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The myth: How the legend goes is that back in the 1930’s a group of munchkins who had acted in the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’ moved into a group of tiny homes on Mt. Soledad. I have been hearing these rumors since highschool. My friend’s uncle was supposedly chased off of one of their properties with a broom one night. You would always hear that they hated people visiting their homes, which made them extremely angry.
As teenagers this only made us want to find the homes more. We would spend hours driving on the windy roads of the mountain, oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous mansions. Never once did any home’s size stand out to us as being miniature. It wasn’t until a decade later that I found an article online giving directions to the last remaining “munchkin home”, built by famed architect Cliff May. Smith is quoted as saying, “The houses do indeed have smallish features, accentuated by an optical illusion. The steep road that passes them makes them seem even smaller than they actually are.” It appears there were once four of these cottages, but three have been torn down and replaced with more common-to-this-area mansions.
Personal Experience: Right off the bat, it is a very confusing finding this home. First we made a left onto Hillside dr. from Torrey Pines. We were following the addresses in the 7800’s and all of a sudden the addresses were in the 1000’s! We were about to just give up, but decided to continue venturing up the hill. Sure enough, the address #’s went back into the 7000’s after a block or so. After a steep incline and many twists and turns, we finally ended up at the house. As expected, the house is abnormally small and incredibly cute. Nothing too spectacular though. I was far more impressed with the castle-esque home next door and the beautiful view of La Jolla & the ocean.
Look at my friend, who is 5’2″ next to the mailbox: