A historic ranch property nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountains above miles of undisturbed California coastline was recently listed for $12 million.
The Goleta property, known as Rancho Dos Vistas, meaning “Ranch of Two Views,” includes a main residence that dates to the 1960s and a brand-new rugged wooden barn. The ranch got its name because of its two dreamy viewpoints: on one side, you have panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, while on the other, you have sweeping views over the Santa Ynez Mountains.
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The property spans an incredible 1,446 acres and is next door to the late President Ronald Reagan’s former ranch, which was often referred to as the Western White House. (The ranches actually share a road.) The Reagans hosted plenty of high-profile figures over the years, including the Queen of England.
From the moment you drive onto the property, you are enveloped in a natural landscape of old oak trees and native plants. It’s like living in your very own national park. And if you don’t feel like driving, there’s a helicopter landing area.
The house spans almost 2,500 square feet, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It’s been meticulously and stylishly renovated over the years, but it still retains the feeling of a rustic ranch home. There’s a large, open-plan great room with vaulted, wood-beamed ceilings and a raised-hearth fireplace. A bank of windows connects directly to a wraparound stone patio. Perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee, the patio overlooks the incredible views of the mountains. It’s almost as though you’re at eye level with the clouds.
Off the great room is the updated kitchen, filled with natural light. There are updated appliances, custom wood cabinetry, and vaulted ceilings. There’s also a private family/media room with another fireplace and direct access to the patio. Like everywhere else in the house, the bedrooms give front-row views of both the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. The light-filled rooms are calming sanctuaries, each with an en suite bathroom and their own private outdoor space.
For equestrians, there’s a brand-new wooden barn that, despite being built recently, looks like it’s been there for decades. The barn offers upscale equestrian facilities and is situated next to a large meadow. The property has miles of hiking trails, viewpoints, mountains, a lake, and even a few caves.
One of the property’s coolest features is an outdoor structure designed to celebrate the life-giving energy of the sun. Situated atop a mountain peak with 360-degree views of the ocean, mountains, and valleys, it’s a sacred spot that pays homage to sunlight and Native American culture. Built between 1999 and 2000 by Santa Barbara-based artist Daniel Hargens, the structure is built from sandstone and has “windows” that frame six sand paintings of sacred Native American symbols. Three face the sunrise, while three face the sunset, and as the seasons change, each symbol is depicted in various lights.
The property is listed by Adam McKaig of Douglas Elliman.
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