About the House
This house was built in 1960 by Paul and Dorothy Rea as a
retirement home. Mr. Rea had retired from a successful career
in the food canning business. His wife had been a tennis star
San Jose State University, hence the tennis court.
Late in 1970, Paul Rea came up with an idea to form a
cooperative, where growers of produce purchase canning
facilities and supply product which is processed by a hired
management team. The idea had grown from his mounting
concern for growers who had been displaced, because U. S.
Products had announced the closing of several of its
plants. The first meeting of the new cooperative, Pacific
Producers, took place on this property, February 2, 1971.
went on to purchase three Stokely-Van Camp canneries: Santa
Cruz, Lodi and Oroville.
"Pacific Coast Producers, operating out of a makeshift
office in Paul Rea's garage in San Jose, actually
produced a pack that first year. Under an arrangement
with Stokely, the new cooperative canned peaches,
tomatoes, green beans, pears, apricots, fruit cocktail and
spinach. The first "real" Pacific Coast Producers Pack
occurred in 1972."
After Paul and Dorothy Rea died, the family sold the home to
the current owners, Ray and Ellen Turner. The main house has
been remodeled twice. First, they opened up the kitchen to
living area, creating the Great Room. Then they enlarged the
kitchen and added the dining room with the round window. Now
the house is frequently Labyrinth overlooking Silicon Valley
used for retreats.
About the Owners
Ray and Ellen Turner bought Mystic Mountain in
1998 and lived in the Hideaway (only one bedroom then) for
as the main house was remodeled.