Los Rios Historic District, San Juan Capistrano

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The Los Rios Historic District is an historic district and neighborhood in the city of San Juan Capistrano, California. With buildings dating to 1794, it is the oldest continually occupied neighborhood in the state. The nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano was the first of the 21 California Missions to have Indians, soldiers and workers live outside the mission grounds. Three adobes are remaining in the Los Rios neighborhood itself, although there are a number of others close by which were part of what was once a larger neighborhood.
The neighborhood originally had 40 adobe structures, but most were replaced in the 19th century by wooden board and batten structures. Thirty-one of the buildings on Los Rios Street and the surrounding area are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1983.
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  • I fell in love with the history . It is amazing how well preserved this little area is. this is a must see. The shops and restaurants are in the old original homes. Lots of history to take in.  more »
  • One of the best places to visit along the coastal highway. The entire district is getting a make over. Very walkable with good restaurants, cultural and sightseeing spots along the way.  more »
  • Just a couple blocks from the San Juan Capistrano Mission. This is the oldest continuously occupied street in California. Several of the original homes are still there. Don't miss the Adobe house. Great place for a picnic or a hot meal in a quaint restuarant. There is also a wonderful tea house on the street if you don't mind paying $$$ for team and sweets.
  • Nice little place to walk through. The tea house was our main intention for going. Parking is very limited but not a bad walk from other options.

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