By the edhat staff
Goleta’s Dos Pueblos Ranch is the location of the newest season of “Love Island: USA,” a dating style reality television show.
The show follows a large group of attractive young singles, cut off from the world living in a remote “villa” and surveilled 24/7. Through various games and challenges, contestants must “partner up” for the chance to win the ultimate prize, $100,000.
The Dos Pueblos Ranch’s Casa Grande building has been transformed into a television studio’s idea of a “villa” with artificial grass, neon lights, and an 80 foot catwalk over a sprawling pool. According to the show’s press release, the villa “sits on one of the most beautiful and historically significant sights in California. Tucked between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it has incredible panoramic views overlooking the Pacific Ocean featuring its own private and pristine beach. It is a private gated 214-acre oceanfront property.”
The ranch was sold by the Schulte family late last year for an undisclosed amount, although previous listings valued the estate at $40 million. Roger Himovitz, a local developer known for the “glamping” luxurty of the El Capitan Canyon campground, has been the new owner since the start of 2022.
The Independent first broke the story of the show’s location and concern from neighbors and the Gaviota Coast Conservancy over disrupting wildlife due to nonstop fliming and bright lights on the ranch and at the beach below.
The season aired on July 19 with one new episode releasing each day on Peacock for a total of 27 episodes, ending on August 28. The episodes are only filmed about a day in advance, so viewers can vote and interact with the contestants in almost real time. Which means, the show will continue to air through the end of the month.
Below is a video of the Dos Pueblos Ranch “villa.” Take a view and see if you recognize any local landmarks: