Dutch Haven was the first Los Alamitos subdivision built after Rossmoor went in across Los Alamitos Boulevard. I’m not sure if it was the same developer, but previously another Dutch Haven subdivision was built in the La Palma area (see photo to right) — which of course was populated by many dairy farmers of Dutch descent, and a subsequent one was built in 1962 in Huntington Beach (just southeast of Beach and Slater).
The photo to the left from 1960 features the very prominent Dutch Girl and all the requisite flags which accompanied every new housing tract. This photo is taken from the Rossmoor side of the boulevard and is looking southeast at the corner of Harrisburg.
The brick wall is also reminiscent of Rossmoor’s signature wall, although it doesn’t look like there is a continuation pf bricks between the pilasters. Beyond the homes is the flood channel and Orangewood. The white building in the background is apparently St. Hedwig Church which opened in May 1960[ref]LA Times, May 22, 1960 – pM6, in the Cortese company’s weekly article: “St. Hedwig’s new Roman Catholic Church, located on the Southeast corner of Los Alamitos Blvd., across from main entrance to Rossmoor is now open.[/ref]. Good Shepherd didn’t open until after November 1961 [ref]LA Times, Nov. 2, 1961, pD11. “Pastor Named for New Church”[/ref]
NOTE: The information about St. Hedwig Church was confirmed after a reader comment sent us back to our archives to research something we were too lazy to check out before. But that’s the way the “project” process should work.