When the attorney for F.P. Newport Co. and the Verdugo syndicate that developed Verdugo Woodlands visited the area, he decided to purchase 3 acres on Cañada Boulevard for his own family. The property was later developed as Capistrano Circle.
The attorney, Charles L. Chandler, and his wife, Gisela, an accomplished linguist and ornithologist, had been living in Los Angeles, but relocated to Glendale in 1913. They lived on North Central Avenue while building their house, "Los Ritos."
A Feb. 29, 1924, Daily Press article described the site as one of the city's most picturesque, "an estate of several acres, which Chandler has been wise enough to leave in its original wild loveliness." The Chandlers became involved in local school and civic activities, and he served as president of the Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America. The Scouts built a rustic clubhouse in the wilderness of the back acres, according to the Daily Press.