In 1908, the Pacific Improvement Company announced plans to make Hope Ranch into a “playground of the world,” and thus the Potter Country Club was born. A $10,000 Clubhouse was built on Carosam Road. It was surrounded by a golf course and was the forerunner of the present La Cumbre Golf and Country Club. When the club moved to its present site, the old clubhouse became the Gun Club, used for skeet and trap-shooting. Years ago, the house was converted into a private residence.
Hope Ranch was the site of Santa Barbara’s first air show, presented by daredevil Lincoln Beachley, in 1914. A crated biplane arrived by train and was assembled on the shores of Laguna Blanca. Beachley thrilled the crowd by making thirteen consecutive loop-the-loops to break the world record of nine. He lost control, falling in a spin and crashed into an old oak tree. Despite a few cuts and bruises, he was still able to attend the banquet given that evening in his honor at the Potter Hotel. More about the Grand Potter Hotel to come soon.
Lincold Beachy with Laguna Blanca Lake behind him.
The Potter Hotel
Hope Ranch has long been known for its many recreational facilities. As early as 1829, the lake was a fashionable spot for picnicking by the residents and guests of Santa Barbara. More than once, as an expression of the old Santa Barbara hospitality, Laguna Blanca lake in the 1860’s was re-christened by the Mayor in honor of a visiting dignitary. For example, it became “Lake Fenton” in honor of the visiting Governor of New York…..Of course, as soon as the dignitary was on the train for home, it reverted to it’s traditional name, Laguna Blanca Lake.
The Lake on January 5, 2016
Rueben Fenton Governor of New York in the 1860’s
July 2014 Laguna Blanca becomes a dry lake bed due to the great Drought of the 2010’s
I have been very busy getting the Estate of the late Fred Kavli prepared for active marketing at the end of January. The Estate on over 4 acres and approximately 11,700 square feet home is amazingly set on a private point in Hope Ranch with beautiful south/westerly views of the ocean, islands, beautiful sunsets and UCSB point. Stay tuned!
Inspired By the Master Santa Barbara Architects
Rebuilt in 2007 this home blends splendid with simple, function with quality and stunning with spectacular. This fine home joins Dave Shelton custom Wrought Iron details, gorgeous Granite surfaces, striking Alder wood doors with Travertine floors that flow throughtout. Spacious and inviting with 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths, a 7 Car Garage, Food and Butler’s Pantries, a Craft Room and Outdoor Shower. The peaceful, ocean view Master Suite enjoys a private fireplace, sitting alcove, sunset patio, stunning marble bath with steam room shower and a large walk-in closet. Completing the second story is the Ocean View Office and Exercise Room, both open out to the ocean view patio.
Soaking Up the Ocean Views and Warmth of the Sun in Hope Ranch
Dazzling ocean views welcome you to this tropical inspired oasis on 1.27 acres near the coastal entrance of desired Hope Ranch. The single story home enjoys the warmth of the southern sun through walls of glass that embrace the amazing, and ever changing ocean and island views and flows effortlessly to the great outdoors. The backyard is framed in palm trees, enjoys a built-in BBQ Kitchen, outdoor dining patios, mosaic tile pool, sprawling green lawns, meandering paths, pool bath cabana, mosaic spa & peaceful privacy. The delightful location, that enjoys the sound of crashing waves, southern exposure, a usable lot and single story home is ready for you to create your very own perfect paradise.