Resting on a knoll in Hope Ranch, one of the California Central Coast’s most coveted luxury enclaves, this beautiful equestrian estate exudes an ambiance of relaxed sophistication. It is a testament to the wonderful indoor-outdoor lifestyle for which Santa Barbara is world renowned. In its wooded setting, the estate commands over 3 park-like acres hosting an over 5,000 sq. ft. single-level main residence, a nearly 1,000 sq. ft. guesthouse, a pair of 2-stall barns, and a spacious riding paddock.
Combining vintage charm with contemporary design and conveniences
Originally built in 1949, the primary residence might qualify as the “newest” home in Hope Ranch thanks to its near total impeccable renovation in 2017. Spaciousness and light are abundant here thanks to high open-beam-and-truss vaulted ceilings, expansive windows and oversize sliding doors, skylights, and wide-plank wood floors. There are multiple fireplaces, a ground floor master suite, and a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless appliances. The large pool and spa are surrounded by emerald lawn. Ocean and mountain views are plentiful.
It’s rare to find such a lovely equestrian estate so convenient to a pristine beach, prestigious golf club, excellent public and private schools, and all the upscale amenities Santa Barbara provides.
Common areas designed for comfort and camaraderie
Adjacent to the foyer, a stunning living room with high ceilings and a grand fireplace has floor-to-ceiling windows and doors spanning 3 of its walls; filling the room with natural light. Across the foyer, the formal dining room hosts a fireplace, and large picture windows frame the backyard. Down the hall, a Great Room incorporates the kitchen and family room. In addition to its high-end stainless appliances, the kitchen offers a generous amount of counter space, an expansive island and large skylights. The cozy family room has a fireplace and built-in shelving. The room opens to the backyard with its towering eucalyptus trees and dramatic mountain vistas. A comfortable guest bedroom or office, bathroom and laundry room are located off the family room.
Accommodations for the most discerning owners, family and guests
The bedroom wing of this equestrian estate features the master suite and a pair of sizable guest bedrooms with bathrooms en suite. The bedrooms provide French doors opening to the side yard where a sparkling pool, spa, patio and lawn area lined with lush palms await. The master suite has a fireplace, luxurious bathroom with a large soaking tub and steam shower, mountain views and doors on either side leading to the side and back yards.
The guest house is located across the backyard and is truly a tranquil hideaway for family or friends. It has an intimate sitting room, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a kitchenette, washer/dryer and a private mountain view patio.
Amenities within and beyond
Down the hill are the impressive equestrian facilities. The property has well-maintained, mature landscaping throughout, including fruit orchards. A 3-car garage is discretely located off the main driveway and has a stairway accessing the main residence. Many of the home’s systems have been replaced or improved recently.
Hope Ranch -- an affluent community just 5 minutes from Santa Barbara shopping, dining and services, yet feeling miles apart from the madding crowd -- offers a private beach, municipal tennis courts, miles of equestrian trails, security, and is home to La Cumbre Country Club.
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