|Route outline - we started to the south (right) |
and worked our way north (left)
Based on where the building was in the mountains, we figured it would be located off of Gibraltar road, a narrow windy path which creeps slowly up the sheer cliffs of the Santa Ynez mountains. After 30 or 45 minutes of climbing, we came to a location where we could see the structure off one side of the road, but we had NO idea how to get to it.
|Gibraltar Rd (in red) between Hwy 192 and Camino Cielo|
We headed back down the hill and took a small turnoff which headed in the right direction. We parked on Gibraltar, and walked for ten or fifteen minutes out this rutted, dirt road.
|we parked on Gibraltar and walked out a driveway for 10 minutes|
|Here is the turnoff (left) and Gibraltar road (continues to right)|
We walked down the driveway and found the structure, which appeared to be an almost finished circular house! Perched on the edge of a small ledge, the house offers 270 degree views of the greater Santa Barbara area. The place doesn't appear to be lived in, but may still slowly be being built.
|looking north/north-east (ocean behind us)|
|view of santa barbara from house|