This is Temple Hill, #35, from the book “Secret Stairs” by Charles Fleming. The book refers to this walk as the most spiritual of all the walks because of the churches, monastery, retreats, and other religious buildings in the area. The Dominican sisters still bake pumpkin bread here.
The white temple is the Southern California home of the Vedanta Society, a sect founded by the 19th_ century Indian ascetic Ramakrishna. The temple, which is open to the public, functions as a meditation center and monastery.
After the first set of stairs, we see a large castle. There is a door leading to inside the castle wall, which you enter from the sidewalk. It was open and my friend and I walked in. We didn’t realize it was a private residence until the owner appeared from the balcony and asked if he can help us. We apologized and my friend asked if he wanted to join us on the stair walk. He said no. I wondered what he did for a living and how long he has lived there.
Toward the end of the walk, we walked into the courtyard of the Krotona apartments. Before the Krotona was converted to apartments, it was home to Krotona, an Eastern-influenced Theosophical Society from 1912 to 1926, and then home of legendary spiritual leader Jiddu Krishnamurti.
We looked at a couple of apartments for rent and weren’t impressed. We thought they were overpriced and not well-kept. My friend and I are so thankful for the places we live in. There is a nice koi pond in the courtyard. The courtyard is the best part of the Krotona apartments.