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THE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE OF MORGAN HILL, GILROY & SAN MARTIN

OCTOBER 6, 2017

UT ABO & T OU R OF N DA E L CA N TS EV E

A section of the Gilroy Dispatch & Morgan Hill Times

Spectacular landmark reopens

Mount Um LUTHERANISM P8 | FALL BREWS P15 | REALTOR TREVOR DIRESTA P16


Mountaintop view Mt. Umunhum reopens to hikers and historians alike BY AARON CARNES

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t. Umunhum. Most south county residents know the name. Many have seen the large rectangular building at the top of the mountain peak—it’s one of the South Bay’s most recognizable landmarks. Few people have ever been up there. That changed on Sept. 18, the first official date the park was open to the public. Now people can drive right up to the top of the peak and touch the mysterious building, or for the more adventurous, there is a 3.7-mile one-way hike to get there. Whatever method they choose, there are incredible views and a whole lot of local history up there. Before Umunhum opened, there already was plenty of hiking up in the Santa Cruz mountains. But the new Mt. Umunhum Trail has all the makings of a new local favorite. It’s an evenly graded ascent up the mountain, passing many picturesque views of San Jose and the greater Bay Area. Vegetation is varied, and folks are sure to enjoy the amount of shade covering the trail, something oddly uncommon in many of the trails in the area. ➝ 4

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED One of the fourth tallest peaks in the Santa Cruz mountains, Mt. Umunhum presents a 3.7-mile hike each way.


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TRAIL STOPS The hike provides several spots to linger including, the Guadalupe Overlook with stunning views of the watershed.

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The trail was built over the last few years. Every measure was taken to make it as enjoyable as possible. As folks climb up the trail, they can see exactly where they’re hiking to much of the time. The most obviously unique characteristic, that you can see your destination in clear view for the duration of your hike, is a special treat. The building on the summit stares down at you like an eye in the sky. “You’ll be able to drive all the way to the summit and park there,” says Brian Malone, the Land and Services Manager at Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (the public agency that owns this land). “So that I think will be the main attraction. But open space is known for trails, so for people looking for that trail experience, this will be the way to actually earn your summit.” The land was acquired by the district in 1986 with the intention of public access, but there were some snags along the way, namely transforming it from its prior usage as a military base into a recreational destination for residents. “This may look like a regular park,”

Malone says. “But for us this is way more developing than we typically do. The intention always was to eventually open it up to public access. But the cleanup was such a huge job, and really well beyond the financial resources of the open space district.” The large building on Mt. Umunhum might look like something that would prompt alien conspiracy theories, but it’s the last remnant of the Almaden Air Force Station, a general surveillance radar station built to detect a possible Soviet attack. The base opened in 1957 and went operational in 1958. It was part of a network of similar structures along the coast with the same purpose. The Almaden Air Force Station closed in 1980. The Soviet attack, thankfully, never came. At one point, there were 86 structures up there: housing, a pool, a bowling alley, a movie theater, stores. The commute was too cumbersome for base employees to get to San Jose, so they had their own community of sorts. The one remaining building is the radar tower, a five-story structure that

housed the antennae. Today it’s empty—and closed to the public. For the last few years, as the district made plans to finish the trail and get the park ready for the public, there was much debate over whether they should keep the radar tower. They opened the discussion to the public. “Some people wanted to tear it down,” Malone says. “Some people wanted to preserve it. Santa Clara County designated it as historically significant. Our board, in response to that, made the decision to restore the building. It was an important decision that the district had to make.” Even though the radar tower is empty and closed to the public, its presence adds to the unique experience for folks visiting Mt. Umunhum. As you hike up the trail, it eggs you on. Your reward is not just spectacular views, but that you can touch this historic building with your own two hands once you’ve made it. There was never debate over what should be done with the rest of the buildings. They needed to be removed. Since the purpose of

the organization is preserving open spaces, they weren’t equipped to maintain an entire military base. Besides, maintenance would have been expensive. Much of what held up the opening of the park for so many years was the need to secure funding to remove the buildings from the summit. It was a long process, which they finished in 2014 with much needed federal funding. “All those buildings needed to be removed,” says Malone. “That included standard hazard materials that you find in older buildings. Asbestos and lead had to all be mitigated. Even the radar tower itself, making that safe for people to be around it, for a building that had been unmaintained for a while.” That was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what needed to happen to get the park ready for the public. The district also completely redid the road that takes you to the summit, built a parking lot, designed and built the trail, and built a staircase—roughly .5 miles—from the parking lot to the summit. There are also picnic


‘You’ll be able to drive all the way to the summit and park there, so that I think will be the main attraction’ Ron Erskine

SURVEILLANCE Opened in 1957, the Almaden Air Force Station was part of a network built to detect a possible Soviet attack. details in the parks, making sure that the posted educational materials and photos were accurate. The military’s presence isn’t the only important piece of local history. This area held a spiritual significance for the native Ohlone people, who believe it to be the site of creation in indigenous lore. (“Umhunhum” means “resting place of the hummingbirds.”) Midpen wanted to ensure that they paid it proper respect, and worked with the Amah Mutsun tribe to do so. They designed and built a ceremonial circle at the summit, and agreed to allow ceremonies there. “We really we want to respect their history and we want to respect the military’s history,” Malone says. “We want to respect the restoration of the natural environment. That was a really big effort to plan all of that, to try and encourage people to give all that input before we even broke ground.” Folks that choose to hike up to the summit, will find lots of little treasures along the way. There are three bridges that the district

installed. The bridges, Malone says, were installed via helicopter, since there weren’t exactly roads to get them up there. Near the top there are also remnants of a mining cabin. It might bring to mind nearby Quicksilver Mines Park to frequent south bay hikers. The building is fractured and has an incomplete story posted in front, giving some insight into a whole other era and its history. The wildlife is vast and diverse. Since it’s higher than most of the other trails in the area, folks will see a greater variety of plants, trees and animals. Madrones, bay, nutmeg and manzanitas are commonplace. Perhaps the greatest spot along the hike up—aside from the summit itself—is about a third of the way up at the Guadalupe Creek Overlook. This spot on the trail is called the Guadalupe Overlook. It surveys the Guadalupe Creek watershed. The crew even built a special off-trail viewing area. Someone in the crew apparently stumbled in this direction when they were working on the trail and found the hidden spot. They

decided to add a side trail with a deck and rails. “The Guadalupe overlook is definitely a great overlook place,” says Malone. “If you’re planning on getting to the summit and you make it here and someone in the family’s not feeling it, you can go out and see the view there, and head back.” There has been so much excitement around the opening of Mt. Umunhum for so many years, that when the district announced its opening, they created a free, ticketed event the day before. Within five minutes, 800 people had signed up. That alone shows just how important the park is to nearby residents. Malone says this spot is so unique to area residents for many reasons. “One of the things is access to peaks in the Bay Area is fairly limited,” he says. “It’s just that ability to get to the top of a mountain that overlooks the Bay Area. There are a few of them—Mount Tam, Mount Hamilton and Mount Diablo. A lot of the peaks in the area are on private property. Also the history of the area adds to its allure.”

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benches and educational materials up there. “We patched it annually, but it hadn’t been done—fully maintained—in many years,” says Malone. “So that had to be totally ground up, recompacted, then repaved from top to bottom. That was a huge part of the project.” Today when folks drive up to the top, if they are unable climb up the half-mile staircase to the summit, they can be dropped off. Plus, there are 88 handicapped parking spots up available at the top. There was initially some discussion about whether there should be a parking lot at the top, or if the trail would be the only way people could access the summit. The district considered the popularity of Mt. Umunhum, and wanted encourage visitation by everyone, making it accessible to all. “We ended up deciding that the diversity of people with different abilities—we wanted them all to be able to experience it—was more important,” Malone says. The district worked directly with veterans when constructing the

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GILROY

VISIT WILLIAM WEEKS’ LEGACY This month’s historic walking tour will take a visit to Gilroy’s legacy of William Weeks buildings. This prolific Central Coast architect gave us great variety of design in homes, commercial buildings, a hospital and an orphanage. The tour will be on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 am. Meet at the Gilroy Museum, 195 Fifth St. for the two-hour free walking tour. Reservations can be made by calling the museum at 408.846.0446.

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FALL ANTHROPY The YMCA believes in order to have a thriving community you need to start with passionate community members. The Mt. Madonna Y will be specifically thanking five individuals for their continued dedication as YMCA Heroes. Ticket includes dinner for one and one silent auction ticket. Additional silent auction tickets will be available at the door. The honorees will be awarded at the Mt. Madonna 2017 Fall-Anthropy Celebration on Friday, Oct. 6 at Mama Mia’s, 275 East Dunne Avenue, Morgan Hill.

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Alex Abreu will be jamming at Hecker Pass Winery’s Wine Down Wednesday. Live reggae, jazz and hip-hop music hits will be featured. Purchase dinner here, or bring a picnic and get over the midweek hump with an entertaining evening in the vineyard at Hecker Pass Winery. The dinner will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6pm at 4605 Hecker Pass Road in Gilroy.

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RELIGION

Who are the Lutherans?

HALF-CENTURY The Lutheran tradition emerged out of the Protestant Reformation,

which initially sought to reform the Roman Catholic Church.

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hat do Lutherans believe about sin? What does bread and wine symbolize to Lutherans? Who was Martin Luther anyway? Beginning with Protestant reformers in 16th-century Europe, this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which spawned Lutheranism—one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States. The Interfaith Community of South County (ICSC) invites the public to learn about Christianity in the Lutheran tradition in its Faith of Our Neighbors series on Oct. 15. Made up of 16 different faith organizations, the ICSC is a lay-led

organization working alongside the Interfaith Clergy Alliance to build bridges among neighbors. This is the second in the series this year, says ICSC facilitator Mary Hallum. The first 2017 event in the series, held in April, was on Judaism. Hallum says the group has been well-received in the community, drawing between 150-300 people to each of its events. Pastor Anita Warner of Advent Lutheran in Morgan Hill says the Lutheran denomination is the first to present Christianity to the ICSC. “Often in an interfaith group, there’s confusion about all of the different Christian denominations,” says Warner. “Each community gets to speak for themselves.”

Warner believes ICSC is a great model for helping people to learn and understand more about one another’s beliefs, perspectives and practices. “We’re excited to share the faith that animates us,” says Warner. “That teaches about God’s love and grace given to us and all creation.” Loved or hated, Catholic monk Martin Luther, whose name and theology inspired the Lutheran tradition, changed the face of Christianity—and indeed some would say the world—for the last half-century. “Luther himself was a clear example of one of his teachings— that each person is at one time both a saint and a sinner,” says Warner. “His influence extends far beyond the church,” she says. “He unleashed new ways of thinking that profoundly shaped the secular world.” The guest presenter, Rev. Tuhina Rasche, grew up in the Hindu tradition and converted to Christianity in college. Because of this, says Warner, “Rev. Tuhina is particularly skilled in interfaith dialogue.” The Faith of Our Neighbors presents an opportunity for the community to learn about something outside of their own experience. “[People] are invited to be part of any aspect of our faith, whether it be worship learning or service,” she says. But these events aren’t just for people of faith. Hallum encourages anybody to attend, regardless of religious practice or affiliation. “I feel there are a lot of the people that are from the surrounding interfaith community, but we really would like to be able to reach out to other people too,” says Hallum. “We want to include everybody.” The Interfaith Community of South County presents ‘The Faith of our Neighbors: Christianity in the Lutheran Tradition’ at 4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Advent Lutheran Church, 16870 Murphy Ave, Morgan Hill. For more information, email icsc.org@gmail.com.


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Celebrating its 28th year, Gilroy Foundation’s A Day in the Country has become a highly anticipated community event. A nod to the colorful Kentucky Derby, this year’s event will include a silent auction, wine tasting, a Southern-themed dinner and live auction. These highlights will be offered along with complimentary mint juleps served during the silent auction. This year’s Getaway Raffle is to Lexington, Kentucky—the Thoroughbred Capital of the World. A Day in the Country “Run for the Roses” will be held at Gilroy Gardens Event Pavilion, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy from 5-10pm on Saturday, Oct. 7. For more information, visit gilroyfoundation.org.

GILROY WAG’N TRAILS Grab your fourlegged pal for the Wag’n Trails Dog

Hike at Mt. Madonna. Join a Park Ranger and her canine companion on an evening hike to explore the trails through a redwood habitat

with your dog. The group will meet at the Hilltop Group Picnic Area at Madonna County Park on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 4-6pm. For more information, call 408.842.2341 or visit sccgov.org. HOLIDAY HARVEST BAZAAR The community is invited to join in for a holiday craft and vendor show. This is the perfect time to do all of your holiday shopping. More than 24 vendors to shop from and they are offering free mimosas and appetizers while guests shop. Grab your friends and come hang out for an afternoon full of fun. The Holiday Harvest Bazaar will be held on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 2-7pm at Old City Hall Restaurant, 7400 Monterey Street.

For more information, visit bit.ly/ hhbazzarevent. BOOK SALE The Gilroy Library invites the community to join them for their Friends of the Gilroy Library book sale. All ages are welcome to browse from their variety of great reads. All purchases will go toward supporting the collection and programs at the Gilroy Library. The sale is held on the second Saturday of every month, Oct. 14 at 10am at the Gilroy Library, 350 West Sixth Street. For more information, visit sccl.org or call 408.842.8207.

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This exciting event is designed for children age 5 to 13 years old to tackle a 1.5 mile run and walk obstacle challenge. It will start and end at the Centennial Recreation Center going through streets and the park surrounding the area. Participants will receive all receive a prize. It will be on Saturday, Oct. 7 with check in at 8am and the obstacle course at 9am. Register today at mhreconline. com and use code #FSY002. For more information, call 408.782.2128 or email Kolby Rousseu at kolby. rousseu@mhcrc.com.

6-8pm in Downtown Morgan Hill at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center. It will continue on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15 from 12-5pm at various participating wineries.

classical and contemporary dance. The Diwali festival will be held on Oct. 7-8 at 10am on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way.

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OKLAHOMA! For their 45th year of productions, Lyric Theatre presents the 1943 Broadway production of “Oklahoma!” Performed by accomplished singers from the entire Bay Area, and featuring Lyric’s excellent directors, orchestra, set designs and costumes, “Oklahoma!” is known as an innovative musical with American style folk dances and a heartfelt story. It will run from Oct. 7-22 at San Jose City College Theatre, 2100 ➝ 12

Gilroy Elks Lodge presents Oktoberfest, featuring Fellow Elk playing live music from Steve McGinnis and the Internationals Band. Indulge in bratwurst and sauerkraut with sweet Bavarian mustard, German potato salad, pretzel rolls with caraway salt and apple strudel. All proceeds will go to Elks Scholarships. The celebration will be held on Sunday, Oct. 8 with the bar opening at 4pm and dinner at 5:30pm at 2765 Hecker Pass Highway. For tickets and more information, call 408.842.9397.

FALL PASSPORT South Silicon Valley Wineries invites the community to join them for an exciting weekend of wine tasting at the South Silicon Valley Wineries Fall Passport. Tickets are expected to sell out, buy early while supplies last. Your Passport entitles you to attend all three days of fun and many wineries will offer food, music and other attractions. The event will kick off on Friday, October 13 from

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT Families of all backgrounds are invited to Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose for the fifth annual Diwali: Festival of Lights – a festival of joy, splendor, and happiness in South Asian culture. Visitors will bring culture and traditions to life by making Diya lamps, sampling traditional sweets, making henna tattoos and being captivated by

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BREW CRAWL Hop Down to the Brew Crawl Trail throughout downtown Morgan Hill. The 5th Annual Brew Crawl will have up

to 40 craft beers to sample across 20 unique downtown Morgan Hill shops and restaurants, all within walking distance. It will take place in downtown Morgan Hill on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-5pm. For tickets, visit tinyurl.com/yayxmv78.

Come check out strange yet fascinating photographs taken by local photographers of the Morgan Hill Photography Club. On display will be 30 interesting but unusual images including the one pictured above, taken by Archie Kregear of Park Gruell in Barcelona, Spain. The Morgan Hill Photography Club exhibit, “What is it?” will be at the Centennial Senior Center thru November 10. An Artist’s Reception is open to the public on Friday, Oct. 13 from 6-8pm. For more information, visit morganhillphotographyclub.org.

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11 of Follies, by Stephen Sondheim, at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse. Dimitri Weissmann hosts a reunion of ex-Follies performers doing such numbers as “I’m Still Here” and “Broadway Baby.” Amid the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront truths about their past and present, coming faceto-face with the future. For more information and tickets, visit SVCT. org. The show will be at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill through Oct. 7.

NFL LEGENDS IN TOWN

The NFL Alumni—Northern California Chapter welcomes the community to their 17th Annual Klays for Kids Sporting Clays Team Challenge. This exciting event will benefit Youth and Youth related charities throughout the Bay area. The competition will be in a casual clay-target tournament format with the top three teams receiving awards and each team captained by an NFL Legend. The event will be held at Coyote Valley Sporting Clays, 1000 San Bruno Ave, Morgan Hill on Friday, Oct. 13. To register, visit nflalumninoca.org.

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KRTY SONGWRITERS Listen to your favorite country songs performed by writers themselves at Clos LaChance Winery’s Hall of Fame Night featuring D. Vincent Williams. Bring a picnic or purchase food on site at Clos LaChance Winery, 1 Hummingbird Lane on Friday, 6 at 10am. Tickets are $35 at clos.com. For more information, call 408.686.1050.

TASTE AND TREASURES Girls Inc. will be hosting an evening of wine and beer tasting, delicious hors d’oeuvres created by female chefs, a silent auction and live music. The third annual Taste and Treasures event will benefit Girls Inc. of the Central Coast, providing programs focused on leadership and selfempowerment for girls ages 8-18— inspiring them to be “Strong, Smart and Bold.” The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 6 from 6-8pm at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club, 3825 Union Road, Hollister. Visit girlsinccc.org. ‘FOLLIES’ MUSICAL Join South Valley Civic Theatre for that last days

TARANTULA FESTIVAL Pine Ridge Association presents tarantula hikes, live music, raffle and activities for the kids in honor of our furrylegged tarantula friends. There will be a barbecue from 11:30am-1pm. The annual Tarantula Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 at Henry West Coe Park headquarters, 9100 E. Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill from 10am-4pm. For more information, contact Allene Liebenberg at aliebenberg2000@yahoo.com or 831.970.3728. FALL GARDEN MARKET Here in Santa Clara County, locals can grow vegetables year-round. So get your garden ready for a bountiful winter harvest with our Fall Garden Market, featuring a wide variety of wonderful vegetable seedlings for sale that thrive in the cool season. Talk to experts and get garden tips on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10am-3pm at Martial Cottle Park, 283 Snell Ave, San Jose. For more information, visit mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu. GOURD COMPETITION California Gourd Society invites the community to come out for their Bay Area—California Gourd Competition 2017, hosted by The Calabash Club of Silicon Valley. The sixth annual Gourd Festival will continue through Oct. 8 at Uesugi Farms, 14485 Monterey Road in San Martin, For more information, visit calabashclub.org. LONG ISLAND MEDIUM Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show Long Island Medium will be appearing live,

sharing her ability to communicate with the dead. Witness Theresa’s gift first-hand as she gives live readings to audience members throughout the show. In addition, Theresa will share personal stories about her unique and fascinating life balancing the unpredictability of her psychic gifts while maintaining her role as a typical Long Island wife and mom. The show will be on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30pm at City National Civic, West San Carlos Street, San Jose. PINK OUT Hollister’s 6th Annual Pink Out Extravaganza is right around the corner. Hope for A Cure Memorial Educational Scholarship Fund invites the community to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. They want to make the town pink and ask that businesses and school decorate in all pink and everyone wear all pink clothing. Make sure to catch the Tackle for a Cure Football Game at San Benito High School Football Stadium. The Pink Out Extravaganza will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7:30am-10pm. OLIVE FESTIVAL The 2017 San Benito Olive Festival is back and with it comes award-winning olive oils, artisanal foods and more. Discover world-class wines and craft beers as you mingle with local growers and creators. Enjoy the olive paint party, live music and hands-on crafts. The San Benito Olive Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10am-5pm at the San Benito County Historical Park, 8300 Airline Highway in Tres Pinos. For more information, visit sanbenitoolivefestival.com. FASHION SHOW The merchants of San Juan Bautista will be hosting a Fashion Show and the first Holiday Art’s & Craft Show of the season. There will also be a raffle with proceeds donated to the San Juan Bautista Rotary Club for use by their Migrant Holiday Program. The show will be on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11am-3pm. For tickets visit, tinyurl.com/y78dxywz or purchase at the door. For more information, call 831.623.4285 and ask for Julia or Loretta.


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REAL ESTATE

Realtor’s Corner

interest at hand. Building long term relationships with clients is exciting and rewarding.

What was your most successful transaction this year? My most successful transaction I had this year was my past sale out in Silver Creek, San Jose. It was a swift transaction and only took a month to close. Concurrently, the multitasking that was needed was no easy feat, but like I said, I like to be challenged. My clients, Michael & Zuraidah, were a

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NICHE MARKET Realtor Trevor DiResta knows Morgan Hill like he knows the slopes.

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How did you become involved in real estate? It really focuses on my gifts and talents—I work well with others, I’m very detail oriented, I like challenges in all different areas (marketing, advertising, sales, etc.). I also enjoy negotiations and I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I’m a very self-motivated person and understood the amount of work it would take to get where I want to be. Real estate is really all. on. you.

What’s your favorite part about working with clients? Interaction—I have the need to talk and connect with people. I also love picking people’s brains. Everyone’s different, so it’s a fun challenge digging into the market and finding them exactly what they are looking for.

Who is the perfect client? Someone who communicates, trusts and listens to me. I have their best

Google catering chef and recently-retired Army Veteran who had complete trust in me—putting an offer on a home without even seeing it, only via multimedia.

What do you do in your spare time? I’m a huge outdoors person—snowboarding, golfing surfing, camping, just to name a few—and I love cars (BMW mainly). I run a digital marketing business online and I am a DJ/ Music Producer at heart. I started producing music when I was in high school, but when I was in college at San Jose State University, I did a tour along with playing at clubs. Contact Trevor DiResta at 408.710.9082, or visit, trevordiresta.com.


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251 DONALD DRIVE

Picket fence, move-in ready. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths. Fresh paint on the interior. Detached 2 car garage with a breezeway to back door. Garage is sheet rocked. Landscaping is EZ maintenance. New carpets, wonderful updated kitchen, new tile flooring, Corian counter tops, hardware on cabinets. Free-standing gas stove, large xeating area that has lots of light. Ideal starter home for Ridgemark. 10,000 S.F. lot. Backyard has exposed aggregate and is tiered. Sprinklers front and rear are automatic. Air Conditioning.

772 HELEN DRIVE

Ridgemark Golf and Country Club. 1,675 S.F., 2 bdrm, 2 bath. Master bedroom bath updated. Enter through private courtyard, formal entry, high ceiling in living room/ dining room features built in book shelves, unit was customized with extra storage tvhroughout, inside utility room. All appliances, paint and new flooring installed 5 years ago. Opens to private patio ideal for entertaining. Golf and tennis within minutes of your home. Clubhouse with full service restaurant and bar. Refrigerator, washer/ dryer included with no warranty.

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Three 1-Story Homes on 4.5+ Acres ONE OF A KIND ~ Family compound or great income opportunity. In the country yet 10 mins to downtown Hollister & city water. Bring your animals, toys, business, etc. Interested? Call for More Details! $1,398,888 (831) 245-0321 NEW LISTING

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I have been helping my clients realize their Real Estate dreams since 1997. With my careful planning, patience and tenacity, I am committed to helping home owners achieve the highest possible price for their home, and helping buyers find the perfect home that fits their needs. As a California licensed REALTOR®, I have sold in many areas, including several cities in Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. I have also handled all types of sales such as single family residential, multi� residential, bank owned, short sales, trust sales, condos/townhouses, mobile homes, homes on land, etc., so whatever your Real Estate need is, do not hesitate to ask me!

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3.35 Acres w/Private Views all Around GATED STONEGATE ~ Lovely 4Br/2.5Ba w/living & dining rooms, chef’s kitchen. Master suite w/fireplace (1 of 3), wet bar & spa-like bath. Tres Pinos. Let this Beautiful Home be Yours! $998,888 (831) 245-0321

4Br/2.5Ba 2,545 SqFt Beautiful 3-year old home in quiet Hollister neighborhood with lots of upgrades. Beautiful kitchen filled with many cabinets, granite slab countertops and stainless appliances (refrigerator included). Downstairs has laminate wood flooring—upstairs is carpeted. Master bathroom has white marble countertops, walk-in closet and nice large tub. Indoor laundry with sink and counterspace (washer and dryer included). Large backyard with in-ground pool, jetted spa and waterslide. Large side yard for dog run or possible RV/boat parking. Don’t Let This One Go By! $619,000 (831) 245-0321

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY 1–4PM Location, location - beautiful Anderson Home. 3,200 S.F. with 3 bedrooms plus office and large bonus room upstairs which would be a great TV/retreat. 2 1/2 baths. Family room kitchen with new hardwood floors. Office/ study adjacent. Inside laundry room. New paint interior walls and new exterior paint. Home looks great. Covered patio. 3 car garage. This home is ready to move into. 2 water heaters—one upstairs and one downstairs. 1/2 bath is located across from laundry room. ASK ABOUT BUYER INCENTIVES! ASKING: $639,000

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