Bates Ranch History

The Bates Ranch House is more than just a beautiful home. It’s a property rich in tradition and history too.

In 1882, Dr. Charles Bell Bates purchased a portion of an original Spanish land grant totaling 1,200 acres, including half of Rincon Point. Dr. Bates was one of the first doctors to practice medicine in Santa Barbara, making house calls on a unicycle. His son, Robert W. Bates was a volunteer ambulance driver in WWI, working along side Ernest Hemingway. Unfortunately, he was wounded during the war – but his luck took a turn for the better when his nurse in Paris became his future wife. Having spent years along the French Riviera, the newly married Mrs. Bates was very impressed and excited about a future living above Rincon.

Together in 1928 they built the Bates Ranch House of handmade adobe bricks with large rooms and plenty of light. The house surrounds a sheltered inner courtyard with mountain views. R.W. Bates developed the ranch with beans, lemons, avocados, flowers and other crops. He planted large eucalyptus trees lining the roads. Initially, before Lake Casitas water was available, he hand carried buckets of water to keep the trees alive.

Today the Bates Ranch House continues to be a cherished family home surrounded by three acres of beautiful gardens. In front of the house a huge lawn over looks Rincon Point and expansive views of Santa Barbara and Ventura coastlines. The Bates family now invites you to share your happy memories here in this lovely setting!