Hope Ranch

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Area Description

Equestrian estates are the heart and soul of Hope Ranch, an almost entirely residential community along the coast between Santa Barbara and Goleta full of multimillion-dollar mansions hidden behind ornate gates. La Cumbre Country Club sits at the heart of the area, as does the private and exclusive Laguna Blanca School, and horse/hiking trails weave in and out of the wooded setting. Yet despite the country setting, the conveniences of Santa Barbara are just five minutes away.

Area Highlights


Horseback-riding millionaires, Silicon Valley moguls who jet commute, and old-time Santa Barbarans living on the family estate.


Multimillion-dollar estates, almost exclusively.


Horseback riding, golfing at the country club, and sunbathing at the private Hope Ranch beach.

You'll Love

Sunrise walks through the oak trees on dedicated trails, blood-orange margaritas down the hill at The Boathouse on Hendry’s Beach, and rural privacy just minutes from town.

Perfect For

Wealthy folks looking for the space of the country but to be quite close to town.

Around the Area

One of the more beautiful residential neighborhoods in the world, Hope Ranch is an oak-tree-shaded enclave of about 775 exquisitely manicured estates connected by meandering roads and horse trails. The median home price approaches $3 million, with the occasional $25 million sale, as well, so this is truly a community of elites and successful entrepreneurs, all willing to pay a little extra for lots of space hidden behind stately gates.

Though named after Thomas Hope, an Irishman who purchased the property for $8,000 back in 1861, it wasn’t developed into a residential area until the 1920s. That’s also when the existing homeowners association — which maintains the trails and private beach, maintains a private police force, and upholds architectural guidelines — came into being. Aside from the estates, most of which cannot be seen from the road through the dense foliage, Hope Ranch is also home to La Cumbre Country Club and Laguna Blanca School, both very visible from Las Palmas Road, which meanders through the community. You may also spot people riding their horses underneath the shade of majestic oak trees, as a large network of trails, which can also be hiked, explores the entire ranch.

Though secluded, Hope Ranch is quite close to town, particularly the La Cumbre Mall and Five Points Shopping Center along Upper State Street in Santa Barbara. On the other side of the community is Hendry’s Beach, officially known as Arroyo Burro, where dog-walkers can take a break by sipping on margaritas and chomping ahi club sandwiches at The Boathouse Restaurant.

Urban convenience mixed with utmost coastal California luxury does come at quite a steep price, and there are very few bargains to find, but if you can afford it, Hope Ranch just might be the best place to live on the planet.

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