SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The 265 acres of land known as More Mesa is up for sale. The asking price is $65 million.
The listing online claims the land was appraised back in 2007 at $106 million. The listing also says the land is zoned for about 70 houses.
Most of the land is owned by an out-of-state investor, and the northwestern edge of the land is owned by The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County.
According to The Land Trust, the former "Austin/Andrews Property" was purchased with Proposition 70 bond funds, and transferred to the county.
The County Flood Control District has planted native plants in and around the area, for flood control.
More Mesa is the most important habitat in all of Santa Barbara County for the white-tailed kite, in fact, bird watchers often flock there to see the uncommon type of bird, pictured below.
More Mesa is a popular place for outdoor recreational activity. Its open spaces include oak woodland, riparian habitat, and trails are enjoyed by hikers, bikers, horseback riders and more.
More Mesa is considered by some to be one of the most outstanding scenic and environmentally sensitive pieces of undeveloped open space remaining on the Central Coast.
Its open grasslands provide both valuable habitat and miles of informal trails.
With sweeping views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the coast, More Mesa is fronted by white sand beaches on Santa Barbara County's South Coast.
More Mesa was purchased by Saudi Arabian investment group Khalid Saud Al Shobily LLC back in 2012.