Betting on a windfall: A new kind of project for Paso Robles
Windfall Farms may one day be to Paso Robles what Montecito is to Santa Barbara — an enclave for millionaire retirees and the weekend wealthy. But the San Luis Obispo County version has a few extra country charms thrown in, like alfalfa fields, grazing cattle, wine grapes and Kentucky-style horse facilities.
The 724-acre Windfall Farms property outside of Paso Robles is a former equine breeding and training facility now being developed by Limoneira Co. as a high-end, master-planned community. Limoneira plans to divide the property into 76 individual 10-acre estates.
Limoneira and outside observers say Windfall Farms could be significant for Paso Robles, which is still riding the wave of its wine country explosion. “[Windfall] is a major development. It seems like it’s going to be a good thing for the area,” said Frank Mecham, chairman of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors and Paso Robles’ former mayor.