About Wildwood Glen

This rural country property is rich with history and beaming with potential! Situated on nearly 12 acres in Alpine's scenic hills, this picturesque and private retreat was waiting to be discovered. A gently meandering driveway invites you to come and explore all that this place has to offer, which includes two homes, a detached garage, a hay barn, a large aviary, lush pasture, orchard, and so much more! Three seasonal creeks and a seasonal pond - soon to be year-round with a little help – all converge into the Sweetwater River providing natural beauty and tranquility throughout the property. Once home to a popular mountain resort, the ranch still boasts footprints from that treasured past when San Diegans and WWW I veterans escaped to the mountains for the fresh air and solitude. Learn more in the history section of this site.

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Brief Area History Lesson

Most of the people who settled here from the 1870s to the 1950s were farmers and ranchers, at least on a part-time basis. The land was cheap and plentiful, and the benign climate seduced them into believing that anything would grow here--that the farming possibilities were limitless despite the low rainfall and shortages of water for irrigation. Why did they stay? Because they loved the place, the mountains and the wide clear sky, the vast stretches of open land, rough and arid, the incomparable clean, fresh air. The hardships seemed small compared to the benefits.

Climate is Alpine's claim to distinction. Looking for a healthy cure for their disabilities, many people migrated in the 1880's to the city of San Diego, which was promoted as a health resort with its fair weather. One such man was a wealthy ivory importer named Benjamin Arnold. Finding no relief from his asthma in San Diego, doctors suggested he and his wife, Harriet, try Alpine. Physicians had been sending patients with respiratory diseases to Alpine with excellent results. In 1887, Benjamin and Harriet Arnold moved to Alpine and helped to transform a stagecoach stop with thirty-five families into a permanent town. He improved the "terrible road" to the Lakeside trains and established a regular stagecoach service. In 1890 he built a one-room school building that was used until 1953. The same year he built Ye Alpine Tavern. In 1893, he built The Parsonage, which is Kasitz Kastle Retirement Home today. In 1899, he donated the land for the cemetery on Victoria Drive and built the Town Hall, which today is owned by the Alpine Woman's Club. After his death, his home became the Los Robles Hotel.

All adopted the slogan, "Best Climate in the U. S. A. by Government Report". This slogan was established 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 ocmplete 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 the following: Los Terrenitos,Wildwood Glen,The Willows, Viejas Vista (Clark's Cottages),The Oaks and Ye Alpine Tavern.