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Johnny Cash’s former home in Ventura County, California is listed for sale for $1.795 million.

The approximately 4,500-square-foot, five-bedroom home is located in Casitas Springs, a rural area about 80 miles from Los Angeles. According to public records, Mr. Cash purchased the approximately 6 acre property with his then-wife Vivian in the early 1960s. On it they built a ranch-style house, according to Robert Hilburn’s Johnny Cash: A Life. The couple divorced in 1966 and records show that Mr. Cash’s ex-wife sold the house in the early 1970s. Mr. Cash married June Carter and the couple lived on a lakefront estate outside of Nashville, Tennessee from 1968 until their death in 2003.

According to Mr. Hickman, the current owners, Chip and Joanne Hickman, bought the house in Casitas Springs in 2003 for about $739,000.

The house has a number of features that Mr Hickman says are original, including a wall player, an intercom system and a grandfather clock. The grounds include a swimming pool, a small pool house, several storage areas and fenced pastures.

The Hickmans, who have three children, bought the property because they needed a home large enough for relatives who lived with them at the time, Mr. Hickman said. Although he grew up listening to Mr. Cash’s music, Mr. Hickman said, the origin of the house did not influence his decision to buy it.

“I bought it because it was a great family consolidation home,” he said.

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He added that the house was “an absolutely wonderful place to live and raise children.” “There are hills behind that you can walk, explore, and build tree forts.”

Mr. Hickman, now retired, is a former Montecito fire chief, and Ms. Hickman, also retired, was an insurance agent. According to him, the couple decided to sell the property because they want to reduce the size.

Adam McCaig and Melissa Borders of Douglas Elliman have a list.

Despite rising interest rates, Ventura County’s housing market continues to be characterized by strong demand and limited supply, Mr. McCaig said. In April, the average listing price was $869,000, up 11.4% from the same period last year, according to Realtor.com. (News Corp, the parent company of The Wall Street Journal, operates Realtor.com.)

Write Libertina Brandt at [email protected]

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