The British Home in California


The British Home in California, Ltd. is a very unique life care facility. It was formally opened in 1931 by a group of British women affiliated with The Daughters of the British Empire (D.B.E.) in the Western District. Their vision of a place where elderly people could be cared for in a warm and kind environment continues to this day.

On September 22, 1931, Sir John Adams, Consul General of Great Britain, formally opened the British Home. Mrs. Florence Shaefer of Long Beach donated the money for the second resident cottage. The cottage was named after her, and this building today houses nine residents. Its front verandah, facing Manzanita Avenue, provides a cool and shady spot in the late afternoon. In 1934, Mr. Harry J. Foskett of Pacific Palisades donated the money necessary to purchase the lot behind Shaefer Cottage, which fronted on Ramona Avenue, and built the nine room cottage which is there today.