Hot Property: Bernie Taupin lists his longtime ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley

Bernie Taupin, the famed lyricist for singer Elton John, has listed his 28-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley for sale at $5.95 million.

Called Roundup Valley Ranch, the property centers on a Mediterranean-style house with views of the surrounding mountains. Set on a knoll amid oak trees, the 5,000-square-foot house opens to a courtyard with a fountain. A great room connects to a bar and entertainment area. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The kitchen features an island, granite and Jerusalem stone counters, a pizza oven and a walk-in pantry.

The detached guesthouse/studio was originally designed as an indoor handball court. Later, it was transformed to a recording studio where multiple albums were cut. Today it functions as an art studio with a gym and has an upstairs office with a bathroom.

Another house on the site overlooks a pond, waterfall and the equestrian area, which has a covered arena, a 10-stall barn and storage buildings. There’s a swimming pool and plenty of pastureland.


Taupin, 63, wrote the words for such hits as “Your Song,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” He had a lifelong dream of living on a working ranch and in 1992 bought the property, where he has raised and shown horses.

Carey Kendall of Village Properties is the listing agent.