In the 1990s, Hollywood star and television’s Rockford Files hero James Garner commissioned a home at Rancho La Zaca in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara, California. He asked leading architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, famed for his modernist-style buildings with powerful pyramid and prism shapes, to design an 8,000-square-foot house to befit the magnificent location.
Garner had bought the remarkable property, originating from a 19th century Mexican land grant, from director Herbert Ross and his wife, Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
What Jacobsen did must have brought a big smile to Garner’s handsome face, as the home precisely captures the essence of the 400-acre estate that includes Oak Savanna Vineyard, one of the oldest in Santa Barbara County.
Today the estate has been developed further with a series of private pavilions, terraces, and courtyards which enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of undulating vineyards and hills, oak savanna lands, old-growth olive trees, and distant mountains.
One of the current owners of this magnificent estate, author and celebrated hostess Frances Schultz, says, ‘It has been more than a dream to live here; it has been a privilege. Our fondest wish now is that Rancho La Zaca’s future stewards feel the same.’
Realtor Carey Kendall, at Village Properties, who is marketing the famous estate says, “There is so much to fall in love with at this property. If you would like to know more please call us.”