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A supplement to the Gilroy Dispatch & Morgan Hill Times

Homes and gardens of Aromas and Gilroy

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TOURSIN TWO TOWNS A sneak peek at Mother’s Day homes and gardens


BY DEBRA ESKINAZI pacious parcels, stunning views, fertile gardens and interiors adorned with items from around the world describe some of the finest sites in this year’s homes and gardens tours.

It would be enough if it were one tour, but Mother’s Day weekend offers two distinct tours in Aromas and Gilroy including homes in the surrounding communities of San Martin and Morgan Hill. For both Aromas Hills Artisans and Gilroy Assistance League (GALS), this year marks the 14th year of running these tours for their organizations. The “Aromas Country Garden Tour” and GALS “Impressions: Home & Garden Tour” each offer hundreds of visitors a glimpse into the homes or gardens of local residents. Designed to share local art, while supporting artistic development, Aromas Hills Artisans is a nonprofit that pulls together artists from the tri-county area of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

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This year at the group’s 14th annual Aromas County Country Garden Tour, the tour takes visitors through nine gardens. “The tour features a wide variety of gardens—some level, some on hillsides,” says Aromas Hills Artisans coordinator Linda Bjornson. Many of the gardens on the tour display fine examples of gardeners efforts at creating sustainable, drought tolerant gardens says Bjornson. “Something that makes this garden tour more special is among the plants and flowers you will find artists.” Each sprawling landscape features artwork by 15 local Aromas Hills Artisans, says Bjornson. “They will be presenting artwork in many media,” she says. “There will be ceramics, photography, watercolor, Ukrainian eggs, authors ➝ 6

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GATHERING SPACE The heart of the home—kitchens, like the one above in this year’s GALS Home and Garden Tour are where big plans are made, guests are welcomed and relationships flourish.

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Founded in 2000 and supported by annual events and grants from the Monterey Community Foundation

and the Monterey Arts Council, Aromas Hills Artisans offers several opportunities throughout the year for people to experience the creations of its members.




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WATER SAVING One of the highlights of the Aromas Country Garden Tour is the innovative ways gardeners have elected to conserve resources.

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with their books, stained glass, jewelry, oil painting and collage—itis a lively group as you can see.” Bjornson says the gardens offer many surprises and artistic accents. “The first garden is at the Aromas Water District,” Bjornson says. “This flat and level garden is chock full of drought tolerant plants and will have free cuttings. The next garden is at a private home with extensive brick paths that wind to different garden areas.” The next stop is a sunny mix of flowers like roses and iris, complete with veggies and fruit trees says Bjornson. Garden goers will brave hills and country roads for some of these gems—one, she says, is a working nursery that specializes in organic veggie starts and herbs which will be available for purchase. Further dawdling in the country showcases a private pottery studio amidst a succulent garden and the return trip to town highlights two more secluded gardens with great views.


GALS Home & Garden Tour This year’s GALS home tour takes visitors on a driving tour to four beautiful homes throughout west Gilroy—going into the outskirts of

Morgan Hill and San Martin. Elaborate gardens, wrought iron gates, french doors, commercial refrigerators, industrial kitchens, secluded retreats, game rooms, outdoor theaters and great spaces for entertaining are among some of the most appealing elements on the tour. Home tour chair Phylis Mantelli, says the committee chose four expansive homes this year—the largest on its tour is 10,000 square feet. “I think the thing that ties these homes together is that they’re unique in that they showcase their culture and their travels,” Mantelli says. “You’ll see a lot of homemade artifacts and a lot of furniture and wood finishes from around the world. Two of the houses a lot of the furnishings and flooring are directly from India.” GALS President Kelly Barbazette says the group’s procurement team spends the entire year picking out the homes to will be showcased on the tour—taking care to focus on a different area each year. Barbazette notes the first two homes are the more modern of the homes on the tour. “They are larger family homes meant for entertaining and they’re both stunning,” she says. The the last home, ➝ 15









Invite Mom for an afternoon of succulent garden goodness at The Grapevine. Create a one-of-a-kind arrangement in a rustic metal container at this succulent workshop. All succulents and supplies included as well as arrangement tips and succulent care instructions. Enjoy this Mother’s Day event Saturday, May 12, 3-4:30pm at The Grapevine, 17520 Depot St. Visit

Absolute beginners to yoga or anyone wanting a step-by-step review of the basics are invited to explore the benefits of yoga at Art of Yoga’s Beginner Series. Walk away with a strong foundation in yoga fundamentals, breathing and alignment in just three short weeks. Saturday, May 12, 19 and 26, 7:15-8:15am at Art of Yoga, 16165 Monterey Road. For information and to sign up, visit

The El Camino Club, together with other organizations, is hosting Day Out on the Ranch, a rodeo for adults and children with special needs. Attendees will enjoy rodeo skills stations, live bluegrass music, refreshments, horseback rides and a petting zoo Saturday, May 12, Noon-3pm at Thorson’s Arena, 2005 Hayes Lane. For information, contact Chris Miceli at 408.848.2324/211 or

Experience the Gilroy Assistance League’s 14th annual Home and Garden Tour and Boutique and enjoy a driving tour of four beautiful and expansive homes that are a reflection of family, culture and community in South County. Enjoy the boutique featuring unique vendors at the last home on the tour. Purchase tickets online through May 10 or in person, tickets will be held at the first home. Friday, May 11 - Saturday, May 12, 10am-5pm beginning at 13535 Spring Valley Road, Morgan Hill. For tickets and information, visit

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TOMORROW ‘Annie Jr.’ rags-to-riches now showing at South Valley Civic Theatre through May 12.

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he musical Annie, based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip of Depression-era fame, has been inspiring little girls to audition for the title role for more than 40 years, since it won the Tony Award for best musical in 1977. A shortened youth version, Annie Jr., likewise brings out dozens of aspiring children to audition for roles as one of the ragged little wretches who inhabit Miss Hannigan’s horrid New York City orphanage. The South Valley Civic Theatre production, through May 12 in Morgan Hill, is entirely cast with young people and stripped of

most of the political overtones of the original, which offered up songs critiquing President Herbert Hoover. Annie Jr. focuses more on hope and optimism, as delivered through the iconic tunes “Tomorrow” and “You’re Never Really Dressed Without a Smile,” and my own favorite from the show, “Maybe,” with its wistful wish for a happy-ever-after. The story turns on the title character, 11-year-old Annie, an urchin left at the orphanage by her impoverished parents along with a letter saying they’ll be back for her someday. She is plucked from the orphanage through the largess of Oliver Warbucks, a one-percenter who adopts an orphan each year for the holidays,

showering the child with gifts, a new wardrobe and a chance to see the finer things in life. Warbucks is so taken by Annie that he launches a coast-tocoast search for her parents, which naturally attracts the attention of grifters, who impersonate Annie’s family. The cast of children and teenagers, directed by Colleen Blanchard, do a generally fine job, easiest when they are closest in age to their characters. Tegan Leong exudes the kind of spunky enthusiasm necessary to play a cockeyed optimist, and has mastered Annie’s “aw, gee” delivery. She wears Annie’s signature bright-red dress but has eschewed the curly red wig in favor of her own dark locks, and makes up for a lack of volume in her singing voice with pretty intonation and lots of emotion. She establishes good on-stage rapport with a real, live Sandy (played alternately by golden retrievers Bailey and Mason) as she sings “Tomorrow.” Isabella Rosal’s Miss Hannigan is a hoot, laying on a thick Brooklyn accent as she orders her unruly charges around. Leah Grifall is all easy elegance as Warbucks’ secretary Grace, and Oliver Kaelin as Rooster and Makayla Hoiberg as Lily St. Regis are delightfully evil (and none too smart) on “Easy Street” as they see their way up the social ladder. James Tuttle softens up some through the course of the musical as Daddy Warbucks, establishing a solid connection to Annie for “I Don’t Need Anything But You.” Look for a variety of local luminaries to play the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the show. On opening night it was Marty Cheek, with Alan Chipman, Jay Hanson, Gene Sakahara, Johnathan Spencer and Steve Tate in the lineup. ‘Annie Jr.’ Music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan. Directed by Colleen Blanchard. Presented by South Valley Civic Theatre at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse. Through May 12.

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Join The Almaden Super Lions Club as it sponsors the I CARE Classic Bike Tour with 100 percent of event proceeds going toward providing eye exams and glasses for children. The tour offers courses for all skill levels including a 100-mile, 100-kilometer, 50-kilometer and a 20-mile. This event is a tour, not a race or pledge ride, and makes for a great family outing. Enjoy riding through Morgan Hill on well mapped, marked courses with great rest stops and support along the way Saturday, May 12, 6am-4pm at 18735 Madrone Pkwy, Morgan Hill. Visit for tickets and information.


GILROY SALSA CLASS Learn Salsa with The Babalu Club Salsa Dance Instruction. Salsa is the perfect social dance because it is fun, energetic and perfect for

crowded dance floors. Level 1, 1.5 and 2 classes are available, all sessions offer full instruction followed by a social/free dance period afterwards. Learn this unique, energetic dance Monday, May 14, 7-9pm at Old City Hall

Restaurant, 7400 Monterey St. For more information, visit SEASON KICKOFF Don’t miss The South Bay Polo Tournament Series Season Kick-Off benefitting New Dawn Equine Rescue. This free event includes South Bay Polo’s first tournament of the season, raffles, silent auction and the first annual Rookie Cup, where all six riders are locals. Wine, beer and Smokin 208 BBQ Company will all be available for purchase. See a polo tournament, sip local wines and support this local equine rescue Saturday, May 19, 11am-5pm at South Bay Polo, 1290 Masten Ave. Visit

MORGAN HILL SHREK THE MUSICAL JR. Head to the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse for a tale that is part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek, The Musical JR, presented by Carol Romo. Based on the Oscarwinning DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical, this fun show presents a powerful message for the whole family. Thursday, May 17, 6-7:30pm, Friday, May 18, 6-7:30pm or 8-9:30pm and Saturday, May 19, 1-2:30pm, 4-5:30pm or 7-8:30pm at Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey St. Visit




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RESOURCE FAIR Connect with local organizations and resources providing services for special needs children, teens and adults at the Fourth Annual Special Needs Resource Roundup. Enjoy activities for the whole family including vendor booths, performances, carnival games, refreshments, freebies, a petting zoo and more. Get information, tips and more at this free event Saturday, May 12, 10am-2pm at San Benito High School, 1220 Monterey St. Visit

Take Mom to Mother’s Day Breakfast at Henry W. Coe’s Ridge View campsite. Walk 1.25-miles from the parking area and enjoy a western-style breakfast, entertainment by Cactus Bib and Prairie Flower and relaxing in the soothing beauty of a sunny spring morning on Pine Ridge. Transportation arrangements available to those with special needs. Sunday, May 13, 8:3011am at Henry W. Coe State Park, 9100 E. Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill. For more information, visit

5K FOOT PURSUIT Run in pursuit of law enforcement’s future at the third annual Hollister Police Explorers 5K Foot Pursuit. This 5K run/walk fundraiser will support the Hollister Police Department Explorer Program and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation. Friends and family of event participants will also enjoy a public safety fair and kid’s zone. Saturday, May 12, 9am-Noon at Brigatino Park, 2037 San Juan Road. Packet pickup begins at 8am. For

PORTUGUESE FESTIVAL Don’t miss the Portuguese Festival May

19-20 at SDES Portuguese Hall, 695 Seventh St. Enjoy the “Queen Coronation” and dance Saturday, May 19, 9pm at the hall, and return Sunday, May 20 for the parade. The parade route begins at the hall and ends at Sacred Heart Church for 11am mass followed by the serving of Portuguese sopas, games and an auction. Dinner and dancing will be held at the hall at 6pm.. For information, call 831.801.5584.

AROMAS GARDEN TOUR Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day on The Aromas Country Garden Tour, featuring Artists in the Gardens. Tour lovely, unique gardens ➝ 13

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GOLF CLASSIC Join The Gilroy Police Foundation as it sponsors the 2018 Tee Off for Cops and Kids Golf Classic and help continue the work of reaching at-risk youth, providing necessary prevention and education programs and raising community support for unmet needs of the Gilroy Police Department. Play in the tournament, sponsor the event or make a donation. Enjoy the tournament, lunch at the driving range and cocktails and buffet dinner. Event is limited to 120 golfers. Monday, May 14, 10:30am at CordeValle Golf Course, 1 Cordevalle Club Dr. For

Enjoy a wildlife themed art show, fundraiser and opening reception featuring original watercolor art and photography by Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center (WERC) volunteers that will be on display and available for purchase. One of the WERC educational birds will be onsite to greet guests for the first two hours. Also enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Proceeds benefit WERC. Saturday, May 12, noon-4pm at GVA Cafe Art Gallery, 17400 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For more information, visit




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11 an experienced hairstylist and licensed cosmetologist providing demonstrations and information. Learn how anyone can cut and style hair Saturday, May 12, 11am-noon at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St, Gilroy. For more information, visit MIMOSA BRUNCH Celebrate Mom with a Mimosa Brunch at San Juan Oaks. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary mimosa, coffee, tea or juice, various salad bar selections and a carving bar complete with prime rib and oven roasted turkey. Also enjoy a waffle and french toast bar and dessert bar. Reservations are required, seatings at every half hour, space is limited. Sunday, May 13, 10am-Noon at San Juan Oaks, 3825 Union Road, Hollister. Visit or call, 831.636.6127.


Join Gold Coast Rods at the Sixteenth Annual Country Cruise & Car Show. Enjoy the show of custom and classic cars and trucks, drawings throughout the day and DJ Joe Playing oldie favorites. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and Awards of Excellence will be presented including Best of Show, People’s Choice and Club Participation awards. Sunday May 20, 8am-3pm beginning Downtown in Historic San Juan Bautista. For more information, visit

throughout Aromas and meet wonderful Aromas Hill Artisans artists in every garden. Don’t miss this fantastic garden tour Saturday, May 12, 10am-4pm throughout Aromas. For more information, visit


HAIRSTYLING DEMONSTRATION Learn the basics of cutting and styling hair at Do it Yourself: Basic Haircutting and Styling at the Gilroy Library. Attendees will learn to save time and money with do it yourself haircutting and styling from

COMEDY NIGHT Head to Leal Vineyards for a night of laughter, dinner and music. Guests will enjoy the comedy of Johnny Peña, a three-course dinner by the live+love+léal culinary team and dance to the live music of Got 2 Groove. Guests must be 21 or older to attend, and dress to impress with collared shirts and no ball caps. Enjoy a night of comedy Friday, May 18, 6-10pm at Léal Vineyards, 300 Maranatha Dr, Hollister. For more information, visit

MATTRESS FUNDRAISER Support the Music Departments of Morgan Hill’s Ann Sobrato High School and Martin Murphy Middle School at the third annual Sobrato and Martin Murphy Music Mattress Fundraiser. Purchase a new mattress from quality name brands including Simmons Beautyrest for up to 50% off. This sale is one day only and all profits will go directly to the music programs at these two Morgan Hill schools. Saturday, May 19, 10am-5pm at Ann Sobrato High School, 401 Burnett Ave, Morgan Hill. Visit AAUW LUNCHEON Join the Gilroy Branch of the American Association of University Women at the AAUW Spring Membership Luncheon. This thought provoking lunch features speaker Julie Reynolds Martinez who is an investigative journalist, 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, 2011 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State and co-founder of Voices of Monterey Bay. Also enjoy gourmet lunch provided by Cafe Thyme and be sure to purchase tickets for the handmade king-sized quilt and other items on display. Proceeds will benefit AAUW local scholarship fund. Membership is open to all who have Associate, Baccalaureate or RN degrees. Saturday, May 19, 11:30am-2pm at Cafe Thyme, 433 FIrst St, Gilroy. Visit

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CHILDREN’S MUSICAL South Valley Civic Theater presents the children’s musical Annie, Jr. Adapted from the Tony Awardwinning Best Musical, Annie, Jr. features little orphan Annie’s first adventure in 1930s New York City.

Watch the classic story unfold of Annie’s orphanage escapades, quest to locate her long lost parents and the new home that she comes upon while singing along to familiar tunes. Now playing through Saturday, May 12 at Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. Visit

ROMANTIC COMEDY Check out Michael Mitnick’s The Siegel, a new romantic comedy presented by City Lights Theater Company. In this fast-paced story Ethan Siegel is about to ask Alice’s parents for her hand in marriage, but runs into a few problems including that Alice and Ethan broke up two years ago and she is now seeing someone else. Watch as Ethan proceeds on a comedic journey through modern love in uncertain times. Performances are May 17-June 17, ThursdaySaturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm at City Lights Theatre Company, 529 S. Second St, San Jose. For more information and tickets, visit

CREEK CLEANUP The Santa Clara Valley Water District invites everyone to be an environmental hero and register to volunteer at National River Cleanup Day and join millions of Americans to remove litter in our waterways. Make a difference not only in the local community but also for the entire Bay Area. There are currently 42 cleanup sites available to volunteer at on National River Cleanup Day. The clean up will go on rain or shine, and cleanup sites may change. Saturday, May 19, 9am-Noon at Coyote Lake County Park, 10840 Coyote Reservoir Road, Gilroy, Uvas Creek, 7149 Uvas Pkwy, Gilroy or West Little Llagas Creek, 1040 Edmundson Ave, Morgan Hill. Visit


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getaway from the daily bustle, but it’s the giving back that mean the most to members at GALS. “For me it’s personal because I grew up with not a lot of money,” Mantelli shares. “I was a welfare kid so I have a special heart for kids that are in need of different assistance and also just of the families.” For women like Mantelli, GALS provides a great service to the community. “For me it’s personal,” she says. “I feel so blessed to be where I am and to be able to give back and that’s why I do it.” The tour ends with a boutique on a 2.5-acre estate overlooking Morgan Hill with views of Mt. Toro and Lick Observatory. The boutique will feature more than a dozen vendors displaying a variety of items for the home and garden including specialty food items, upcycled wooden bird houses, painted furniture, magnetic wine charms, garden plants, succulent planters, handmade skin and bath products, soy candles, quilted home décor, crochet purses, biscotti, and a pop-up floral stand.

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Barbazette says, is probably the most historic out of the four. Built in 1978 by a local builder, Barbazette says the home has undergone stunning transformation. “One of the rooms that they kept intact is just unique—the room is nicknamed the birdcage by the original homeowners and it’s up a few steps and offers stunning view of the valley,” she says. At the hilltop home of Gary and Jennifer Palacios, the view is amazing, with cantina patio doors of the kitchen that disappear in favor of the scenery. The counters are alight with the warm glow of Mexican travertine, Jennifer says it’s their big gathering place in their home, which is built for entertaining. “We have an industrial sized sink, which is perfect for parties,” Jennifer says. “This house has a history of throwing parties. Since we’ve been here a little more than 10 years we’ve had six weddings. The seventh is going to be next month—our daughter’s.” Though sizable at 5,000 square feet, with 16 arches throughout the home, exposed beams and a sunken living room with a conversation pit feel—the home retains a cozy feel. Barbazette says the garden in third home makes for another fun stop along the tour. “I would say the garden in third home is particularly interesting because of the four circus trees,” she says. The current homeowners had hired Michael Bonfante and Benji Barragan to help them create a relaxing garden retreat on their 2.5 acres—including four spectacular circus trees, says Barbazette. After starting out as the Gilroy chapter of the Children’s Home Society, the group changed its name to Gilroy Assistance League in 1984 and the 35-member group centered its aims on fundraising for local youth programs in Gilroy. The Mother’s Day tour is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year, enabling them to give money to local community groups. In April they gave the $26,000 earned during the 2017 tour to 11 recipients including One Heart to Another, Gateway School, Learning and Loving Center and Unspoken Works to name a few. The tour may offer a lovely




Passport wrap up

VERDICT IN This year’s month-long Wine Passport made for a better overall experience for wine lovers.

Spring winery tour is a success

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et weather didn’t dampen people’s wine tasting spirits, as Passport sales were said to be up around 30 percent over last year. WSCV President, Karen Seeker, notes, “People enjoyed the opportunity that the month-long format offered to visit all our wineries, taste the wines, learn about each place, owners and winemakers.” Initially skeptical of holding what amounts to a month-long free tasting event, John Aver of Aver Family changed his tune. “I have been very pleased with the new Passport format,” says Aver. “People are taking their time, engaging about what we make and

do here and very receptive to both purchasing and joining our wine club. Lots of new people. I am a fan.” Solis Winery’s Vic Vanni and Fernwood Cellars’s Matt Oetinger were more reserved in their opinion. Vanni thinks Passport has lost some of its buzz, but acknowledged the crowd is changing. “Certainly over the last many years, we have noticed a younger, more diverse crowd,” Vanni says. “That’s good and maybe has led to greater recognition and market reach, which is the ultimate goal of passport, in my opinion.” Neither was Oetinger wasn’t crazy about the length of the festivities. “It’s been good, although a wet and wild March added an

interesting element to it all,” he says. “I’m not sure that I am a big fan of the ‘good all month’ concept, as it’s very difficult to conduct our regular winery business concurrently with people coming in to use their Passports.” Janu Goelz of Alara Cellars at Stomping Ground thought the month-long opportunities were more favorable than the shorter wine weekends in years past. “The first weekend was the busiest in terms of Passport tasters,” Goelz says. “I think the demographic of the crowd is almost the same, however far more tame. Before, Passport holders had to try to squeeze all of the wineries into one weekend, but now they can space their visits out. It’s all around a better quality experience for both the wineries and the customers, in my opinion.” Geoff Mace from Calerrain echoes that sentiment: “We have had very good traffic with live music and food trucks on Saturdays, with 150-200 tasters per Saturday,” he says. “Good number of new wine club sign ups, too. Plenty of tasters coming down from the San Jose area for the day, choosing to come down to Gilroy rather than fight the crowds up North.” Lion Ranch’s Kim Englehart was pleased to see more folks from out of the area were able to take part over the duration of the Wine Passport. “Before, we normally saw around 300 people in one weekend, and now we see them over the course of the month,” Englehart says. “Because these customers have time to spend at our winery, not rushing off to the next winery, they tend to purchase wine and/or sign up for the club in higher proportions than in Passports past. More people seem to be coming down from San Jose, rather than just all local South County folks.” The month-long format will be employed for Fall Passport as well, to be held September 7—beginning with Kick-Off party—through the end of September.



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Open Sat 1-4pm BETTER THAN NEW ~ 3Br/2Ba + addl room to be used as den, game room or 4th BR. Spacious kitchen open to dinette & family room. Less than 2 yrs new & shows pride of ownership. 1240 Trask Drive, Hollister $598,888 Charlene King (831) 801-5464

Lovingly Restored Home With a Story ENGLISH-STYLE COTTAGE ~ 3Br/2Ba + 5 fireplaces, workshop, huge sunroom, drought resistant landscaping & 3 miles to Hwy 101/Jan Juan exit. 2015: new septic & 500/gpm well. First Time on Market! $615,000 Aromas (831) 648-7271


Beautiful Flat Farm Land 13.37 ACRES ~ Zoned agricultural productive currently growing organic veggies & is in Williamson Act. Includes 3Br/2Ba mobile home, barn & scale-house. Close to Hwy 152. Don’t Miss Out on this Opportunity! $675,000 Hollister (831) 245-0321




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Congratulations to Charlene on receiving a Double Centurion Award for her 2017 sales achievements! With over 35 years in the Real Estate industry, Charlene’s philosophy is that upͲfront, proper planning combined with continuous and constant communication are KEY when working with sellers and buyers. Charlene uses her skills in negotiating and has the proven ability to work well with REALTORS® and industry professionals for a successful and seamless closing. Charlene’s passion is working with sellers to stage and prepare their home to gain the highest possible price. She also enjoys learning more about her buyer’s dreams and needs, while finding them the perfect home. 

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Hilltop Home

Be WOWED By the Great Outdoors YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL ~ 4Br/3Ba in gated Stonegate. Gourmet kitchen, dining area w/inlaid hardwood, yoga/workout room, oversized FR, large master suite w/spa-like bath + junior suite. Call Today for a Private Showing! $899,000 Tres Pinos (831) 245-0321

Welcome to Paradise CUSTOM UPGRADES ~ 3Br/2Ba w/expansive windows to view your lovely gardens (2 pergolas, water fountain). 5 useable acres w/rear access for RV, quads, horses, etc. Quick Hwy 101 access. This Home Will Captivate You! $935,000 Aromas (831) 648-7271

Open Sat 1-4pm Jose Vargas (Host) (831) 524-1559 Charlene King (831) 801-5464 Beautiful custom 3Br/2.5Ba single-story home on 5 acres w/breathtaking views from every window looking onto the stunning hillsides & vineyard vistas of San Benito County. Kitchen filled w/ granite counters, many cabinets & large walk-in pantry. Family room w/vaulted ceilings & cozy atmosphere around wood burning fireplace w/granite surround. Spacious entertainer’s dream deck to enjoy the views! Large master bedroom offers a great space for your larger furnishings w/fireplace & French doors leading out to the spa nestled into the deck. The master bath & guest bath feature granite & marble counters. 550 Heatherwood Estates Dr, Hollister Offered for $873,700

We are an award winning company offering superior service in each of our five locations! 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite D1, Hollister (831) 245Ͳ0321 1544 Constitution Blvd, Salinas (831) 800Ͳ7341 593 Abrego Street, Monterey (831) 648Ͳ7271 237 Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley (831) 438Ͳ8400 13117 Highway 9, Boulder Creek (831) 338Ͳ2125 or 338Ͳ2184

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8401 Church Street 408.767.2868

     Mobile: (831) 801Ͳ5464



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