Harmony has new owners
July 7, 2014
San Luis Obispo County’s 18-person, one-block town has a new pair of owners. [Tribune]
Escrow closed on the entire town of Harmony on June 20. San Luis Obispo and Texas residents Alan and Rebecca Vander Horst purchased the coastal town located along Highway 1 between Cayucos and Cambria.
The Vander Horsts bought Harmony from the Mehdizadeh family, which resides in Los Angeles. Parties involved would not disclose the purchase price.
Alan Vaner Horst, a dairyman and Cal Poly graduate, said he wants to restore Harmony’s historical buildings.
“I see this as an opportunity to be part of the history, to be part of something fun and quirky,” Vander Horst said. “We look forward to a wonderful future for Harmony.”
A spokesperson for the Mehdizadeh family said it was too difficult to maintain the town while living in Los Angeles.
Attractions in Harmony include a winery, a café and a glassworks gallery. The Vander Horsts are considering adding fine dining, a dairy farm, an artisan cheese shop and an ice cream parlor.
Town residents would like for the U.S. Postal Service to return. The Harmony post office closed in 2008 after being in operation since 1914.