There is a lifestyle here that’s hard to find in our world today. Some people don’t think it can be found, but you can find it here, just forty-five minutes from the city of Santa Barbara. It is the ideal place to refresh and renew. Traveling on scenic Highway 154, you’ll ascend about a thousand feet above the Pacific Ocean and then drive downhill across a spectacular bridge, and if you’re not going too fast, glance to the right over one of the most majestic valleys in the world. Your drive will take you past Lake Cachuma, and eventually into the incomparable Santa Ynez Valley, known for its vast ranches, world-class wines, and warm sunny climate. From strolling the European-styled village of Solvang to touring old west turn-of-the-century towns, along majestic oak-lined roads, the beauty and serenity of  the Santa Ynez Valley await your discovery and enjoyment.

Horses are raised and trained at world class facilities, and prized cattle are grazed, all in idyllic settings of meadows and sycamores, hills and forests. Lavender farms, ostrich and alpaca farms can all be found within the picturesque Central Course region. Tour and taste acclaimed pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah and other grape varietals at more than 70 world class wineries and tasting rooms throughout the entire valley. Take a horse-back ride or soar over it all in a glider or hot air balloon.  Enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard or waterside at Cachuma Lake or Nojoqui Falls parks or take in one or more golf games at one of several public courses.

Satisfy every shopping desire in art galleries, clothing and shoe boutiques, gift and antique stores.  Experience 24/7 gaming and entertainment at Chumash Casino Resort, and rejuvenate at a day spa.  Savor delicious meals—from Danish specialties to gourmet wine-country cuisine, as well as international and classic American favorites—perfect for any palate.  Learn about the area’s rich multi-cultural Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Danish heritage at prominent museums and the 1804 Old Mission Santa Inés, a national historic landmark.

Two private boarding schools (Dunn School & Midland School) are located in the valley, as well as 5 public elementary schools, with one public acclaimed high school.

The Valley offers a variety of homes in the small communities that make up this haven. Buellton, the Gateway into Santa Ynez Valley, offers a number of newer developments with affordable homes on smaller lots.  There are a number of larger ranches and vineyards located within that township as well Santa Ynez and Los Olivos, which makes up the largest portion of the valley, with affordable homes close into the township and small ranches as well as country houses with one or two horses are as much a part of the picture as the large land grant spreads.

The centerpiece of the Valley is Solvang, founded by Danish immigrants in the twenties and attracting tourists with its charm, generous smorgasbords, bakeries and gift shops. Respite and refuge can be found in its homey cottages. Homes variety in affordability and size within the city limits, and the famed Alisal Ranch is nearby, with homes on the ranch which can be purchased with land leases.

For further information regarding the Valley and homes for sale, call me directly at (805) 680-0769. I look forward to your visit to Santa Ynez Valley, and discovering with you the home of your dreams.