Happy Cottage: One of my favorite houses when I moved here

was the cottage called “the Happy Cottage,” with a Volkswagen Bus” parked in the driveway. I was a young woman fresh out of college, and I loved this house in El Granada. It still stands, someone has removed the “y” from the original word, “Happy.” The house stands across the way from the artist Chuck Bodin was was killed in a car accident on Highway 1992 back in the 1970s.

That was El Granada originally looked like when I arrived: many small cottages, summer cottages.