A network of elegant, palm-lined streets and rich landscaping makes Hope Ranch look distinctly un-ranch-like. The magnificent date palms along Marina and Las Palmas Drives are over 80 years old and tower as high as 60 feet. Hope Ranch is named for Thomas Hope, an Irish immigrant who for a time worked as a Texas cowboy. Eventually Hope moved to Southern California and acquired the two former Mexican land grants totalling over 6,000 acres that bear his name today. Hope even built a race track to indulge one of his favorite pastimes. The equestrian tradition continues today in Hope Ranch, considered one of the most prestigious and gracious locales in the country. Many of the grand estates here were designed by the leading architects of the turn of the century, including Reginald Johnson and Peter Barber.