The wine country of California is globally famous for producing magnificent vintages and the Santa Ynez region is the birthplace of many of those. Santa Ynez real estate includes the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Olivos, and the Danish capital of America, Solvang. The rich lands of these towns are ideal for wine and horses. Settled between the Raphael and Santa Ynez mountains, the vistas of rolling hills and valleys framed by the mountains are truly a sight to behold and the constant comfort of its warm-summer Mediterranean climates encourage healthy outdoor living. Located less than an hour from Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez real estate offers the breadth of an estate that the homes in Santa Barbara simply cannot match.
The Old West flavor of the region inspires thoughts of the Gold Rush and Silvarado, the untamed, wild land. The gourmet restaurants and upscale shops are hidden along the western fronts that could have easily watched a showdown at the OK Corral or two. Stagecoach towns dot the region's landscape, some proudly touting the heritage that was the beginning of California itself.
Wineries and ranches are only part of the Santa Ynez real estate market. Top-rated schools – both public and private - bring affluent families in from all over the world. The close community of Santa Ynez lends itself to a nurturing family environment. Its close proximity to the coast and the quaint town of Santa Barbara make it ideal for those that love the affluent lifestyle, but do not want the cramped situations of the over-populated coastal towns of California. In stark contrast, luxury homes with large lots and plenty of privacy are available and the draw of a small-town, yet prosperous lifestyle makes Santa Ynez one of the best kept secrets in the California real estate market./