Hope Ranch Real Estate: Luxury Country Living in the City
Relaxed Sophistication with a Rural Flair
This tranquil 1,800+-acre residential enclave just five minutes from Santa Barbara’s dynamic Upper State Street commercial corridor seems miles away from the madding crowd.
View Available Listings Hope Ranch real estate provides serenity and a laid-back ambiance for its residents while allowing easy access to all the fantastic amenities Santa Barbara has to offer. Approximately 700 Hope Ranch homes rest on large lots or acreage among gently rolling to hilly terrain. Dramatic bluffs lead to a pristine stretch of private beach.
A Wealth of Recreational Activities
Residents are blessed with a selection of recreational facilities — including polo and soccer fields, baseball diamonds and tennis courts. The exclusive La Cumbre Golf and Country Club offers a historic 18-hole course built around beautiful Laguna Blanca. Over 20 miles of equine trails meander through the enclave’s public areas leading to the beach. There is an active Hope Ranch Homeowners Association, and a Riding Trails Association as well, and the famous Earl Warren Showgrounds is a mere five minutes away.
A Bit of Hope Ranch History
While the first Hope Ranch homes weren’t built until the 1920s, the modern history of the area now known as Hope Ranch began in the late 1700s when a lieutenant from the Santa Barbara Presidio and his soldiers were sent to fight the notorious pirate, Bouchard. In 1861, the land was purchased for $8,000 by Irishman Thomas Hope who used it to graze his flock of 5,000 sheep. After Hope died, his property was sold to Southern Pacific Railroad, and subsequently, in 1923, to Harold Chase. The developer installed roads, utilities and equestrian trails, then began selling residential building lots.
Hope Ranch Homes
Today, Hope Ranch homes are coveted for their location, mountain and ocean views and tranquil ambiance. The few remaining building lots in the enclave sell for $1 million or more, while even a modest, Mid-century ranch-style residence can bring more than $2 million. At the upper end of Hope Ranch real estate, blufftop estates overlooking the private beach, ocean and beyond are often priced in the $10-30 million range.
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