Solvang Real Estate Information

A small city in Santa Barbara County, Solvang, California, is one of the main communities in the Santa Ynez Valley, near the mountains of that same name in the northern part of the county. The distinct community was pegged with a population of just over 5,000 residents at the 2000 census, with its residents having an annual median household income of just over $45,000.

The city is named after the Danish word that means “sunny fields,” as it was founded in 1911 on an area of land by a group on Danes. The architecture of the community is distinctly Danish still, and it has several relics to remind residents of its founders’ country, including a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen and a statue of the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.

The community also has several bakeries with traditional Danish pastries and other dishes. In its small area of just about two and a half square miles, it houses the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum. Most of the 2004 Oscar-award-winning movie “Sideways” was filmed here, and there are more than 70 wineries and vineyards in the valley region. Annual events thrown here include Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday celebration, Danish Days in September, the Solvang Jazz Festival and the Taste of Solvang.

The city has an active arts community, with the Solvang Theaterfest running the Solvang Festival Theater, an outdoor theater that seats 700 and puts on shows from June to October. Farmers markets are held every Wednesday in Solvang, rain or shine, and there are several local orchards, nuts and berry farms that grow and sell their own produce. To get here, Amtrak offers stops within the city, while shuttles make treks here from both the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles airports.