THE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE OF MORGAN HILL, GILROY & SAN MARTIN
A supplement to the Gilroy Dispatch & Morgan Hill Times
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Bountiful Books Two South Valley bookstores help patrons rediscover the beauty of paper
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PURE GRIT Call it tenacity, stubborn idealism or masochism, but somehow small bookstores are finding a way to stay openâ€”for now. Hotranatha and Punita Ajaya work more than 80 hours a week at their Gilroy store BookBuyers.
KEEPING THE DOORS
Local booksellers walk the knife edge between failure and survival BY WALLACE BAINE
t’s tempting to call what independent bookstores owners have dealt with over the last two or three decades a wild and scary rollercoaster ride. Problem is, no one has ever made a rollercoaster that wild or that scary. stubborn idealism or masochism, but somehow small bookstores are finding a way to stay open—for now. Take, for instance, Gilroy’s BookBuyers, which opened its doors on Monterey Street in the fall of 2016. At 75, owner/operator Hotranatha Ajaya works more than 80 hours a week, as does his wife and business partner Punita. The Ajayas cannot afford to hire any employees, and they are still in the process of remodeling their store’s interior. Yes, BookBuyers does have a bookstore cat—her name is Happy, and it fits—but other than that, the stereotype of the sleepy bookstore does not apply. BookBuyers is not a new business, but a re-located ➝6
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Consider the monsters that the indy bookstore owner has had to stare down to survive: bigfoot discount houses like Books-A-Million, the rise of the big-box superstores Borders and Barnes & Noble, the steamroller of Amazon.com (we’ve almost forgotten that Amazon’s quest to rule the commercial world began with books), mass merchandisers like Target, Costco and Wal-Mart going after a piece of the book business, the rise of the e-book and Amazon’s Kindle, and the ongoing colonization of the American attention span by the wily smartphone. In such a hall of horrors, it’s almost a miracle that independent booksellers are still in business at all. Call it tenacity,
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COMMUNITY ORIENTED The resurgence of independent bookstores may signal consumers are searching for something more personal. Brad Jones and Cinda Meister run BookSmart.
one. The store started back in 1990 in Palo Alto and, for 24 years, it was a landmark on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. An enormous jump in rent prices forced the closure of the Mountain View store in the spring of 2016. The Ajayas could have walked away at that point, but they instead decided to move down the valley to Gilroy. Ajaya said that he loves the new space, and he really likes the community of Gilroy, but, in reference to his financial straits and long hours, he says, “We can’t continue to exist like this.” In Morgan Hill, Brad Jones can relate. Jones and his wife Cinda Meister run the community cornerstone BookSmart, now in their second year at the store’s most recent location on East Dunne Avenue, after more than 20 years in downtown Morgan Hill. In March, the two announced the imminent closing of the store, but as of midJune, BookSmart is still open, as Jones pursues one last loan request from the city. “We’ve been trying to refinance our long-term debt for a long time, but we just haven’t been able to do it,” said Jones. He said that the store is looking for a long-term low-interest loan to deal with the store’s $200,000 debt, but he is fast running out of options. “We keep hoping that there’s a white knight around somewhere but it doesn’t seem like there is.”
Meanwhile, book lovers can also still visit Gilroy’s Barnes & Noble store at Gilroy Crossing. But times are not good at B&N either. In its most recent earnings statement in March, the company, which operates more than 630 stores nationwide, reported a 5.3 percent decline in revenue and losses of $63.5 million. These three bookstores have wildly different business models. Even the two independents have little in common other than books – BookSmart sells new books and BookBuyers (as the store’s title implies) traffics in used books and media. But all face uncertain futures. The weird thing, though? Independent bookstores generally are doing well. “The good news is that nationally the independent bookstore community has had a bit of a resurgence,” said Oren Teicher, the CEO of the American Booksellers Association. “There are more indy bookstores out there now than there were a few years ago. In addition to the growth in the number of stores, there has been a commensurate modest growth in sales. No one’s getting rich. But people are earning a living and supporting their employees.” Brad Jones of BookSmart acknowledges that small bookstores are doing well nationally. His store’s woes have nothing ➝ 15
OUT & ABOUT GILROY
FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC
Bring a lawn chair and dance the night away at the family friendly Morgan Hill Free Summer Friday Night Music Series featuring the music of Bay Area favorite, Superbad. Beer, wine, food and more will be available for on-site purchase, with 100 percent of food proceeds returned into the community for youth scholarships. Also enjoy free entrance and parking. Don’t miss the show Friday, July 6, 6-9:30pm at the Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheater, 17000 Monterey St. Visit tinyurl.com/y7jz4hg2.
Splash into summer with the City of Gilroy Recreation Department Summer Aquatics Program at the Christopher High School Aquatic Center. Cool off with a variety of ways to enjoy the pool including lap swim, recreation swim, swim lessons, fitness classes and more. Head to the pool Tuesday-Sunday, July 10-15, 11:30am-5pm at the Christopher High School Aquatics Center, 850 Day Road. Admission is $5 weekdays and $7 weekends. Visit cityofgilroy.org.
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Don’t miss the first ever First Friday Evening of Community and Culture at Credo Studio. Meet local Mutsun Ohlone artist and educator, Kanyon CoyoteWoman Sayers-Roods and community organizer and activist Mandisa Snodey and learn about the local Indigenous Peoples of San Juan Bautista. Share in the discussion about the history and culture of the community. Friday, July 6, 7-9pm at Credo Studio, 1 Polk St. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/ycjsm6df.
Make the scene Thursdays this summer at Gilroy’s family friendly Downtown Live. Dance the night away to the sounds of amazing bands and bring an empty stomach to enjoy a variety of food trucks with something for everyone. Don’t miss JJ Hawg as they hit the stage Thursday, July 12. Downtown Live will be held Thursdays, 5-9pm. on Fifth St in Downtown Gilroy. Visit tinyurl.com/y8on3jrb.
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ENGLISH CHANNEL A bike excursion on Guernsey Island? Sure, Travel abroad doesn’t mean leaving the daily ride in the dust.
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e’ve had this discussion before. Remember? There are so many cool summer festivals and festivities coming up; you should NEVER use “Parking is such a hassle” as an excuse for not attending. If the event is close enough, just cycle on in! If distance makes this impossible, put your bikes on the car rack, drive to a safe parking lot within several miles of the event, then just cycle on in! Too easy! Two perfect examples (both in Gilroy) where you can put this plan into action are the Garlic Festival and Downtown Live
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Summer Music Series. Cycle over to the venues, check your trusty steed at the valet bicycle parking, and enjoy! Last month, I shared that you don’t have give up cycling just because you can’t bring your bicycle along. This month, let’s explore organized tours. Most any touristy destination offers any number of excursion opportunities, from city tours to zip-lining to train rides. Somewhere in the offerings, you are sure to find a bicycle ride or two. The cool thing about these excursions? The organizers provide everything: bikes, helmets, safety gear, water, snacks, etc. All
you have to do is show up, prove you can ride a bike, and GO! To keep things safe, reputable tour groups provide a lead rider and a “sweeper.” Tours generally involve minimal climbing, and some are almost 100 percent downhill! (Think Kauai’s Waimea Canyon or Maui’s Haleakala). On a cruise? Book your adventure through the cruise line; they can’t leave port until you’re back aboard ship. Next month? Renting.
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Children ages 5-13 are invited to take part in the 10th Annual Gilroy Kids Triathlon. Fun is the priority as participants swim, run and finish with a fun obstacle course at Christopher High School. Distances will vary depending on each competitor’s age group. Each triathlon participant will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, medal and best of all, a sense of accomplishment. Don’t miss the first wave beginning at the pool at 8am. Saturday, July 14, 8-11am at Christopher High School, 850 Day Road, Gilroy. Please note that race day registration may not be available. For information and to register, visit tinyurl.com/ycwcvfsh.
GILROY WINE DINE & DANCE Head to Sarah’s Vineyard Friday nights this summer for the Wine Dine
& Dance Series. Enjoy live music, wine and gourmet dishes from local food trucks. There is no cover charge, guests must be over 21 and outside alcohol is prohibited.
Wine, dine and dance Friday, July 6, 6-9pm at Sarah’s Vineyard, 4005 Hecker Pass Highway. Visit sarahsvineyard.com. PAELLA FEED Back by popular demand, Fernwood Cellars presents Paella in the Grove. Enjoy an entire evening of great wines and fabulous Spanish cuisine, including appetizers and dessert, set against the unique backdrop of Fernwood Cellars’ Creekside Redwood Grove. Guests will also enjoy the live music of The Michelle Pollace Latin Band Trio and pairings of exclusive wines from winemaker Matt Oetinger’s cellar. Saturday, July 7, 5:309:30pm at Fernwood Cellars,
7137 Redwood Retreat Road. For tickets, visit fernwoodcellars.com. PARKINSON SUPPORT The Gilroy Parkinson Support Group is a wonderful place for those in the Parkinson Disease community to learn new information, stay updated on research and treatment, become motivated to maximize strengths and minimize impediments, share tips, socialize and gain support. This local group meets the second Monday of each month, please note the new meeting time. Join the next meeting, Monday, July 9, 1:20-3:30pm at Merrill Gardens at Gilroy’s Activity Room, 7600 Isabella Way. For information, call Judy Livingston, 408.607.8254.
MUSICAL THEATER Enjoy an emotionally powerful and intimate musical, The Last Five Years, at Limelight Actors Theater. The show features two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The tale is unconventionally told from the points of view of each of the leading characters, chronologically by one and backwards by the other. Friday & Saturday nights through July 21 at Limelight Actors Theater, 7341 Monterey St. For tickets, visit limelightactorstheater.com.
to start—is invited to Your Story Matters: Memoir Writing at the Morgan Hill Library. Participants are encouraged to beat writer’s block and unleash the story within while gaining practical tools to write it well and learning how to mine vivid stories from their real life in a non-threatening and inspiring environment. Tuesday, July 10, 6:30-9pm at the Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. For information, visit sccl.org.
Experience plants that are unlike most vegetation as South County Lifelong Learning presents the class, Meat-Eating Plants, presented by Charles “Chuck” Rambo. Learn how these plants extract their nutrition from unfortunate insects as this local gardener shares his passion for man-eating plants. Also learn how to grow this alien vegetation in a backyard. Saturday, July 14, 10:30am-noon at Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. Class fee is $10. For information, call Debbie Vasquez, 408.310.4254.
ANZA TRAIL HIKE Learn about the Juan Bautista de
MEMOIR WRITING Anyone that has thought about writing their life story—but doesn’t know where
SAN MARTIN SONG & WINE Don’t miss the 2018 KRTY Song and Wine Series at Clos LaChance. Seating is first come, first served; low-back lawn
chairs are encouraged and folding chairs are available. Attendees must be 21 or over, no outside alcohol allowed. Food will be available for purchase and outside food and sealed water bottles are okay. Don’t miss featured songwriters Rodney Clawson, Nicolle Galyon, Chuck Wicks and Danielle Bradbury Thursday, July 12, 6-10pm at Clos LaChance Winery, 1 Hummingbird Lane. Visit clos.com.
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Anza Expedition at the Anza Expedition Hike history walk. Participants will hike along the 4-mile Arrowhead Trail in Coyote, a certified interpretive site for the Anza Expedition, and learn about the expedition and the experience of the families that undertook it. Please bring drinking water and a snack for the trail. Heavy rain will cancel. The Anza Expedition Hike will be held Saturday, July 7, 9:30am-noon at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Ave. For more information, visit openspaceauthority.org.
Head to Fremont Peak’s astronomical observatory and experience either the daytime solar program to safely see details on the sun’s surface through special sun telescopes, or the evening public program featuring an informative media presentation and observation of the night sky with a 30-inch telescope. Saturday, July 7, 2-5pm daytime solar program and 8:30pm-midnight evening public program, at Fremont Peak Observatory, San Juan Canyon Road, San Juan Bautista. For information and updated program times and availability status, visit fpoa.net.
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By LAURA NESS vineyard estate, tucked among redwood-dotted mountains, produces more than brilliant Cabernet. Colorful plantings of succulents dot the hills, roses abound and garden beds appear everywhere, from which the couple sources food for their plantbased diet. Decks with tables and chairs surround a serene pond, and a trellised overlook provides a sweeping view of vineyards and flowers. With a glass of wine in hand, you feel like lord or lady of the manor. Open only six days a month, they’re expanding tasting facilities to accommodate the hundreds of visitors they receive each first and third weekend. Contact Michele Swensen 408.842.9197 to arrange a mid-week visit. Martin Ranch is at 6675 Redwood Retreat Road, Gilroy.
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11 Park, Redwood Grove Group Area, 7850 Pole Line Road, Watsonville. For information, call 408.842.2341. BINOCULARS STARGAZING Enjoy a peaceful evening under the stars with the San Jose Astronomical Association and the Open Space Authority. Bring a pair of binoculars and the entire family to learn how to find interesting features in the night sky. Dress warm and remember to bring drinking water. Please note that pets, telescopes and deep space photography are not permitted at this free event. Saturday, July 7, 8:30-10:30pm at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Ave, Morgan Hill. To register, visit tinyurl.com/y98ew3kt.
Witness as Dog ‘N’ Butterfly takes the concept of a tribute band to a whole new level. Enjoy Heart’s memorable music of the ’70s and ’80s performed with unequaled accuracy and musical skill, and completed with a stage show and retro inspired costumes. Also enjoy an opening performance by South Bound & Company, a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Saturday, July 14, 6:30-9:30pm at Hollister Concerts at Pepper Tree Ranch, 500 John Smith Road, Hollister. Visit hollisterconcerts.com.
of Havana and into the sewers of New York City in this award winning story. Don’t miss the show, running through Saturday, July 7 at Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For information and tickets, visit svct.org.
DOG HIKE If the fireworks are setting the dogs on edge escape to the mountain for a quiet stroll with fellow dog owners and their canine companions at the Join the Pack Dog Hike at Mt. Madonna. Wear layered clothes, sturdy shoes and bring flashlights. Saturday, July 7, 8-9:30pm at Mt. Madonna County
MUSICAL COMEDY Enjoy an oddball romantic comedy set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City at South Valley Civic Theater’s production of Guys and Dolls. Journey from the heart of Times Square, to the cafes
SUMMER MOVIES The entire family is invited to Gilroy Presbyterian Church for its Summer Movie Series. Enjoy a movie night under the stars at this free community event. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and sit back for great movies on a huge outdoor screen. Popcorn will be provided and each movie will begin just after sunset. Friday, July 13, 7-9:30pm at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy. For more information, visit gilroypres.org. LIVE MUSIC Catch the explosive live performance of Dublin, Ireland’s
5K WAGATHON Join the South County Tail Waggers at the 2nd Annual 5K Walking Wagathon. All proceeds will go toward ongoing efforts to create a free monthly Spay & Neuter Clinic for South County residents in need. Pet owners are invited to participate in this fun family event with their pets. Participants will enjoy a complimentary Wagathon t-shirt, music by DJ Mistik, vendors, giveaways, snacks, water, face painting and more. Saturday, July 14, 8-11am at Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave, Gilroy. For tickets and information, visit tinyurl.com/y8rnnldw. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY Join Agricultural History Project at Second Saturday on the Farm, a free family event featuring games and grilling. Attendees of all ages will enjoy experiencing the good old days of life on the farm with activities including tractor driving, wooden cow milking, feeding chickens and holding bunny rabbits. Saturday, July 14, 11am-3pm at Agricultural History Project, 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville. For information, visit aghistoryproject. org or call 831.724.5898. DOC MCSTUFFINS Experience “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit,” the first-ever museum exhibit based on Disney’s Peabody Award-winning series. Families are invited to help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care in this interactive English and Spanish bilingual experience that provides opportunity for children to become comfortable in healthcare settings. This hands on exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. Visit cdm.org.
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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Photographers of all skill levels are invited to participate in Open Space Authority’s Nature Photography at Dawn. Bring along a camera, phone or iPad and enjoy cool predawn air while capturing images of landscape and wildlife at sunrise. Beginners will benefit from hands on tips provided by a Seasonal Education Aide on taking beautiful images, ranging from camera operation basics, to setting up more complex techniques for capturing unique images. Participate in these events at a unique time of day Sunday, July 8, 5-8am at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Ave, Morgan Hill. To register, visit openspaceauthority.org.
ONOFF at GVA Cafe this Friday the 13th. Experience the original music of this power rock trio, now based in Sacramento, at this energetic show Friday, July 13, 8-11pm at GVA Cafe, 17400 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For more information, visit onoffrock.com.
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to do with national trends, he said. the schools don’t focus on: money “This is purely a local situation management, and I’m really interwith us. We had a situation where ested in non-violent parenting.” we had to move out of our other To turn the bookshop into a cullocation very tural touchquickly. We stone and comdidn’t get munity meeting financing prior place for writers, to the move and Ajaya is planwe had to do it ning to convert as we went. We BookBuyers into basically used an official nonour own perprofit, which sonal credit would allow him cards to do it.” to do fundraising He said that campaigns and he is hoping enlist volunteers. that BookSmart Will it work? can stay open Only time will through the end tell. But many in of July, so the the book indusstore can partry say that the ticipate in the resurgence in annual “Where’s independent Waldo?” promobookstores is a tion to help other sign that conlocal businesses. sumers may be “We don’t know turning away LITERARY ESCAPE Books provide a what we will from the atomreprieve from our increasingly electronic do yet,” he said. izing and alienworld where everything is connected. “We’re just trying ating aspects of to put one foot in front of the other.” online culture for something more In Gilroy, Hotranatha Ajaya also personal and community-oriented. feels the knife edge of failure every “In a world where, both professionday. But he’s also working with a bestally and personally, a consumer case scenario in mind. He is conspends so much of their day intervinced that Gilroy is on the brink of acting with technology,” said the a boom and that BookBuyers will be ABA’s Teicher, “there is a yearning well positioned to take advantage of for an alternative, at least for some it. Today, his bookstore carries about of the time. And books provide that 300,000 titles of books (both hardescape in which we’re all plugged in cover and mass-market paperback), and living our lives through some CDs, DVDs (including Blu-ray), calenelectronic device.” dars, cards, comic books and manga, These days, at BookBuyers, even vinyl albums. But tomorrow, if Ajaya seems a long way from his all goes according to plan, BookBuydream. Because he buys books from ers will be not just a bookstore, but a the public, and because he takes just “grassroots learning center.” about anything anyone brings in, Ajaya is working to expand the he spends huge swaths of time buystore and build a family room with ing books, cleaning them up, sortchildren’s books and board games. ing them, pricing them and shelvHe hopes to one day be able to ing them that he has little time to partner with local restaurants to remodel his children’s room and to have a lunch counter. And he’s work on his non-profit status. He’s also remodeling a room that he’ll convinced that tomorrow will be a use as a space for classes and brighter day if he can survive today. seminars, mostly aimed at writ“I’m optimistic, but I’m pracers and lovers of literature. “Books tical too,” he said. “If I wasn’t, we are about learning,” he said. “What wouldn’t have survived this long. I’m focused on is classes for the You just have to be willing to work written word. How to write better, on a spider web strand. I wouldn’t how to publish, how to self-pubsay ‘shoestring.’ That’s much too lish, that kind of thing. I also want strong to describe the conditions to focus on some of the things that we’re working under.”
A different world
TIME TRAVEL Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in a different period in time?
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By CHERYL HUGUENOR
uch like a couple experiencing relationship problems, my computer recently stopped communicating with my printer. Nothing seemed to resolve the issue. As I banged my head on the desk I wished, not for the first time, that I had been born before the modern age. I would have loved to live next door to Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott, an attentive friend as they talked out the details of their famous 19th-century novels; or to
have worked alongside Howard Carter in Egypt a 100 years ago as he discovered the ancient tomb of King Tut. Then again, 1920s Paris has always intrigued me. Imagine attending a weekly gathering there at Gertrude Stein’s home as she argued art and politics with the likes of Hemingway and Picasso. Ah, just to be “a fly on the wall…” I wondered about the seniors here at Live Oak Adult Day Services: do they ever wish they had lived in a different time in history? They have all witnessed world wars, disasters, and hardship, but also
space exploration, jet planes, and life-saving antibiotics. Cassie pondered the question and decided that she would like to live not in the past, but way in the future. “Only if it is peaceful, though,” she said. Penny agreed with her, but she made us all laugh when she added, “Of course you have to know first if it is likely to work out. You wouldn’t get married without dating first to be sure it’s a good idea, would you?” They are both genuinely curious about what the future may hold. Others here longed more for days of yore. Millie wishes she could live back in her Midwest hometown in its early days before there were cars. She would like to see horses and buggies driving around the sleepy streets. Several seniors long for the 1950’s era to return, seeing that as a safer time, somehow more innocent than nowadays. They talked of playing outdoors for hours and only running home when the streetlights came on. “No one bothered kids as they played kickball in the street or rode their bikes all over town.” Moms were home, everyone watched out for each other, and the future seemed bright. No one mentioned that this was during the Cold War and before the civil rights era, so the world was not as sweet as it seems in retrospect. What I always find inspiring here is the resilience of the seniors I work with each day. If I whine that the computer is acting up, they tend to calmly ask, “Have you tried reading the manual?” When we had so much rain last year that the streets were flooding and it seemed like building an ark was a good option, they were happy that the reservoirs were filling and lots of wildflowers would appear in the Spring. Nothing seems to faze them. Maybe I should dig out that manual, after all. Cheryl Huguenor is the program director at Live Oak Adult Day Services in Gilroy. For more information visit liveoakadultdaycare.org.
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Redwood Fencing Chain Link • Decks Arbors • Hole Drilling
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JULY 6, 2018
Land Sales Built-to-Suit For Sale or Lease Select Lots Have Airport Access Financing Available
2 Bed/1 Bath
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA HOME RENTALS
Lic# 381833 Bonded & Insured
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UPGRADED AND READY TO MOVE RIGHT IN!
3 Bed/2.5 Bath. Upgraded master bath includes new tile shower, paint, lighting fixture and tile flooring. New carpets in the master bedroom. New front door. New exterior paint in 2017. New 50 year comp roof and gutters/downspouts in 2016. New front door. 10x12 shed for extra storage.
Offered at $559,900
HISTORIC SAN JUAN BAUTISTA LIVING
Comfortable living in historic San Juan Bautista Lovely 2 bed/2 bath with charming Spanish style influence. Bonus room off the detached 2 car garage offers laundry area, existing plumbing for additional bath and separate area that is large enough for guest quarters, home office or recreational space. Enjoy the exceptional privacy the backyard offers.
Offered at $590,000
JULY 6, 2018
Walnut Park StoneBridge home completed in June 2018. 4 bed/2.5 bath with approximately 1,934 sqft. Upgrades include Quartz counters in kitchen, tile flooring and A/C. Formal living room/dining combo with gas log fireplace.
Offered at $519,900 Call Augie or Calla
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BEST JEWELRY San Benito bene sanbenitobene.com 615 San Benito Street Hollister Locally inspired Jewelry, custom gifts and locally made treats for your family and friends in a artistic environment with hometown friendliness.
Open Sat 1-4pm HOME SWEET HOME ~ Spacious 3Br/1Ba. LR w/natural light & fireplace. Dining area & inside laundry. Hardwood flooring, some newer windows, ~10-year new roof. Central San Jose. 637 N 17th Street, San Jose $855,000 Teresa Souza (831) 801-4203
Breathtaking Views from Every Window CUSTOM HILLTOP HOME ~ Great value for 3Br/2.5Ba on 5 acres in paradise. Kitchen filled w/granite & large walk-in pantry. FR w/vaulted ceiling. Large master w/FP & French doors to deck. Call Today for a Private Showing! $862,000 Hollister (831) 245-0321 NEW PRICE
Our apologies to our loyal readers and many voters for mistakenly omitting the Best Jewelry listing from the Best Of print issue Very Clean 1-Story Townhouse MISSION VISTA ~ Two masters each w/bath & walk-in closet. Cozy family room w/wood burning fireplace. Open kitchen w/breakfast bar. Fenced patio. This is a gem! Make 2018 Your Year for Homeownership! $440,000 San Juan Bautista (831) 245-0321
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REALTOR® DRE #02048560 Kim Bautista was born and raised in San Benito County. Although she is new to Real Estate, she is not new to the community.
Kim is a firm believer in giving back to the community that you live in through volunteerism. She was the recipient of the Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2013 from the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, she has been active with Relay for Life and serves on many local boards involving our community. What she lacks in experience Kim more than makes up for in her enthusiasm and dedication. She truly listens to her clients’ needs and connects them with opportunities that best match those needs. Kim is honest and passionate about making a difference in the lives of and helping people. Her great customer service skills along with her attention to detail make her the perfect agent to work tirelessly on your behalf!
Featured Property NEW LISTING
Great Investment Opportunity Open Sun 1-3pm COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL ~ Unique commercial zoned property w/two units (2Br/2Ba & 1Br/1B) both updated in the last 6 years. Just 3 miles from San Juan Road exit off Hwy 101. 214 Aromas Road, Aromas $450,000 Heidi Daniels (831) 601-6582
Opportunity Knocks in Hollister! Offered for $1,100,000
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 534 Abrego Street, Monterey (831) 648Ͳ7271 237 Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley (831) 438Ͳ8400 13117 Highway 9, Boulder Creek (831) 338Ͳ2125 or 338Ͳ2184
JULY 6, 2018
Four Parcels Totaling 549+ Acres BREATHTAKING VIEWS ~ Nice & quiet land w/lots of possibilities. Enjoy sun & beautiful trees. Well water, old septic, elec. Corrals, buildings, sheds, cabin (needs TLC). Call Today for this Unique Opportunity! $975,000 Greenfield (831) 800-7341
Four-plex in a great location! Conveniently located to nearby schools, downtown and stores. The parking area has been refinished for last for years to come. Each unit is 2Br/1Ba and 850 SqFt. Includes coin operated laundry area with 2 washers and 2 dryers. Carport for 4 vehicles plus 3 open parking spaces.
GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF LIFE!
Managing Hip & Knee Pain from Arthritis FEATURED SPEAKER:
ALLEN GUSTAFSON, M.D.
Thursday, July 26th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ridgemark Golf & Country Club DIABLO ROOM 3800 Airline Highway - Hollister
Join us for a comprehensive seminar with interactive displays and information from HHH Orthopedic Surgeons, HHH Surgery Staff, Hollister Orthopedic Specialty Center Staff, San Benito Home Health Care, Physical Therapists, and Patient Education Specialists.
Light appetizers and refreshments will be served
SPACE IS LIMITED
Reservations are required, please call Frankie Gallagher at (831) 636-2644.
Health. Compassion. Innovation. 911 Sunset Drive ▪ Hollister ▪ 831-637-5711 www.hazelhawkins.com
Friday, July 6