History of Sleepy Hollow

Posted by Alex Narodny on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 11:06am.

To promote our new listing on 39 Dutch Valley Ln (http://39dutchvalley.com/), I thought a brief history would be helpful to all those who care about how this beautiful pocket of San Anselmo came to be:

- 1850s: A gentleman named Harvey Butterfield leased this land from a Mexican soldier from the Presidio of SF. Harvey started a dairy farm at the end of what is now known as Butterfield Rd.

- Late 1800s: The land eventually landed in the hands of the rich SF Hotaling Family, who built a lavish mansion at the end of Butterfield and named the community "Sleepy Hollow". The Hotalings were close friends with the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" author, Washington Irving.

- 1930s: Chicago businessman built the only "Play as you Go" 18 hole golf course in the Western United States at that time in Sleepy Hollow. He also built a large resort hotel in place of the Hotaling Mansion.

- 1939: US Army used this land as a secret armory until the end of WW2.

- 1946: Wealthy man named A.G. Raisch purchased the mansion and 500 acres, where he threw many luxurious parties. However, this mansion simultaneously caught on fire some years after. The steps to the mansion can still be seen near the bike path entrance to the property that is now San Domenico School.

- Now: Sleepy Hollow is a place where teenagers sneak out of their parent's homes and complain. It's also the site of the famous Sleepy Hollow Sea Lion Swim Team.

Please come see 39 Dutch Valley Ln this Sunday and write your own chapter to this story.

To schedule a private showing, please contact Alex Narodny


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