Hollister Ranch Information
Virtually untouched since the days of the dons, the spectacular
14,400 acre Hollister Ranch is located about 30 minutes up the coast
from Santa Barbara off U.S. 101, adjacent to Gaviota State Park.
The Ranch consists of 133 one
hundred acre, or larger, parcels. The owners share 8 1/2 miles of
the private beach frontage which includes the 340 acre Beach Recreational
Area where one finds three beach cabanas with parking, picnic areas,
BBQ pits, rest rooms and hot showers.
Each of the 100 acre parcels is unique. Most are south facing and
have ocean and mountain views. While most parcels are best suited
for residential and recreational use, some have agricultural potential.
Many properties have electric & telephone service and all weather
access. Most parcels have existing water wells which vary considerably
in quality and quantity. About 1/3 of the properties are served
by three separate water companies.
Over 100 miles of paved and unpaved roads wind through the entire
Hollister Ranch. These common roads include a 200 foot wide corridor
allowing plenty of room for hiking or horseback riding. The private
beach recreational area offers the exclusive use of 8 1/2 miles
of beautiful, natural dry sandy beaches for hiking and riding as
well as for sun bathing, swimming, fishing, skin diving, boating,
surfing and sailboarding. Hollister Ranch is, in effect, a wildlife
preserve. Neither hunting, motorcycles nor jet skis are permitted
in order to protect the exceptional tranquility.
The Hollister Ranch Owners' Association (HROA) strives to maintain
the natural beauty and integrity of this unique southern California
coastal area. The Hollister Ranch is not for everyone. It takes
a special person who appreciates
preserving the beauty and natural resources. The CC&R's and a
design committee, made up of volunteer owners, help to maintain
The Hollister Ranch is not accessible to the public, and a twenty-four
hour guarded gate maintains the privacy of the owners. Surrounded
by the Pacific Ocean, Gaviota State Park and other large private
ranches, the Hollister Ranch
full time security force rarely finds it necessary to deal with
Terrain on the Hollister Ranch varies considerably from parcel
to parcel. The topography ranges from grass covered coastal plain
to rolling hills and oak forested canyons. The back of the Ranch
is chaparral covered sandstone mountain. Most parcels have ocean
and island views.
The climate is typical of coastal California. The general daytime
temperature range is about 50 degrees to 80 degrees, depending on
the season. Summers are warm but seldom hot. Located in the coastal
zone, the Hollister Ranch does get fog and wind, yet most days are
clear and beautiful. On a clear day one can see 100 miles up and
down the coast, the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, and the Santa
Ynez coastal mountain range. The smog free views from the wide,
open spaces of Hollister Ranch are truly spectacular.
Owners of Hollister Ranch parcels become members of the Hollister
Ranch Owners' Association. There is a monthly assessment for each
100 acre parcel that covers manager and employee salaries, maintenance
of the common
areas (including the common roads and beach cabanas), security,
insurance, legal costs, etc. By virtue of membership in the Hollister
Ranch (cattle) Cooperative, all parcels are in the Agricultural
Preserve, and taxes attributable to the land are generally lower
than the taxes on land not in the Agricultural Preserve.
There is a maximum of three (3) unrelated families per 100 acre
parcel. The property cannot be subdivided. The CC&R's limit each
parcel to a maximum of 12 guests per day. Guests are permitted on
the Ranch only when the owner is
present. (See Co-ownership of Hollister
Prices vary widely depending upon availability, location, topography
and improvements. Undeveloped parcels and fully developed estates
are available. Partial interests (developed and undeveloped) can
also be purchased. While institutional financing is generally available
for a 100 acre parcel, lenders are reluctant to loan on an undivided
partial interest. Sellers will occasionally provide seller financing.
Owners of undivided interests either construct their improvements
with cash, or secure a loan with another asset.
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