Harden Gatehouse - Portuguese Point (Private Property), 17 January 2010
The author Joan Didion lived in Palos Verdes in the '60s... for a month, and I believe it was at this gate house. She evokes images of the place in her memoir of loss (both her husband and their daughter died within a year of each other), The Year of Magical Thinking: "… One day I would notice a familiar stretch of coastal highway in a television commercial and realize it was the gate house, on the Palos Verdes Peninsula at Portuguese Bend, to which John and I had brought Quintana home from St. John’s Hospital.… Neither the house nor its gate could be seen in the commercial but I experienced a sudden rush of memories: getting out of the car on that highway to open the gate so that John could drive through; watching the tide come in and float a car that was sitting on our beach to be shot for a commercial; sterilizing bottles for Quintana’s formula while the gamecock that lived on the property followed me companionably from window to window. …"
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