History of the Ranch

In 1882, Charles Cook Hastings purchased 1,100 acres of land between Pasadena and Sierra Madre for $7 per acre. He named his ranch "Mesa Alta Rancho" and planted 300 acres with grape vines and constructed a mansion. Soon after he died, his son, Charles Houston Hastings, assumed responsibility for the land. He imported unusual specimens of plants and trees and populated the ranch with peacocks, pheasants, cats, dogs (32 collies) and champion horses. In 1928, the Hastings mansion caught fire and burned to the ground. The ranch fell into a state of disrepair and its operation was left to managers.

Following the death of Charles Houston Hastings in 1942, the ranch was sold by the Hastings Foundation to a syndicate for over $1 million. The land was subdivided into luxury housing tracts. In the late 1940s, about 600 homes were built in the lower Hastings tract; in the early 1950s, 800 houses were constructed by Coronet Homes, Inc.; and in the early 1960s, the upper portion of the ranch was developed

Today Hastings Ranch is defined locally as two independent neighborhoods: Upper Hastings and Lower Hastings.

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Upper Hastings Ranch Association


UHRA hosts an annual meeting, a pancake breakfast, a movie night in the park, and a family day of fun in Hamilton Park. If you're a resident, please check out our events in The Lariat or on NextDoor.

Holiday Light Up

Light Up begins on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. The best time to visit is between 7 and 9:00 p.m. The best lights will be featured on our Facebook page. Carolers, bands, and sometimes Santa Claus are out the weekend before Christmas. Join us!