Finding property for a vineyard was important to Ed and Alison Wells when their found their Westridge property in 1963. They ordered their grape vines from UC Davis immediately: 175 vines on one-quarter acre, half chardonnay and half cabernet sauvignon. There were semi-annual wine parties, a local vintner group PHEW (Peninsula Home Enology Workshop) and tractor derbies.
Their six children were a part of a neighborhood full of kids. Although they weren’t involved in the efforts for (or against) incorporation, Ed became the volunteer Town Treasurer in the newly-incorporated town, a post he served for thirteen years. The Wells note big demographic changes from those early days: fewer horses, smaller families, bigger houses, mature landscaping, more working women…less of a neighborhood feel. Yet, they enjoy hearing and watching some dozen children running around the neighborhood having fun.