The Original Fithian Ranch House of Rancho Monte Alegre
24 Acres • Ocean and Mountain Views • Large 2-Story Barn
2 Ponds • Avocado Orchard
Rancho Monte Alegre sits at the intersection of country and coastal life offering a peaceful and serene lifestyle interrupted only by the sounds of nature.
With panoramic ocean, coastline and mountain views, this approximately 24 acre property offers limitless possibilities just moments from the beaches and towns of Carpinteria and Montecito.
The original Fithian Ranch House and barn anchor the lower portion of the property and are surrounded by expansive lawns, stately mature trees, avocado orchards, and 2 ponds. With unprecedented access to the Los Padres National forest and extensive wilderness, this is a nature lover’s private paradise.
RANCHO MONTE ALEGRE
Rancho Monte Alegre has been planned as a small rural community set within the spectacular coastal California foothills of the Santa Barbara region. Over 3,000 acres have been preserved on a historical 19th-century ranch by limiting development to 25 carefully selected Homesites.
Rancho Monte Alegre is one of the last pristine, expansive pieces of land remaining on the California central coast. With spectacular vistas and natural beauty as well as miles of private riding and hiking trails, the Ranch provides a rare opportunity to experience nature in an undisturbed state, while still being within minutes of the city and beach.
THE COMMUNITY VISION
The vision for this small community focuses on preserving and enhancing the natural, cultural and historical resources of the community:
Respect and preserve the environment: The vision begins with a strong respect for the natural environment. Individual Homesites have been carefully sited to minimize impacts to the land. Owners are asked to use the same level of care when sitting and designing their homes. Homes are to blend in with, rather than dominate, the natural surroundings.
Build upon the rich natural and cultural traditions of the land: Buildings and landscapes will take their cue from the region’s indigenous architectural, agricultural and landscape traditions while incorporating historically and environmentally significant features, such as specimen oaks, orchards and/or agricultural buildings.
Architecture that responds to the coastal environment: The environment surrounding Rancho Monte Alegre calls for architecture that responds to the “Mediterranean” climate and agricultural context. The early agricultural, California ranch house, Spanish, and Arts and Crafts traditions are all compatible with the vision at Rancho Monte Alegre. Many of these earlier design traditions evolved in response to the coastal California climate and readily available indigenous materials.
In addition to being a working ranch, used primarily for the cultivation of avocados, olives, and lemon trees, Rancho Monte Alegre became a gathering place for many of California’s social elite. Throughout the first half of the 20th Century, it was frequented by many celebrated Hollywood personalities, including Enrico Caruso, Charles Lindberg, Gene Autry & John Wayne.
FEATURES AND AMENITIES
Situated 12 Miles From Downtown Santa Barbara And 7 Miles From Montecito
3,150 Acre Ranch Community
Lots Ranging In Size From 40 – 720 Acres
Fantastic Ocean Views
Scenic Mountain Views
2,800 Acres Of Permanent Nature Preserve
Miles Of Private Hiking & Horse Trails
Pristine Creeks & Waterfalls
Minutes From Montecito & Santa Barbara
Lemon & Avocado Orchards
Surrounded By Los Padres National Forest