks were transplanted as saplings from the bed of the Sespe River. The
large driveway and car-park can accommodate up to 20 cars, and the
undeveloped portions of the property leave room for many more, even as
it is today. Above you stately eucalyptus, palm and oak trees shelter
some of the sunlight but leave plenty of room for the views.
up the drive after you enter is the 4-car garage, rebuilt in the early
1980s to be able to accommodate not only the vehicles and tools (there
is also a 1/2 bath) but also to make the possibility of a 2nd story a
very real consideration. Within the conservation easement there are
notes that would allow a guest quarters or even a visitor's center to
be built there. The driveway continues pass the garage and enters the
2nd and 3rd parcels of the estate, all included in a purchase.
continue past the garage, the second of the three parcels is in front
of you. It is a long, meandering, somewhat cigar-shaped parcel that
starts at the end of the driveway and continues up a path which, by the
easement, can be converted (with City approval) to an actual
road/driveway that ends at Foothill Road. It is only partially fenced
at this time.
right after you pass the garage, you enter the third parcel. This
parcel surrounds the northern and eastern sides of the residence
parcel, and it is the former location of a lemon grove, many years
gone. There is plenty of room on this parcel to build a pool,
pool-house, tennis court(s) or simple pathways.