As you pass through the gate and under the handsome, fillgreed sign suspended across Las Palmas Drive, you enter another world named Hope Ranch. Towering plams, planted in the early 1900's, line the main drive. Wearing jodhpursand shiny black boots; young children on horseback gallop along the tree-lined trails. An early morning jogger circles Laguna Blanca lake.
Hope Ranch is a community encompassing 1,863 acre. It is situated in the southeastern portion of Santa Barbara County between Highway 101 and the ocean. It consists of a broad flat mesa andlow rolling knolls broken by a magnificent valley and covered with splendid live oaks. The scenery from the home sites on the knolls is indescribably beautiful.
A golfing foursome takes turns putting on a manicured green at the La Cumbre Country Club. Incorporated in 1924, the Hope Ranch Park Homes Association watches over this elite residential area. Membership in the association is automatic upon purchasing a home and brings many privileges: the private beach, bridle paths, tennis courts, and the advantages of the Hope Ranch Riding Trails Association.