From talking to neighbors, it seems that many people in Temelec do not know we have an excellent local radio station serving Sonoma. You may tune in at 91.3 FM. Every weekday morning from 8am to 10am, the Mayor of Sonoma, Ken Brown, hosts a talk show with many local guests and coverage of local events. This is just one of many programs worth a try.
A full list of programs and the option of listening live over the internet is available at http://www.sunfmtv.com.
The following article appears in today’s Sonoma Index Tribune. It was written by Pat and Norm Brown, realtors and long-time Temelec owners.
Neighborhood Profile: Temelec (55+) Adult Community
If you are considering relocating to an adult community, Temelec may be the opportunity you are seeking. The property which comprises one of California’s first adult communities has a colorful history which dates to the founding of the State of California back in the mid 1800′s. The first owner of the property in modern times was General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo who held the land as part of his huge Northern California land grant.
General Vallejo sold some several hundred acres in 1849 to General Persifer Fraser Smith who came to Sonoma in 1849 as head of the American military command for the Pacific Coast. General Smith ranched the land and built a small kit salt box home brought around Cape Horn to Sonoma.
When General Smith left the area for another assignment the property changed hands a few times before passing to Captain Granville Perry Swift, commander of Company D of the California Battalion near Stockton, CA. Captain Swift also holds a distinction of being one of the original Bear Flag Revolt members who helped in creating the new California Republic, later to be claimed by the United States. Captain Swift built the Mansion Temelec Hall and the adjoining carriage house 1n 1858.
Over the years the home changed owners as their fortunes or misfortunes changed in the turbulent booms and busts of succeeding decades. The home was severely damaged in the 1906 earthquake and was unoccupied, and fell further in disrepair due to neglect. In 1915, the property which included the hall, the carriage house, the saltbox house and 268 acres of the original 1640 acres were sold to a wealthy socialite, Lolita Schweitzer of Park Avenue, New York City, who began renovation efforts. She married a friend of William Randolf Hearst, the famous and wealthy newspaper baron, who contributed from his personal collection the ornate, Carriage House doors which remain in place to this day. The restoration efforts culminated with the designation of the property as being California Historic Landmark #237 on June 10, 1936. Recently, the Temelec Homeowners Association have successfully obtained national historic recognition for this unique property.
In 1961 the property was sold for development with the requirement that the hall and surrounding grounds would be maintained and preserved as the community centerpiece of the development. In 1964 the first homes offered by Temelec Inc., were occupied by new residents, with additional phases being developed by other builders over the years. The last phases were completed in 1974 and included the homes to the west of Temelec Hall, and the mixed density development on Vineyard Circle.
Initially there were 4 floor plan models from which to choose. All were designed as wood frame, single story homes which ranged from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet. The urban land use plan incorporated the use of greenbelts and walkways to the front and rear of homes located on cul-de-sacs providing street access. Landscape areas were protected by easements and were irrigated and maintained by the homeowners association. Some of the early plans for the community included a 9 hole golf course, a neighborhood serving commercial shopping center at Arnold and Watmaugh, and more extensive condominium development to the south of Mission Drive in what are now the communities of Creekside Village, Chantarelle, and Country Meadows. These plans were abandoned for financial or feasibility reasons with the land developed into residential housing.
Today you will find the traditions on which the community was established being preserved. The tree lined streets with center medians are a wonderful place to walk or drive. Residents enjoy the amenities of Temelec Hall, the reflecting pond, the manicured gardens, and the open space greenbelts. The association continues its stewardship of the property with ongoing improvements to infrastructure with recent renovations to the community clubhouse and pond. Landscape maintenance and irrigation upgrades are ongoing. Community involvement in social activities is strong. Each year the community benefits from new arrivals, with new ideas and new energy to bring to community life.
There are few such developments in California. It is a treasure.
Reprinted with permission.
There was an incident in Temelec yesterday that spilled over into the surrounding area, and ended in a car chase. The police response is to be commended and the criminals are now behind bars.
There is a full account in the online version of Sonoma I-T. Click on the link to read more:
Dr Alan Sogg, a Temelec resident, will lead the discussion of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Please call him with any questions at 939-0209.
A special race will be named for the Temelec Country Club
The cost of $40 includes bus transportation, admission, reserved seating, racing program and Turf Club Buffet (includes tax/tip). Deadline for reservations is May 15th. Please call Nancy Pharo 707-935-7808 to reserve your seat.
April in Paris Cocktail Party on Sunday April 14th, 5-7pm. Cocktails available. No charge. Just bring an appetizer to share.
Bibliophilic Society meets on Wednesday, April 24th at 5pm in the clubhouse. Dr. Alan Sogg will discuss Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.”
Chess Club. Paul Emerick is eager to get a new club started. Please call him at 935-8940.
Bridge Club. Call Charlie Wunderlich at 996-6395 if you are interested in playing bridge.
Garden Club: We are happy to report that Temelec residents are welcome to attend meetings of Creekside’s active Home and Garden Club. The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 10th at 1.30pm in the Creekside Clubhouse, 159 Ave Barbera. There will be a special presentation by Liz Parsons, Master Gardener, who will speak about “Wildflowers and Native Plants in Your Garden.” There is a $1 charge and refreshments are provided before the talk. More information from Linda Freeman, Creekside resident, at 938-7766.
An announcement for the Homeowners Annual Meeting was scheduled to appear in the April Smoke Signals. Unfortunately, this announcement was omitted. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd, at 1:30pm in Temelec Hall. The Board apologizes for this omission and urges you to attend the meeting where annual reports will be presented and election results announced. Please pass this information along to any of your neighbors who may not be on the email distribution list.
Residents should be aware and lock exterior doors and sliding glass doors when leaving your house. Shades or drapes should be drawn to prevent exterior observation.
Homes on the east boundary of Temelec nearest to Arnold Drive should be especially alert to the possiblility of pedestrian intruders. The Sheriffs Department has been notified of this incident.
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