King Gillette Ranch

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The estate of the onetime razor magnate and its Wallace Neff-designed mansion went through a series of owners, from National Velvet director Clarence Brown to the Church Universal and Triumphant. Because of the ranch’s central location in the range, advocates for the sprawling Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area coveted the property for decades and finally acquired it in 2005. The original stable building reopened as a sustainably designed visitor center two years ago; if you’re looking for an introduction to the Santa Monicas, this is the place. View map.


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