Hope Ranch Santa Barbara Real Estate

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Overview Of Hope Ranch

Though it may not look like it now, before Hope Ranch was developed as one of the most expensive and popular residential neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, it was home to over 5,000 sheep. Irish immigrant Thomas Hope bought the land now known as Hope Ranch for $8,000 in 1861. Selling the sheep’s wool for military uniforms during the Civil War made Hope wealthy, and at the time of his death in 1876, his land was sold for $250,000. Not until 1923, however, when Harold Chase began installing roads, bridle trails, and utilities did Hope Ranch become a residential area. Now 773 lots comprising 1,863 acres of rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean make up the Hope Ranch community.

Currently the roads, bridle trails, and private beach are managed by the Hope Ranch Homeowners’ Association, which also provides local security. The Laguna Blanca School campus is located in the center of Hope Ranch. This independent, coeducational day school opened in 1933 and currently serves grades K-12. The school competes in sports against other notable area Condor League schools, such as Cate School and The Thacher School. Hope Ranch is also home to La Cumbre Country Club. Renowned architect George Washington Smith, whose Spanish Colonial Revival style buildings are prevalent in Santa Barbara and especially Montecito, designed its clubhouse. In addition to the golf course, club members also enjoy tennis courts, a fitness center, a pool, and spa. The yearly HOA fees are quite reasonable at only $1200-1300 per year.

Hope Ranch Neighborhood Map

Living In Hope Ranch

Housing Market in Hope Ranch

Hope Ranch homes sold in the past two years range from just under $1 million to over $18 million. As one of Santa Barbara's most elite communities, you can expect to find many of the areas most luxurious homes here. Many of which include 180 degree ocean views, private tennis courts, and access to private equine trails.

Lifestyle in Hope Ranch

Currently the roads, bridle trails, and private beach are managed by the Hope Ranch Homeowners’ Association, which also provides local security. Hope Ranch is also home to La Cumbre Country Club. Renowned architect George Washington Smith, whose Spanish Colonial Revival style buildings are prevalent in Santa Barbara and especially Montecito, designed its clubhouse. In addition to the golf course, club members also enjoy tennis courts, a fitness center, a pool, and spa. The yearly HOA fees are quite reasonable at only $1200-1300 per year.

Schools in Hope Ranch

The Laguna Blanca School campus is located in the center of Hope Ranch. This independent, coeducational day school opened in 1933 and currently serves grades K-12. The school competes in sports against other notable area Condor League schools, such as Cate School and The Thacher School.

Architecture in Hope Ranch

While most people imagine that the homes in Hope Ranch are all ultra-expansive dream homes, there are some under 2,500 square feet, and even a small eight hundred square foot cottage. At the other end of the spectrum, there are estates over eight, ten and even twelve thousand square feet. Much of the real estate in Hope Ranch offers stunning mountain or ocean views, and some properties are situated beside the serenity of the golf course.

Dining in Hope Ranch

The Hope Ranch Country Club offers a wonderful dining option for it's guests and members. For "on the beach" dining, be sure to visit The Boathouse, a local favorite. Within a short drive is a large collection of restaurants in the La Cumbre area including Lure, a delicious fresh seafood destination.

Drive Times in Hope Ranch

Hope Ranch is conveniently located between Santa Barbara and Goleta, very close to the shopping centers and restaurants of upper State Street, including La Cumbre Plaza and Five Points. Most destinations are within a short 10 to 15 minute drive.

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