Hope Ranch Hope Ranch is named after Irishman Thomas Hope, who purchased the land in 1861 for sheep ranching. It was not until Harold Chase purchased the land in 1923 that the area was developed into the residential area that exists today. Hope Ranch is now a community of 773 lots encompassing 1,863 acres. It is situated in the southeastern portion of Santa Barbara County between Highway 101 and the ocean. It consists of a broad flat mesa and low rolling knolls broken by a magnificent valley and covered with splendid live oaks. Homeowners at Hope Ranch have their own private beach. Of course it’s accessible from the public beaches to either side of it, but the only road down to it is behind a gate with a password that is only bestowed upon Hope Ranch residents. The Ranch is also home to the La Cumbre Country Club with their dazzling pond and open green for golfing. The main drag of Hope Ranch is Las Palmas Road. You can take this street from the main entrance all the way through the neighborhood and it will drop you off just above Hendry’s Beach at Cliff Drive. Hope Ranch is a community like no other due to its stunning views and exquisite privacy.