Villa del Sol Sweet Cherry Farms - Leona Valley, California. Villa del Sol is a 25 acre working cherry farm started by the Shafer family in 1999. We are located at the intersection of Elizabeth Lake Road and Godde Hill Road in the lovely Leona Valley, California. Just 1 hour northeast of Los Angeles, take the Palmdale Boulevard Exit off of the 14 Freeway and head west! Villa del Sol is the "first cherry stop" on the right. (map) We specifically chose this location for many reasons. For optimum fruit taste and texture, terrain and climate are very important. The orchard cascades down a south facing slope that allows the sunshine to gently warm the ground, preventing freezing of the delicate fruit in the spring. Warm air is filtered through the trees which is needed for an optimum crop.