These 14,400 acres of Gaviota Hill Country are teeming with coastal life—waterfowl, mule deer, bobcats, sea otter, sea lions, oaks, pines, creeks, canyons and wide spans of grasslands. Learn more.
The Hollister Ranch is a 14,400 acre area of land located south of Point Conception, at the northernmost edge of the area known as "Southern California." The Ranch is a cattle ranch that is sparsely developed with homes on large, agriculturally zoned, 100 acre parcels. The Ranch contains approximately 8.5 miles of Pacific Ocean shoreline, an area characterized as empty points and coves, rolling hillsides, and beach bluffs. A detailed history of this land is available in books at The Gaviota Store and at this link.
How do Partnership Interests & Building Rights work at the Hollister Ranch?
Access by Owners & their Guests
What are the unique allowable Hollister Ranch Structures? And how are parcels Improved?
About the Hollister Ranch Owners' Association (HROA) & Dues
What are the county property taxes?
How are utilities at the Hollister Ranch handled? What fire protections are in place?
Wildlife & Nature
Who owns property in Hollister Ranch?
There are several hundred owners of Hollister Ranch parcels. Some are original owners who purchased parcels in the 1970s when parcels were a few hundred thousand dollars. Over the last 50 years, since the HR was subdivided in 1971, homes have been built on 80% of the 133 privately owned Hollister Ranch parcels. Most owners do not have completed homes or rights to build on the Ranch and live in Santa Barbara County, Southern California and the Bay Area.
People are drawn to the Hollister Ranch land and community for a wide variety of reasons and often cite the landscape, effective rules regarding preservation, water sports (surf), privacy, and the desire for a traditional California lifestyle. The Hollister Ranch is 2 hours 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.
Is Hollister Ranch related to Hollister Co., the California lifestyle clothing brand?
Hollister Co. is a retail surf lifestyle brand owned by Abercrombie & Fitch, founded in 2000. The company created a fictional history that positions itself as a Californian brand, claiming that its founder, John Hollister Sr., emigrated from New York City to the Dutch East Indies and established the company upon returning to the United States and settling in California in 1922.
The brand's logo is a flying seagull. The Hollister Ranch, located in Gaviota, California, is about 25 miles west of Santa Barbara and is not related to the brand. Gaviota, the Spanish word for seagull, is a fitting name for the area as it is known for its seagulls. The city of Hollister, California, which is in Central California, is known for its cattle ranches and was founded by the family that purchased the Hollister Ranch.
Can you camp at Hollister Ranch?
Overnight camping near the beach or other common areas is prohibited. Very short-term camping at parcels may be available but is governed by an individual parcel's partnership agreement.
Beachside camping is available outside the HR 2 miles east of the gatehouse at Gaviota State Park Beach & Campground.
Is Hollister Ranch open to public?
Can the public surf at Hollister Ranch?
People can and sometimes do use boats to access the state-owned “wet beach” along the Ranch’s southern boundary. The Ranch does not attempt to stop this activity. Please see this page regarding the convenient Public Access topic.
In California, the State owns the coastline's tidelands, sometimes known as the “wet beach,” lying seaward of the mean high water line, and thus the public has always had access to the wet beach on the Gaviota Coast, which includes Hollister Ranch's tidelands. The eastern boundary of the Ranch is adjacent to Gaviota State Beach, which is itself adjacent to Highway 101 and open to the public.