This luxury community is located in a privately developed area bordering the Pacific just west of Santa Barbara. Its 1,865 acres of lush landscape is framed with native vegetation abundant in California oak and chaparral. Irishman Thomas Hope originally purchased the land in 1861 to raise sheep. It was later sold to the Southern Pacific Railroad and then to Harold Chase in 1923. The Hope Ranch Homes Association was incorporated in 1924 with the first major estates completed in 1925. Early architecture saw such well known Santa Barbara names as George Washington Smith, Reginald Johnson, and Peter Barber. With a minimum lot size of one acre in Hope Ranch, and some lots as large as 50 acres, the area has maintained a spacious open feeling. There are 686 homes today, ranging from fairly modest to ultra high end luxury, many with spectacular views of both the mountains and the ocean. Amenities in the ranch include thirty miles of bridal paths, a private beach with picnic tables and cabanas, picturesque Lake Laguna Blanca, a polo field, soccer field, tennis courts, and security patrol services. Hope Ranch is also home to the exclusive La Cumbre Country Club and Laguna Blanca School which was founded in 1933.