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A Majestic 1920’s Hope Ranch Oasis

Hope Ranch Estate, Santa Barbara, California


Offered at $3,500,000 ~ SOLD ~

4005 Lago Drive, Santa Barbara, California

 with private beach access


The Area: Hope Ranch of Santa Barbara

Hope Ranch was once part of an original coastal Spanish Land Grant. In the 1920’s and 1930’s it was developed into what is now approximately 1,863 acres with about 773 estate like homes nestled into a rural setting minutes from the services of Santa Barbara. The residents enjoy a private and gated beach, tennis courts and miles of beautiful equestrian trails. The private, members only, La Cumbre Country Club offers all residents views of the beautiful lake and greens of the golf course.

The Architect: Joseph A. Plunket (1900 – 1946)

In the 1920’s and 1930’s a handful of renown architects put their stamp on the Santa Barbara design influence of red tiled roofed Spanish and Mediterranean style homes, creating what is now considered to be the iconic Santa Barbara design style.

One of the premier architects of this early period was Joseph Plunkett who, in his brief career, designed notable buildings in Santa Barbara such as the Arlington Theater, the Santa Barbara Airport Terminal, along with a number of estate homes from Montecito and Santa Barbara to the Santa Ynez Valley. He designed with a sense of interior flow and exterior romance.


The Property:

Nestled in a majestic grove of mature oaks overlooking the La Cumbre Country Club golf course, the Laguna Blanca lake, and to the mountains beyond, 4005 Lago Drive was designed in 1928 for John M. Gamble, whom we believe was the renowned painter known for his extraordinary early California Plein-air paintings.

It features 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, a mix of beautiful warm, new and original oak flooring along with travertine pavers, massive beams, large windows with gorgeous views to the neighboring golf course, lake, and mountains, a resort quality swimming pool, and terraced gardens.
A recently remodeled and expanded kitchen and baths have brought the magic and romance of the authentic Monterey Spanish Colonial architecture into a current functionality for today’s buyer.

The current owner purchased the Property in 2002 and has skillfully and authentically renovated this estate honoring each architectural detail. The renovation seamlessly blends classic elements with modern amenities and has transformed this authentic Monterey Spanish Colonial estate into an entertainer’s delight. 4005 Lago Drive offers the iconic Santa Barbara lifestyle in a gracious, quality home and a setting that offers a peaceful oasis.

Entry: In the classic style, the formal entry through a heavy, antiqued oak, glass and iron door serves to radiate the living room and dining room and opens to a waterfall, patio and pool.

Living Room: The living room is a large and beautifully scaled room, with original oak flooring, rough sawn beamed trusses and ceiling and a wood burning fireplace. The views are enhanced by four 8' tall double French doors that look out to the neighboring golf course and lake, the mountains beyond and the beautiful gardens and pool.

Kitchen: The large remodeled kitchen is an entertainer’s delight with an expansive center island and adjoining dining nook and fireplace. Custom alder cabinetry is enhanced by under and over cabinet lighting and the kitchen is equipped with top of the line appliances including 3 sinks with disposals, Kohler fixtures, Kitchen Aid six burner commercial style range top with grill, stainless steel dishwasher, microwave, double 30” convection ovens, convenience/ beverage fridge, and built in 48" refrigerator. The overhead lighting is LED and a second fireplace further encourages casual gatherings.

Stacking French doors at the kitchen and breakfast eating nook open to the patio with an outdoor fireplace and sitting area and further to the pool.

Formal Dining Room Off the kitchen and large enough to accommodate seating for 10 or more, the room looks out onto the lake and golf course and opens out to the front yard terrace and garden.


Guest Wing: The east side of the house offers a very private guest wing complete with a bedroom, bathroom and sitting/study room which could easily act as an additional bedroom or guest sleeping quarters. There is also a kitchenette that is complete with a wine fridge, water dispenser, sink with disposal, granite counters, and ample cabinet space with under cabinet lighting.



Main Floor Master Suite: Beautifully enlarged and remodeled downstairs master suite including the bathroom and closets. The warm trussed ceiling, oak floors, thick plaster walls, fireplace, and sitting area make this a cozy retreat. Large picture windows give views to the garden and pool as well as the golf course and lake beyond.

Upper Level Master Suite: On the upper level is a second Master Suite with a fireplace and a large picture window offering sweeping views of the golf course, the lake and mountains. The master bath has been completely remodeled and the suite offers two closets, one a large walk in. There are balconies off the front of the home as well as one in the rear overlooking the pool and patio area.
Upper Level Second Bedroom Second floor bedroom and ensuite bath with large balcony spaces. The bath has a large walk in shower with seat and beautiful picture window that offers an intimate view of the gardens beyond. This suite could easily be repurposed into an expanded second floor master suite with his/her baths, office and exercise room.



Pool & Outdoor Patio: The current owners built a resort like pool / spa using all natural Montecito sand-stone quarried locally and hand cut onsite for pool and the terraced retaining walls.

The pool offers water elements that cascade down to the pool including two waterfalls and a water slide. There are 6 gas tiki lights that create the proper ambience.

A delightful sitting area centers around an impressive outdoor fireplace. There is also an array of low voltage lights throughout the front and rear yard areas.

Gardens: Overlooking the patio and pool area are gardens with fruit trees planted throughout the property including: avocado, nectarine, peach, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, kumquat, olives along with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and grapes.

Stairs lead up from the pool and patio to a large lawn area and a formal garden area with an adjacent and intimate dining area under a vine covered pergola overlooking the pool.



Other Features :

  • Solar pool heating system

  • Pool/spa has 400,000 BTU heater

  • Wood burning fireplace patio off kitchen

  • Outdoor shower

  • Sauna

  • Flagstone patio gardens

  • Two outdoor bathrooms adjacent to pool area

  • Overhead infrared heaters at patio adjacent to kitchen

Technical Features::

  • House is fire sprinkled

  • Solar PV 4.0 kW system

  • Advanced waste water treatment system 4000 gallons.

  • House has security system including fire

  • House is hardwired for CAT 5 computer, coax cable, CAT 5 phone system, and conventional phone jacks

  • Natural gas fed back-up generator

  • Copper water lines

  • Auto irrigation - 4 clocks

  • FAU for main house replaced in 2004/05

  • Guest quarters has a separate FAU system

  • Main Level Master Suite has separate FAU (Aquatherm) system

  • Approximately 80% of the roof is new

  • 2 water heaters - 100 gal gas water heater w/recirculating pump and a 50 gal water heater dedicated to downstairs master bath

  • Approximately 75% of the electrical system has been updated with Romex.

  •  Active permit for garage remodel/addition/guest house

  • Sound system speaker wiring with volume controllers to multiple interior and exterior locations

  • Seismic bolting of house to stem walls in raised foundation areas

  • Santa Barbara French doors (opening center panels with screens) for flow thru ventilation

  • Interior 1 3/4" interior knotty alder doors with heavy distressed finish

  • Quality Note: House is interior lath and plaster except for small parts of kitchen and laundry.


Hope Ranch Estate, Santa Barbara, California

Offered at $3,500,000   SOLD ~

Hope Ranch Real Estate Represented by:


Carey Kendall
Associate Broker

Cal BRE License # 00753349

Village Properties Office
3615 Sagunto Street, Suite A,
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

From Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez
Selling Legacy Properties for Over 30 Years


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