The first half of 2010 has shown to be an active one for the Hope Ranch real estate market as the number of sales compared to the same time frame in 2009 increased by an impressive 42%. The price range for home sales in Hope Ranch went from $1,600,000 on the low end to a high of $7,300,000 with 4 being under $2,000,000, 3 over $5,000,000 and the remaining 3 in between. This compares to 2009 when there was just 1 sale above $5,000,000 and also just one below $2,000,000. Hope Ranch is a beautiful area of Santa Barbara (click here for a quick view of Santa Barbara Real Estate for Sale) consisting of approximately 750 properties. Hope Ranch has a private beach, tennis courts, a country club with golf course, and equestrian trails meandering thru-out the community. Most lots are in excess of an acre affording lots of privacy. Views are quite varied and can be panoramic taking in the mountains, Laguna Blanca Lake, the golf course, and ocean and islands, too! There are currently 28 properties for sale in Hope Ranch starting with a 4 bdrm ranch on 1.5 woodsy acres priced at $1,895,000 up to one of the most spectacular oceanfront estates in Hope Ranch for sale at $29,000,000. The incredible 14 acre grounds will take your breath away – like being in your own private park surrounded by towering oaks and redwoods. The estate is gated of course and includes a 6 bedroom, 10 bath residence, exquisite pool & pavilion, volley ball court, sprawling lawns and 1000 ft of bluff top ocean front. If Oprah is looking to expand her real estate portfolio this would be a wonderful addition!