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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 48 N Puzzles, page 49 Home Front Al so on lin E M 42 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m Rendering courtesy of Regis Homes/Stanford University MICROCLIMATES ... Pam Peirce, author of “Golden Gate Gardening,” will teach a class on “Climate and Microclimate for Gardeners” on Saturday, May 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Peirce will cover successful plant selection, based on variations on heat, cold, sunlight and shadow. Cost is $31. Signed books of the third edition will be available. Information: 650-493-6072 or or http:// YOGA FOR GARDENERS ... Patricia Becker, director, will teach a class on “Yoga for Gardeners” on Saturday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Becker, an Anusarainspired yoga teacher, will offer yoga techniques, including basic stretches and good alignment principles, to help care for back, shoulders and knees that can get stressed during gardening. Bring your own yoga mat. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto. org or http://yogagardeners. WHACK INVASIVE PLANTS ... Volunteers are needed every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon to remove invasive, non-native plants — including yellow starthistle and French broom — at Foothills Park. Friends of Foothill Park volunteers meet at the Orchard Glen picnic area but are advised to check the website,, in case the group is heading for more remote areas of the park. Information: Bob Roth at 650-321-7882 or N Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or e-mail Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. Construction nearly finished at Olmsted Terrace, near College Terrace by Martin Sanchez tanford University is building a new neighborhood near Stanford Avenue that university officials say will provide much-needed more affordable housing for Stanford University faculty members who have not already owned a home in the area. Olmsted Terrace will consist of 39 single-family homes between Stanford Avenue and Olmsted Road on the Stanford Campus, Lisa Lapin, university communications director, said. The houses’ driveways will exit onto Olmsted Road or the sections of Oberlin Street and Wellesley Street north of Stanford Avenue, Stanford faculty housing staff said. The houses will be finished over the summer, Lapin said. A single model home will be finished “sometime in the next couple of months,” at which time the other 38 homes will go on sale, she said. Tenured or tenure-track faculty members and high-level university staff are eligible for the houses but priority will be given to tenured or tenure-track faculty members who have never owned a home on the Peninsula or certain parts of the East Bay, Lapin said. Providing homes for new faculty members is “a very big concern” for the university, Patricia Jones, Stanford vice provost of faculty development and diversity, said. She said Stanford hired 100 new faculty members last year and 125 the year before. “We have faculty who are just coming from being graduate students who have no savings, and we have faculty who come from other institutions in less expensive areas who bring no equity to the area,” she said. Faculty housing staff said three-bedroom house prices would start at roughly $700,000 and four-bedroom house prices would start at roughly $900,000. The final prices will be determined once a Santa Clara County assessor prices the neighborhood’s individual land parcels, Lapin said. Stanford’s faculty housing staff said several restrictions on Olmsted Terrace leases allow the university to price the houses at a level that most faculty members can afford. Emeriti faculty members, as well as partners of deceased faculty members, can stay in their Olmsted Terrace home for 10 years after retirement. Jones said Olmsted Terrace’s comparatively low prices make it a “new method” of housing faculty members. “Most of the on-campus housing before this development is not supposed to be more affordable than the surrounding community,” she said. More than 200 people have expressed interest in buying a home at Olmsted Terrace, Lapin said. The eventual house prices could deter Veronica Weber S Veronica Weber SUMMER COLOR, CITRUS ... Mimi Clarke will teach a couple of classes at Filoli, including “Planting for Summer Color” on Saturday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($65 for nonmembers, $50 for members), and “Citrus Care” on Wednesday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon ($40 for nonmembers, $35 for members). Information: 650-364-8300 or Easing Stanford faculty housing An illustration, top, of the soon-to-be-completed homes in Olmsted Terrace shows houses facing Stanford Avenue, but driveways accessible from inside the development. Center, a bicyclist pedals past the nearly completed model home on Stanford Avenue in April. Below, 39 homes are nearing completion in Olmsted Terrace, roughly at the corner of Stanford Avenue and El Camino Real near Escondido Village. (continued on page 35) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÞÊÓn]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 33

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