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Escondido, California 


     Harold Bell Wright lived his last ten years (1934-1944) in Escondido where he built a beautiful ranch-style home on sixty acres he called Quiet Hills Farm.  It is now just north of the city limits of San Diego, just east of the Wild Animal Park exit from the Interstate 15 freeway.  To read Wright's comments on his purchase and development of this property, and what his life was like during his Quiet Hills Farm days, Click Here.

He must have written thousands of letters to people from this location, because a large percentage of the books and letters signed by Wright are from Quiet Hills Farm.  Most of the 60 acres was later developed into an expensive and nice suburb.  Today Wright’s home is a private residence located on 1.13 park-like acres, beautifully maintained.  For several years the house was a home not only to the owners but to 4-6 older folk who needed special care, but by 2004 the owners were the only occupants.  This is not a house you can drive by and look at, as it is almost completely invisible from any street.  If you wish to get a closer look at the home you should make arrangements in advance by writing to Mr. and Mrs. Goswick at 713 Quiet Hills Farm, Escondido, CA 92029.

     The house is best known by neighbors today as the Rueben H. Fleet estate house.  Mr. Fleet, a wealthy San Diego businessman, purchased the house from Wright shortly before Wright's death in 1944.  Fleet owned Consolidated Aircraft, known later as Convair, and sold still later to General Dynamics.

     Today the home and property are elegant, beautiful, and well-maintained.  Wright's personality and artistic talent can be seen everywhere, from the masterful floor plan to the wrought-iron light fixtures and the stonework around the walkways.  Earlier in his life Wright liked to make wrought iron objects with his own hands, but in Escondido he hired a local craftsman named Mr. Bandy to create iron hardware and lamps to his specifications.

In 2004 the Goswicks put the house up for sale,  but later withdrew the listing. According to the listing, the house has 4,448 square feet, not counting the 520 square foot family room which is built into the original garage. The house has five very large bedrooms, four bathrooms, a 36' by 19" living room, a 17' by 15' dining room and a 20' by 13' "extra room." The master bedroom is 23' by 14'.

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escon01.jpg (39276 bytes) Front door of house, on the northeast corner of house.  Front door is in center of photo. Dining room is under the arches on the right.  Kitchen is just to right of photo.
escon02.jpg (36867 bytes) View from the east, looking west.  Front door is on right edge of photo. The current owners added the plywood trim to the posts around the porch, creating the appearance of arches.
escon03.jpg (36491 bytes) View from the southeast, looking northwest.  Master bedroom is on the left, other bedroom and bathroom windows are visible near center of photo.  Living room and veranda are on the right.
escon04.jpg (37607 bytes) View of north side of house, looking east.  Kitchen in on far right of photo.  This is the opposite side of house from driveway.
escon05.jpg (35253 bytes) Northwest corner of house.  Current owners have turned three-car garage into a wonderful den.  On the left of the photo is a gate into a courtyard with a fountain.
escon06.jpg (23605 bytes) Looking north along west side of house.  Wright's stone study/writing room is just past propane tank.  Door on right leads to Wright's shop and storage rooms under house.
escon07.jpg (38216 bytes) View from driveway southwest of house, looking northeast.  Wright built the terraces and planted trees with help of day-laborers.
escon08.jpg (45854 bytes) This beautiful natural-looking pool on west side of house was added by a later owner. 
escon09.jpg (36987 bytes) This postcard was a marketing tool used by an owner a few years ago when the house was for sale.

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