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Tailored Taste on Santa Barbara’s Gaviota Coast

The historic 3,500-acre ranch is a rare offering in a coastal area that is heavily regulated and protected from land development, according to listing agent Randy Solakian, enhancing its appeal to the ultra-high-net-worth buyers. Though the listing price is often what attracts luxury buyers, the property itself is universally admired by all, presenting the perfect combination of landscapes all in one property. Solakian notes that such natural beauty and high-quality amenities are oftentimes only available on properties out of state, in locations such as Montana or Colorado.

“[The property] gives you the best of both worlds,” Solakian says, with wide open space, natural beauty, privacy and also proximity to multiple culture centers. Throughout the property are several types of landscape; rolling coastal grasslands, canyons, foothills, open pasture land and orchards currently allotted to grow avocados and persimmons. Such
natural beauty is also well maintained throughout the rangeland, giving potential buyers endless options as to how to capitalize on their investment. Unlike other country ranches in nearby western states, Solakian says, the Southern California coastal climate is a big draw for buyers, promising “basically year-round, perpetual, comfortable climate.”

The real stars of the property are Villa della Costa and Villa del Mare, two fine estates situated on two hilltops within the property’s acreage. The exterior design of the villas is very compatible to the coastal ranches of early California. Solakian notes that when you approach either of the villas they appear low profile, without any dramatic facade that you might see from other luxury California mansions.

“It’s only when you enter,” he says, “that they really open up and you feel the magnitude of the worldclass design … they come alive with the grand scale of the rooms and open space.”

Built between 2014 and 2016, both Villas were designed by architects from J.M. Sewall & Associates and built by Kitchell, offering the highest standards of design and quality, coupled with a level of privacy that happens to also be one of the compound’s most unique attributes. “With the villas on separate hilltops,” Solakian notes, “they’re also very private from each other,” making it a great escape for two families, an extended family, or family friends/guests all on one compound.

Attention to detail is paid to each residence to the fullest extent. On 287 acres, Villa del Mare features 5 bedrooms, a separate guesthouse, cabana with full kitchen, seven-car garage, pool/ spa and a hand-carved outdoor fireplace made from Santa Barbara sandstone. Villa della Costa boasts an antique roof composed of tile from Spain and Portugal, custom hand-hewn walnut floors throughout, an elevator that leads to the media/entertainment floors on the lower level, and a separate private master suite with patio and spa.

The grand scale and proportions of the residences and the compound itself reveal a lifestyle of comfort, style and grace, “strategically designed,” as the agent puts it, “to impress the most discerning buyer with the highest standards.”

El Rancho Tajiguas
Gaviota Coast, CA

Represented by Randy Solakian
& Deanna Solakian
Listing Agent & Co-Listing Agent
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
R. 805.565.2208 | D. 805.565.2264

By Kristen Ordonez

This article originally appeared in Homes & Estates

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