After retiring from her career as a two-time world-champion triathlete in 2002, Siri Lindley became a coach and motivational speaker. She also embarked upon a new endeavor with her wife and fellow triathlete Rebekah Keat, co-founding a duo of Colorado nonprofits dedicated to rescuing horses from abuse and neglect, and lobbying to ban horse slaughter.
Now Lindley and Keat have picked up and brought their work with Believe Ranch and Rescue, and Horses in Our Hands to the Golden State, having doled out $4.2 million for a ranch just north of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Tucked away on a 5-acre parcel of land overlooking picturesque mountain views, the main white wood-sided structure on the site was built in 2003 in the Victorian architectural style. Since remodeled and transformed into a “California farmhouse,” the three-bedroom, three-bath home spans two levels, and is adorned throughout with reclaimed red oak floors, numerous built-ins and high ceilings dotted with skylights.
An open-concept floor plan is highlighted by a wet bar-equipped living room with a fireplace and dining room sporting an integrated buffet, plus a gourmet kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry with bronze hardware, quartzite countertops, a central island, high-end stainless appliances and a built-in breakfast nook overlooking the grounds.
Elsewhere in the house is spacious master retreat holding another fireplace and sliding glass doors leading out to a private terrace, as well as a spa-like bath boasting dual vanities, a soaking tub and glass-encased shower. An additional loft-style bonus room also “creates a unique opportunity for many purposes,” per the listing.
Outdoors, the fenced and gated property is laced with mature trees, a fruit orchard and riding trails, and hosts a lagoon-style pool and spa, along with several spots ideal for al fresco lounging and entertaining. There’s also a 1,400-square-foot building with its own bedroom and bath, which is currently being used as an art studio but could easily be converted into a barn.