Halfway between the idyllic beaches of Santa Barbara and the acclaimed Santa Ynez Valley wine region, at the crest of San Marcos Pass is approximately 187 acres of oak woodlands that make up the enchanting Deer Lodge, a magical and historic family compound like no other. Originally purchased in 1893, the 187± acres has an impressive pedigree of ownership including an early Ford Motor investor, the John Deere family for seven decades, an E-G-O-T award winning comedienne, and the former CEO of one of the world’s largest corporations.
The massive estate boasts 13 rambling structures, including the original house which is thought to have been a hunting lodge, and is set in one of the most beautiful and sought-after regions of California.
Surrender to the privacy of the Santa Barbara foothills where Mediterranean-style with white stucco buildings topped by charming red terracotta roofs remains true to the Spanish colonial heritage of the region, while at the same time, claiming a uniquely and authentically Californian vibe. The original lodge — now main house — is fully updated while remaining faithful to its vibrant history with original dark wood beams and stone fireplace. Private guest casitas have been designed in the same original style and offer everyone their own secluded home among the entirety of the 187 acres.
In addition to the woodlands, the sandstone boulder formations and the 300-vine vineyard of Syrah and Grenache grapes, the recreational opportunities at Deer Lodge are endless. You may choose to swim in the pool, relax in the spa, read by the indoor or outdoor fireplaces, gather in the game room, play bocce, ride the zip line, climb on the tree house or play fort, compete in a basketball game, sip wine at the remote picnic site, hike or ride the trails, gather for family meals indoors or BBQ on the deck. Previously offered for $14 million, Deer Lodge will sell without reserve by Concierge Auctions on May 21st, 2016.