Year Through May 2019
Condo Median Sales Price: $490,000
SFR Median Sales Price: $792,500
Resting at the heart of Santa Barbara County and just over the spectacular San Marcos Pass from the county’s namesake town, this bucolic home to world-class wineries, verdant vineyards, sprawling ranches and six small towns is prized by locals and visitors alike for its rural-agricultural heritage combined with its sophisticated “wine country” ambiance The Valley’s residents and visitors present a diverse population of ranchers, cowboys, winemakers and stylish city-dwellers.
In spite of its relaxed atmosphere, the Valley offers an active lifestyle for those who enjoy golf, biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as fishing at nearby Lake Cachuma. History museums, numerous art galleries, the 1804 Mission Santa Ines, plays and concerts ensure a vibrant cultural calendar always brimming with choices.
The Santa Ynez Valley offers a wide range of properties — from tidy cottages to multi-million dollar ranch and wine estates. Its six towns are just as diverse. There’s tiny Ballard with its little red schoolhouse (still in use), Santa Ynez and Los Alamos offering their authentic Western atmosphere, the upscale Americana feel of Los Olivos with its tasting rooms and art galleries surrounding a historic flagpole at the town’s center, and the Danish-inspired village of Solvang.