Los Olivos, nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara coast in a swath of impossibly scenic hills, valleys and world-famous wineries, was home to a bevy of celebrities (Cheryl LaddNoah WyleDavid CrosbyBo Derek, and David Hasselhoff, according to Wikipedia) long before it became one. As one of the “characters” of the 2004 Academy Award-wining film Sideways, the valley found fame that persists today.

The film that showcased the area’s abundant wineries quite literally put the Santa Ynez Valley and its quaint cities and towns on the map, and today, what was once known as “the forgotten stepsister to Northern California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma” is both a well-traveled hotspot for the well-heeled and a refuge for fortunate homeowners seeking a unique wine country lifestyle.

Here, Pinot Noir may be the local pride, but the amber hillsides that host gentlemen ranches provide equal allure.

Exceptional quality and style on an impossibly beautiful expanse of land among the Santa Ynez Valley’s famous wineries and cattle ranches in one of the most spectacular spots imaginable distinguishes a rare estate property now available in Los Olivos. Built in 2004 and spanning more than 250 acres of rolling hillsides, world-class amenities, and natural beauty, this gentleman’s ranch estate offer eight bedrooms and 12 baths.

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Through grand gates and up a long private drive, this plantation style manor house sits atop a knoll, with breathtaking views spanning rolling hillsides and verdant pastures. This prized property presents interiors worthy of its spectacular setting, with grand formal rooms and comfortable gathering spaces, all wrapped in exquisite attention to detail.

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Stylish, relaxed interiors by renowned designer Michael Smith showcase a grand foyer with a formal dining room beyond, an inviting family room with home theatre, an open country kitchen with large center island and commercial range hood, numerous French doors leading to a veranda and a covered porch.

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The home also offers a billiard room and a fully equipped private spa with a full gym, sauna, steam room, therapeutic spa and massage room.

Included among the 250 acres are every outdoor amenity the upscale ranch owner could want, including lush landscaping with flowering trees, majestic native Oaks, and manicured lawns, peaceful waterscapes, fully equipped equestrian facilities with eight-stall barn, tack room complex and event style arena, an oversized swimming pool and hydro-spa, a sun terrace, and BBQ and pizza oven. The grounds are traversed by pathways, roads and trails that connect the home to the property’s every amenity and make hikes, horseback rides or a moonlit stroll a nightly event.

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This rare 250-acre gentleman’s ranch in Los Olivos is listed for $21,500,000 by Randy Solakian of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Montecito.

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