Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Circle J Ranch Equestrian Community.
Sales Brochure & Floor Plans.

Errata: The equestrian center was never built. The girl in the English riding outfit on the billboards rode off into the sunset and was never seen again.

The average lot size is 2/3 acre, not 1 acre. Live buffalo (bison) aren't at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center; they're at William S. Hart Park.

Circle J Ranch

A thoroughbred equestrian community 10 minutes north of the San Fernando Valley.

Cross over the hill, take a quick ride through the old-west town of Newhall, and enter the private gate to 750 close-in acres of white-fenced, oak-studded hills and valleys known as Circle J Ranch. Breathe deeply, because you're out of city congestion, even though you're less than 15 minutes' drive from most major office centers in the San Fernando Valley.

This is magnificent country, with hilltop views sweeping the Santa Clarita Valley from the Santa Susanna Mountains to the Tehachapis. Its beauty is surpassed only by the unquestioned elegance of Circle J Ranch. Beginning with a landscaped entry gate plaza, winding uphill on a hedge-lined road, the Circle J displays its crowning achievement — ultra-luxurious Country Estate Homes sited on average one-acre view lots.

Because Circle J is a planned, protected environment you can expect other types of living to come, and possibly a suitable neighborhood shopping center. You may rest assured that each type of land use will be suitably placed ... and will be consistent with the quality image expected at Circle J Ranch.

Although Circle J is equestrian in tone, you don't have to be a horseperson to enjoy its country way of life. State and county parks are close at hand, and a 10-minute drive takes you to beaches, boating, fishing and picnicking at Castaic Lake or to mountain and forest experiences in Angeles National Forest. Next-door Newhall and Valencia offer excellent shopping and restaurants, three golf courses and three colleges. You'll enjoy superb theater, concerts and exhibits at California Institute of the Arts. Youngsters can bicycle to Magic Mountain ... and there's rock climbing at Vasquez Rocks, motocross at Indian Dunes, auto racing at Saugus Speedway, tobogganing at Frazier Park, waterskiing at Lake Piru or Castaic. Placerita Canyon Park offers a Nature Study Center ... featuring live buffalo and old West memorabilia.

Today the new west is exemplified by elegant country living in exclusive equestrian communities such as Circle J Ranch. Its natural beauty, luxury, accessibility and planning make Circle J Ranch one of the finest communities of any kind in Southern California.

Where horses and people co-exist.

Living in most equestrian communities means having horses for neighbors.

Circle J has a better way. We're building a modern Equestrian Center and tucking it away in a quiet valley, where all of Circle J's horses will live in their own kind of luxury while Circle J's homeowners live in theirs.

The Center will include modern stalls, exercise rings and corrals. Equestrian trails will lead from the Center throughout Circle J Ranch's 750 acres of oak-studded hills and valleys.

The Equestrian Center will be owned by you and your neighbors through the Homeowner's Association that will also maintain the trails and community areas.

Your sales representative has complete information, including support fees.

We believe that the exclusive equestrian environment at Circle J Ranch will enhance your investment whether or not you choose to ride.

The developers of Circle J Ranch have their own tradition: quality and integrity.

The people behind Circle J are men whose experience and reputations are legendary in the Southern California building industry. Together and individually they have been prime movers in the development of superior residential communities throughout this region.

Circle J Ranch is a Ridgedale Joint Venture-Builder, W& A Builders, Inc. DeVere Anderson (is) the active partner and president of W&A Builders Inc. With a civil engineering and management background, Mr. Anderson created and completed the highly successful 440-home Hearthstone community in West Covina and prestigious Canyon Crest in the Monrovia foothills.

W&As 347-home Hearthstone del Norte community, currently under way in Duarte, has been featured in southland newspapers and television as yet another success. The 300-home Hearthstone community on the Phillips Ranch, which opened in 1979, has already earned considerable praise from both homebuyers and developers.

Ray Watt has earned international recognition both as a private builder-developer and as a prominent federal official helping to stimulate and finance the nation's housing programs. Ray Watt's achievements include San Diego Country Estates, Lake Lindero, and Bellehurst-Los Coyotes Country Club ... plus participation in literally hundreds of exemplary Southern California communities.

We sincerely hope our sense of personal fulfillment will be shared by the hundreds of homeowners who will enjoy this new, luxury equestrian community — Circle J Ranch.

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Matchbook 1940s-50s


Film: "The Lawless Breed" 1952


Rosalind Wayman at Onondarka, 1964


Circle J Ranch Development 1981


Under Construction in "Return of the Living Dead Part II" (1988)


Oak Lane Homes 2000

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