Merry Christmas to all!

Neek sez:  Lex, Sar and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry and Safe Christmas!  The following are photos from a recent trip to King Gillette Ranch near Malibu, California.  It was the one time home of the inventor and seller of the Gillette Safety razor, King Gillette (his actual name).  His fame was to create the thin, inexpensive, disposable blade of stamped steel. 

The mansion was built in the late 1920’s by renowned architect, Walter Neff.  It had changed hands a number of times after Gillette’s death.  Once being owned by Bob Hope, Claretian Order of the Catholic Church, Elizabeth Prophet, and Soka University of America who had opposition from the residents of the area on its planned expansion.  The residents sought to protect the Chumash ancestral sites as well as the nature habitats and ecology of the area.  King Gillette ranch was purchased jointly for $35 million by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and California State Parks, who then made it available for public use.

Hope you enjoy it.





14 thoughts on “Merry Christmas to all!

  1. Sally McManus says:

    Hi Lex and Neek…FYI…King Gillette had a home here in Palm Springs in the Mesa tract…,just thought u might like to know that…The Mesa area is a very nice area in the south part of Palm Springs… Ruddy’s General Store Museum is now closed until further notice due to guess what,,,,haha… Unemployment has been very good to me… I gave my notice after 10 years I do to my age, etc.
    I love what you two are doing,
    Sally McManus

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    • Hello Sally! We were wondering what you were up to lately! We’ve had so many wonderful responses about Ruddy’s General Store Museum and your informative interview on our Youtube channel. So sorry to hear about the museum. It was one of the most unique places that we have visited. Thank you for the information on King Gillette in the Palm Springs area. Would love to visit the Mesa area next time we are there. Take care Sally and have a Happy New Year (It couldn’t come soon enough)! Until we meet again – Neek


  2. So good to see photos of you three! Even though I am so late to your post. Apologies. I have been completely off blogging since I was trying to set up the new website.

    To think that you were at King Gillette’s digs! Though to be honest, I did not know before this that Gillette was named after its founder. The villa is rambling and beautiful. Six hundred acres is mind boggling! I would love to see it. 🙂 xx

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    • Your new website looks wonderful! Yes, you would love the numerous acorn trees and small creek. It’s on a stretch of road that leads to Malibu where the sun always shines along the coastline (not to mention the multi-million dollar homes too). Wish you could see it too! Take care and home you and Adi are well and happy – Neek


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