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La Sierra Hills is home to the Hole Mansion, a two-story stone house built by Willits J. Hole on his 17,000-acre ranch in 1913.

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Wide open spaces with scenic vistas are hallmarks of La Sierra Hills Written by Amy Bentley Photos by Gabriel Luis Acosta

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he hills certainly define Riverside’s La Sierra Hills, a pretty neighborhood flanked by the Santa Ana River to the north, foothills both east and west, and La Sierra University to the south. Residents love their quiet, peaceful hilltop, where great views may be enjoyed all around on a clear day. 28

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Historic area The La Sierra neighborhoods are located at the southwestern end of Riverside, which at one time was part of a 17,774-acre Mexican land grant called Rancho La Sierra de Sepulveda. Most of La Sierra Hills, La Sierra, La Sierra South and La Sierra Acres were annexed into Riverside in the 1960s. La Sierra Hills is just north of La Sierra and is defined by its rolling hills and more rugged terrain. The streets follow the contours of the hillsides, and the neighborhood shows off wellkept single-family homes on large lots. La Sierra Hills also is home to a unique city landmark, the Hole Mansion. The two-story stone house sits on a breezy hilltop flanked by large cypress trees that once lined a grand front entrance. For more than 40 years, the mansion has housed the Divine Word Roman Catholic Seminary and Retreat Center, a welcome and quiet neighbor. Wealthy businessman Willits J. Hole built the mansion beginning in 1913 on his 17,000-acre ranch, which encompassed much of western

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