Home Of The Week
5225 Figueroa Mountain Road
A property of quintessential California beauty and rare privacy, Sycamore Valley Ranch formerly known as Neverland Ranch, is both residence and retreat. Three parcels, totaling approximately 2,700 acres, border on historic family ranches and the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California’s most unique wine-growing region.
Five miles from the charming town of Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, the property was named for the majestic sycamore trees that populate the landscape, along with magnificent oaks, distinctive rolling hills, pastoral vistas and exquisite manicured grounds.
Created for a lifestyle of relaxation and entertaining on a grand scale, Sycamore Valley Ranch is a pleasant 30-minute drive to Santa Barbara (or 10 minutes by helicopter), where, in addition to world-class dining and shopping, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport offers service by major airlines and private aviation services.
The approximately 12,598 square foot French-Normandy style main residence was designed by internationally renowned and award-winning architect Robert Altevers of Altevers Associates as the personal home of builder William Bone. Crafted to perfection with exposed timber beams, handsome brick and stonework, five fireplaces, and 18th century French oak parquet flooring from two chateaus in France, the home exudes welcoming warmth and comfort.
The first floor master wing includes a private loft and two master baths, two walk-in cedar-lined closets, and a private outdoor garden. There are four additional bedrooms in the main residence.
Surrounded by manicured lawns, gardens, and magnificent trees, as well as a gorgeous four-acre lake with waterfall and swans, boat stops and beach, the house has an expansive covered outdoor entertaining area with a copper Santa Maria-style woodburning barbecue and a full kitchen. Nearby is a 14-foot deep lagoon-style pool with a high dive and a sunken, lighted tennis court with a viewing area. The approximately 3,655 square foot tennis pavilion/pool house has a loft, fireplace, laundry, dual bathrooms, and an underground wine cellar/tasting area with a wet bar.
Adjacent to the main home is a separate staff annex above the five-bay garage, with a ground-level estate manager’s office, which has a gas fireplace and bathroom. The property also includes four separate guest/staff homes, a movie theater and dance studio, barns, staff facilities, and corrals.
The primary guest house, about 150 feet from the main house, consists of four units, each with a separate entrance, HVAC, and full bath. The hill house, with sweeping views, was used by William Bone during the construction and could now be used as guest or staff quarters.
In a separate building of approximately 5,500 square feet, there is a movie theater and dance studio. The spacious, 50-seat inclined cinema has theatre-grade projection and sound system, private viewing balcony, and a stage with trap doors.
A Disney-style train station has a kitchenette, loft, and two fireplaces. There is also an approximately 1,900 square foot private fire station and administration building with three restrooms and a shower.
A ranch house, adjacent to the stables, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, laundry, full kitchen and woodburning fireplace. The large red barn was built originally for Clydesdales and the property is perfect for extensive horse facilities.
A wine grape feasibility report has been completed by a top vintner, and the land is well suited high quality wine grapes. The Ranch is served by private water wells and holding tanks within the property. These feed two reservoirs with a combined capacity of approximately four million gallons.
This is a rare and truly remarkable estate of 50 maintained acres surrounded by some four square miles of natural beauty running to the distant mountain ridges. Structures of magnificent quality and comfortable luxury make this a singular residence designed for an extraordinary California ranch & naturalist lifestyle.