This master-planned, active lifestyle community just outside of Santa Maria in California's Central Coast region offers new single-family homes for sale in a scenic Santa Barbara County location half an hour from the Pacific Coast and just over two hours from Los Angeles. The 580-acre property includes more than 300 acres of public open space, with woodlands, meadows, hiking trails and a 26-acre community park and sports complex.
Shea Homes® at Rice Ranch is convenient to a wealth of major California attractions, including Central Coast wineries, beaches, the charming city of Santa Barbara and William Randolph Hearst's extravagant coastal estate, Hearst Castle. Shops, restaurants, health care and excellent schools are accessible a few minutes from the property.
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Acreage 580 acres (232 hectares)
Solar and Renewable Energy Shea Solar homes generates clean, renewable energy that saves money and dramatically offsets homes' consumption based on average electricity usage.
More than 300 acres of the Rice Ranch property has been set aside by the developer as public open space, including an extensive network of hiking and biking trails through rolling hillsides, woodlands and meadows. The development also includes an established 26-acre community park and sports complex with soccer and baseball fields, dog parks, playgrounds and picnic areas.
Santa Barbara County and adjacent San Luis Obispo County are major tourism destinations that blend spectacular beaches and hundreds of miles of rugged coastal mountains with top-flight wineries and a number of classic California cities and towns, including Lompoc, Los Olivos, Solvang, Avila Beach, Morro Bay and San Simeon (location of Hearst Castle). The property is about 45 minutes from San Luis Obispo, an hour from Santa Barbara and just over two hours from Los Angeles
The Rancho Maria Golf Course, the Santa Maria Country Club and the nine-hole Sunset Ridge Golf Course are located 10 to 15 minutes from Rice Ranch. Other noteworthy courses in the area include La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc and the Monarch Dunes Golf Course, both about half an hour away.
Boating & Fishing
Residents have access to recreational marinas and sport fishing charters about 30 to 60 minutes away in Avila Beach and Morro Bay.
Shopping & Dining
Rice Ranch is convenient to shops, restaurants and commercial services in the adjacent communities of Orcutt and Santa Maria. A number of local restaurants in the area serve Santa Maria-style tri-tip barbecue, a regional specialty.
24-hour emergency care and other health care services are available about 10 minutes away at the Marian Regional Medical Center hospital.
Rice Ranch is within the Orcutt Union School District and the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, with excellent public elementary, middle and high schools an easy walk or bike ride from the development.
Santa Maria Airport located about 10 minutes from Rice Ranch offers scheduled air service to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Honolulu. Additional commercial air service is available at San Luis Obispo Airport (40 minutes) and Santa Barbara Airport (about an hour).