San Ysidro Ranch Style

By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   September 13, 2018

We are regularly made aware of the damages done to homes and property, and the lost income to local businesses caused by this past winter’s dual episodes. There is one institution that has had a lot of both of these issues to contend with: the San Ysidro Ranch. This storied institution is the prize and pride of Montecito; it has been a presidential honeymoon destination for presidents and princes and an array of A-List talent over the years, not to mention generations of regular Montecito folk, dining at Stonehouse or the Plow and Angel restaurants, celebrating milestones, and strolling through its manicured grounds. 

The San Ysidro Ranch is perhaps the most specific example of a business in Montecito that suffered both physical damage and ongoing financial loss, as it remains closed nearly a year after those events occurred.

The Four Seasons Biltmore Resort and the Montecito Inn are up and running and have been for months; the Rosewood Resort at Miramar Beach is taking reservations for 2019, but the San Ysidro Ranch has yet to re-open. 

While I am not attempting to do a San Ysidro Ranch progress update here, I do want to pay tribute to “The Ranch” by highlighting homes featuring that singular “San Ysidro Ranch” feel. All the properties featured are located in the Montecito Union School District, as is the San Ysidro Ranch itself.

2111 Piedras Drive: $2,350,000 

This was listed recently at $2,450,000, making it a more enticing offering now than ever in what is Montecito’s entry-level price range (less than $2,500,000). The home is on more than an acre and provides an opportunity for expansion, according to the listing information. There are 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and air conditioning.

Patios, decks, a two-car garage and extra parking, as well as multi-pane windows, French doors to large verandas, and recessed lighting are some features of this home and property. There is a fireplace in the living room, plus a kitchen with stainless appliances and a center island. Natural landscaping complemented by mature trees and walking paths invite one outside, where one will find an art studio as well.

232 Miramar Avenue: $3,695,000 

This single-level home with central air conditioning is in the Montecito Hedgerow district, blocks from the beach and Montecito Union School, down a private lane, hidden from the street. The home features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in the main home, as well as a living room, family room, country kitchen with breakfast room, and a paneled library/den.

All rooms have French-door access to the outdoor patios, gardens, fountains, pathways, putting green, and 55-foot lap pool. There is an attached separate guest suite with living room, service bar, bathroom and bedroom, and direct access into the main home from the 3-car garage that offers additional storage.

1550 Bolero Drive: $4,349,000 

This single-level home was recently reduced in price from $4,495,000 and is located on a private lane, just a block up from the upper village shops and restaurants in Montecito and only a couple of blocks from the San Ysidro Ranch. 

The home is on a 1-acre lot and includes 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a formal living room, family room, chef’s kitchen, and an attached 1-bedroom guest apartment with private entrance. 

The resort-like setting, with mountain views, and amenities such as pool, spa, outdoor fireplace, and mature landscaping are sure to remind one of the nearby San Ysidro Ranch Hotel. The kitchen is light and bright, and boasts Wolf appliances and an oversized island.

1601 Moore Road: $4,500,000

This is a sprawling compound, resting on a 1-acre lot, just a couple of short blocks to the San Ysidro Ranch and the shops and restaurants in the upper village of Montecito. With a board and batten exterior, this single-level home offers 4 bedrooms and a 1-bedroom guesthouse that overlooks the pool. 

The private and open nature of the property invites indoor-outdoor living, offering lawns, pathways, fruit trees, patios with room to entertain, a 2-car garage, and carport, all on a lower-traffic, corner lot just a block from Oprah and the Knowlwood Tennis Club.


Please contact me regarding your real estate needs, or to schedule a showing with the listing agent of any property mentioned here: or call/text (805) 698-2174. And please visit my website,, from which this article is based.


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