John Steinbeck House - Monte Sereno, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 13.920 W 122° 00.155
10S E 588477 N 4121075
Quick Description: This was the first home that John Steinbeck owned. While living here Steinbeck completed "Of Mice and Men" and wrote "The Grapes of Wrath".
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:39:42 AM
Waymark Code: WM8AJB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
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Long Description:
From the San Jose State University website on the Center for Steinbeck Studies:

In May 1936, John and Carol Steinbeck purchased a .663 hectare plot of land in what was then Los Gatos, California (now Monte Sereno). Carol designed a 139 square meter home, built in the summer of 1936. This small, one-story wooden structure was to be the first home owned by Steinbeck. To insure his privacy, Steinbeck built an eight-foot grape stake fence around the property. On the entrance gate he placed a carved wooden plaque, "Arroyo del Ajo" or "Garlic Gulch." While living in this house, Steinbeck completed Of Mice and Men and wrote The Grapes of Wrath. There he entertained guests such as Burgess Meredith and Charlie Chaplin. Because other homes were being built close by to the Steinbecks, they began to lose their privacy. Consequently they moved again, selling this house in September 1938. In December 1989, this house was added to the National Historic Registry.

This home is now a private residence. Do not disturb the owners.

Street address:
16250 Greenwood Lane
Monte Sereno, CA USA
95030


County / Borough / Parish: Santa Clara

Year listed: 1989

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Person

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Domestic, Single Dwelling

Current function: Domestic, Single Dwelling

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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