From 1888 until the 1920’s, the Pacific Improvement Company shaped the destiny of Hope Ranch, molding it into its present image as a wealthy suburb of Santa Barbara. Many of the amenities offered to members of the Hope Ranch Home Association, established in the 1930’s, include cabanas for a private beach club fronting the ranch, a polo field, archery range, skeet- shooting facility, tennis courts, and 30 miles of bridle paths. Space prohibits a full account of Hope Ranch’s outdoor-living background, shared by middle-class families as well as the affluent. As a result of this independent spirit, Hope Ranch continues to maintain the lofty standards of suburban living which have been in effect since the late Harold S. Chase advertised his “sun-kissed, ocean-washed, mountain-girded, island-guarded Hope Ranch” more than half a century ago.
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