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Vista's roots are showing

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VISTA (CBS 8) - Talk about your government giveaways. Vista, California got a steal of a deal.

"There were 30 original land grants, ours is Rancho Buena Vista adobe, originally 1,184 acres," tour guide Pat Fellows said.

The property was originally granted to a Luthanio Indian, who gave it to his daughter, but the land was eventually sold to settle a bad debt. It originally sold for $6.

Today on the 1.9 remaining acres now owned by the City of Vista stands one of the best preserved adobes in the county.

"As you come to the courtyard, you can see where we have weddings and receptions," Pat said.

During its transition from cattle ranch to weekend getaway, the Rancho Buena Vista even spread some Hollywood roots.

The sprawling structures, built between 1852 and 1875, are maintained in the tradition and even though the adobe is vacant, you're not alone.

"Every adobe has to have a legend. We have a skeleton in this wall," Pat said.

She's heard it speak.

"Very definitely, there was a voice that said, 'hello,'" she said.

As you wander through the rooms, you'll see some amazing artifacts.

"The shutters are original and the cross in them has nothing to do with religion. They are for guns," she said.

This Sunday at the Rancho Buena Vista adobe, you're guaranteed to have fun at a free family friendly Cinco de Mayo celebration.

"We're going to have a band, a dance floor, we're going to have vendors, we're going to have food," Pat said.

It's a chance to see the last $6 real estate bargain in San Diego history.

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