One of the wealthiest California suburbs, this exclusive, palm-filled, equestrian-oriented paradise is a haven for CEOs, celebrities, and horse owners
With equestrian estates, an exclusive beach, and naturally rolling terrain, Hope Ranch is an upscale, unincorporated Santa Barbara suburb attractive to celebrities, families, CEOs, and professionals who appreciate the area's privacy. Situated between Goleta and the Santa Barbara coastline, Hope Ranch is renowned for its equestrian community, where a sizable percentage of occupants are horse owners.
Outdoor activities are the neighborhood's bread and butter—besides the private beach, residents have access to picnic areas, 27 miles of riding trails, tennis courts, and a golf club. Accessible only to those who hold the elite residential keycard, inhabitants benefit from the secluded, tree-lined respite that is Hope Ranch.
As one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch attracts affluent individuals and is one of California's wealthiest areas. Most homes go for an average of $2-5 million, while oceanfront estates can get as high as $25 million and more. Most of these residences include astounding panoramic ocean views, private tennis courts, and even access to private equine trails. Spanish Colonial Revival is one of the most prevalent architectural styles in the area. Over the years, the neighborhood has seen famous residents like Snoop Dogg, Vera Ralston, Wendy McCaw, and the H.R. Haldeman family.
Because of its prestigious reputation and exclusivity, Hope Ranch has become a haven for high-powered individuals. Many of its residents are also members of the La Cumbre Country Club. The Hope Ranch Homeowners Association employs its own private security firm, and many homes are gated. The HRHA also oversees the private beach, roads, and bridle trails.
Rural, rolling hills, horse trails, and heavy forestation aren't the most conducive to commerce, which is why Hope Ranch is sparse when it comes to shops and restaurants. That's not a bad thing for residents, who specifically choose the area because of its residential vibe and quiet streets. The main attraction, aside from the equestrian amenities and trails, is the La Cumbre Country Club.
Between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, blossoming Hope Ranch is home to a high-quality country club at La Cumbre. Play tennis on one of the six championship tennis courts, visit the spacious aquatics area, or work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center. La Cumbre also offers formal, casual, and al fresco dining with attentive service.
La Cumbre's crowning glory and centerpiece is its challenging 18-hole golf course with uphill and downhill targets, well-bunkered greens, and an overall immersive experience complete with plenty of privacy and perfect lighting.
The private Hope Ranch Beach has a gated entrance for residents on Las Olas Drive. Lifeguards patrol the beach during the summer, and the area is full of features like outdoor showers, picnic grounds, kayak storage, concessions, restrooms, and storage lockers.
The Hope Ranch Homeowners Association hosts special events at the beach from time to time, including an annual summer beach party with beach volleyball, sandcastle building, surfing, and so much more.
Apart from the equestrian trails and activities, there isn't much else to do in Hope Ranch—thankfully, it's conveniently located close to Santa Barbara's more commercialized districts. Locals often travel to Upper State Street or the Mesa for shopping and other amenities.
Students attend schools in the Hope Elementary District and Santa Barbara High School District. Some also attend the private, co-educational, college preparatory day school, Laguna Blanca.
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