It’s a thrill and an honor to be chosen to represent one of California’s most iconic estates: Sycamore Valley Ranch – the estate formerly known as Neverland. This is a property of such magnitude that words like “neighborhood” and “site” have to be set aside. The property is the landscape.
An estate of more than four square miles – approximately 2,700 acres – Sycamore Valley Ranch gives new meaning to “as far as the eye can see.” Surrounded by sweeping vistas, dramatic mountain ranges, and pastoral farmland, the magnificent residence is just one of the features of the property’s 50 maintained acres. This is a place of imagination and legend, created for recreation and entertaining on a truly grand scale.
The main residence, a French Normandy-style manor, was designed by Robert Altevers in 1982. Crafted to perfection with exposed timber beams, brick and stonework, 5 fireplaces, and 18th century French oak parquet flooring from two chateaus in France, it spans approximately 12,598 square feet. The first floor master wing has a private loft, 2 master baths, 2 walk-in cedar-lined closets, and a private outdoor garden. The main residence has a total of 5 bedrooms and 7 full and 2 half baths, plus there are numerous accommodations for guests and staff throughout the property.
Set amidst majestic sycamore trees (which gave the Ranch its name), century-old live oaks, and manicured lawns, gardens, and trees, as well as a lake with a waterfall and swans, boat stops and a beach, the residence has an expansive covered outdoor entertaining area. Nearby is a sunken, lighted tennis court and a 14-foot deep lagoon-style pool. The spacious tennis pavilion/pool house has a loft, fireplace and an underground wine cellar/tasting area.
And there’s so much more: the large red barn built for Clydesdales (this is truly an equestrian estate), the Disney-style train station, the complex of four beautiful guest suites, the movie theater, the dance studio, the ranch house, and on and on.
Bordering the Los Padres National Forest, this is prime Southern California wine-growing country, and the land is well suited for a private 50-acre vineyard of high quality grapes. Of course, the charms of Los Olivos and the Santa Ynez Valley as well as nearby Montecito and Santa Barbara are well known and only add to the attraction of this quintessential California estate.
For a visionary buyer who desires an iconic lifestyle in a setting of incomparable beauty and privacy, Sycamore Valley Ranch offers an opportunity to live the dream. Now priced at $67 million, it is both a rare treasure and an exceptional value. I look forward to this magnificent property being enjoyed by a new curator and transforming into full bloom this coming spring.