Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara
Passing beneath the elegant wrought iron sign suspended across Las Palmas Drive, one enters Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara, certainly one of Santa Barbara’s loveliest enclaves. The beauty of the Hope Ranch neighborhood is immediately apparent as Las Palmas Drive itself is lined with towering Canary Island date palms and overlooks La Cumbre Country Club with its shimmering lake. The gently rolling knolls of Hope Ranch include approximately 773 private parcels totaling 1,863 acres of land, some with spectacular ocean and island views while others enjoy majestic mountain views. The magnificent landscaping throughout Hope Ranch includes stately Oak trees, natural flora and flowering gardens.
Incorporated in 1924, the Hope Ranch Homes Association watches over such matters as architectural standards, fire protection, zoning and road maintenance. Membership in the Association is automatic with home ownership and brings many privileges: the private beach (complete with picnic tables and cabanas), tennis courts, miles of bridle paths meandering throughout the Ranch with beach access, and private security patrol services.
Hope Ranch Park homeowners have rejected annexation to the City of Santa Barbara, preferring instead to maintain their autonomy. As a result, Hope Ranch continues to maintain the lofty standards of suburban living which have been in effect since the developer of Hope Ranch advertised his “sun kissed, ocean washed, mountain girded, island guarded Hope Ranch” more than half a century ago.
The first of scores of major estates to be developed in Hope Ranch, complete with mansions and formal gardens to rival the finest Montecito has to offer, were completed in 1925. These estates bore the unmistakable hallmark of two of America’s contemporary architects, George Washington Smith and Reginald Johnson. Today, Hope Ranch offers a unique combination of distinctive properties and magnificent estates. The minimum lot size in Hope Ranch is 1.5 acres and ranges up to 50 acres, giving Hope Ranch a spacious open feeling.
Hope Ranch has a wonderful location within Santa Barbara with easy access to the US-101 freeway. Downtown Santa Barbara is but minutes away and the Santa Barbara airport is only 10 miles from Hope Ranch. Shopping, fine dining, entertainment and excellent schools, both public and private, are nearby. Los Angeles, about 100 miles down the coast, may be a quick day trip, but feels worlds away.
As a Santa Barbara neighborhood, Hope Ranch also enjoys the legendary delightful climate enjoyed in Santa Barbara year-round. Hope Ranch offers an enviable choice for those seeking to enjoy an outdoor, beach or equestrian lifestyle.
Kathleen Winter (DRE 01022891) has been a real estate agent in Santa Barbara for over 25 years and has created this website as a comprehensive source of information regarding the Hope Ranch real estate market in Santa Barbara.