San Diego It was a passion for preservation and a sense of place that created Heritage Place in La Jolla — a charming collection of three historic cottages in La Jolla’s Barber Tract neighborhood.
Linda Marrone, an affiliate agent with the office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, has the listing on the one-of-a-kind property that she said is a rare opportunity to own a collection of three meticulously restored, award-winning historic homes that seamlessly merge modern day amenities with their discrete classic architectural styles. Surrounded by professionally landscaped grounds on a third of an acre two blocks from the beach, the property comes with the Mills Act property tax savings.
The address is 7210 La Jolla Blvd. between Dunemere Drive and Arenas Street in La Jolla. The listing price is $4.35 million.
Heritage Place was born when Patricia and Bob Schaelchlin, active La Jolla preservationists, were inspired to take action in the early 1970s when they observed that parts of La Jolla’s history was systematically being scraped away in favor of modern commercial and residential structures.
They set about to do what they could to preserve the legacy of at least some of La Jolla’s history for future generations.
“Actually the yellow cottage was the inspiration,” Marrone said. “It was more or less on the chopping block and slated to be torn down for a huge retail office space.”
Marrone, a realtor since 1990, is also certified in selling and marketing historic and architecturally designed homes by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. In 2008, she was appointed by the mayor of San Diego to serve on the City of San Diego’s Historical Resources Board where she served for eight years.
Marrone said the Schaelchlins had purchased a 0.34-acre lot on La Jolla Boulevard in 1974 that already had a bungalow on it as the beginning of their journey to create a home for other endangered historic properties around La Jolla.
The existing home and land was formerly owned by Horace Rhoads, who was a vice president/business manager of the newspaper the San Diego Sun, (later bought out by E.W. Scripps) as well the founder of the San Diego Athletic Club in the early 1920s. In 1928, he decided to move his home on Wall Street in the heart of the village to its current location on La Jolla Boulevard in light of the encroaching commercial structures springing up around his residence.