Is Hollister Ranch For You?

Hollister Ranch is unique among property developments along the coast of California. Buyers of the 100 acre parcels are advised to be completely aware of all of the aspects and characteristics of Hollister Ranch.

CC&Rs Hollister Ranch Realty
The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) of the Hollister Ranch Owners' Association (HROA) are very complete and specific. Unlike other planned developments with CC&Rs, the Hollister Ranch CC&Rs are enforced vigorously and equally. Intended to retain the natural beauty that has been lost in other parts of the California beach front, these controlling factors are embraced by some, but not all, who are looking for coastal acreage.

If you are willing to live within the protective CC&Rs in order to be assured that the areas surrounding your property will not be insensitively developed and utilized, Hollister Ranch could be just what you are looking for. However, some who buy large acreage want complete control with what they may do with their property and are not concerned with the impact of neighboring development. If this is your philosophy, the Hollister Ranch may not be for you.

Hollister Ranch Design Committee
Since the beginning of the Hollister Ranch community the Hollister Ranch Design Committee has been very effective in retaining the coastal California cattle ranch ambiance that existed prior to subdivision in 1971. Guided by extensive rules, owners and professional architects comprise the Design Committee, and they review all development with an eye toward protection of the natural environment.

"The owners of Hollister Ranch respect the beauty and the serenity of this unique coastal ranch. They realize that it is their common good to preserve the natural advantages of this unspoiled environment, and that by so doing, the enjoyment of the Hollister Ranch may be shared by the future owners and their visitors for years to come. There is a strong desire to encourage freedom of individual expression in the preservation of the land and the development of building, limited only to those 'protections' which preserve the character of the land. The Hollister Ranch Owners Association Declaration of Restrictions, Covenants and Conditions has assigned the task of administering these environmental controls to the Hollister Ranch Design Committee (HRDC)." (HRDC Rules, Section 1.2)

Hollister Ranch Realty"The goals of the HRDC are: 1. To assist the Ranch owners in developing their parcels in conjunction with the preservation, protection and enhancement of the natural environment of the Hollister Ranch. 2. To promote high standards of architectural and landscape design, and the construction of improvements that are sympathetic to and harmonious with the surrounding environment and are aesthetically pleasing. 3. To encourage the protection of public and private views." (HRDC Rules, Section 1.3)

Use Limitations

Santa Barbara County zoning prohibits any further subdivision of Hollister Ranch parcels and permits agricultural and residential use ONLY of property at Hollister Ranch. Hollister Ranch owners appreciate these limitations. They anticipate increased value not through subdivision but due to the fact that Hollister Ranch will eventually be the only natural part of the California coast to remain in tact.

The Hollister Ranch CC&Rs limit the number of owners of a Hollister Ranch parcel to 12 individuals, and those 12 individuals can be part of no more than 3 separate families. Without prior approval of the board of directors, each parcel is limited to no more than 12 guests per day. Hollister Ranch owners understand that large numbers of people have a negative impact on a natural environment including the presence of wildlife. The limits on the number of people is the reason why one will find more shorebirds and marine mammals at Hollister Ranch than at the nearby state beach parks.

As a private, gated community, the HROA is obligated to maintain the entire 100+ mile common road system within the Ranch. A portion of each parcel's monthly assessments is allocated towards the maintenance of the road system. Rancho Real (the main ranch road) is a winding, two lane paved roadway. Roads into the back country are either dirt or shaled; some sections have also been paved. The owners in some canyons have participated with the Association to cooperatively improve back country roads with gravel and/or pavement. These cooperative projects assist in providing the maximum period of access to each parcel.

Assessments and Taxes
The HROA has an annual operating budget which is financed by equal monthly assessments to the 133 parcels. By virtue of a resident cattle herd owned by the Hollister Ranch Cooperative, all Hollister Ranch parcels are in the Agricultural Preserve which results in substantially reduced county property taxes.

Electricity and Telephone
Electric and telephone service runs along the length of the front of Hollister Ranch. The extension of those services must be underground. As in the case of road improvements, the owners in some canyons have taken it upon themselves to jointly extend electric and/or telephone service into the back country. The cost of underground electricity has resulted in solar electric solutions for a number of Hollister Ranch owners who are distant from existing Edison electric service.

There are no stores at Hollister Ranch. The nearest shopping is in Buellton which is approximately 12 miles from the Hollister Ranch RealtyHollister Ranch gate. About a half hour from the Hollister Ranch gate, one can find malls and more extensive upscale shopping in Santa Barbara.

Other Services
Vista de las Cruses elementary school (K-8) is located about 5 minutes outside the Hollister Ranch gate. The school bus picks up the children at various points along Rancho Real as far inside the Ranch as Bulito Canyon. Vista de las Cruses, an extremely contemporary facility, was built in the late 1980's by the Chevron oil company when the old school was absorbed into Chevron's processing plant in Gaviota.
Santa Ynez Valley High School serves the Gaviota area. It is located approximately 20 minutes from the high school bus stop at the intersection of Gaviota State Park Road and US 101. There are a number of fine private schools in Santa Ynez Valley and in the Santa Barbara area.

Emergency Repsonse
Fires are rare at Hollister Ranch. Unlike the public areas in and around the Santa Barbara area (and the rest of California for that matter), fire bugs (who intentionally start fires due to some very disturbing pathological urge) cannot gain access to the Ranch. In addition to the very well trained volunteer fire department at the Ranch, a county fire station is located in Gaviota.

During the summer of 1997 Southern California Edison lines arced, and a fire was started at the Ranch that consumed approximately 500 acres. It had been over 40 years since a fire of that size had been seen at Hollister Ranch. Because of cooperation between the volunteers and the county fire personnel, the fire was knocked down with no structures lost. This "drill" demonstrated how well prepared the Ranch is to deal with fire. In addition, lessons were learned that will allow residents to be even better prepared to deal with any fires that may occur in the future.

The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is located next to the University of California at Santa Barbara approximately 25 minutes from the Hollister Ranch gate. Scheduled flights to many parts of the country are available. Santa Ynez Airport is located in the Santa Ynez Valley and is also about 25 minutes away.

The weather at the Ranch is very similar to that of Santa Barbara. Other than a lack of air pollution at Hollister Ranch, the primary difference is the amount of wind. Due to proximity to Point Conception, Hollister Ranch can at times be breezier than the Santa Barbara/Goleta area. Just as the urban pollutants are kept away from the Ranch, the coastal fog that engulfs Santa Barbara and other locales south of Hollister Ranch is less prevalent at the Ranch. On many clear days at Hollister Ranch one can see the marine layer covering the coastal areas to the south.