Hope Ranch


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Hope Ranch is named after Thomas Hope, who emigrated from Ireland as a boy to later become a cowboy in Texas at the time of the battle of the Alamo.  Emigrating westward, Hope passed through Santa Barbara on his way to San Francisco.  There he married Delia Fox and together they purchased 2,000 sheep which they drove down to Santa Barbara to graze.  They eventually purchased the entire ranch that is today known as Hope Ranch.  Although he never learned to read or write, wool prices skyrocketed making Hope a wealthy man.   Delia Hope was a socialite who enjoyed Parisian fashions and longed for a more elegant residence and in 1875 commissioned Santa Barbara’s premier architect to build a $10,000 Victoria home at what is now 399 Nogal Drive.  Constructed of heart of redwood lumber, impossible to obtain today, the Hope House enjoys official status as a designated historical landmark.

 In 1904 a massive program of ornamental planting was initiated with some 360 palm trees, pines, and cypress.   The ranch became a favorite place for the wealthy to stage weekend picnic and meriendas, especially around Laguna Blanca.  Developers, quick to

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 recognize the tremendous profit potential of Hope Ranch, began promoting it as a suburb for upper income people.  An elite suburb was beginning to take shape with the first of many major estates to be developed in Hope Ranch, complete with mansions and formal gardens.    Early on, builders were aware of the intrinsic beauty of the area and made a deliberate effort to either hide service lines using natural topography or install them underground, thereby setting the high standard of civic beauty which endures on Hope Ranch to the present.

Today, Hope Ranch is a close-knit community with it own private beach which continues to maintain the lofty standards of suburban living, making this one of the most desirable and prestigious neighborhoods in which to reside.

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