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Our History

The story of how Redwood Villa began is unique… it is truly about family & dedication to the care of others.

first julia houseIt began in 1949 when the Cappelletti Family came to America from Switzerland. Florio, Caroline and their 2 young children arrived in California after a nine day sea voyage and a 3 day train ride. Six days later, Mr. Cappelletti went to work as a janitor/handyman at a care facility to support his family. Florio did not speak any English, but he rose to supervisor of the facility in the first year. This drive and perseverance allowed him and his wife to pursue their dream and purchase their first “care home” in Mountain View in 1951. It began as a twelve bed home and quickly grew to seventeen beds after the first year.

As their dreams grew larger, it led to the design and building of Julia Convalescent Facility in 1953. It was a state of the art 99 bed facility that stood in Mountain View for over 50 years. During its time, Julia was known to be one of the finest Nursing and Convalescent hospitals in the state.  Many doctors in the area had it on the top of their recommendation list.


Florio & Caroline’s son John was active in the everyday duties at the Julia facility which led him to follow in his parents footsteps. Soon after graduating college John saw a growing need for an Independent Living Community in Mountain View. This led to the building of Redwood Villa Retirement Residence in 1975 on the beautiful three acres adjacent to the Julia facility.

For over 35 years, Redwood Villa has served the community of Mountain View. Three, going on four, generations of Cappelletti's have dedicated themselves to maintaining it as a beacon of quality and caring service. Our goal is to provide a comfortable and secure home that represents the best of independent retirement living. We encourage you to come and see for yourself that Redwood Villa is deserving of its reputation.

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