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Vista Del Rio

Santa Ynez Valley, California


Offered at $5,350,000  SOLD ~

An enchanting 50+/- acre horse ranch retreat & compound
in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County

If you are looking for a little piece of heaven, you need look no further! Vista Del Rio offers a beautiful private setting nestled into and bordering the Santa Ynez River on one side and the world renowned Alisal Ranch on the other, yet it is centrally located to all that the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer.

Main Home:  

A magnificent Hacienda sits at the end of an impressive tree lined drive.

Featuring an old world red tile roof, stucco exterior

and a massive wood beamed ceiling, the home boasts a dramatic portico entry...

...which leads you to a grand scale Great Room with a fireplace and two sets of French doors leading to patios. An open central hall with 20+ foot clerestory windows lends grandeur to the surroundings.

Dining Room

Kitchen: The fully equipped, top end Kitchen opens up to the Great Room and Dining area for easy entertaining. There is a cozy Breakfast Room with fireplace for intimate family dining.

A well-appointed, estate-sized Master Suite with an inviting fireplace, two enormous walk in closets as well as his and her bathrooms provide the luxury and comfort one would expect in a home of this caliber.

Two additional Bedroom Suites open out to the enormous deck and overlook the magnificent grounds, a large Powder Room, a Gym, a Bunk Room and an Office complete the stately Hacienda A huge deck off the Kitchen provides the quintessential California indoor/outdoor living. While relaxing in the outdoor living room you can feast your eyes on endless rose gardens, the sensational view of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Sunstone Vineyards and the ever inviting custom tiled pool and surrounding deck. Or if you prefer, you can stroll out the back garden and take in the charming creek adjacent to the house, hike or ride your horse along the riverbed, or raft down the Santa Ynez River.


The stunning, European style Stables will take your breath away and satisfy even the most demanding equestrian.

With soaring 20 +/- foot ceilings of sand blasted tongue and groove wood with massive beams and a remarkable center rotunda, the Stables are adjacent to the beautiful Hacienda-style home. Designed with a large center aisle and featuring 13 stalls (one with turn-out), two wash areas, a huge storage room and a large tack room, the Stables boast over-sized stalls with padded flooring, individual feeders, heat lamps, ceiling fans and windows opening to the outside. A large Barn office and a Mudroom are accessed off the center aisle. Both rooms provide access into the home.
In addition to the large home and stable facility, this remarkable property features a charming 2 bedroom 1930s era Guest House, a Ranch Apartment, a sizable Utility Barn and Shop, as well as a recently remodeled three bedroom Ranch Managerís House, located in a secluded location across the seasonal creek.
This stunning, fully-equipped Equestrian Property includes irrigated and cross fenced Pastures,
a large Riding Arena, a Round Pen, and a Hot Walker. The original barn building with its newly redone roof has tremendous character and is adjacent to the road.

The property is served by a high producing water well which features a newly-installed pump. A 25,000 gallon underground cistern stores water for residential use.
Pool patio with stunning mountain views.
If you are looking for a truly idyllic and serene getaway, with stunning tree-lined grounds bordering the Santa Ynez River and yet only five minutes from the town of Santa Ynez, Vista Del Rio is not to be missed.
Aerial view of the estate.


  • 6600 +/- square foot main residence

  • 6600 +/- square foot Stable with 13 stalls, tack room, wash rack and office

  • 2 bedroom guest cottage

  • Managerís apartment and office

  • Staff house across a seasonal creek

  • Utility barns

  • Almost 50 Acres


Square Footage Per Draftsman:

13,000 +/- Main Residence & Stable
3,600 +/- Service Bays & Mgrs. Quarters
1,400 +/- Guest House
1,000 +/- Mfg. Foreman Quarters
1,000 +/- Drying Shed
3,400 +/- Old Barn on Refugio Road
300 +/- Greenhouse

24,000 +/- TOTAL SQ. FT.

An Enchanting 50 acre Horse Ranch Retreat & Compound in Santa Ynez Valley

Offered at $5,350,000   SOLD ~


Carey Kendall
Associate Broker

Cal BRE License # 00753349

Village Properties Office
3615 Sagunto Street, Suite A,
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

From Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez
Selling Legacy Properties for Over 30 Years


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