Valley Center Ranch
Nice shot of Steve and two of his horses
Off to the hills and valleys for a ride.
Below work begins on La Hacienda del Sol
with the laying of adobe blocks over the
Steve and Aline's ranch "La Hacienda del Sol"
While working at American Health Studios in the spring of 1957 Steve spent some time in San Diego County looking for a piece of ranching property. Valley Center caught his eye which is about 45 miles north of San Diego. He met with a realtor and was introduced to a gentleman by the name of Melvin Hanks. After some negotiations they came to an agreement price of twelve thousand dollars.
This was the start of the ranch that would later be called "La Hacienda del Sol" or The Ranch of the Sun. He moved his ranching business less cattle from Oregon to Valley Center after he sold the Oregon ranch. He expanded and built the new ranch in Valley Center which was finished in 1972.
It had everything he need for his Morgan horses and Aline and himself. A beautiful single story ranch style home built entirely with foot thick adobe blocks. He converted one third of the forty foot garage into his gym and even had a very nice pool in the back yard to exercise in. All this sat on fourteen acres of nice valley floor surrounded on three sides by hills. On a nice day you could see Mt. Palomar to the northeast and the ocean to the west. Steve said it was one of the nicest places he had lived at. It's considered a cooler Mediterranean type climate and is over 1400 feet in elevation.
At the peak of his horse breeding business you would see twelve to fifteen horses in the pastures. His horses won many ribbons and awards over the years and was the President of the San Diego Morgan Horse Society for a short time.
I cover the complete building and operation of the ranch in the "Steve Reeves A Moment in Time" biography. A must book for your collection and it has many surprises throughout the book.
Steve takes these two photo's of Malvin Hanks in 1957 when he purched the 14 acre ranch from him
La Hacienda del Sol
Purchased in 1957 La Hacienda del Sol was a working Morgan horse ranch and the Reeves' built it the right way. Today it's more an executive living ranch and I think Steve would have loved it.
The ranch as it Appears today thanks to Kelly and Bob Parkinson's for their great restoration and upgrades.
Steve and Aline loved their horses and
who could blame them, some of the best Morgans in the country.
Steve ready to ride.
Steve has his new 1977 Jagular in the back ground. He took several shots of it that day.
Steve and a photo of his pool
Stables with Aline & Goldie Steve's mother
Steve's stepfather Earl Maylone in center
Early photo of Aline in front of original ranch house. Next to the red door you can see Steve's karmann ghia, red at the time.
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