Snow in Los Olivos today! This winter has been full of surprises. 

Bringing Nina Stormo's inside track with development around the valley for your reading pleasure, here is her installment today on what is happening in the most happening city of Buellton

The Commons, located between Firestone and the Hampton Inn Hotel in Buellton, has received entitlements (essentially, the property owner has received approval or conditional approval on their project). The project design is for over 50,000 square feet of commercial space including retail, restaurant and wine tasting, though the city is still awaiting building plan submittal. For a rendering of the project and more information, you can go to the Anacapa Architecture website The land and entitlements are currently listed for $4,195,000.

-The Village Hotel Project has received entitlements for two hotels, one boutique hotel and one branded hotel. The project is located between McMurray Road and Valley Vineyard Circle. The branded hotel has not yet been selected but each hotel will contain 107 rooms totaling 214 rooms, a meeting room, pool and event area. 

A mixed use project has been approved on the corner of Avenue of the Flags and 2nd Street in Buellton. The project will consist of retail, showroom space and office space. You may have noticed the tall layout stakes showing the height of the project. Things seem to be underway. This is the first approved project in the Avenue of the Flags specific plan. The City of Buellton is aiming for an Art Deco style for this building.

Live Oak Lanes is one we've all been wanting to hear about! It's the proposed bowling alley located at 290 E Hwy 246. The city currently does not have a time frame on this project and is still awaiting building plans. I will keep you posted as I hear. 

New Listing

470 Rancho Alisal Drive, Solvang (3/3 on .59 of an acre) 575K Sharon comments: Easy living in the Alisal. Lock up and go or live day to day. Golf course views. Backs up to acres of open space and then fronts to the golf course over RAD (Ranch Alisal Drive). On leased land. I know the annual lease amount so if curious, let me know. Nina comments:Nice high ceilings and views galore from this Alisal home. The Alisal feels like Ireland right now. This home strikes me as a canvas for one's vision with a beautiful backdrop.  Listed by Susanne Beckman of Sothebys. 

New Listing

420 5th Street, Solvang (2/2 on .23 of an acre) 675K Sharon comments: Zoned DR-20 per listing agent. Maybe some upside here to someone that is interested in development. Listed by Sandy Collier and Brenda Cloud of Engel and Volkers. 

New Listing

561 Oak Ridge Road, Solvang (3/2 on .33 of an acre) 885K Sharon comments: Skytt Mesa. Perimeter location which is considered prime (see the aerial). Nice views. Basically where Oak Ridge and Saw Leaf intersect for a pie shaped lot giving more availability for view from wide back yard. More pics to come. Listed by Kris Johnnston of Engels and Volkers. 

Under Contract

209 Willow Drive, Solvang (2/1 on .18 of an acre) 650K Listed by Kris Johnston Engel and Volkers. 

2945 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez (main house and guest house on 19.65 acres) $1,595,000 Sharon comments: Fixer with a future! Nina comments: If you read the post on my favorite valley listings, you will know that this property is among my favorites! I see so much potential here. Listed by Kris Johnston Engel and Volkers. 


1491 Dove Meadow Road, Solvang (main house plus legal second unit on 3.09 acres) Sharon comments: Listed at $1,695,000 and sold final for $1,600,000. 117 days on market ending up with about 95% of asking at the time of sale and 90% of the original price which was $1,795,000. Nina comments: I love this Ballard School District location and what this property has to offer - nice updates, guest house, barn and a charming screened in porch.   Listed by William Etling LO RE. 

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