We were able to take a few advance photos, just to lure you in. Don’t you love the window seat in the photo above? That’s in the Dutch Colonial. While the owners are kind enough to host the tea in the backyard, they are also opening the first floor to the tour. (Lookiloos got access to the second floor –with permission of course — and will we run a full slide show of that space later. Stay tuned.)This 1920s Dutch Colonial, lovingly restored and maintained by Brent Riedberger and Chris Johansen, is a real beauty inside and out. The entry hall alone is reason to take a look, and the remodeled kitchen and grand living and dining rooms are not to be missed. The tea will be in the backyard, where Brent used a lot of salvage material for the brickward and pavillion. This gorgeous home, owned by Nora Sandoval and Digby Horner, used to be a charitable home for teenage unwed mothers. In this couple’s hands, they have restored the home to its original grandeur, getting rid of cribs in the library and lockers in the entry hall, and carefully bringing it back to a new life. The living room is spectacular with Bradbury and Bradbury wallpaper from Benicia and a century old pool table. The kitchen is to die for — I mean it. This New England style home is the family home of Liz and Mark Page and their two children, who attend St. Martin of Tours Elementary School, which is sponsoring the tour. With two big additions in the front and back, the couple still maintained the look and feel of the original. This home looks traditional on the outside, but wait until you get inside. This home mixes the traditional front rooms with a remodeled modern kitchen and family room and master suite addition on top. Look for San Jose’s own Fireclay Tile in the kitchen, and great indoor-outdoor living from the great room to the yard. And the master shower is a masterpiece in itself.
To have a chance to win a pair of tickets. leave a comment about the home tour and we’ll draw names randomly. For more information, go to http://www.rosegardenhomestour.com or call 408-287-3630. You can also purchase tickets at Not Too Shabby at 491 South Bascom Avenue and Willow Glen Home and Garden on Lincoln Avenue.