La Panza Ranch




The expansive, 14,750±-acre La Panza Ranch with historical significance is a superb, diverse holding east of Santa Margarita on State Highway 58. Encompassing lush valleys and rolling hills with plentiful wildlife, picturesque views abound in every direction. Water is abundant with over 50 wells, 3 reservoirs, 6 springs, and numerous creeks. A turn-key operation comprised of 51 certificated parcels under Williamson Act Contract, La Panza Ranch produces a variety of crops—101± acres of grapes, 200± acres of oat hay, 135± acres alfalfa, 300± acres forage hay, and 280± acres olive trees.  

The complex improvements include an elegant, 5,500±  square foot hacienda-style main home, guest cottage, bunk house, putting green, helicopter pad, 100± miles of ranch roads, horse barns, hay barns, equipment sheds, extensive fencing, and state of the art olive mill complete with nearby office and ranch manager’s home. Further, La Panza Ranch currently runs 230 head of cow/calf pairs and offers all necessary infrastructure for a cattle operation including a lease on the adjoining 3,000± acre BLM land.  

Click here to view the La Panza Ranch website.


Co-listed with Kerry Mormann, Broker | Berkshire Hathaway Home Services 
1170 Coast Village Road | Santa Barbara, CA 93108  | BRE#: 00598625
Cell: 805-689-3242 | Office: 805-682-3242 | |


Map Legend

  • View the map in full screen for easier navigation
  • Switch the map type to aerial, topographical, etc.
  • View additional map data layers
  • Expand menu
  • Return to original map

The enclosed information has been obtained from sources that we deem reliable; however, it is not guaranteed by Clark Company and is presented subject to corrections, errors, prior sale, changes or withdrawal from the market without notice.



The La Panza Ranch history is rich and fascinating. The Ranch is well known for being owned in the 1860’s by Drury James, uncle of the infamous outlaws Jesse & Frank James. The brothers visited and worked on the Ranch in 1868 when Jesse was recovering from bullet wounds inflicted during a bank robbery. He came to bathe in the sulfur springs at Uncle Drury’s Hot Springs Hotel in nearby Paso Robles. Drury James is also credited as one of the three founders of Paso Robles. The brothers stay was without incident and they left a year later. The great California bandido, Tibercio Vasquez also holed up frequently near the ranch before he was hung in 1875 for killing three innocent bystanders during a holdup. Today, La Panza Ranch produces award winning olive oil under the “Outlaw” brand. The Ranch was also involved in the La Panza Gold Rush of 1877. Miners successfully worked along San Juan creek below a 20-foot waterfall in Haystack Canyon on the Ranch. La Panza is quiet now but was once one of the most heavily traveled stagecoach roads between the Coast and the San Joaquin Valley.



La Panza Ranch spans 14,750± acres zoned Agriculture, comprised of 42 Assessor’s Parcel Numbers and 51 Certificated parcels. La Panza Ranch is under Williamson Act Contract. Also known as the Ag Preserve, the Williamson Act Contract generally limits the land usage to agriculture or related open space uses in exchange for reduced property taxes. The 2017/2018 taxes were approximately $120,000. Further, La Panza Ranch holds a BLM grazing lease on an adjoining tract of 3,000± acres of BLM land and abuts over 100,000 acres of the Los Padres National Forest.














































A primary feature of La Panza Ranch is the diversity of its operations. La Panza Ranch functions as a cattle ranch, olive orchard complete with state-of-the-art processing center, vineyard, irrigated farming operation and quarry.

Historically utilized as a cattle ranch, La Panza Ranch currently runs 230 head of cow/calf pairs, and contains all the necessary infrastructure for a cattle operation. There are 17± acres of irrigated cattle pasture  and livestock and water development throughout the ranch. Furthermore, La Panza Ranch is fenced and cross fenced for rotational grazing.

One of the most impressive features of La Panza Ranch is the 280± acre olive orchard operation. There 250± acres planted with 202,865 olive trees with 12x7 spacing. There are an additional 30±  acres with 9x7 spacing. The olive operation is completed by a state of the art olive mill enhanced by a nearby office and ranch manager’s house. Click here to view 2018 Olive Harvest.

La Panza Ranch also presents 101± acres of cabernet and zinfandel grapes, 200± acres of oat hay, 135± acres irrigated alfalfa, and 300± acres irrigated forage hay.

Furthermore, there is a gravel pit and crusher utilized for road maintenance, and a rock quarry and crusher for basing and maintaining ranch roads.

There are also 300±-acres of land with water development for future agricultural use.



There are substantial water resources on La Panza Ranch, providing plenty of water even in the driest of years. There approximately 6 major springs, one of which includes a natural pond, over 50 wells and 3 reservoirs.  Additionally, the year-round San Juan Creek runs through the center and eastern portions of La Panza Ranch. The creek channel ranges from 10± feet to 100± feet across, providing ample resources for irrigation and stock water for the rangeland.



La Panza- means the “paunch”, which was a portion of slaughtered beef the vaqueros used as bait to trap or poison the California Grizzly bear, common to the area back then. Today the area has prolific wildlife including the black bear, mountain lion, Tule Elk, deer, wild pigs, bobcat, coyote, turkey, golden eagle, hawks, quail, and dove.



The Ranch has 51 certified legal parcels offering options for development, family/friend compound or a conservation easement; which could provide significant tax saving benefits.



La Panza Ranch is characterized by its extensive, elaborate improvements, which include multiple residences, recreational amenities and comprehensive agricultural operations improvements.


The main residence is an exquisite, elegant hacienda-style home comprised of 5,500± square feet comprised of master suite, 4 bathrooms, huge great room, extravagant kitchen, dining room, office, and gym. The wrap around, tiled porch offers numerous outdoor leisure areas and a grand entrance complemented by a striking water feature.

The main residence is complemented by a 2 bedroom guest cottage, 4 bedroom bunk house, and ranch manager’s home.


Enhancing the elaborate residences  and agricultural operations, are the thoughtful, detailed amenities of La Panza Ranch, bringing all of the improvements into harmony: putting green, helicopter pad, and  stunning, lush gardens complete with outdoor entertaining areas.


La Panza Ranch offers 100± -miles of ranch roads for recreation and ranch business, complete with quarry, gravel pit and crushers for road maintenance.  The fencing is extensive, providing ample pastures and privacy.

There is also a horse barn, tack room, three hay barns, and equipment shed, plus irrigated horse pasture. The electrical power extends the entire length of the Ranch contributing considerable value, efficiency, and convenience.

Finally, there is a state of the art olive mill, complete with nearby office and ranch manager’s home.

Search Listings
Clark Company
Pete Clark, Broker
(805) 238-7110
CA BRE# 00656930
NV RED#B.41551