Hope Ranch Estate was envisioned by DesignARC as a home with a traditional exterior, visually blending in its landscape. According to the architects, the four-bedroom home “occupies a south-facing view lot in Hope Ranch, a suburb of Santa Barbara characterized by narrow winding roads, horse paths and native oak trees. The three-acre grounds are carefully planted with native flora, designed to stitch the grounds into the surrounding landscape, but which also strategically conceal a solar panel array”. An outdoor deck with swimming pool overlooking the canyon is just one of the highlights this home puts on display.

The interior design scheme distances itself from the traditional style: “The foyer opens into a single, great space comprising the living, dining, and kitchen activities. Rustic, wide-plank grey hickory floors, as well as rough-hewn natural wood ceiling beams provide contrast to the all-white interior and modern architectural features. Large, pocket mahogany sliding doors further expand the living space, linking the living room to the pool terrace with its sensuous flush water edge—emotionally reaching out to the distant blue Los Padres Mountains.” The rooms are defined by modern sensibilities and minimalism, without creating a powerful contrast with the outdoors. [Photography courtesy of DesignARC]