The area is known for its high-quality wine, with many wineries offering tastings and tours for visitors.

Welcome to Santa Ynez Valley

A picturesque residential haven nestled in the rolling hills of Wine Country.
Whether you’re enjoying beautiful pastoral views on horseback, strolling up and down Spanish-influenced streets, or exploring boutique wineries nestled in rolling hillsides, Santa Ynez Valley is sure to leave a lasting impression. Tucked in the coastal mountains just north of Santa Barbara, this picturesque valley provides residents with an idyllic blend of small-town charm and modern luxury. 
The area is known for its high-quality wine, with many wineries offering tastings and tours for visitors. In addition to the rolling hills of Wine Country, Santa Ynez Valley is also home to many other world-class attractions and amenities—including beautiful parks and recreational areas, charming shops and restaurants, and world-class golf courses.
In terms of real estate, Santa Ynez Valley features a wide range of housing options, from luxurious estates and ranches to charming cottages and farmhouses. The architecture in the area is varied but unified in its stunning symbiosis with the surrounding natural landscape. Whether you're looking for a vacation home or a permanent residence, Santa Ynez Valley is an ideal place to invest in luxury real estate.

What to Love

  • Proximity to Los Angeles
  • Beautiful wine country views
  • Excellent schools
  • An ideal blend of small-town charm and modern luxury
  • Rich local culture

Local Lifestyle

Santa Ynez Valley is nestled in the heart of California's Central Coast, blending old-world charm and modern sophistication. From strolling along quaint main streets lined with boutique shops, tasting wine in local vineyards, and hiking on trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, locals are never at a loss for things to do. Whether you're a wine lover, outdoor enthusiast, or just looking for a peaceful and charming place to call home, you’ll find your niche in Santa Ynez Valley.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The pioneer-style town of Los Alamos is home to many charming shops and restaurants, offering visitors a unique and authentic shopping and dining experience. 
Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar is a beloved local spot known for its upscale Mexican cuisine, open-fire grill, and lovely outdoor seating. With over 60 different types of tequila available, guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to drinks.
For a more refined dining experience, S.Y. Kitchen serves sophisticated Italian fare with a modern twist. Enhanced by a luxurious outdoor patio, the restaurant is ideal for celebrating special occasions with loved ones. 
Finally, Hitching Post 2 is an old-school steakhouse featuring a magical outdoor tent and extensive pinot noir selection. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the decadent tasting room next door.

Things to Do

History buffs would be remiss not to visit the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House. The museum is a fascinating window into the area's rich history, with exhibits and displays that showcase the region's fascinating pioneer heritage.
If you happen to be a wine connoisseur, Sunstone Winery is sure to tickle your fancy. The picturesque winery hosts a range of tasting experiences and tours designed to immerse visitors in the many joys of the winemaking process—and sample some of the area's finest wines, of course.
Through its guided horseback rides, the Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding offers outdoor enthusiasts a unique way to explore the beautiful landscapes of Santa Ynez Valley. Whether you’re a horse-lover or simply seeking a relaxing and novel way to absorb the valley, you’ll certainly have an unforgettable experience at Vino Vaqueros.
Rancho Olivos is a family-owned business renowned for its high-quality extra virgin olive oil. The ranch hosts recurring tastings and tours, affording its guests the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the process of producing the ancient delicacy of olive oil. 

One of the top things to do in the Santa Ynez Valley is to visit the diverse range of cities and towns nearby. Of particular notoriety is Solvang, a Danish-inspired city with a rich history and culture. Another nearby city to visit is Buellton, home to the famous Pea Soup Andersen's Restaurant, as well as several wineries and breweries. The city is also located near the Ballard Canyon AVA, a renowned wine-growing region. Finally, the city of Ballard is worth a visit for its charming small-town atmosphere and beautiful rural landscapes.
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Overview for SANTA YNEZ, CA

4,679 people live in SANTA YNEZ, where the median age is 50.1 and the average individual income is $52,587. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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The following schools are within or nearby SANTA YNEZ. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy
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Santa Ynez Valley Union High
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Santa Ynez Valley Charter
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Demographics and Employment Data for SANTA YNEZ, CA

SANTA YNEZ has 1,806 households, with an average household size of 2.59. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in SANTA YNEZ do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,679 people call SANTA YNEZ home. The population density is 968.68 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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