The home was constructed in 1921 and is reputed to have been built by George Harris. Harris was well known in the area at that time for stone masonry and is credited with designing and building Bolton Hall, the original meeting place for the colony. Bolton Hall is still standing and is now a museum. The roof geometry of this home is identical to that of Bolton Hall and George Harris’s signature is engraved in an outdoor fireplace and birdbath on the property. The home is two story with three walls of stone and one wall of wood framing. It was originally a summer home for a couple with the living quarters upstairs and a garage downstairs. At one point it was converted to a legal duplex and still retains that zoning. The downstairs level consists of a bedroom, ¾ bathroom, living room, small kitchen and laundry room. The upstairs level has one bedroom, a full bathroom, living room and larger kitchen. It is currently being used as a two bedroom, two bathroom home with a living room and den/office.
The home is surrounded by at least ten very mature Oak trees. A survey was done in 1977 and a Certified Arborist estimated that one tree is in excess of being 550 years old. In 40 years of living in this residence, the owner has not seen another tree in the Sunland / Tujunga area that approaches the size of this Oak.
There is also the remnants of a foundation and staircase on the property which has been identified from several long term neighbors as what they referred to as “Reeves Roost” which was apparently an early home of the TV Superman George Reeves.
The home has substantial historical relevance but has never been registered as a Historical Landmark.
Out Buildings: There are a total of five out buildings all located within 150 feet of the residence. Four of the five have been built recently. The older one was used as an accessory shed to the home and extends into the hill with a separate room used for canning.
All of the buildings are bolted to concrete pads and have power. Two have sub-panels for 220 volt or extending the power farther out.
Canyon Pad: Approximately 300 feet from the residence and farther back in the canyon is a 5000 sq. ft. (approximately) level pad. This was at one time going to be used to keep horses but never was. There is a two inch water line and power with sub-panel at the back of the pad. There is also a 15 X 50 foot shelf overlooking the pad with a gorgeous seven foot wall of native rock to support the back side of it. The pad and shelf are photographed and part of the photo gallery of this website. Midway to the pad is a 3000 gallon water tank which at this point has not been plumbed.
Irrigation: Street pressure to the property is between 110-130 PSI. A 1” meter is located at the street in front of the residence. The meter is immediately upsized to 2” and all main lines to the home, sprinkler manifolds and canyon pad are 2”. There are five separate sprinkler system manifolds with one to five valves per manifold. Each sprinkler system and the residence is protected with pressure regulators.
A separate 2” concrete strengthened steel line exists next to the residence with a standard 2” fire valve. Over 200 feet of fire hose is stored in the pump shed adjacent to this fire valve.
Parcels and Accesses: The property consists of eight contiguous lots totaling 18.49 acres. There are a total of five accesses. The main access runs along Valaho Lane for over 270 ft. There is a dedicated road called Estaban Way which enters the property in the Northeastern area, follows the contour of the canyon and exits at the Southeastern area. There is a separate access to the Southwestern area called View Point and a final access to the most Northern parcel called McClemont Ave. Some of these accesses are dedicated and show on most street maps but are not currently constructed.
Current Zoning consists of a combination of A1 (Agricultural), RE40 (40,000 sq.ft./lot/dwelling) and RE11 (11,000 sq.ft./lot/dwelling) Please see the separate lot description page.
Property Features Include: Parking Spaces: 0.0, Ceiling Fan(s), Wall Gas
Built in: 1921
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 18.33
Lot Dimensions: 798324