The Santa Ynez Valley is the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country on California’s Central Coast. Popular with tourists as well as vintners, the valley has more than 150 wineries, 250 boutiques and more than 60 restaurants, according to the Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau.
About a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and four from San Francisco, this newly completed estate set on 12.5 acres is near the town of Solvang, known for its Danish cultural heritage and Old World architecture. Wine tasting rooms, art galleries, bakeries, cafes and antique stores fill the quaint business district.
The modern farmhouse is set on a ridgeline, taking in 360-degree mountain, vineyard and ranch views. Topped with a gently sloping cross-hipped roof, the home opens to an expansive limestone courtyard with multiple living spaces and anchored by two mature trees. Beyond the courtyard are a pool deck and an infinity swimming pool.
The estate’s most spectacular feature is not so immediately apparent. A river stone doorway leads to a mammoth subterranean wine cave. Long hallways double as open wine display and art walls.
At the terminus of the two wings is a wet bar and tasting area. A sitting area/media room with a river rock fireplace sits under a domed ceiling at the end of one of the halls. French doors open to a lookout terrace.
The more than 2,000-square-foot kiva has wine storage for up to 1,000 bottles, a kitchen and a powder room.
The 5,500-square-foot main house is awash in details: high vaulted ceilings, French doors, wide-plank European oak floors. Custom finishes include hand-crafted steel doors, built-in cabinetry and lighting.
The main living spaces flow into one another through wide openings. A center island with a sink and eat-at space anchors the kitchen.
There are four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an outdoor shower and two garages — one is attached, the other detached.
The site has plenty of room to add a guest house, equestrian facilities or other amenities.
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