William Goodwin Dana , along with wife Maria Josefa, originally settled in Nipomo in 1840, as part of a 38,000 acre land grant from then Governor of Mexico, Juan Alvarado. William Dana was an adventurer, an explorer, sea captain, navigator, husband and father. He was many things, but perhaps his most enduring quality was his sense of compassion, generosity, and hospitality as he frequently opened up his land and home to weary travelers passing through from the north or south who needed a safe haven, a place to stay and recharge, with food and shelter. They could stay as long as they wished, and he would host frequent fiesta’s, inviting friends, family and neighbors in order to lift their spirits. This wonderful legacy of adventure, opportunity and hospitality lives on with the creation of the Dana Reserve. The Tompkins family which includes the great, great grandson of William Dana, acquired nearly 288 acres of land which was once part of the original land grant.
Dana Reserve will be an enlightened, sustainable, walkable new community for a new generation of families to thrive and prosper and will have a significant impact on San Luis Obispo County's housing needs.
This news is heartwarming. Given the short supply of housing that has discouraged local home buyers along with the fact that families can now live in one of California’s original settlements, the opportunity is historic.