Homes and Condos: $1-3 Million+ • Ranches and Estates: $2.5-15 Million
World-class wineries and vineyards, sprawling equestrian ranches and six small, delightful rural towns – Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang — comprise the Santa Ynez Valley. It is close to the perfect combination of rural-agricultural heritage combined with a sophisticated “wine country” ambiance.
Just a scenic half-hour drive over the Coastal Range from Santa Barbara, the valley was initially renowned for its thoroughbred horse ranches, although most recently it has become revered for its exceptional wines. Its eclectic population – a diverse mix of cowboys, ranchers, winemakers and city slickers — is also a reason for its popularity.
In spite of its relaxed rural atmosphere, the Santa Ynez Valley hosts a vast array of activities. Golf, biking, hiking and horseback riding are all easily accessible, as is fishing at nearby Lake Cachuma. The area’s rich past comes alive at its history museums and the 1804 Mission Santa Ines. A busy cultural calendar is always brimming with choices.
Santa Ynez Valley real estate includes a broad range of properties — from the charming cottages in the picturesque Danish community of Solvang to the art galleries, restaurants and wine tasting in the village of Los Olivos, to multi-million dollar wine and equestrian estates.