Ole Hanson Home
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Casa Romantica estate is living history.
You can enjoy Casa Romantica in many ways: take a tour of the Ole Hanson home, explore our gardens, eat brunch at the Casa Cafe, or attend an arts program in the Main Salon, Courtyard, or Art Gallery.
Casa Romantica was built in 1927 as the family home of Ole Hanson, the founder of the City of San Clemente. Ole Hanson was an ambitious and enterprising individual who rose from humble beginnings in Wisconsin to become a lawyer, a grocer, the mayor of Seattle (1918-19), and a land developer. When financier Hamilton Cotton purchased 2,000 acres of land then known as the Rancho Boca de la Playa in 1923, he recruited Hanson to plan a ‘Spanish Village By The Sea.’ The resort-style community he developed was characterized by its striking Spanish Colonial-revival architecture, with his own blufftop mansion as the cornerstone model. Even from the beginning, Ole Hanson’s home functioned as a cultural and civic resource. From the gracious design of the property to the exotic gardens, carefully appointed furnishings, and frequent visits of notable persons, Casa Romantica became a unique and treasured destination.