Several years ago I talked to my Dad about his retirement plans and if he wanted to continue maintaining the almost 20 acre ranch. Would he still be interested in digging out roads, weed-whacking, monitoring pond levels and mending fences or would he want to explore some new hobbies? My husband and I lived on the ranch in 2003-2004 and over the years we discussed whether or not it was our dream to move up to the land and raise our children in the hills up from Refugio Beach. After careful consideration, Nate and I came to the realization that this ranch was my Dad’s dream. We made the family decision to put the ranch on the market.
Here is part of the description I wrote with my Dad about the property:
“Back in 1974 some forward thinking “hippies” went in together on a piece of land in Refugio Canyon, just north of Santa Barbara, CA. They divided the property into two approximately 20 +/- acre parcels and affectionately named it “The Shire” after the home of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic character, Bilbo Baggins and the journey began…For generations, families, and friends have continued to enjoy the fondest and most loving memories at this magical Gaviota Coast Ranch. It is now time for the next land custodians of this legacy mountaintop property to discover its timelessness…”