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The Santa Ynez Valley, California

Santa Ynez Santa Ynez Valley


A California coastal valley, nestled between the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges, 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, and approximately 2 hours north of Los Angeles. Easily accessible, from Highway 101 and California scenic Route 154 through San Marcos Pass. To the west lies the town of Lompoc and the the north along the Highway 101 is the city of Santa Maria and the central coast community of San Luis Obispo.


Praised as one of the finest climate in the State of California, the Santa Ynez Valley owes much to the prevailing breezes, which keep the valley mild. Winter highs average 55 and lows 33. Summer nights are delightful, due to ocean breezes and cooling fogs. Summer daytime temperatures usually range in the 70's and 80's and 50' and 60's at night. Average seasonal rainfall ranges from 9 to 17 inches, primarily in the winter months.


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Prices in the Santa Ynez Valley, and the kind and style of homes, varies depending on the community, location and price range.

The Santa Ynez Valley is unique, due to fact that one may purchase a home on a small lot or a ranch on 100 acres or more. There are many separate areas of five acre, ten acre or twenty acre communities. These cater to the horse lovers or those who simply want larger parcels and more privacy.

Generally speaking, prices start as follows:

  • $180,000 for 2 bedroom 2 bath homes
  • $195,000 for 3 bedroom 2 bath homes
  • $350,000 for homes on 1 acre
  • $500,000 for homes on 5 acres
  • $575,00 for homes from 10 to 20 acres

There are a large variety of homes, ranches country properties or town homes available to suit just about any lifestyle that you would choose to pursue in an area such as the Santa Ynez Valley.


160+ acre Santa Ynez Airport features a 2,800+ foot hard surfaced, lighted runway that can accommodate planes up to and including small jets. Fog free over 90% of the time. Daily commuter flights to the Los Angeles basin. The airport is less than a mile from downtown Santa Ynez, 4 miles to Solvang, 5 miles to Los Olivos and 7 miles to Buellton. Nearby Santa Barbara Airport offers commercial flights to all parts of the country.


The estimated population of the Santa Ynez Valley Population is approximately 22,000. Solvang is the most populated town, with a general population of around 4,750.


  • Santa Ynez Valley: 22,000
  • Solvang: 4,500
  • Santa Ynez: 4,250
  • Ballard: 250
  • Buellton: 4,000
  • Los Olivos: 80
  • 0utlying Areas: 8,200



Cottage Santa Ynez Valley Hospital, 700 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, (805) 688-6431.


Tourism and Agriculture


Health services are excellent with many medical and dental facilities offered in the Santa Ynez Valley. The 32 bed Cottage Santa Ynez hospital is located on Alamo Pintado Road, north of Highway 246.



  • Pacific Gas & Electric 800-743-5000


  • Southern California Gas Company 800-427-2200


  • Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District 805-688-6015
  • City of Solvang 805-688-5575
  • City of Buellton 805-688-5177
  • Los Alamos Community Service District 805-344-4195


  • General Telephone Company - Residence 1-800-483-4000

TV Cable

  • Comcast Cable 805-688-5210


  • Health Sanitation Service 800-727-5923


  • City of Buellton - (805) 688-5177
  • City of Solvang - (805) 688-5575
  • S.Y.V. Community Services District - (805) 688-3008
  • S.Y.V. River Water Conservation District - (805) 688-6015


  • Lake Cachuma recreational area, with lake fishing for trout bass and catfish.
  • National and international Medal-winning wineries, offering tours and wine tasting.
  • Major breed horse ranches.
  • The Danish community of Solvang, one of the state's leading tourist communities.
  • Old Mission Santa Ines, the 19th in the chain of 21 California missions.
  • Old West Community of Santa Ynez, with Western design town, the Historical Museum and Carriage House.
  • Los Olivos, with it's turn of the century Victorian style design & excellent art galleries.
  • Alisal Guest Ranch, world famous 10,000+ acre retreat
  • Public golf and tennis facilities.
  • Los Padres National Forest with public recreational facilities.
  • Art and Antique Galleries.
  • Regional repertory theater at Theatrefest.
  • Carriage Classic

Santa Barbara also encompasses two of America's most luxurious residential communities: Montecito and Hope Ranch. Each year Santa Barbara hosts Old Spanish Days Fiesta, the Summer Solstice Festival, as well as the Pacific Coast Polo Tournament and USPA American Cup.

(Information supplied by the Santa Ynez Valley visitors Bureau and the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau.)