Film & TV

Film_TV_SplashWhile Santa Margarita Ranch has recently appeared in several prime time network shows and a national General Electric television spot, it remains a relatively undiscovered private treasure for filming a variety of commercial and editorial pursuits.

Rugged mountains, rolling hills, lush plains, vintage structures, a private airstrip, a picturesque vineyard, an antique train, rustic cabins, serene ponds, a rock quarry, five ziplines, equestrian and ranching facilities…

These are just some of the sights and resources that await film scouts across the ranch’s 14,000 acres.

Additionally, we use our experience with previous shoots to provide crews with everything they need, including ample on-site parking, on-site restrooms, catering options and more.

To learn more about scouting Santa Margarita Ranch, contact Destini Cavalletto at or (805) 540-3214.

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Location Highlights

Asistencia Building – Classic barn structure covering a historic stone-and-mortar interior erected in the late 1700s

Ranch House – Historic ranch adobe house with vintage wood exterior

Wells Fargo  Building – Quaint adobe with vintage wood exterior, original Wells Fargo stagecoach stop

Pacific Coast Railroad – Charming narrow-gauge railroad with steam-powered engine and vintage restored coaches from Disnelyland

Private Airstrip – Blacktop airstrip for small planes, surrounded by meadownlands; also available for automobile testing and footage

Margarita Vineyard – Picturesque 900-acre vineyard woven through woodlands and open space against an impressive mountain backdrop

Ziplines – Five ziplines spanning more than 4,500 combined feet over valleys, woodlands and vineyards

Rolling Hills – Classic coastal California hills; velvety green in the winter and spring, and golden in summer and fall

Dirt & Paved Country Roads – Miles of backroads spanning a diversity of scenes, settings and backdrops


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“It was great to work with you. Everything was so easy on such a complex shoot. Thank you for your patience and professionalism…”
-Vincent Terrazzino, Production Manager at MJZ Productions 

“I recently completed a large scale media event with Santa Margarita Ranch and was blown away by the team’s attention to detail, flexibility and seamless event execution…”
– Fallon O’Connor, Supervisor at Pegasus Communications, A Daniel J. Edelman Company 

“Thank you for your hard work to make this date possible. The ranch provided the perfect backdrop to an extremely romantic day/night..It was a pleasure working with you from start to finish.”
– Andrew Kimmel, Segment Producer with NZK Productions, for ABC’s Bachelor Pad 3 

“I have worked in Reality TV since 2000 and have primarily been involved in the location/travel side of things. Either in production or producing, never have I been to a site more accommodating and friendly as the Santa Margarita Ranch…”
– Jody Bennett, Producer with Kinetic Operations, for Travel Channel’s “Diggin Travel” 

*Top image courtesy Blue Photo