Idyllwild. A unique mountain village surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest. Some call it the Yosemite of the south. Imagine living in a park. About 3,500 lucky souls do. They've found a scenic, rural, rustic setting in the sometimes chaotic realm of Southern California. They're not the first to wander up the hill from the Los Angeles basin. Even in the late 1800's folks needed to seek the serenity of nature by hiking up in the mountains of San Jacinto. They began building rustic shelters, and by the 1920's the little village had some pretty interesting cabins. Those cabins have been lovingly maintained all these years. As each new generation finds their way to the mountain (locals call it 'the Hill'), they add their own special charm and vision to the enchanted village of Idyllwild. I'm one of the lucky souls who get to live in Idyllwild. I walk the town early in the morning and take pictures because the houses are so interesting, historical, and so not to code. I found a way to digitize the photos to enhance color and add a little artistic flair. I hope you enjoy the Houses on the Hill.