100-Acre California Ranch
Gaviota, California, USA
Hollister Ranch is a community rich in history and home to many notable owners, yet rarely has there been a legacy offering quite like the front row parcel of ”Tranquility Base,” with its 102± acres, generous main estate home with swimming pool and tennis court, guest house, two barns, equestrian facilities, and ranch office. This spectacular parcel stands in its own class as one of the most private and secure compounds on the Coast of Southern California. The ultimate in ranch living, with pastures, horse stalls, trails, gardens, a private well, and much more. A perfect retreat offering uncompromising serenity, breathtaking views of the ocean and islands, and the vast expanse of the Hollister Ranch hills and its native vegetation, wildlife, and natural resources unlike any other place.
Other features of this exceptional offering include a solar power system, wind generator, theater, and a spacious gym. Tranquility Base is mere steps from Drake’s Beach and miles of the beautiful “Hollister Ranch Shoreline Preserve,” with its world class surfing waves, fishing, diving, paddling, beach combing, and abundant ocean-related activities. For those who love horses, one can ride their horse directly to the beach and up the coastline, all while experiencing the natural beauty of the landscape and also the common area of approximately 125 miles of roads & trails Hollister Ranch offers.
To provide a sense of place, the south-facing Gaviota Coast is the last extended stretch of the Southern California coastline that remains relatively undeveloped. Other than three state parks (El Capitan, Refugio, and Gaviota), ranches from the Santa Barbara/Goleta urban areas all the way to Point Conception have preserved the landscape and the shoreline in a natural state much like when the indigenous Chumash Native Americans settled this land more than 9,000 years ago. On the western end of this protected expanse lies the exclusive 14,400± acre gated community of Hollister Ranch.
The Hollister Ranch Owners’ Association was formed in 1971 to protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment. Residential development is restricted to 2 acres on each of the 136 parcels that are 100±acres each. As a result, Hollister Ranch leaves over 14,000 acres of undeveloped land and open space for animal grazing and wildlife habitat, with 8.5± miles of private shoreline preserve and extensive common area trails, all tucked behind the Hollister Ranch entry gate with 24/7 manned security.
The location of Hollister Ranch is exceptional in the lifestyle it offers. One can choose to experience fine dining, world class local wineries, farmer’s markets, theater, cultural attractions, and other amenities of the geographical expanse from Montecito to the Santa Ynez Valley, and beyond.
The beautifully landscaped 8,000± square foot architectural wood and glass principal residence is exquisitely finished. There are five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. In addition to two executive offices, there is an exercise room, media room, and game room. Enjoy stunning ocean vistas while relaxing around the luxurious lagoon style pool and spa.
The ocean view great room makes an unforgettable first impression. A dramatic expanse of glass provides complete indoor/outdoor living. Beautifully scaled with vaulted ceilings and a robust stone fireplace, the great room is ideal for entertaining on a grand scale or for more intimate purposes.
The kitchen/dining room offers a striking space in the heart of the home. The kitchen marries form and function, pairing custom lighting and cabinetry with a Wolf Range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. From the dining room, there are expansive panoramas of the ranch estate, including views of the plentiful vegetable garden and tennis court. In addition to formal meals, the dining room is ideal for morning lattes or an afternoon snack, cocktail or cup of tea… or all three.
Developed with self-sufficiency and sustainability in mind, this property is solar powered with ample energy storage. Southern California Edison is available, if desired. There are sumptuous vegetable gardens and an assortment of numerous varieties of fruit trees.
While there is a water well on the property that is used for irrigation, the domestic water is supplied by the Santa Anita Mutual Water Company that is a provider to a number of nearby Hollister Ranch properties.
Privately located on a rise above the principal residence is an ocean view guest house with its own terrace, drought tolerant landscape, driveway and parking area. Offering comfortable accommodations for guests and loved ones, the welcoming guest residence overlooks the entire estate with panoramic white-water views of Drake’s Beach.
There are two well-appointed barns, one of which has equestrian facilities. The 24,000± square foot equestrian barn includes nearby paddocks, a workshop and other maintenance facilities, along with 4± acres of flat, useable land adjacent to the barn. In addition to the large barn, there is a 4,795± square foot equestrian facility that is next to the Ranch offices with caretaker’s quarters, including four apartments that feature six bedrooms and six bathrooms. There are horse stalls and ample storage.
Additional accoutrements include a ranch office, sheds, and an extensive vegetable garden. This rare level of infrastructure and flat useable land enhances life on the ranch.
It is a short walk down a Hollister Ranch private road to Drake’s Beach and the 8.5± mile “Hollister Ranch Shoreline Preserve” with a beach cabaña including showers, restrooms and BBQ facilities. The broad, sandy pocket beach offers opportunities for fishing, diving, boating, etc. There is a world-class surf break right out front and another just around the corner. Hollister Ranch offers three beach cabañas in total, and many beautiful areas to explore.
This exceptional property is one that has been and will continue to be celebrated for generations, all while respecting the land and natural environment, and it is now ready to offer a world of possibilities and opportunity for its next steward.