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Hope Ranch Skinny
updated: Feb 02, 2013, 3:39 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Would like useful information from locals on what it's like to live in Hope Ranch. The good and not-so-good. Thank you.

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 COMMENT 370308 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 04:12 PM

Just don't move next door to Wendy McCaw and you should be fine.

 

 COMMENT 370328 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 04:51 PM

The private beach is the best!!! There is a lot of moisture in Hope Ranch, so a lot of the homes have mold.

 

 COMMENT 370341 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 05:53 PM

328 is correct. Im a local contractor and all the homes I've worked on in hope ranch have mold and/or dry rot issues.

 

 COMMENT 370347P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 06:13 PM

We used to regularly work in Hope Ranch, and I was amazed at the amount of noise. Large lots apparently means lots of professional gardeners with lots of power tools. I was constantly hearing mowers, blowers, and weed whackers. Yuck. I made my little Goleta tract house seem serene by comparison. We also were stunned by how many homes were large, but poorly maintained.

When we first moved to Goleta (in the early 1970s), my parents were encouraged to buy a house in Hope Ranch by a new friend who already lived there. Instead, they bought in Goleta, because it was more affordable/ financially less risky. If they'd bought in Hope Ranch, their house would be worth millions by now, rather than the half million their Goleta tract home is probably worth.

 

 COMMENT 370349 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 06:23 PM

bad streets, horses, nice homes, safe neighbors.

 

 COMMENT 370351 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 06:24 PM

Yes, noisy! Just like Montecito. The "semi-rural" ideal the realtors sell does exist....but only at 3 AM. Then there is quiet, and a moonlit stroll through the gardens, to the sounds of fountains, is truly magical.

 

 BROSE805 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 07:32 PM

So appreciate this information. The property/house I'm looking at seems a bit shady and the grounds seems moister than they should be. Seems to match what the contractor cautioned. My other concern is cell coverage. AT&T coverage seems terrible. Any experience with Cox Cable in Hope Ranch? And last, why are Montecito properties selling so far ahead of Hope Ranch? I feel as if there's something I should know, and don't. Thanks again for the info.

 

 BROSE805 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 07:37 PM

So appreciate this information. The property/house I'm looking at seems a bit shady and the grounds seems moister than they should be. Seems to match what the contractor cautioned. My other concern is cell coverage. AT&T coverage seems terrible. Any experience with Cox Cable in Hope Ranch? And last, why are Montecito properties selling so far ahead of Hope Ranch? I feel as if there's something I should know, and don't. Thanks again for the info.

 

 COMMENT 370387P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 08:26 PM

Hope Ranch has a homeowners association. See if they've done a reserve study -- which projects expenses and repairs into the future -- and get a copy. That might provide some answers to your questions. The HOA might have other documents -- including minutes from meetings -- that could provide insight.

 

 COMMENT 370412 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 06:44 AM

There are some quirky folks there, like anywhere. Check history, police/ sheriff calls to neighbor addresses. Check issues with horse trails, neighbors. Homeowners fees were quite reasonable last I checked. Foggy more because closer to beach. There's also some lots with poor soil, shaky geology.

You'll have interesting company: khasshogi, macaw, levy, edgecomb, etc.

 

 COMMENT 370426 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 07:51 AM

Hope Ranch is a dream come true community. The private access beach is amazing and is the hub of the community, any given evening in the summer you will find neighbors enjoying dinner and friendships while the family plays in the water or a game of volleyball. Winter brings glorious sunsets! The equestrian has miles of trails and the Modoc Riding ring, tennis at the courts has been very active lately & La Cumbre Country Club is clean fun for people of all ages.

The County repaired Las Palmas, finally, the private roads are well maintained.

Mold, really? Well, all I can say is if you maintain your home you should not have a problem.

Verizon has good coverage for your cell phone.

Life in Hope Ranch is a wonderful, come join us! You will be glad you did!

 

 COMMENT 370430 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 08:06 AM

You pay more for montecito because of the name. Hope ranch is far more convenient in terms of proximity to shopping, hospitals etc. the Private beach access is wonderful not to mention the miles and miles of riding trails and being adjacent to the More Mesa open space. The coastal climate is much more pleasant than the foothill montecito climate as well. Imo

 

 LOUWHO? agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 08:42 AM

Hope Ranch is a little slice of heaven. There is a real sense of community here. You are greeted by palm lined streets every time you come home. We all meet at the beach and enjoy how blessed we are. There are not a lot of snobby people here (a few yes). We help each other and watch out for each others kids. People move here so their kids can get into the local elementary school. We have beach festivals and barn dances. The only homes that tend to have mold issues are the ocean front homes and the ones in the fog line. Otherwise, just cut down some trees or trim the ones you can't. Invest in floor heaters and skylights. Our home is bright and mold free. If you are able to purchase a home here, you can't go wrong. Really all American are lucky to live with running water and electricity. Take it from someone who grew up using an outhouse, life is good here!!

 

 COMMENT 370442P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 08:52 AM

AT&T gave us a free micro cell box and now we get great cell service. The ranch has been letting more and more companies put in mini cells on poles, so service is getting better. Mertro PC burried wires under the roads a few years back. Cox cable works great here. They use to have welcome parties for new members to meet others but I am not sure if that still happens. Just drive down to the beach and make some friends. People are welcoming here.

 

 BROSE805 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 09:21 AM

Thank you, Kind Folks, for providing info on some of the cautions, but also the wonderful aspects of living in HR. This was so helpful, I can't tell you!

 

 COMMENT 370480P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 12:02 PM

40 year south coast resident. Hope Ranch is new rich. Montecito is old rich (or obscenely rich).

 

 COMMENT 370494 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 01:52 PM

I like to walk up the beach from Hendry's and crash the private parties. If asked, pick an address on the far side of Hope Ranch to provide so people won't wonder why they haven't met you before. Good times.

 

 COMMENT 370506 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:37 PM

494 Thank you for sharing this. Next time we have a party we will be looking for you.

426 and LOUWHO? are both right. All good things about Hope Ranch, plus my son's school, Laguna Blanca.

Living near old or new money should be no problem as long as the neighbours are considerate and pleasant.

 

 COMMENT 370652 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 10:45 AM

506, the rich are considerate and pleasant? I doubt they are so humble.

 

 COMMENT 370750 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:50 PM

Being polite is nothing to do with humility. In fact why the humble label? Sounds ingratiating and squeegy. And a successful person attaining the level of "rich" is not likely to be either of those!.

 

 COMMENT 370777 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 05:04 PM

LOL. After reading 506's post I'm laughing at the thought of an irate mob of elitists throwing an octogenarian into the surf because she can't remember the trash pickup day.

 

 BROSE805 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 09:26 PM

Do visitors have trouble finding homes at night? It's awfully dark and on certain streets, hard to see street signs.

Also, I drove through HR last week, and there was A LOT of gravel on the streets near Cresta. Is that common?

 

 COMMENT 371259P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 01:56 AM

BROSE805. We have a staff that maintains the roads in Hope Ranch. They use a process called chip seal, where they put gravel on top of the road. Within a few days it grinds down into the old road. The gravel effect only last a few days. It is hard to find roads at night, but no harder than it is to find them in Montecito. GPS on most cell phones is very accurate in the ranch.

 

 BROSE805 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 07:42 PM

Aha! Chip seal. Thanks for solving the mystery.

 

 BROSE805 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 09:08 AM

Over 10 days later, the chip seal/gravel is still pretty hard on my car. How often does Hope Ranch do this?

 

 BROSE805 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:49 AM

One last question about Hope Ranch? I assume it's foggier than other parts of town. How far inland (at what street) does the fog lessen?

 

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