Los Olivos, California
Downtown Los Olivos
|• Total||2.459 sq mi (6.369 km2)|
|• Land||2.459 sq mi (6.368 km2)|
|• Water||0.000 sq mi (0.001 km2) 0.02%|
|Elevation||807 ft (246 m)|
|• Density||460/sq mi (180/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||2583064|
|U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Los Olivos, California|
Sometime around 1880, on a bluff overlooking Alamo Pintado Creek, just north of the town of Ballard, a two-story house was built, with a wide, covered front porch and neatly symmetrical arched windows in the center gable, situated on prime farmland. It became the property of twenty-two-year-old Alden March Boyd, of Albany, New York, when he paid $8,000 for "157 acres, more or less, together with the dwelling house," in 1885. He planted five thousand olive trees, and called it Rancho De Los Olivos. The 1880s were a boom time for California. On November 16, 1887, the Pacific Coast Railway line extension from Los Alamos was completed. The developers of the narrow-gauge railway first named their town El Olivar, then El Olivos, and finally Los Olivos, after Boyd's nearby ranch.
Los Olivos is one of five communities (with Ballard, Buellton, Solvang, and Santa Ynez) that make up the Santa Ynez Valley. The town is near SR 154, a scenic road from Santa Barbara over San Marcos Pass, through the coastal Santa Ynez Mountains. Los Olivos was connected by the narrow gauge railroad to points north as far as San Luis Obispo until the train made its last run in 1934. The southern terminus of the railroad was in front of Mattie's Tavern, where a stagecoach line continued over San Marcos Pass into Santa Barbara. The tavern is still in operation, and is one of the highlights of the area, with a well-respected restaurant and historic charm.
Los Olivos is renowned for its wineries and tasting rooms. Starting in Los Olivos and stretching north is the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.
The town is home to two expensive college-prep schools, Dunn School and Midland School. Dunn School is located along SR 154 and has both boarding and day students. Midland School is located on Figueroa Mountain Road and has only boarding students.
Various celebrities have called this area home, including Cheryl Ladd, Noah Wyle, David Crosby, Bo Derek, Kelly LeBrock, Steven Seagal, Seth Green, John Forsythe, Ray Stark, Robert Cray, and David Hasselhoff. Former US President Ronald Reagan lived about 9 miles (14 km) south at Rancho del Cielo ("Sky Ranch"). Singer Michael Jackson's former property Neverland Ranch is located about 5 miles (8.0 km) north. There are also a number of large thoroughbred horse ranches in the area, and Fess Parker's winery, featured in the movie Sideways, is around here. Mr. Parker and his wine were featured on the NBC daytime drama, Santa Barbara ( first episode of Season Two ) of James May and Oz Clarke's Big Wine Adventure. Episodes of The Bachelor were also filmed in Los Olivos.
In May, 1986, Los Olivos was used as the location setting for the fictional town of "Mayberry" in the made-for-TV movie Return to Mayberry, based on the popular 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. Several locations in Los Olivos were featured in the 2004 movie Sideways. The Los Olivos Grand Hotel, built in 1985, is now Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn, owned by former Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett star, Fess Parker.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), 99.98% of it land, and 0.02% of it water.
Under the Köppen Climate Classification, "dry-summer subtropical" climates are often referred to as "Mediterranean". Los Olivos has a mean yearly temperature of 61.6°F (16.4°C). The average high temperature in the summer months is 92°F (33.3°C), while the average low temperature in the winter months is 39.5°F (4.2°C). Summers are dry with little to no rain falling from June through September. Winters are mild and wet with the majority of the yearly precipitation (nearly 80%) falling from December through March.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Los Olivos had a population of 1,132. The population density was 460.3 people per square mile (177.7/km²). The racial makeup of Los Olivos was 1,049 (92.7%) White, 1 (0.1%) African American, 4 (0.4%) Native American, 12 (1.1%) Asian, 5 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 40 (3.5%) from other races, and 21 (1.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 125 persons (11.0%).
The Census reported that 1,132 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 460 households, out of which 141 (30.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 276 (60.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 36 (7.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 15 (3.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 16 (3.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 5 (1.1%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 109 households (23.7%) were made up of individuals and 35 (7.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46. There were 327 families (71.1% of all households); the average family size was 2.90.
The population was spread out with 247 people (21.8%) under the age of 18, 67 people (5.9%) aged 18 to 24, 203 people (17.9%) aged 25 to 44, 441 people (39.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 174 people (15.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.0 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.
There were 509 housing units at an average density of 207.0 per square mile (79.9/km²), of which 315 (68.5%) were owner-occupied, and 145 (31.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 2.7%. 814 people (71.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 318 people (28.1%) lived in rental housing units.
Wineries and tasting rooms
- U.S. Census
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Los Olivos, California
- Etling, William (2005). Sideways in Neverland: Life in the Santa Ynez Valley. iUniverse.
- "Monthly Averages for Los Olivos, CA (93441)". The Weather Channel. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
- "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Los Olivos CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.