Not too long ago I was able to enjoy the Los Gatos Historic Home Tour. I love learning about homes and how neighborhoods were formed and the area around Glen Ridge in Los Gatos provided me a great opportunity to experience a variety of great homes I had not experienced before on tour. The homes on Glen Ridge especially take advantage of the slightest elevation over the valley Henry T. Williams wrote about in his book “The Pacific Tourist: An Illustrated Guide to the Pacific Railroad and California, and Pleasure Resorts Across the Continent”. The views of the valley with the Santa Cruz Mountain range behind you make many of the views from the two-story Victorian homes breath taking.
Waking up to see these views outside your bedroom window or off the back of your private balcony was a setting the home on 33 Glen Ridge Avenue maximized. The family has meticulously preserved as much of the original doors, and my favorite door knobs to make this home shine with artisan flare of how homes use to be built.
Further down the street, 45 Glenridge Avenue, presents my favorite style with a large wrap around porch, perfect for California Evening entertaining. Again, the lovely, high knob door style throughout provide incredible accents on this mix of Victorian and Craftsman style. The wine cellar and master bedrooms were particularly lovely with the master bedroom fireplace showcased with handmade fountain tiles.
The tour continued with homes open on Broadway. More majestic and classical the Italian Renaissance Revival, Italianate Victorian, and classic Victorian demonstrated the grandeur of Los Gatos family entertaining and neighborhood elegance.
My favorite was the “Waterman House” at 45 Broadway. I loved the rich colors, the amazing photographs and art pieces throughout the home. This was a home comfortably lived in and loved by its owners. This home has the spirit of welcome all throughout. Built in 1874, this home exaggerated my mental conversations with so many buyers looking for “new construction” because they believe it is better built. The craftsmanship, the materials, and the test of time, demonstrates an older home can be a central force standing strong amongst all history and mother nature can offer.
If you like to visit home tours, there are more coming up to enjoy. Here is a short list:
Fallon House Downtown San Jose – Historic home tour and Tea – Dec 1st 11-4pm
Santa Clara Historic Home Tour – Fri Dec 7th 6-10 pm and Sat Dec 8th 12-5pm
Palo Alto Holiday House Tour – Sun Dec 9th 1-4pm
Naglee Park Vintage Home Tour – Sat, April 27, 2013, 9am – 4pm