When locals within the secluded Santa Barbara, California, enclave of Hope Ranch heard that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be eager on leaving close by Montecito to purchase a house within the unique suburb, they didn’t roll out the welcome mat.
A Hope Ranch realtor informed The Post that, 9 months after the rumors had been reported by the Santa Barbara News-Press, their workplace continues to discipline calls from involved longtime residents who worry the couple and their safety crew will disturb the peace within the quiet group the place homes go for as a lot as $22.5 million and seclusion is the last word amenity — simply three roads are public.
“The those that made the calls to me don’t need change they usually don’t need all of the hoopla,” the realtor, who requested to stay nameless, informed The Post.
“People aren’t comfortable, that’s the phrase round city. They need them to remain in Montecito and never be drawing that sort of consideration to Hope Ranch,” one other realtor and Santa Barbara native confirmed to The Post.
Neighbors swear they’ve seen Markle in town’s non-public seashore.
“Locals are nervous” that Harry and Meghan coming to city may flip their group into “an extension of Montecito,” the second realtor added of Meghan and Harry’s present celebrity-studded suburb, the place A-listers like Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, Adam Levine, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Ellen DeGeneres have locations.
There’s additionally concern about what Hope Ranch residents have heard from their neighbors in Montecito, the place the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bought a $14.65 million mansion in 2021.
One Montecito store worker claimed to The Post that Harry and Meghan’s safety crew had shut down streets and blocked mountain climbing trails.
“It is admittedly not proper for streets to be closed down and issues to be closed down. And that’s been very disruptive to a small seashore group that’s used to being non-public,” the worker stated. “People pay some huge cash to stay right here, you recognize.”
A supply near Harry and Meghan, nevertheless, denied this, asking how non-public safety may shut a public street.
“Introducing some very excessive profile folks [like Harry and Meghan] would completely change the world. That’s undoubtedly not one thing that [locals] need and I believe [the homeowners’ association] would struggle laborious towards it,” stated somebody who lived in Hope Ranch till not too long ago.
“The heads of the HOA are cautious about retaining it that means and preserving privateness — that’s the No. 1 attraction of Hope Ranch. We’re the one ones within the space with a personal seashore,” the previous resident stated.
The Post has reached out to the Hope Ranch owners’ affiliation. Harry and Meghan’s rep was unavailable for remark.
Bryan Neyer, a Beverly Hills-based international luxurious actual property specialist for Coldwell Banker Realty, informed The Post that estates in Hope Ranch not often come in the marketplace and sellers may be selective about who they promote to.
“It’s extra of a small and really prosperous group the place properties don’t come in the marketplace fairly often due to that. It’s a number of outdated cash. Old generational wealth. These properties simply get handed from one technology to the following,” Neyer informed The Post.
The UK’s Express reported this week that Harry and Meghan had been “secretly” searching for homes in Malibu. But the second realtor insists that the couple have “been contemplating transferring to Hope Ranch for a very long time …. People are up in arms about it,” she stated.