If you’re one of the millions of people who can instantly spot the Golden Arches of McDonald’s, you have Ray Kroc to thank. A former milkshake mixer salesman, Kroc joined forces with the founding McDonald brothers, Richard and Maurice, in the 1950s and quickly led the fast-food company to national—and later, global—expansion.
When the restaurant chain went public a few years later, Kroc became an overnight millionaire—and he and his then-wife, Jane, purchased a 554-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara to serve as a personal retreat and think tank.
The couple owned the sprawling estate—which they named the J & R Double Arch Ranch, in reference to the McDonald’s arches—until Ray's death in 1984. Shortly thereafter in 1990, Gerald Kessler of NaturesPlus Vitamins bought the property and renamed it the Circle K Ranch.
Today, the estate still has a number of the original structures, including four single-family residences, two bunkhouses, recreational amenities, barns, paddocks, and a versatile conference hall to host large-scale events. The main dwelling on the compound is a free-flowing lodge that spans more than 17,000 square feet. In addition to its 20 bedrooms and commercial kitchen, the home also features a 3,000-square-foot living room with hand-carved woodwork and an open mezzanine.
Another structure on the estate, known as the Founder’s Building, offers a spacious library and gymnasium, as well as two bedroom suites. A theater and auditorium are also located within the 5,200-square-foot conference hall, which can easily accommodate over 60 people.
In total, the ranch—which, according to the listing, dates back to the 1860s—includes 52 bedrooms and 58 baths, and it’s equipped with its own water supply via two lakes, five wells, and three cisterns which store 90,000 galloons of water. Keep scrolling to see more of the ranch, currently listed for $29,000,000.
7355 Happy Canyon Road Road in Santa Ynez, CA, is currently listed for $29,000,000 by Maurie McGuire of Coldwell Banker Realty. (Listing courtesy of Top10RealEstateDeals.)
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