Hope Ranch was first mentioned in written word in 1769 in a diary that was kept by Captain Gaspar de Portola where he recounted being greeted by friendly Indians from the Cieneguitas tribe.
Dating back six to ten thousand years, there is evidence of Indian life in the Hope Ranch area.
The first private owner of land that would later become known as Hope Ranch was Lt. Narcisco Fabregas who came to fight the pirate, Bouchard.
Thomas Hope, after whom the Ranch has famously been named, bought the property in 1861 for a sum of $8,000. Later the land was purchased for $250,000 by the Southern Pacific Railroad.
By 1900 it was announced that a number of homes would be built and the area would be marketed as the “playground of the world.” However, it wasn’t until Harold Chase purchased the land in 1923 that any real development actually took place.
Today, Hope Ranch is a community of 773 lots encompassing 1,863 acres. It has become one of Santa Barbara’s more luxurious and desirable communities offering access to a private beach as well as many bridle trails for horseback riding.
For golfers and tennis players alike, the La Cumbre Country Club resides within the Hope Ranch community as well.
Since the early 1920s, the development has been governed by a Homeowners’ Association which oversees and assures the unique quality that residents of Hope Ranch have come to know and enjoy, making it a very special place to call home.