Santa Ynez Valley—the winemaking region north of Santa Barbara—was once called “the forgotten stepsister to Northern California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma.” But anyone who truly knows this region knows that is an oversimplification. Santa Ynez Valley is as rich and complex as the Pinot Noir it is most famous for producing. The valley lives in between two worlds: the prestige of over 75 wineries that produce wine here each year and the rural country tone set by cattle ranches and miles of green hills. Evidence of this high-low beauty exists all round: from the rolling Oak savannahs and rustic barns to the sprawling gentleman’s ranches that grace the golden hillsides. Of course, there are only a few of these extraordinary properties in the region—a rarity shown in their elevated price tags.
One such estate recently came to market. Spanning over 250 acres in Los Olivos, the ranch was built in 2004 and includes eight bedrooms and 12 baths. Represented by Randy Solakian of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Montecito, the ranch was built in 2004 to exacting standards. “No expense was spared in the creation of this landmark ranch estate,” says Solakian, who has listed some of the area’s most prestigious estates. “It has privacy, amenities and good taste—all the marks of prized property.”
Offered at $21,500,000, the estate is truly a sight to behold. So, let’s take a step inside this welcoming wine country oasis. We begin with your arrival. You meander up a long drive bordered by manicured lawns and framed in Oaks. Before you know it, you are gazing upon a plantation style manor house resting on a regal knoll.
For a moment you are in awe of its grandeur reminiscent of the American South. It reminds you of bygone era. As you step inside, you immediately notice the stylish, relaxed interiors by renowned designer Michael Smith. You quickly span your surroundings—from the numerous French doors to a veranda. The interiors are at once formal, yet inviting. You let the grand foyer and formal dining room make its refined statement, before surrendering to the casual open billiard room, family room with integrated theater/media, large open country kitchen and the ubiquitous covered porch—essential for enjoying those dreamy valley summer nights.
Outside, you allow yourself a moment to immerse in this magical world. Endless manicured lawns, serene waterscapes and majestic native Oaks.
You can imagine basking in tranquil silence, hosting a soiree or indulging in a diversion or two. Perhaps the full equestrian facilities with an 8-stall barn, tack room complex and event style arena? Or the enormous swimming pool? The hydro-spa, sun terrace, BBQ and pizza oven are also whispering your name.
“The entire property is accessed by pathways, roads and trails affording long hikes, rides, and other vehicle adventures you might enjoy,” says Solakian. “It offers a complete lifestyle.”
Case in point: after you enjoy a long day of hiking, riding, swimming and meditation, you may indulge yourself in the fully equipped private spa with a full gym, sauna, steam room, therapeutic spa and massage room. And for the perfect end to your day? Sit on the veranda with your favorite glass of Pinot, admiring the natural beauty you’ve managed to surround yourself in.
Is this your idea of a splendid day in the California countryside? If it isn’t, it certainly must be close.