Santa Ynez Real Estate Information

A census-designated place in Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez, California, lies among the mountains that share its name, and is one of the main communities that compose the so-called Santa Ynez Valley in the northern part of Santa Barbara County. The city takes up an area of almost eight square miles and the 2000 census found it to have a population of almost 5,000 residents.

The community is notable in the Santa Ynez Valley as being home to the area’s only airport, a smaller municipal one. It was named after Saint Agnes, with Ynez being the Spanish spelling of the name and the area’s residents are more affluent than others in the region, with an annual median household income of more than $80,000.

Santa Ynez is about 125 miles north along the California coast from Los Angeles and about 300 miles south on the coast from San Francisco. It can be reached by Amtrak train, which has stops at Solvang next door. The community is rustic and has more than 70 wineries and tasting rooms in its fields. Cyclists can find several trails winding through the community past its horse ranches, vineyards and rural settings. During the warmer months in nearby Santa Maria, check out one of the performances put on by the Maria PCPA Theaterfest at the Allan Hancock College Performing Arts Center.

There is a museum that offers history of the Old West here, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum & Parks-Janeway Carriage House, which offers Native American and early Western artifacts. The city’s most popular attraction is the Chumash Casino Resort & Spa, which has 2,000 slot machines, 40 blackjack tables, three restaurants and a showroom. Just 10 miles away is the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, a popular spot particularly in summer months.