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October 10, 2012 ......... The Julian Ne,.: 9 0 P E R TIEs (760) 765 0192 We have our own private parking lot behind the office... entrance off 'C' Street C O R N E R OF STREET AIN & Est. 1967 P.O. Box 1000 Julian, CA 92036 CUSTOM WHISPERING PINES HOUSE - Lovely 2 bedroom/2bath home with vaulted wood ceilings, expansive North facing windows and custom details throughout. Spacious gardens with mature landscaping, a large outbuilding that is currently a handy wood shop, and beautiful views of the Volcan Mtn Preserve are some of the amenities of this _great property. Lots of possibilities here for a family or for a fun retirement home. This is a must see house. Offered at $320,000. CUTE A-FRAME up on a hill above the town of Julian. 2 bedrooms/1.5 baths, 1116 sq. ft. Located near all of the amenities of the town but tucked back in a quiet neighborhood. Located in the sewer and water districts, very low maintenance. Best buy in the town of Julian, Offered at $169,000 ESPECIALLY NICE CUSTOM 4 bed/3 bath home in the historic village of Julian. Located on a choice 2/3 acre site on the edge of town within walking distance of everything! Built in 2007, 2361 sq ft, gourmet kitchen, two car garage, beautiful southern views off the balcony. Don't miss this one. Priced below the cost to build at $549,000 EXQUISITE ARCHITECT DESIGNED 3 Bedroom Home nestled in a 9.6 acre natural and private setting. This home boasts lovely views through the large windows in every room, a 2 car garage, and a large bonus room that could be used for an art studio, workshop or guest quarters. Realize your dreams. Offered for $980,000 /, , , i::::?:i !,: VOLCAN AREA 6.53 Acre farm with cozy 3 bedroom/ 1 bath house plus a guest house/ office building. Southern exposure with fantastic views, seasonal pond, fenced orchard and garden areas, open pastures for grazing or planting with orchards or crops. $379,000 SIXTEEN ACRE RANCH... MEADOWS, TREES, VIEWS This ranch is located in a picturesque area of Julian with easy access from a County road. Some of the property is quite level and some is sloping affording great views.. There is fencing and cross-fencing for livestock and pasture rotation. In addition to the farm house, there is a barn, a separate guest cottage and out buildings. There are mature oaks and cedars and four large English Walnut trees in the front yard. This ranch has been held by the same family for 56 years! PRICED AT $498,000 6.09 Acres BEAUTIFUL BUILDING SITE located on the outskirts of Julian. From the tree nestled knoll of the property, you view the stunning scenery of Vulcan Mountain and the surrounding NEW QUALITY CUSTOM HOME on 1.97 meadows, where you can experience the true four wooded acres in Pine Hills. Much attention to seasons. The gorgeous wild flowers of Spring to enjoying the shade of the majestic oaks in the cco] details. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, dream kitchen, with breeze of Summer that naturally blows through large center isle and Granite counter tops, large the mountain pass to the changing colors of Fall front yard, double attached garage and views! and the surrounding snow covered hills of Winter. wasZ007.#07000 00UC00TO $620,000 FEATURED AT $149,000 CHARMING HISTORIC HOUSE in the town site of Julian. Just one block off Main St this house was built by U.S. Congressman Kettner in 1923. It is a 3 bedroom 2 bath, with original oak floors, clear redwood interior siding, and lovely wood antique ceilings. May also have business potential. REDUCED TO $325,000 2.2 Level Acres. Has well, water storage tank electricity and great views. Easy to build on: $139,000 Lake View Ciil} Nice Site - .62 Acre, has septic layout, views, trees. Priced at $64,000 Cuyamaca: 4.32 Acres, great views, has septic layout $100,000 Harrison Park: 5 Acres, well electricity, septic in, views. $165,000 Choice Parcel: 4,24 Acres at the end of the road. Large trees, power & phone. $159,000 Pine Hills: 1.28 Acres, septic layout, trees, views. $159,000 Julian Estates: 4.7 Acres, has a well and fantastic views. $179,000 Juli Zerbe, Broker Associate email: Rose Steadman, Broker / Owner Melo-de Savage, Realtor Associate email: Kirby Winn, Realtor Associate email: Tattered Tidbits #23 Santa Ysabel's First Store, 1851 by Albert Simonson There was a bit of bad blood around our first store during the Army's Indian campaigns. Tensions were quick to flare up. For instance, there was a black teamster working the supply train to this forward depot in support of mountain and Fort Yuma troops. He got lynched for stealing a saddle. Major Samuel "Sourdough" Heintzelman devoted one terse sentence to it in his diary. The quartermaster in charge of the army depot was burly Brevet Major Justus McKinstry, class of 1838, West Point. Combining government service with private enterprise, he purchased Rancho Santa Ysabel for $8000 and put it in the name of his wife and cousin Susan, avoiding any conflict of interest. They were both from Hudson, New York and had two boys and another on the way. Susan's brother was George, whose dental/medical office can still be visited in Old Town. George left a detailed diary of his rides around the county. George and Justus went into business together with a general store at Santa Ysabel. Justus and Heintzelman ran a "little house" (casino) as well, probably not much more than portable tables and chairs in a tent. The two latter men had earlier served together in the Mexican war and were friends. The store probably did brisk business since there were at least 135 soldiers plus teamsters, express riders, and camp followers (including "launderesses" of creative feminine talents). The only competition was a store up the road at Warner's, but the storekeeper Bill Marshall had just been hanged. Major McKinstry had been his defense counsel. I naively assume there was no conflict of interest there, with both having stores. Lieutenant Couts of the diagoons used to play 'brag," a kind of poker, with Major McKinstry. A dispute arose over a gambling debt and things escalated when the major said something about Couts' sweetheart Ysadora. She was a plumpily pretty daughter of the conveniently wealthy Juan Bandini, whose town house is now a restored hotel where you can luxuriate in historic charm. Couts sent his second to the major to challenge him to a duel. But the "dirty and cowardly" (his words) McKinstry instead thrashed it out with the second. The rest of the diary entry has words like "dirty beast," "dirty rascal slandering,' ..... vulgar tongue," "foul slander" and . . .well, you get the drift. Couts can be credited with surveying and naming streets in Old Town, but there is a lot to his discredit as we shall see. He left the army for a new life with Ysadora as a landed ranchero at Rancho Guajome, a thoughtful wedding present. Guajome was named for a frog bog below the house. Both still exist, and there is a great tractor museum on the grounds, with periodic parades and auctions and coughing farm engines with "hit and miss" firing. Your life is not a full one if you have missed this. Sometimes the engines blow smoke rings high into the sky. If we must find something good about Cave Couts, let's consider that when we drive to Ramona, we follow segments of the "Couts-Whipple Wagon Road." In September 1849, his Dragoon Company A commenced upgrading the old" mission-era oxcart road to a smooth wagon road running from Warner's Ranch to San Diego. It approximated the alignment of Old Julian Highway and established a new direct connection through mountains between Santa Maria (Ramona) and Santa Monica (Lakeside). The McKinstry partners had rough edges, too. The tax assessor was used to people hiding their cattle in remote places but these partners were paragons of nondisclosure. The assessor wrote, "1 called on George McKinstry on the Ranch and the Major in person and they refused to give me a list of the property." George had not even paid his poll tax. It's not good to mess with the assessor, though. He assessed the rancho at its full purchase price and added another $8,000 for "personal property." That was in 1852 and would have included store inventory. Neighbors Joaquin Ortega at Santa Maria (Ramona) and Cockney Bill and Brian Robertson at Rancho Volcan got off easier. 12-ton schooner entertained the assembled crowd at a sumptuous catered dinner with robust speechifying and song. It was a glittering success, extravagantly praised in the May 1 Herald. Couts, though was a scoundrel and notorious as Indian agent. Couts again did his worst with a civil grand jury in 1854, charging the major with embezzlement. 1854 woodcut (detail), Santa Ysabel "Remains of Santa Ysabel Quadrangle" Couts had influence in Washington and San Diego and the Secretary of war ordered a court of inquiry to convene over alleged fraud at Santa Ysabel. Couts charged that McKinstry maintained Santa Ysabel at the expense of the quartermaster department. The major was found not guilty but was reproached for "unnecessary mingling of public and private funds." That can happen when you run a private store and an army depot at the same place. I think that McKinstry was likeable enough. He was MC at the 1852 Pacific Pioneer Yacht Club ball. He and the crew of his It was quashed on jurisdictional grounds. Couts himself was twice indicted for whipping Indian servants with a leather reata, but got off on technicalities. The same thing occurred regarding his murder of a woman at a funeral. On another murder charge, it was found that several jurors had secretly posted bond for Couts. The case was dismissed. I think that we, like Heintzelmann, would rather share a tent with our Santa Ysabel ranchero who treated poor folk with kindness. Based on an 1854 woodcut of the wagon road and mission church, and using common sense, we can imagine the Santa Ysabel camp as consisting of then remaining portions of the adobe mission church and storerooms (by the present windmill), along with 50-100 white army tents between the chapel and the creek, with wagons, smokey cookpot tripods, laundry and jerky hung out, with many horses and cattle dotting the hills. By 1854, the army had decamped and. the adobe was melting into the ground. The woodcut shows a team and covered wagon on the Couts- Whipple road which curved away from the buildings and hill. Only portions of the original large mission quadrangle still survived. Laundry billowed in a breeze. My guess is that the store was in the best preserved part, the chapel, with its still visible baked-clay floor. For those who like happy endings, Justus became a general under John C. Fremont and a successful stockbroker in New York and lived with his devoted Susan to a ripe old age. You can still see asphalt remnants of a successor road and a power line curving between the Indian cemetery and the memorial hall. Go stand on the old road in the quiet cool of evening and imagine a tableau of army tents beyond the mission buildings, over by the creek. If what you imagine looks like one of our local "mountain men" camp outs, that will be accurate enough.