Hilltop House was built in the 1950s, it was used by Town founders Newton T. Bass and Bud Westlund as an entertainment and marketing tool for their Apple Valley Ranchos Land Company. Its position on top of what is now called Bass Hill provided panoramic views of the desert landscape until the structure burned in 1967. It was rebuilt a year later and used as a conference center but has been vacant for several years. It was purchased in 2000 by the 360 Apple West, LLC and suffered another fire in 2009.
In May 2016, the Town closed escrow on the $310,000 purchase of the property with the assistance of a $160,000 grant awarded through the National Park Service through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Town Council allocated the remaining balance be paid out of the general fund.
The following year, Town Council adopted Resolution No. 2017-13, a Resolution of the Town Council of The Town of Apple Valley, California, placing the recently purchased Hilltop House property into the Town of Apple Valley Park system and amend the Master Plan of Parks and Recreation to include the property as an asset to the park system.
Town Council unanimously recommended the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee to assist the Town Council in defining and evaluating the progression of future development for the Hilltop House. The Ad Hoc Committee was comprised of Mayor Nassif and Council Member Stanton, and will include five members who were nominated by each individual Council Member. In addition, public representation from members of the community who will collectively represent the Apple Valley Unified School District, health and wellness, the building industry, the Chamber of Commerce, the High Desert Community Foundation and the Apple Valley Legacy Trail Committee will also serve as participants on this committee. Appointments for members who will serve in this capacity will be selected by members of the industry they represent.