The history of Heritage Place: A collection of rare historic homes
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The Rhoads House, Historic Site No. 128.  
The Rhoads House, Historic Site No. 128.  
The late La Jolla resident, author and noted  preservationist, Patricia Schaelchlin, and her husband, Bob, created Heritage Place, La Jolla, in 1974. When they purchased the property, there was a 1917 bungalow on the site and they had both the home and the site historically designated in 1978. As part of the historic site plan, two more endangered homes could be moved to the 14,930-square-foot lot that spans a block of land in the Barber Tract.  In 1979 and 2003, two Village homes from the late 1800s and the early 1900s were saved from the wrecking ball and moved there.  

In 2001, the current owners purchased the property and worked with local architects and planners to design a unique enclave that now serves as a "living preserve" to three of these rare early cottages. They designed the enclave to function as a family compound for themselves and their five children and spent tireless hours to complete the extensive award-winning restoration project.

The Rhoads House -  Historic Site No. 128

 This 1917 Craftsman-style bungalow began its life as a duplex and was already on the site when the Schaelchlin's purchased the property. It was moved to the location in 1928 from, by Horace Rhoads, a newspaperman who was instrumental in development. He made the home his residence after moving it to the Barber Tract. In 2006, under the direction of the current owners, the Rhoades House was impeccably restored and expanded to approximately 3,000 square feet.  The home now boasts an open modern-style floor plan, with four-bedrooms, three-baths, and a studio guesthouse.

The Galusha B. Grow Cottage - Historic Site No. 133

Moved in 1979, the cheerful yellow 1895 Victorian Vernacular home is known throughout  as the "Yellow Cottage."  The home was built by a baker, Galusha Grow, who lived in downtown. Grow used the house as a vacation home when it was located in the Village. In the 1970s, owners of the home wanted to demolish it and build an office/shop complex. Thankfully, they were able to work with the Schaelchlin's to have it moved. The home offers two-bedroom, 1.5-bath, high ceilings and a charming ambiance that tugs at your heartstrings.  

The Cory House - 494 Arenas Historic Site No. 375 

The final endangered home, moved to Heritage Place, was the home and office of La Jolla's first woman doctor, Martha Dunn Corey. The Victorian Bungalow is believed to have been built in 1913 and during its lifetime it was moved to several different locations before finding a home at  Heritage Place in 2003. Beautifully restored, it offers an open floor plan with a large living, dining and kitchen area, loft-style bedroom, one-bathroom, board and batten details and has an inviting front porch. 

There are only a handful of these early examples of early architectural history left since most have been demolished over the years to make way for new construction. Heritage Place is currently listed for sale with Linda Marrone at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. This one-of-a-kind historic property comes with the Mills Act property tax savings and offers a variety of useful options, including utilizing a condo plan that is currently in process. 

For more information, visit, or call Linda Marrone at 858-735-4173.  

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Kipp Berry
March 13, 2018
Shame there aren’t more of these collections of historic La Jolla cottages- So many utterly destroyed without even a photograph. Although many years ago it was said that if you wanted to see the original La Jolla houses go to Tijuana, where many ended up...
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