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Braun, Charles A., House ~ Vista, California
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 33° 11.162 W 117° 14.874
11S E 476890 N 3671937
Quick Description: The Charles A. Braun House (Villa Vista) was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 5, 1986.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/14/2011 2:59:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMAGPJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 8

Long Description:
Charles A. (Bergdoll) Braun migrated to Vista in 1928 to get away from family scandal and misfortunes created by the closing of the family brewery due to prohibition. He purchased a parcel of land on the old Buena Vista Rancho for the construction of his new mansion. He contracted with a well-known architect from San Diego and a local construction company to construct the main house and outbuildings. He planted citrus and avocado trees and when they died of a root virus common to the area, he sued the contractor for grading and removing all of the high-quality topsoil that he felt would have prevented the disease and destruction of the trees. He won the case. He purchased other properties in San Diego County and built and inhabited other residences there. He returned to the East only twice and the last time was for his burial.

Most of the house and outbuildings are obscured by foliage. The grounds are posted as private property so, unless you can make contact with someone on the grounds to obtain permission to enter the estate, please respect private property rights and the privacy of the property owners.
Street address:
790 Vale View Drive
Vista, California

County / Borough / Parish: San Diego County

Year listed: 1986

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Domestic

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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