Santa Ynez

Santa Ynez Valley: A Captivating Blend of Wine, Scenery, and Culture - Neighborhood Guide


Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley is a picturesque region famed for its wineries, stunning landscapes, and charming small towns. This valley is a harmonious blend of rustic charm and sophistication, making it an alluring destination for those who appreciate fine wine, gourmet food, and natural beauty.



The Santa Ynez Valley's history is a rich mosaic of Native American, Spanish Mission, and American Frontier influences. The area has evolved from its early days as cattle ranching and farming land to becoming one of California's premier wine regions, attracting enthusiasts from around the world.


Lifestyle: Wineries, Dining, and Art


Wineries: The Valley is home to numerous world-class wineries and vineyards, each offering unique experiences from casual tastings to elegant wine-pairing dinners. Notable stops include Sunstone Vineyards & Winery for its beautiful stone villa setting and Rusack Vineyards for its exceptional Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.


Dining: The Santa Ynez Valley emerges as a culinary paradise, boasting the finest dining experiences in the region. Among its many jewels, SY Kitchen presents a modern take on Italian cuisine, where each dish is a celebration of local, sustainably sourced ingredients, offering a taste of Italy with a Californian twist. Bell's, a Michelin-starred French bistro, elevates the farm-to-table concept to new heights, showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship of its chefs in every bite. Its sister restaurant, Bar Le Côte, similarly delights seafood enthusiasts with its fresh, innovative dishes. The recent addition of The Victor adds another layer to the valley's dining scene, promising an unforgettable culinary journey. Mattei’s Tavern, with its rich history and commitment to quality, along with Sear Steakhouse, known for its prime cuts and elegant ambiance, further exemplify the valley’s diverse and sophisticated dining landscape. This eclectic mix of dining establishments makes the Santa Ynez Valley a must-visit destination for food lovers and a highlight in the region's real estate offerings, inviting residents and visitors alike to indulge in some of the best culinary experiences Santa Barbara County has to offer.


Art and Culture: The Valley is also known for its vibrant arts scene. Galleries like the Judith Hale Gallery in Los Olivos showcase local and regional artists, while the annual Solvang Festival Theater presents a range of live performances in a charming outdoor setting.


Things to Do: Outdoor Adventures and Cultural Experiences


Apart from wine tasting, the Valley offers a plethora of outdoor activities. Enjoy horseback riding through the vineyards, hot air ballooning for breathtaking aerial views, or cycling along the scenic byways. The Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez offers gaming, dining, and entertainment for a different kind of excitement.


Places to Stay

Accommodations in the Santa Ynez Valley range from luxurious resorts to cozy bed and breakfast inns. The Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos offers elegant rooms and a spa, providing a serene retreat amidst the rolling vineyards. For a touch of history with your stay, The Auberge at Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos blends luxury with the charm of the valley's pioneering past, offering guests a unique experience in beautifully appointed accommodations. The historic Ballard Inn provides a quaint and romantic getaway, inviting guests to enjoy its warm hospitality and refined comfort. Each of these establishments delivers a distinct flavor of the Santa Ynez Valley's rich culture and natural beauty, ensuring every stay is memorable.


What we love:

In the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, our family ranch serves as a testament to our passion for the equestrian lifestyle, featuring an active reining cow horse breeding operation. Just a 30-minute drive from Santa Barbara, this area feels worlds apart, offering an escape that we deeply cherish. What truly sets Santa Ynez apart for us is the unparalleled warmth and welcoming spirit of its community. A quintessential day here begins with indulging in the finest coffee and pastries at Bob's Well Bread in Ballard, followed by an afternoon of leisurely wine tasting at one of Los Olivos' exquisite tasting rooms. The day reaches its peak with the simple pleasures of oysters and fries at Bar Le Cote. It's this unique blend of rustic charm, gourmet delights, and the tight-knit community that makes Santa Ynez Valley an ideal place to call home.

Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Ynez , CA

Santa Ynez has 2,037 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Santa Ynez do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 5,335 people call Santa Ynez home. The population density is 357.38 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

47.72 / 52.28%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group


0-9 Years


10-17 Years


18-24 Years


25-64 Years


65-74 Years


75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree

Total Households


Average Household Size


Average individual Income

Marital Status


Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Overview for Santa Ynez , CA

5,335 people live in Santa Ynez , where the median age is 41.8 and the average individual income is $50,274.87. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

41.8 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Average individual Income

Schools in Santa Ynez , CA

All ()
Primary Schools ()
Middle Schools ()
High Schools ()
Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Santa Ynez . The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
School rating
Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy
K - 8th
No rating available
Santa Ynez Valley Union High
9th - 12th
Santa Ynez Valley Charter
K - 8th
Santa Ynez Elementary
1st - 8th
College Elementary
K - K
No rating available
9th - 12th
No rating available

Around Santa Ynez , CA

There's plenty to do around Santa Ynez , including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walking Score
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Harrison Clarke, The Hideaway LO, and DaFoe Wines.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 4.05 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.73 miles 23 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.7 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.62 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.98 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.67 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Work With Us

Based out of Santa Barbara, California, Evans Realty + Investments specializes in the purchase, sale and brokerage of luxury high-end residential properties.