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Los Gatos' Holy City is For Sale!

Ghost town along Old Santa Cruz Highway is on the market for $7.5 million.

"Holy City is for sale!" declares the AOL Real Estate listing posted 40 days ago in reference to the unincorporated Los Gatos mountainous community six miles south of town that is now on the market for $7.5 million.

Located at 21200 Old Santa Cruz Highway, the property includes 142 acres of land, plus a house and a small commercial building, where the Holy City glass store is found, the listing states.

A total of 11 parcels are contained in the land that range in size from half acre to 52 acres, the listing adds.

The property also includes the 12-acre lot where the old William E. Reiker house is located. According to Wikipedia, Holy City was founded in 1919 by the cult leader and about 30 of his followers.

Riker believed in "The Perfect Christian Divine Way" and preached celibacy, temperance, white supremacy, and segregation of the races and sexes, the Wikipedia description stated.

"Flat land areas plus numerous Redwoods and a running creek," the listing states as also being found in the property.

The listing then encourages those interested in buying the ghost town to call Realtor Ducky Grabrill for showings at 408-761-4073. The property's listing ID is MLS ID: 81242722

Ann Jasper January 17, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I hope the buyer will preserve a significant portion of the property, and not obliterate its charm with a bunch of new homes.
Ms Kathleen Marvin January 17, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I would relocate theTown Cats no-kill shelter from 2 rooms in a warehouse in Morgan Hill and create a sanctuary for homeless cats and dogs.
Mondy Lariz January 17, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I has been for sale before and didn't seel. A funny aside about the founder and his religious views is that he ran a brothel at Holy City for years. Also people used to flock to the Holy City Post Office to get there Christmas cards post marked. The post office has been closed a long time though.
Esmée St James January 17, 2013 at 07:05 PM
What a fascinating history... How about making an historic museum site and picernic park with trails for visitors. The admission proceeds could go towards the above mentioned on-site sanctuary for homeless cats and dogs. Preserve the rest, it is so beautiful. If folks knew the dollars were for a great cause, they'd be happy to pay. In addition, it would make a perfect yoga retreat location with some of the proceeds also going to the pet sanctuary. This way the land would be well respected and preserved with minimal alterations.
Dove January 17, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I would turn it into "Wholey' City which would be a healing town with a blend of state of the art light & sound technologies along with other types of traditional modalities of energy work. Instead of building, I would put upscale environmentally friendly yurts. On the land would be a cafeteria to service any visitor and all would be produced through organic sustainable farming efforts on the land. The land would be parceled out to boutique organic farmers as long as part of the yield went towards the community cafeteria. That's what I would do.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 18, 2013 at 01:18 AM
So nice to know it's not "Cluttered"! Wow what a place!
Jim Van Camp January 18, 2013 at 07:12 AM
I like what Ms. St James says. It would be nice to preserve it as a park or a retreat like Manresa.
Isis Moonheart January 23, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Figure out away to get proper water and sewage services
Isis Moonheart January 23, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Horse camp?
Isis Moonheart January 23, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Like heartwood in geyeserville

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