Homes for Sale in Hope Ranch
Hope Ranch is an exclusive suburb of Santa Barbara known as a private haven of scenic beauty and exquisite homes. With its rich history dating back to the 1920s, Hope Ranch offers unparalleled privacy, stunning views of mountains and ocean, and a host of amenities. Explore this remarkable enclave where celebrities, business moguls, and long-time Santa Barbarians find solace, space, and an unparalleled sense of community.
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About Hope Ranch
As you pass through the grand wrought iron gates towering over the main entrance of Hope Ranch, an unincorporated suburb west of the City of Santa Barbara, a sense of awe immediately takes hold. The entrance is adorned with majestic date palm trees, some reaching an impressive height of 60 feet.
These captivating features guide you into the private and picturesque community along the scenic Las Palmas Drive, leading you past the shimmering waters of Laguna Blanca Lake. Continuing on, you'll discover an array of Santa Barbara's most exquisite homes, including exceptional examples of architecture by renowned designers such as Reginald Johnson, Peter Barber, and George Washington Smith.
The residential development of this area, named after Irishman Thomas Hope who acquired the land in 1861 for sheep farming, commenced in the 1920s. Developer Harold Chase purchased the land from Southern Pacific Railroad, laying the foundation for the creation of the Hope Ranch we know today.
Encompassing over 1,860 acres of oak-studded hills that border the Pacific Ocean, this exclusive neighborhood attracts celebrities, business moguls, and long-time Santa Barbarians seeking abundant space, privacy, peace, and breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean.
Notably, each home in Hope Ranch proper occupies a minimum of one acre of land, distinguishing it as one of the most secluded communities in Santa Barbara. However, it can be challenging for residents to develop close connections with their neighbors.
Despite the relative absence of a traditional neighborhood atmosphere, Hope Ranch boasts an array of amenities that foster a sense of community. These amenities include a private golf, tennis, and swim club, equestrian facilities, 20 miles of scenic riding trails, soccer and polo fields, and exclusive access to a private beach reserved solely for residents of Hope Ranch.
Two schools in the area: Laguna Blanca, an independent day school serving elementary through high school students, and Vieja Valley Elementary School, located in Hope Ranch Annex.
The Hope Ranch Park Homeowners Association plays a pivotal role in preserving the rural ambiance and upholding high standards for building and landscape design within the community. They achieve this through established building guidelines and, in certain cases, a formal review process. Although not everyone may appreciate this process or its outcomes, many acknowledge the commendable efforts of the all-volunteer review board, comprised of building and landscape architects, in representing the best interests of all residents.
Hope Ranch Realtors®
If you'd like to buy a house in Hope Ranch, contact our Santa Barbara/Hope Ranch real estate agents; we're the LOCAL experts and can answer all of your home buying and neighborhood questions.
Please contact us if you're considering selling your home in Hope Ranch or in the Santa Barbara area. Our listing agents can provide dates and prices of recently sold properties nearby and up-to-date Santa Barbara real estate market information.