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Driving on Cabrillo Highway (Highway 1), just south of Half Moon Bay,  it is difficult to miss this solitary white building sitting grandly on a gentle slope, set back from the road, watching over the Pacific. The house looks large from the highway but its simple New England salt box design seems perfect for its coastside setting.

Johnston House seen from the North-west

Johnston House seen from the North-west

A garden on the south side is protected by a white fence

A garden on the south side is protected by a white fence

History buffs can arrange to tour this house which has its interior and exterior renovated. Tour dates are limited. In addition, a Holiday House event with crafts for sale is held for two weeks each November. A garden on the southern side of the has also been restored. The garden seat is an aluminum replica of the iron English original.

South garden with replica of antique English garden bench

South garden with replica of antique English garden bench

The Johnston House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a treasurel as California does not have too many buildings surviving from the 1850s.

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