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A Greening Hollister Ranch

Hollister Ranch is greening up as a result of the recent rains. The grazing animals, cattle and deer, are finally feasting on new feed rather than the dry, brown vegetation that was only available previously. This photo was taken today by Jeff Kruthers, the Hollister Ranch Broker, from the deck at Hollister Ranch Realty looking southeast to the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. More rain is scheduled for the next month or so. If that prediction comes to pass, the Ranch should green-up even further, and the wildflower season should be quite colorful.

Hollister Ranch Buck

With the end of rutting season, the Hollister Ranch Mule Deer bucks have little to do. Since there is no hunting at Hollister Ranch they safely roam about looking for something tasty. For that reason we find it a good idea to fence off our garden and orchard from their hungry gaze. This big guy was thirsty, so he took to emptying our bird bath. The photo was taken from the Hollister Ranch Realty office window. He looked longingly into the garden and the orchard before wandering off. It won't be long before the does show up with their youngins.

Winter Fog

Hollister Ranch just had three winter related weather events almost simultaneously. Yesterday morning at sunup the fog bank came up the Gaviota Coast to just inside the eastern boundary of Hollister Ranch. As the 500 foot thick blanket of white enveloped the rest of the coastline, from here at the Hollister Ranch Realty office we could only hear the waves below, but not see the angry ocean that crashed against the cliffs. This morning, as the sounds of the ocean lessened and the fog was not as thick, rain began to fall… dissipating the fog and exposing a really mixed-up ocean below.

New Hollister Ranch listing

A new Hollister Ranch interest has just been listed. The undivided 1/6 interest in 100-acre Parcel 14 allows two direct family members to be designated as Hollister Ranch owners. Located out here on the west end of Hollister Ranch, this parcel allows for the utmost in privacy and seclusion. It’s coastal backcountry the way things used to be. This Hollister Ranch Realty listing is available at $695,000

Winter sunset

The short winter days bring on spectacular sunsets over Point Conception from Hollister Ranch when the sun sets over the Pacific. Due to the south facing coastline along the Gaviota Coast, here at Hollister Ranch Realty we are treated to both sunrises and sunsets over the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. One never tires of the colorful displays that begin and end each day.

Bobcat in the Grass

The Hollister Ranch is a wildlife preserve, a thriving cattle ranch and a place of refuge for the owners of the property.

Calm Before the Storm

With Santa Cruz Island in the distance, this is Hollister Ranch just before the recent storm. Over the past two days we’ve received over 3”of rain here at the offices of Hollister Ranch Realty. The grass is now growing so fast that one can almost watch it. More rain is due, and that means the green hillsides and coastal plains are close behind.

Hollister Ranch sunrise on December 16, 2015

While waiting for the first signs of growing grass fom the recent rains (looking for more precip in the next few days), the Hollister Ranch mornings have had as beautiful displays of color as have the sunsets. It was so clear this morning that the images of the Santa Monica Mountains as well as those on Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands were as sharp as ever. Photo taken from the deck of Hollister Ranch Realty.

Rain at Hollister Ranch

This morning the Hollister Ranch was blessed with a front that brought much needed rain to the Ranch as well as to the Gaviota Coast here in Santa Barbara County. Predictions are for a significant el Niño event during the next few months. That will mean long overdue precipitation for the Hollister Ranch as well as the rest of Southern California. This photo of a rainsquall was taken from the offices of Hollister Ranch Realty by Jeff Kruthers, the Hollister Ranch Broker.

Hollister Ranch Emergency Response

The Hollister Ranch Fire Company is comprised of owners and employees at Hollister Ranch. An embryonic "volunteer fire department" was formed in the 1970s that included members from Hollister Ranch Realty. The volunteers addressed a number of small fire events over the years. One event in 2004 covered over 400 acres. The volunteers prevented any structure loss until the Santa Barbara County firefighters from Station 18 in Gaviota, just outside of Hollister Ranch, arrived.

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