Ballard is an amazing and rare little town. Nestled into the heart of Santa Ynez, it boasts large lots, tons of quiet, friendly neighbors and great schools.
Ballard was founded in 1880 at the location of a Wells Fargo stage line station, being named by George Lewis after William Ballard, the former proprietor, who ran the station from 1862 to 1870.
The first school, Ballard’s Little Red School House, was built in 1882 and is still in operation today, being the primary tourist attraction in what turns out to be a tiny village in the heart of wine country.
Part country, part upscale retired or hip with young kids community, it’s eclectic and desirable. Noted for its excellent elementary school, it is a prized residential area. The surrounding area is noted for its thriving and well-respected wine industry.
The only commercial establishment currently operating in the main village is The Ballard Inn, a four star restaurant and bed and breakfast inn in the heart of the village.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), 99.98% of it land, and 0.02% of it water.