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From 1888 until the 1920’s, Hope Ranch was develo9ped by the Pacific Iimprovement Company, helping to create its well-deserved image as a wealthy suburb of Santa Barbara. The members of the Hope Ranch Park Homes Association, which was established in the 1920s, enjoy private beach access with picnic tables, BBQ facilities, summertime lifeguards, palapas, and a raft acnchored just a bit off shore. There are also tennis courts, a polo field, private security patrol and many miles of dedicated riding trails.
Laguna Blanca, a private school, is located within the area of Hope Ranch. The prestigious La Cumbre Country Club, complete with pool, 18-hole golf course, and tennis courts is found at the entrance to the Ranch. There is often a long wait list for membership at the club…well worth the wait.
Hope Ranch has a nice blend of homes built primarily in the 1940s through the 1950s, as well as its share of new mansions, built in the last decades. The minimum lot size, 1.5 acres, creates a lovely rural feel and there are many estates that are significantly larger.
Hope Ranch continues to maintain the standards of suburban living which have been in effect since the late Harold S. Chase advertised his “sun-kissed, ocean-washed, mountain-girded, island-guarded Hope Ranch” more than a century ago.