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Casitas Springs

Casitas Springs is the first little community that you come to as you travel Highway 33 from Ventura to Ojai. Home values range from $450,000 to $600,000. One of the main advantages to living in this area is that you are close to Ventura but yet far enough away that you have a sense of living outside of the city. Casitas Springs is a rustic little community with quaint homes and real country feeling.

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Casitas Springs Map

Casitas Spring came about during 1940s and 1950s as a bedroom community to the nearby oil fields in Ventura. This is an eclectic neighborhood with an assortment of homes. Parts of this area are off the "beaten track" and set back in wooded areas. However, most of Casitas Springs is along Hwy 33.

At one time the residents tired of the continued road noise and trafic from 33 petitioned and worked with the county of Ventura to create a bypass road that would take traffic around and behind the residential areas. This project never happened.

Casitas Springs claim to fame is that Johnny Cash owned a home high above the community overlooking the Valley below. As the story goes the Cashes had friends at Casitas Springs and so enjoyed spending time in the area that Cash wanted to live there. In the summer of 1961, two weeks after the birth of their youngest daughter Tara, the family moved to a 12-acre hill top estate ranch. Cash bought his parents a nearby trailer park to run. The family soon found they had more privacy at their home in Encino than at Casitas Springs, as people hearing of Johnny Cash's place would come cruising up their driveway to get a look.

Cash was almost always on the road touring and when he was home he was drunk and/or high and his behavior had worsened. Vivian believed that if he had never gotten involved with drugs, they would have had no problems. She decided to file for divorce to shock him into coming to his senses, but the decision backfired.

In August 1966, she filed for divorce in Ventura, on grounds of extreme cruelty. She charged that Cash had left their home at Casitas Springs June 2, on a business trip and never returned. She asked for alimony and support of their four children.

The Johnny Cash home is still here in Casitas Springs high on the hill over looking the Valley below.