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Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672-5233
+1 949-498-2139
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Wonderful piece of history

We really enjoyed learning about the mansion and some history about San Clemente. The view was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MaxMidnight
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Huntington Beach, California
Historic home by founding father of San Clemente

The historic anchor of San Clemente, a beautiful home filled with photos of the beginning and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente, CA is south Orange County's major cultural institution. We are enhanced by our location in a 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival registered historic landmark, the home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson. Casa Romantica has developed a reputation for wide-ranging cultural programming, including music, art, dance, theater, horticulture, and a lecture series that bring international talent to south Orange County. Casa Romantica's estate, gardens, and exhibition galleries are open to the public daily during our normal hours. Onsite parking is FREE. No outside food and beverages are permitted. Sandwiches, salads, snacks, pastries, and hot and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Casa Cafe.
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415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672-5233
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"self guided tour"
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"overlooking the ocean"
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"san clemente pier"
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"grounds are beautiful"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed learning about the mansion and some history about San Clemente. The view was amazing and the grounds are really beautiful.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The historic anchor of San Clemente, a beautiful home filled with photos of the beginning and development of the City. Take time to tour the maticulous garden and panoramic ocean views from the bluff top patios.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I never knew about this historic house. It’s small but just lovely. Amazing view of the pier and the ocean. Worth a visit. Entrance fee is $5

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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful property, but I just wanted to check it out as a venue, and they requested $5 to look around real quick. 🤨 I’d been here years ago, and there was no charge, so this was disheartening. I just needed to see...More

1  Thank LivPurple
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

The walk in the garden, through the house and unto the back to see the vista over the ocean, was gorgeous! The architect that built Casa Romantica is the same architect that built Casa Pacifica, where President Nixon retired.

Thank Karin N
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Both my teenager and six year old had a good time here. The views from the back terrace are stunning-- perfect place for family photos or selfies. The gardens are beautiful. There were lizards, hummingbirds, other critters that both the kids loved.Nice art inside. Beautiful...More

1  Thank Sonja K
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

This was home of the founder of San Clemente, Ole Hanson. He had visited the area, fell in love with it and moved from the Scandinavian settlement of Norway, Wisconsin to develop lots to sell and build his own family home there. Lots of wonderful...More

1  Thank Janis I
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

I've been to a wedding and a show here. Scenic and soooo California. A friend was recently proposed to here. Yes, great for any occasion. Beautiful, colorful, ocean view.

1  Thank Brandee L
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CasaRomanticaSC, Public Relations Manager at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thanks for your glowing response, Brandee! We look forward to having you back here for one of our programs soon.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Lots of great history here; the first baptism in California took place near here (see the plaque), the builder (Ole Hanson) planned this to be a Spanish Village by the Sea, the property was hit by the Great Depression and was foreclosed upon in 1934,...More

1  Thank on_the_go_98765
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We were visiting cousins in San Clemente for the weekend and they took us for a tour of the Casa Romantica. What an interesting piece of California history! A volunteer met us at the entrance and guided us through the house. The view of the...More

Thank JOregon_11
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Response from Jim L | Reviewed this property |
It's $5.00 unless you're a member somewhere else with affiliation in the American Horticultural Society, in which case it's free. The website lists all the gardens in the program.
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