If you’re looking for a cozy little cabin in the mountains with a long and illustrious history, we’ve found just the spot.
Originally built in 1801, this cedar cabin in the Wrightwood Mountains of Southern California has been the home of forest rangers, cattle ranchers, and philosophers for over two centuries. It can now be purchased by a nature lover with $635,000 and an extreme desire to get away from it all.
The cabin’s build date also means the property boasts the title of oldest structure currently for sale in the entire Golden State.
The original log cabin was the area’s first ranger station, built at an elevation of 5,900 feet above the Mojave Desert. The property, with views of the Blue Ridge Trail, encompasses two parcels of wooded land and measures nearly 3 acres.
Over the decades, the cabin was nicknamed “Green Gate.” In 1910, cattle rancher Sumner Wright (for whom the neighboring town of Wrightwood is named) took up residence on the property.
In 1945, the Rajagopal family acquired the property and turned it into a sort of intellectual salon. Visitors included Aldous and Maria Huxley, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Igor Stravinsky, and Greta Garbo.
Descendants of the Rajagopal family still own the property to this day.
The cabin has two bedrooms and one bath, a flagstone courtyard, a living room with rock fireplace, and a large porch covered by a wood lattice.
There are wood floors and extensive wood paneling, cabinets, and other built-ins throughout.
Although it seems remote, the cabin is conveniently close to the Pacific Crest Trail, a small ski resort, and the village of Wrightwood, which has a mix of quaint shops and restaurants.
The cabin is rustic by today’s standards, but its historical significance is undeniable. All it needs is a buyer to make the trek up the mountain and purchase this piece of California history.
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