Hope Ranch

Private community punctuated with majestic oaks, bridle paths, and private beach access

Welcome to Hope Ranch

Enjoy an active lifestyle in this upscale neighborhood.

Hope Ranch is an unincorporated suburb of Santa Barbara. This private community is situated on nearly 2,000 sprawling acres, including 22 miles of equestrian trails that crisscross through the neighborhood. It has plenty to offer its residents, such as private-access beach, a members-only golf club, tennis courts, and more.

This area was once completely owned by 1800s-era rancher Thomas W. Hope, from whom the community derives its name. However, it wasn’t until the 1920s that Hope Ranch was residentially developed. Since its humble origins, this town has continued to flourish and become a haven for well-to-do-Californians. 


What to Love

  • A private, residential community
  • A plethora of recreational activities 
  • Close access to Santa Barbara


People & Lifestyle

Hope Ranch comprises 773 homes, most of which are situated on spacious lots or acreage among gently rolling to hilly terrain. With only three roads to the public, Hope Ranch is known for its private and secluded nature. Residents enjoy serene and laid-back environments with easy access to the wide array of exciting amenities Santa Barbara has to offer. 

The majority of individuals who live here are CEOs, celebrities, and long-established families. Ten percent of the population are horse owners, making this a great option for those who are part of the equestrian lifestyle. Those who are lucky enough to call this place home can enjoy stunning stretches of coastline, weaving equestrian trails, and plenty of top-tier amenities.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

As a residential neighborhood, Hope Ranch does not have a dedicated commercial district. However, there are a plethora of options for dining, shopping, and entertainment in close proximity. Start your morning off with a pastry and coffee at the Goleta Coffee Company, located just minutes away. 

For a seaside dining experience, head to The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, featuring some of Santa Barbara's most spectacular ocean views, fresh seafood, and a lively happy hour.

If you’re ready to shop until you drop, head over to the La Cumbre Plaza located just minutes away in Santa Barbara. This outdoor plaza features an assortment of popular retailers, including some fun options for entertainment.


Things to Do

Residents of Hope Ranch are blessed with a wide selection of recreational facilities. This includes polo, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts. The illustrious La Cumbre Country Club features a championship 18-hole course. Located between the ocean and mountains, this master course is expertly built around the stunning Laguna Blanca. This elite country club offers members a home away from home. 

Soak up that golden California sunshine at the Hope Ranch Beach. This private beach is for residents only and is the perfect place to enjoy a day swimming, picnicking, or sunbathing. Taking in the sunset here is another experience you don’t want to miss! 

If you want to get out and try something new, Santa Barbara’s dynamic Upper State Street is situated just five minutes away! This exciting street is lined with an abundance of exciting shops and restaurants.



Hope Ranch is home to a couple of excellent schools. Top educational institutions here include:

  • Laguna Blanca School
  • Vieja Valley School


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Overview for Hope Ranch, CA

4,163 people live in Hope Ranch, where the median age is 48 and the average individual income is $77,981. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Hope Ranch, CA

Hope Ranch has 1,728 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Hope Ranch do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,163 people call Hope Ranch home. The population density is 3,304.196 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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44.97 / 55.03%

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Schools in Hope Ranch, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Hope Ranch. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Vieja Valley Elementary
K - 6th
Trivium Charter School Voyage
K - 12th

Around Hope Ranch, CA

There's plenty to do around Hope Ranch, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Room For Cake, Get Hooked Seafood, and Healthy Warrior Meal Prep.

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Dining 4.05 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.05 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.22 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.39 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.94 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.16 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars

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