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“History and literary lore combined”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa de Estudillo

Casa de Estudillo
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“History and literary lore combined”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2005

As much as I hate to cater to the Old California stereotypes, La Casa de Estudillo made me feel like I was walking through the set of Zorro. Although the house was nearly in ruins by the late 1800s/early 1900s, it has been restored well enough to maintain a very authentic feel. The house, something of a social hub in Old Town, is a 1-story adobe that dates from 1827 and contains eclectic period furnishings from the 16th to the 20th century. It boasts several bedrooms, a beautiful formal living room, and a quaint chapel in addition to kitchens, dining rooms, storage and work rooms and a lovely courtyard. Most of the rooms allow very limited access to visitors, unfortunately, but it is still worth a trip if you enjoy historic homes. Helen Hunt Jackson's 1884 book Ramona may or may not have been inspired by and/or set at this house, but the book's popularity apparently helped save the structure when it was turned into "Ramona's Marriage Place" by locals over 100 years ago. A very romantic location, but to see it that way try to go on an "off" day when it's not crawling with San Diego's school children! ;-)

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