We acquired this property in August 2018 and set about remodeling and restoring it back to the condition it enjoyed during the '20s and '30s when the ranch was a favored mountain retreat for recovering World War I Veterans and many San Diegans. We hope you will let us know what you think as we make slow but steady progress and, if you have experience in something we are undertaking your advice is not only appreciated, it is strongly encouraged!

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.

Woodrow Wilson

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We adopted this guy - a five year old German Shepherd known as Lobo. Awesome dog!

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Friends of Cats Adoption

Mushu was first after we found him at Friends of Cats

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First Critter

Mr. Woody

Considering all repairs I needed to make - this guy has been at it for quite some time.

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Simply a Great Dog!

Just fit right in and very protective - especially when it comes the the kids.

Hello Reno!

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His registered name is Ima Lucky Draw aka: Reno. He is registered Paint with a spunky personality but goes complete;y docile around kids. A perfect fit!

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What could be better for the grands than wildlife appearing at the picture window?

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Willie & Nelson

The menagerie grows with the introduction of Willie & Nelson.

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Critters Hangin' @ The Ranch

After a scary moment or two, they seem to adjust to one another.

Every project is an opportunity to learn, to figure out problems and challenges, to invent and reinvent.

David Rockwell

ID Project Title Start Date End Date Project Status Project Detail
3 Garage Patch & Paint 3/10/2019 3/10/2019 Completed
6 Patch, Repair & Paint 4/1/2019 4/4/2019 75% Complete
5 Pond Redux 6/10/2019 6/18/2019 25% Complete
8 Front Gate & Security 6/27/2019 7/3/2019 25% Complete
7 Fix Our Wagon 7/23/2019 7/23/2019 Not Started
1 Driveway Repair 8/17/2019 8/20/2019 Not Started
4 Expand & Rebuild Barn 9/15/2019 9/22/2019 25% Complete

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.

Oscar Wilde


The rain continues - almost daily - and all this rain has left behind nearly one-million gallons in the pond. While it is pretty dirty right now, we can imagine processing this gift into viable crop irrigation, fire protection, and maybe even a swimming place with some aggressive filtration and attention.


Not much to see, but just listen to the frogs. They are everywhere and can be heard for every corner of the place every night, all night.


We have had a flurry or two including a light dusting Christmas Eve, but this is the first real snowfall of the season.


The river marks our Southern property border and - until recent storms and rain - has been almost bone dry. Seems it is flowing again and that is a good thing!


Santa Ana winds and dry conditions bring fire danger and power outages that have delayed progress for a few days at least. Today we managed to chase down two generators (about 12,000 Watts) just before a significant percentage of the 11,000 other homeowners affected by a power shutdown were out there looking for the same.


Amazingly this is what we found as we opened the kid's room walls to add insulation. The hive was obviously well established and measures the full width and height of a piece of drywall - 4x8 feet. As a side note, check out our daughter! She is rough, ready and all-in even with the ugly, difficult or disgusting like this - definitely the team MVP.


One video just would not do. Here is another concerning the surprising find behind the walls.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Thomas Jefferson

Area History

The community's name was suggested by a resident in the 1880s who said that the environment reminded her of her native country of Switzerland. The small commercial district along Alpine Blvd. has seen some suburban development in recent decades, and it is surrounded by large stretches of less densely populated rural areas that began in the late 19th and early 20th century. Horse ranches and small farms are still common, along with open chaparral hillsides and riparian canyons. Before its modern settlement, the area was part of the home of the Kumeyaay Indians, whose ancestors had lived here possibly as long as 12,000 years.
The slogan, "Best Climate in the U. S. A. by Government Report" was adopted by all early in the 20th century and gained traction during World War I when a government survey determined that the Alpine climate was very well suited for the convalescence of soldiers with respiratory diseases, sometimes due to the poison gasses used in the war. Dr. Lischner converted the Los Robles Hotel to a modern sanatorium which offered complete care for service men sent here from all over the country to recover. After the sanatorium burned down, in 1923, Dr. Lischner's associate, Dr. Barkema, built the Alpine Sanatorium and General Hospital on Tavern Road. This facility closed in 1942. In 1963, a new and modern convalescent center opened for business on the hill on Alpine Boulevard.
Resorts were the leading businesses in the area from the late 1890's through the 1930's and into the 1940's. Early in the 1920's, a list of resorts included Los Terrenitos,Wildwood Glen Ranch,The Willows,Viejas Vista, The Oaks and Ye Alpine Tavern.

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

George Bernard Shaw