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SUMMER VEGGIES ... UC Master Gardeners will talk about “Summer Vegetables” at their monthly free workshop on Saturday, May 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. The workshop, and following demonstration, will deal with planning, planting, watering and harvesting. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners. org.
ANNUAL ROSE SHOW ... The Peninsula Rose Society will hold its annual rose show on Sunday, May 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Redwood City Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. The free show includes hundreds of roses on display and a raffle. Information: www.peninsularosesociety. org or 650-369-6859.
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Hollie Halpin plays in Monroe Park with her 16-month-old daughter, Amelia, while her husband, Bill, carries 3-year-old Alex.
Monroe Park An eclectic neighborhood centered around a park
by Aimee Miles hen Bill and Hollie Halpin decided to leave their home in San Jose for Palo Alto, they searched meticulously for a community where they could settle down permanently and raise their three young children. After scouting local neighborhoods, interviewing residents, and interviewing the police for crime statistics, they settled on Monroe Park. “We wanted a place where the kids could play and meet neighbors, and Monroe circle is perfect for that,” Hollie Halpin said. “The goal was to get into a neighborhood, a school district, a community, and bring the kids all the way through.” Having moved into their twostory, four-bedroom home in midFebruary, the Halpins are still getting to know Monroe Park and its surroundings. The park itself, a small, gently sloping plot marked by a swing-set and a pair of benches, serves as a centerpiece for the neighborhood and is the popular destination of many a late-afternoon and evening stroll. The Halpins, who live nearby, have taken to going there every night after dinner. They often encounter
other denizens of Monroe Park, who are all too happy to help the couple become better acquainted with the area. Framed by Adobe Creek to the west, El Camino Real to the south, Del Medio Avenue to the east and railroad tracks to the north, Monroe Park is divided along a zigzagging northeast-southwest axis that distinguishes Palo Alto residents from their Mountain View neighbors. As 36-year veteran Linnea Wickstrom puts it, Monroe Park is “a border state.” Wickstrom estimates that approximately 250 houses occupy Monroe Park, with 110 on the Palo Alto side. Small lots typically go for $800,000 to $900,000, while bigger houses often sell for $1.6 million to $1.8 million, said Wickstrom, who is president of the local homeowners’ association. Asked to describe the character of their neighborhood, the word residents most often invoke is “eclectic.” A stroll around the Monroe Drive
HOT DISHES ... Palo Alto Adult School will offer a couple of cooking classes that focus on different ethnic palates: Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a “Mexican Fiesta” class on Tuesday, May 4, and Ramesh and Bharati Joshi will offer “Indian Cooking” on Wednesday, May 5, both from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Each class costs $50. Delectables include homemade guacamole, tortilla soup, Baja shrimp with green chilis and tequila, and Mexican chocolate cake; or chicken curry, pullae (rice), puri (fluffy bread), chole (spicy garbanzo beans) and aaloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower). Don’t forget to bring containers for leftovers. Information: 650-329-3752 or www. paadultschool.org.
GOOD-BYE LAWNS ... Deva Luna, master gardener, landscape designer and horticulturist for EarthCare Landscaping, will teach a class on “Alternatives to Lawns” on Saturday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Luna’s talk will include dozens of ideas, plus pictures to demonstrate. Cost is $31. Information: 650493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://lawns. eventbrite.com.
The Halpin family — from left, Alex, Hollie, Amelia and Bill — meet neighbor Jingfen Yang and her 1-month-old grandson, Lucas, while visiting Monroe Park. loop reveals quaint bungalows palm tree providing deliberate, yet nestled beside towering two-story casual flair. Mission-style homes, in a subdued, Nancy and Randy Popp moved to earthy palette of greens, browns, the neighborhood from Mountain beiges and teals. Small details, like View 15 years ago, expecting to only wood-paneled garage doors, bright stay for five — but the neighborhood window frames and rustic roof shin- charmed them, the couple said. They gles, lend each home a distinct and decided to stay and raise their three quietly surprising air. young children in Monroe Park. But carpentry alone cannot account “There’s a mix of new and old, for the quirky aesthetic of Monroe it’s not cookie cutter,” Nancy said of Park, whose well-manicured lawns the neighborhood’s juxtaposition of are a spectacle unto themselves. In housing models. the springtime, vibrant poppies, aza“The neighborhood’s great, people leas, Irish bells and birds of para- are friendly,” said Randy, adding, dise accentuate wrought-iron gates, “The park is a really good neighbor. cobblestone pathways and arched ... It’s a catalyst for social interactrellises. Large firs shade the road- tion.” way, with the occasional cactus or (continued on next page 51) *>ÊÌÊ7iiÞÊUÊ«ÀÊÎä]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 49
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He recalled an event that, in his mind, typifies the character of the neighborhood â€” the day his children teamed up with kids next door to sell lemonade by the road, stopping bikers, drivers and pedestrians alike, who indulged their entrepreneurial urges. â€œItâ€™s a kind of old Americana. Itâ€™s been very nice for me,â€? he said. Considering the proximity of Monroe Park to the hectic climate of El Camino Real, that kind of fullbodied neighborhood milieu comes as a pleasant surprise to outsiders. But residents who live nearest to El Camino receive frequent reminders of its influence.
Last December, the city council approved a plan to redevelop the corner of El Camino and Monroe Drive, replacing the Palo Alto Bowl and Motel 6 with a Hilton Homewood Suites and 26 units of three-story, condominium-style housing. Residents were concerned with increased traffic and parking overflow, and a series of negotiations ensued. Wickstrom said that while neighbors generally opposed zoning for regional retail, they were more amenable to developing the area for a hotel service. â€œWe acknowledged right up front we live 100 yards from a major commercial artery,â€? Wickstrom said. â€œEverybody compromised a little bit.â€? As it turned out, Palo Alto Bowl
This home on Cesano Court is one of the newer ones in the Monroe Park neighborhood.
Homes in the Monroe Park neighborhood, such as this one on Miller Court, range from original tract houses â€” often remodeled â€” to tear-downs.
and the Thai Garden restaurant got a reprieve, with a new lease signed through 2014. But change is something neighborhood old-timers are all too familiar with. Knud Jensen, who moved to Monroe Park in 1959 with his wife Ellen, remembered when Monroe Park was lined with a few small homes and empty lots. He has watched neighbors come and go, and houses grow into gargantuan, impressive structures. â€œThe whole neighborhood has changed,â€? he said, adding, â€œit has improved.â€? N Editorial Intern Aimee Miles can be e-mailed at amiles@paweekly. com. READ MORE ONLINE For more Home and Real Estate news, visit www.paloaltoonline.com/real_estate.
FACTS CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS (NEARBY): Childrenâ€™s Corner, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos; Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, 450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto; Growing Tree Montessori Preschool, 450 W. Charleston Road, Palo Alto FIRE STATION: No. 5, 600 Arastradero Road LIBRARY: Mitchell Park branch, 3700 Middlefield Road LOCATION: bounded by Adobe Creek, El Camino Real and Mountain View borders (near Silva Avenue) NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Monroe Park Neighborhood Association, Linnea Wickstrom, president, firstname.lastname@example.org PARKS: Monroe Mini Park, Monroe Drive and Miller Avenue POST OFFICE: Cambridge, 265 Cambridge Ave. PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Los Altos School District â€” Santa Rita School, Egan Junior High School; Mtn. View-Los Altos Union High School District â€” Los Altos High School SHOPPING: San Antonio Shopping Center
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FILOLI FLOWER SHOW ... “Filoli Goes to the Movies: Celebrating Films Through Flowers” is the theme for Filoli’s annual flower show, May 6 through 9. More than 60 floral designers create flower arrangements and table settings to complement Filoli rooms or to make garden vignettes. Tickets for the opening night reception on Thursday, May 6, are $75 members, $85 nonmembers, $200 patrons. General admission for the flower show on Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is $20 members, $25 nonmembers, $10 for children ages 5 to 17. Other events include a special tea (Friday, May 7, 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.; $55 members, $65 nonmembers, $35 seated child (infant to 17 years)); and Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch (Saturday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. or Sunday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.; $75 members, $85 nonmembers, $40 seated child). Box lunches may be pre-ordered for Saturday and Sunday. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org. A TOUCH OF HISTORY ... A benefit for the Los Altos History Museum will be
held at the former Dawson estate, now home of Cindy and Gaymond Schultz, on Friday, May 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Called “A Premier Spring Evening: Celebrating Historic Living,” the event will include live music, food and wine, and a tour of the property that includes the owner’s woodworking shop and 35car garage (complete with vintage cars). The 18,000square-foot Mediterranean estate was built in 1936 by C. Earl Dawson, who funded the First National Bank of Los Altos building and helped incorporate Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $110 for nonmembers, $95 for members. Information: www.losaltoshistory.org or 650-948-9427. MOTHER’S DAY AT GAMBLE ... Gamble Garden, at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto, is offering two seatings for its annual Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Garden on Sunday, May 9, at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Cost is $65 for an adult, $50 for a child. Information: 650-329-1356 or www. gamblegarden.org. N Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or e-mail cblitzer@ paweekly.com.
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HOME SALES Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.
Atherton 150 Toyon Road C. & D. England to F. Wang for $2,150,000 on 3/26/10; previous sale 9/05, $2,350,000
East Palo Alto 175 Green St. Rosenbledt Trust to G. Phillips for $365,500 on 3/26/10; previous sale 4/06, $685,000
Los Altos 1625 Candace Way C. & D. Crouse to B. & K. Matsuo for $1,437,500 on 4/9/10; previous sale 6/04, $1,360,000 5100 El Camino Real #108 R. Cranmer-Brown to E. Liu for $860,000 on 4/5/10; previous sale 10/07, $985,000 4388 El Camino Real #349 Los Altos West to R. Liao for $621,000 on 4/6/10 4388 El Camino Real #367 Los Altos West to Z. Zhuang for $620,000 on 4/6/10 645 Palm Ave. L. Fox to S. & R. Poon for $975,000 on 4/8/10 690 Riverside Drive P. & J. Blumenstein to D. & S. Hayward for $1,489,000 on 4/6/10; previous sale 8/96, $570,000
Menlo Park 2133 Avy Ave. D. Puckett to L. Lapin for $940,000 on 3/26/10; previous sale 6/08, $975,000 1247 Carlton Ave. IMB REO Limited to M. & M. Baskauskas for $285,000 on 3/25/10; previous sale 8/99, $288,500
Mountain View 1927 Amalfi Way Russell Trust to A. Lin for $820,000 on 4/5/10; previous sale 2/00, $675,000 1174 Awalt Drive P. & M. Abrahamsen to Vook Trust for $1,259,000 on 4/8/10; previous sale 7/74, $82,500 183 Isis Court S. & C. Lai to D. Ma for $616,000 on 4/6/10; previous sale 9/07, $660,500 3381 Ivan Way Johnstone Trust to D. Verma for $1,025,000 on 4/5/10; previous sale 2/04, $876,000 100 Laurel Way Y. & H. Chen to Y. Xiong for $800,000 on 4/9/10; previous sale 11/04, $716,000 1147 Nilda Ave. M. Desgrousilliers to L. Cochron for $1,200,000 on 4/6/10; previous sale 10/03, $710,000 675 Rock Court A. Gantvarg to Y. Liann for $611,000 on 4/9/10; previous sale 9/04, $585,000
SALES AT A GLANCE Atherton
Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $2,150,000 Highest sales price: $2,150,000
Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $611,000 Highest sales price: $1,259,000
East Palo Alto
Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $365,500 Highest sales price: $365,500
Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $800,000. Highest sales price: $1,518,000
Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $620,000 Highest sales price: $1,489,000
Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $526,000 Highest sales price: $875,000
Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $285,000 Highest sales price: $940,000
Total sales reported: 15 Lowest sales price: $320,000 Highest sales price: $975,000 Source: California REsource
Palo Alto 731 Ellsworth Place G. Stern to S. Wang for $908,000 on 4/8/10; previous sale 1/08, $912,000 576 Jackson Drive Peral Trust to Q. Cao for $1,518,000 on 4/7/10 3765 La Selva Drive Henshel Trust to Apmym Trust for $800,000 on 4/8/10 1119 Oregon Ave. H. Ezzatyar to Fidanxu Trust for $950,000 on 4/6/10; previous sale 7/06, $775,000
Portola Valley 125 Carmel Way F. & K. Townsend-Merino to J. & K. Acker for $875,000 on 3/24/10; previous sale 12/97, $610,000 20 Russell Ave. C. Smith to R. Subramonian for $526,000 on 3/29/10; previous sale 7/80, $150,000
Redwood City 1003 Cardiff Lane T. Smith to G. Missel for $840,000 on 3/24/10; previous sale 2/05, $977,000 219 East St. M. & D. Brown to J. & K. Najac for $720,000 on 3/24/10; previous sale 4/99, $365,000 1286 Fernside St. Nienkerk Trust to S. Rosenberg for $900,000 on 3/25/10; previous sale 6/04, $910,000 176 G St. Magloth Trust to D. McInerney for $635,000 on 3/25/10 3848 Harvest Drive J. Caplan to J. & M. Das for $940,000 on 3/24/10 236 Hudson St. G. Morris to L. & A. Doucette for $635,000 on 3/25/10 541 Jetty Way D. & A. Delaquintana to Z. Jiang for $805,000 on 3/24/10; previous sale 9/06, $990,000 110 Manzanita St. J. & L. Bar-
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ragan to J. Benitez for $320,000 on 3/26/10; previous sale 5/00, $280,000 813 Mediterranean Lane Benjamin Trust to S. & B. Chatterjee for $975,000 on 3/29/10; previous sale 11/06, $1,275,000 205 Moresby Lane F. & J. Castellon to M. Sheridan for $460,000 on 3/26/10; previous sale 7/03, $534,000 551 Oak Ridge Drive Bushley Trust to J. & S. Clark for $630,000 on 3/26/10; previous sale 7/84, $111,000 3017 Page St. S. Galindo to M. Lopez for $485,000 on 3/26/10 246 San Carlos Ave. L. Beroldo to W. Gibbons for $605,000 on 3/25/10; previous sale 4/08, $595,000 3524 Spring St. Blasing Construction to A. Pizzutelli for $620,000 on 3/24/10; previous sale 1/97, $177,500 583 Warrington Ave. R. Gonzalez to J. Ackerman for $325,000 on 3/24/10; previous sale 9/97, $198,500
FORECLOSURES Foreclosures are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. The date is the recorded date of the deed when the lender took title to the property. The price is what the lender paid for it (usually the mortgage balance plus foreclosure fees). Each property is now owned by the lender and is for sale, or will be for sale soon, individually or through public auction. Individuals should contact a Realtor for further information.
Sunnyvale 801 Birch Ave.CM REO Trust, 4/12/10, $352,142, 770 sf, 2 bd 1029 Duncan Ave. ING Bank, 4/06/10, $436,817, 960 sf, 3 bd 331 Garner Drive Aurora Loan Services, 4/05/10, $512,183, 1,260 sf, 3 bd 1190 Myrtle Drive Wells Fargo Bank, 4/06/10, $595,406, 1,148 sf, 3 bd
Redwood City 222 Shorebird Circle Bear Stearns, 3/18/10, $498,842, 1,018 sf, 2 bd
BUILDING PERMITS Menlo Park 12 Hesketh Drive Four Gossess, temp power pole, $n/a 27 Riordan Place C. Yu, replace rustic board, $200 214 Morgan Lane K. Povoas, bath remodel, $4,000 600 Alma St. City of Menlo Park, relocate light pole in parking lot, $2,500 330 Nova Lane S. Sattler, change out two windows, $600 205 Hanna Way R. Eustace, new firepit/arbor/barbecue counter,
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537 Driscoll Pl 3/3.5 2053 Park Blvd 3/2 3758 Laguna 5/3
Palo Alto $1,295,000
A Club-Like Atmosphere for 55 and Over. Managed by Homeowners with Unsurpassed Staff, Service and Amenities. Light-Filled Corner Unit with 3 Bedrooms, Formal Dining Room, Living Room With Fireplace. Lovely Eat-In Kitchen. 2 Balconies. Owner Will Consider Leasing at $6,000 per month Or Owner will Pay 1 Year’s HOA Fees at Close of Escrow.
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Mountain View 650 Alamo Court #5Wachovia Bank, 4/12/10, $153,455, 578 sf, 1 bd
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East Palo Alto 4 Sparrow Court Morgan Stanley, 7/15/09, $361,250, 2,940 sf, 4 bd
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Palo Alto 3188 Stelling Drive Wells Fargo Bank, 4/09/10, $935,893, 1,280 sf, 3 bd
The Almanac space at 3525 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park is for lease. Up to 4,000 square feet is available, but smaller spaces can be negotiated. The space includes plenty of free parking and faces high-trafﬁc Alameda de las Pulgas. For more information, contact Jon Goldman, 329-7988 or Eric Sorensen, 329-7986 at Premier Properties.
1167 Forest Ave Palo Alto 4bd/3.5ba $1.949M
Tony Cheung 650.387.8830
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Positively Green Windows that nourish the soul by Iris hile most people think of windows as a practical way to obtain natural light or fresh air in the home, I think of windows as providing spiritual nourishment for the soul. The surrounding area just outside our window enlarges our thoughts and literally makes us more connected with the bigger world around us. Windows and glass doors (which are “windows” you can walk through) create a strong inside/outside relationship for the person inhabiting the room. And having fresh air and natural daylight blurs the sense that one is “trapped” in a closed room, creates a feeling of freedom, possibilities and a sense of health and belonging. The placement, style and size of windows all have a huge impact on people’s contentment inside their home, and can affect how they feel about themselves and their home as they retreat from the pressures of the outside world. The art of good fenestration requires understanding proportion, aesthetics, ventilation, interior design and visual appeal. Architects tend to think of windows from a bigger-picture perspective in terms of function and appearance, while interior designers are taught to think of windows and glass doors as they relate to furniture placement and function within each room. Homeowners think of windows and glass doors in terms of physical access to the outside spaces and personal comfort. All of those needs can be successfully addressed if the fenestration is designed well to fit the needs of the homeowner. Regarding proportion, a window that is too small or too high becomes obvious even to the untrained eye. Have you ever walked into a bedroom and felt like you were in a prison due to the height of the window? A window or glass door that is too large can quickly make a room feel unwelcoming due to lack of temperature control, glare or because the function of the room has been reduced, as there has been no consideration of where to successfully place a much-needed desk or couch. Concerning aesthetics, the material the windows are composed of, including the color and the number of mullions (or “grids”), has huge visual impact. They help define the tone and style of the home. How much actual glass is in a window is largely controlled by what the window frame is made of. For example, a metal window will have more glass per square foot than one made
$18,000 1106 Pine St. H. Love, sewerline replacement, $3,000 1075 Trinity Drive Golden Neville Hylton, replace six windows and one door, $10,000 814 Fremont St. H. Gay, replace wall heater, $1,800 771 Pierce Road J. Lanam, re-roof multi-family residence, $7,000 835 Pierce Road J. Lanam, re-roof multi-family residence, $9,000 412 Chester St. H. Syrett, replace gas water heater, $1,245 1103 Woodland Ave. A C. & J. Fung, front porch addition, $208,618 307 Constitution Drive Tyco Electronics Corp, install manufacturing equipment for R & D, $82,000 280 Willow Road S. Huynh, kitchen remodel, $20,000 7 Nancy Way A. Dahlkemper, reroof, $3,295 1004 Almanor Ave. C. Couch, new detached building located at rear of residence, $15,000 525 Middlefield Road McCandless-Triad, commercial tenant improvement to suite 230, $24,823 229 Mckendry Drive D. & F. Reneau, replace floor heater with
Harrell of wood, as metal is structurally stronger. If you own a home with fantastic views, more glass and fewer mullions may optimize the emotional appeal of the view and the real estate value at the same time. An uninterrupted view of Windy Hill is pretty compelling! If the window view is not great and privacy is a real concern, having white or obscure glass may solve the need for natural light without exposing oneself unwittingly. There are some beautiful obscure glass choices and some real ugly ones — beware! Try to design the size and placement of your windows and glass doors in such a way that you can maximize your indoor/outdoor living. If you pay for beautiful windows and just leave the curtains closed all the time, why bother having a window there? An essential part of providing natural light and fresh air for homes can include skylights. Enclosed hallways, bathrooms with no exterior walls and large rooms with dark areas benefit greatly when properly sized skylights are designed into the home. As people tend to spend more time in the areas of their home that have more natural light, a skylight can be a big lifestyle improvement. A good way to spread the light of a skylight without acquiring too much heat gain is to “splay” the well: The skylight might measure 2-feet by 2-feet on the roof, but the interior ceiling opening can be larger, for example 4-feet by 4-feet. Splayed wells, with a lens cover, also provide an opportunity to install artificial lighting for increased lighting at nighttime. Thoughtful consideration should be directed to your options regarding windows. For example, cross ventilation seems to have become a lost art in window design. I rarely see people bring this issue up without being prompted to think about it. And remember, windows are not just good for your health and happiness. They’ll nourish your soul. N Iris Harrell is CEO and president of Harrell Remodeling, Inc. in Mountain View (www.harrell-remodeling.com). She can be reached at 650-230-2900 or irish@ harrell-remodeling.com.
forced-air furnace, $9,435 690 Sharon Park Drive R. Spieker, new spa, $30,000 2200 Avy Ave. K. & M. Mccurdy, master bath remodel and replace nine windows, $25,000 980 Hamilton Ave. Amb Property, commercial tenant alteration, $8,500 539 Bay Road P. Munzig, furnace replacement with ducts, $5,900 270 Arbor Road A. Owen, remove mortar bed, tile, and membrane and replace, $55,000 1004 Henderson Ave. D. & C. Brillhart, re-roof, $12,000 765 Olive St. A. Heropoulos, trenchless sewerline installation, $5,220 209 Durham St. D. Jacobs, new detached storage shed with electrical, $9,000 895 Santa Cruz Ave. Ventana Property, minor demolition, $40,000 895 Santa Cruz Ave. J. Squires, install shelving in stock room, $3,000 1348 Henderson Ave. R. Hurd, reroof, $4,500 411 Linfield Drive A. Smith, reroof, $11,000
838 Partridge Ave. D. Mccroskey, insert 4” double wall pipe, $350 1025 Lassen Drive M. Goldman, interior alteration to residential, $n/a 216 Arbor Road N. Adams, re-roof main house, $5,695; re-roof detached garage, $2,025 916 Laurel Ave. T. Boussie, furnace replacement, $6,000 130 O’Connor St. S. Tamme, bath remodel, $3,000 1720 Poppy Ave. D. Mathews, convert half garage to office, $50,000 15 Sunrise Court J. Hess, 2ndfloor bath remodel, $25,000 323 O’Keefe St. E. Munoz, remove/replace wall heater, $4,323 1030 Hamilton Court Amb Property, two new water services off existing meter, $3,000 1055 Trinity Drive S. Mcvey-Richardson, photovoltaic solar system, $28,000 224 Willow Road D. Bloom, remove/replace furnace and add AC unit, $5,500 2825 Sand Hill Road Leland Stanford Jr. University, add roof over existing trellis, $125,000 445 Blake St. S. Napel, remove
and replace 11 windows, $7,300 1344 Madera Ave. W. Chun, upgrade electrical service, replace furnace/ducts, $2,500; upgrade electrical service and add furnace, $6,000 1035 Pine St. C. Trinity, electrical service upgrade, $6,000 3603 Haven Ave. S. Big, commercial tenant improvement, $100,000 630 Olive St. T. Foody, furnace, $5,560 198 Sand Hill Circle A. Morris, electrical lighting upgrades, $25,000 986 Menlo Ave. N. Reeves, gasline pair, $650 765 San Mateo Drive K. Oshman, remove and replace three windows, $2,906 590 Hamilton Ave. R. Gurecki, reroof, $8,750 829 Hermosa Way M. Cullen, new in-ground pool/spa, $75,000 10 Garland Place J. Aaron, 449sq.-ft. addition to 2nd floor and 88 sq. ft. to 1st floor, $247,500 1340 Willow Road Mid-peninsula Education Center, installation of four sectors of two antennas each and associate equipment, $60,000 1204 N. Lemon N. Diane, site improvement for subdivision, $10,000 1130 Trinity Drive P. Harrison, voluntary foundation upgrade, $12,620 340 Sherwood Way, J. Hahn, reroof, $15,600 2304 Loma Prieta Lane R. Ridenour, replace patio and build retaining/seat, $50,000 838 Woodland Ave. L. Brian, furnace replacement, $6,200 1308 Bellair Way P. Koch, replace furnace and ductwork, $9,855 49 Politzer Drive S. Sandra, remove and replace three windows, $11,867 318 Laurel Ave. R. Zablocki, replace 3/4-inch gas line, $2,000 305 Constitution Drive TYCO Electronic Corp., isolation transformer replacement and relocation,
$8,000 1350 Middle Ave. S. Arshadnejad, replace sewer lateral through pipe bust, $3,500 107 Hedge Road J. Marrs, furnace, $3,500; re-roof, $7,800; residential remodel to kitchen and bath, replace window, create new bath, electrical/plumbing upgrades, $30,000
Palo Alto 1741 Middlefield Road D. Segilson, new accessory structure, $20,000 531 Channing Ave. P. Yeh, kitchen remodel, $12,371 817 Gailen Ave. S. Noguchi and L. Bruguera, home bathroom remodel, $10,000 831 High St. Trustees, AFK Revocable Trust, replace A/C unit, $6,880 1474 Kings Lane K. DeLeon, bathroom remodel, $18,192 2120 Hanover St. G. Hu, remove windows, install door, $10,000 3931 Ventura Court L. Borrego, window and door replacements, $6,000 830 Ilima Cout L. Nicolls, kitchen remodel, $25,000 921 Maddux St. D. Wei Liu, reroofing, $8,500 2298 Louis Road Ellen Ruanon, solar PV installation, $n/a 1232 Wilson St. Passantino, new foundation on existing cottage, $18,000 400 Hamilton Ave. 400 Hamilton Association, complete interior remodel, $900,000 132 Lois Lane J. Pianca, bathroom remodel, $8,695 490 S. California Ave. Pacific Valley Indoors Inc, sign 3-D lettering, $7,500 529 Bryant, 3rd floor Switch & Data, new data center, $1,012,519 2636 South Court D. Nagao, bathroom remodel, $7,640 3827 Corina Way S. Desai, replace fixtures in bathrooms, $14,553 3120 Hansen Way Varian Medi-
cal Systems, demolition, building of new laboratory and offices, $9,900,000 935 Emerson St. K. Cho, add interior wall and door, $800 380 Oxford Ave. A. Ng and S. Tjiang, rebuild existing residence, $360,728 321, 235, 329, 333, 341 Ramona St. Ramona Row Homeowners Association, siding replacement, painting, $70,000 3587 La Mata Way D. Emmett, replace windows and sliding door, $8,872 875 Blake Wilbur Stanford Medical Center, replace exterior guardrail, $15,000 1651 Page Mill Road Gilead, add additional outlets, $14,000 325 Lytton Bonatao, add lights in lobby, $42,471 2303 Ramona St. M.B. Lefevre, install cabinets and bar sink, $2055 3181 Louis Ave. A. Atito, replace Sheetrock in bedroom, check gas and plumbing, $25,000
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One-level home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and approximately 1,510 square feet Equestrian facilities include a 3-stall barn, 2 paddocks, tack room, pasture, possible area for riding arena plus direct trail access Living room with dramatic sky-lit ceiling and ﬁreplace plus formal dining room Sleek and stylish kitchen with new tiled countertops and classic vintage gas range
Lovely master suite with remodeled bathroom New front yard hardscape and landscape including ﬂagstone walkway Approximately one acre with level lawn and huge patio Close to Stanford, Sand Hill Road business centers, and Highway 280 Excellent Portola Valley schools
Offered at $1,549,000
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