2377 Refugio Road | 106 Acre Lot Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Covered with majestic 100-year old California oak trees, this 106-acre coastal ranch estate has been tamed in the best of ways, and yet left untouched and natural in others.
The property’s original stone house from the 1920s has been remodeled and expanded. A living room has been added to the seaside exposure, built out of hand-cut sandstone boulders found on the property itself, as was the original house nearly 100 years ago. Its 12-foot ceiling and wrap-around glass walls capture the 15-mile view down the hillside, across the ocean and out to the Channel Islands. Three additional bedrooms and two bathrooms have been added to accommodate family and guests, also constructed from the property’s one-foot thick sandstone blocks, and brought together with the same wide oak plank floors throughout the original house. The chef’s kitchen, replete with travertine counters and modern appliances, opens to the dining and living rooms, both anchored by massive wood-burning stone fireplaces.
Beautiful stone pathways and walls behind the house lead to the outdoor dining courtyard, with its wood-burning grill and dining table for 20, nestled beneath a heated loggia and covered with fragrant jasmine vines. In the evening, family and guests enjoy dinner al fresco beneath a cathedral of ancient oak trees, illuminated by candle-lit lanterns and the starry sky above.
On the home’s opposite side sits a large firepit with expansive ocean views, and beyond that a flower-lined pathway leads to the new heated swimming pool and cabana, also built exclusively from the property’s own sandstone. Outfitted with plush seating for 20 and its own wood-burning fireplace, it is a favorite gathering place both during the day and night.
The property also contains two luxury yurts outfitted in an exotic safari theme, for those who love “glamping.” Each yurt is luxuriously furnished, includes heating, air conditioning and plumbing, and can comfortably accommodate a family of five (or a pack of teenagers who may want to stay up and make noise after the parents have all gone to bed).
There are two large barns, the Lower Barn housing the ranch tools and equipment, including a tractor, wood splitter, wood chipper, brush mowers, chainsaws etc. and the Upper Barn containing ATVs, go karts, dirt bikes and trucks, which can alternately be used as a 5-car garage. The garage contains two 220v Tesla chargers, and one corner of the Upper Barn includes a fully-equipped gym and weight rack.
Beside the Upper Barn is a newly-constructed staff house containing two bedrooms and a spacious living room, kitchen and herb garden, which can be used either for a live-in ranch manager couple, or for staff brought up just for the weekend.
In the middle of all of these beautiful structures is the heart of the ranch - a magical fruit tree orchard, containing 60 trees of almost every variety: orange, lemon, lime, plum, peach, nectarine, pear, fig, olive, avocado and pomegranate, plus boxes of raspberries, herbs and roses.
Part of the original land grant made by the King of Spain to Jose Francisco Ortega in 1794, Three Hawks Ranch is located in the most historically significant section of the Gaviota Coast, and is also located next door to the historic Reagan Ranch, where President and Nancy Reagan spent nearly 1,000 days during his Presidency.
Three Hawks Ranch is a short and scenic two-hour drive from Los Angeles, just 95 miles along the coast up the 101 (or a very quick helicopter ride). It offers easy access to the shopping and gourmet dining of Santa Barbara 15 miles to the south, as well as to the Santa Ynez wine country just 20 miles further north. Offering endless trails for hiking and horseback riding, large open fields for skeet shooting or frisbee with the dogs, or just a quiet place to watch the sunset over the ocean with a glass of wine, Three Hawks Ranch is the perfect country refuge from the noise and stress of the city, and a magical natural wonderland for children.