Here are seven secrets why people want to live in the Santa Ynez Valley:

1. Value. It is less expensive than Santa Barbara and only 30 miles away. Nearly everyone lives in the Santa Ynez Valley by choice when many could live anywhere in the world. As a historical rule of thumb, prices tend to be about 20% less than Santa Barbara. This means it could be a more affordable option for those priced out of the Santa Barbara market yet still wanting to be close enough to commute to work, schools, arts and county activities. Single-family homes start around $800,000. Homes on an acre or more start around $1.3 million. 2. Lifestyle. It is the ranch and wine region of Santa Barbara. It’s the “Napa Valley” of Southern California. This means…

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