For residents looking for all the luxury Santa Barbara can offer, combined with the convenient location of a suburb, Hope Ranch is the ultimate destination. Hope Ranch is a neighborhood of Santa Barbara County that lays claim to some of the most unique homes and best views in town. Nestled in-between the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta, Hope Ranch runs along the coastline to the south and is bordered by the shopping centers of the upper State St. area to the north.
Those who can afford a property in Hope Ranch are lucky enough to enjoy the vast amenities the neighborhood has to offer. Over 750 homes and estates are scattered throughout the 1,863 acres of oak-lined land, each individually designed to highlight its best features. Hope Ranchers have access to a resident-only private beach, a polo field, tennis courts, a soccer field, horse riding trails, Laguna Blanca Lake and the La Cumbre Country Club. Hope Ranch even has its own private law enforcement governing the roads of the neighborhood at all times.
Hope Ranch has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1861 when an Irishman named Thomas Hope purchased the land for $8,000 with the intention of sheep ranching. Eventually, Harold Chase is the man who envisioned the spectacular residential area when he purchased the property in 1923 and began developing it into the Hope Ranch we recognize today.
With a population of about 2,200, and millions and multimillions, it’s no surprise that some famous residents call Hope Ranch home. Most notably, Santa Barbara News Press owner and philanthropist Wendy McCaw as well as the rapper Snoop Dogg, who purchased a home in 2006 in Hope Ranch, among others.
Many homes in Hope Ranch come with serious acreage, making this neighborhood especially family-friendly. Between the beach access, and its proximity to some of the highest ranked public schools in California, Hope Ranch is the perfect place to raise a family. Vieja Valley Elementary School and the Laguna Blanca School are within the Hope Ranch limits, while Hope Elementary, Vista Verde Elementary, La Colina Junior High, and San Marcos Senior High schools are all also within the district limits as well.