Images from Sycamore Valley Ranch, formally Neverland Ranch. Photos courtesy Jim Bartsch.
The legendary California estate, formally known to the world as Neverland Ranch, is being re-introduced to the market at $67 Million by Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International.
Today, known as Sycamore Valley Ranch, the renowned property retains its iconic status and incorporates over 4 square miles of sweeping vistas, dramatic mountain ranges and pastoral farmland. The Ranch was designed for recreation and entertaining on a grand scale.
“The initial pricing afforded Colony Capital time to better determine the future of the Ranch, and today we look forward to this magnificent property being enjoyed by a new curator,” explained Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International. “This quintessential California estate is now ready for the next chapter in its journey. The panoramic views and grounds of this prized estate are among its most coveted hallmarks. We are eager to watch Sycamore Valley Ranch transform into full bloom this coming spring.”
The private estates of Santa Barbara County have long been the retreat of some of the world’s most famous names. Sycamore Valley Ranch is a 30-minute drive to downtown Santa Barbara where, in addition to fine dining and shopping, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport offers service by major airlines and private aviation services.
Five miles from the charming town of Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley, the property was named for the majestic sycamore trees that populate the landscape, alongside century-old live oaks. The 2,700 acre ranch borders the Los Padres National Forest in one of Southern California’s most unique wine-growing regions. According to local vintners, the land is well-suited for vineyards.
Inside the gates, guests are greeted by a French Normandy-style manor, designed by award-winning architect Robert Altevers in 1982 as the main residence on the 50 maintained acres within the Ranch. Crafted to perfection with exposed timber beams, brick and stonework, 5 fireplaces, and 18th-century French oak parquet flooring from 2 chateaus in France, the main residence spans approximately 12,598 square feet. The first-floor master wing includes a private loft, 2 master baths, 2 walk-in cedar-lined closets, and a private outdoor garden. There are 4 additional bedrooms in the main residence for a total of 5 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 half baths. A separate apartment is located about the motor garages. Additionally, the main home is mere yards away from the approximately 5,500-square-foot guesthouse that boasts 4 separate suites.
Sycamore Valley Ranch offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities. The red barn was originally built for Clydesdales and the property is well suited for all equestrian pursuits. A train station features a kitchenette, loft, and 2 fireplaces. The stand-alone movie theater that easily seats 50 and the dance studio are an entertainer’s dream. A 3-bedroom ranch house, adjacent to the stables, offers a full kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace and a separate staff house with sweeping views of Figueroa Mountain.
“This is a rare and truly remarkable estate of 50 maintained acres surrounded by some four square miles of natural beauty running to the distant mountain ridges,” according to the property website. “Structures of magnificent quality and comfortable luxury make this a singular residence designed for an extraordinary California ranch and naturalist lifestyle.”