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POP-UP PLANT SALE ... UC Master Gardeners are planning a Pop-up Plant Sale from 9 to 10 a.m. and 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive. Tomatoes, peppers, salvias and amaranth are among the plants for sale, at $3 for a 3-inch container or six-pack. Cash or check only. Two free workshops will be nestled between the sale times: “Superstars of the Summer Veggie Garden: How to Grow the Best Ever Tomatoes, Peppers, Beans and Cucumbers” from 10 to 11 a.m. and “Getting Started with Espalier — A Technique for Growing Fruit Trees” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http:// mastergardeners.org
WALKING TOURS ... In honor of Preservation Month, Palo Alto Stanford Heritage (PAST) will be offering walking tours of Palo Alto neighborhoods: Saturday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m. (Homer Avenue history, meet at 475 Homer Ave.); Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. (Downtown, meet at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.); Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. (Crescent Park, meet at southeast corner of University Avenue at Guinda Street); and Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. (Professorville, meet at corner of Addison Avenue and Bryant Street). Information: www.pastheritage.org
Filoli’s horticulture staff created “succulent shoes” for the annual flower show, which features interpretations of children’s books.
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EXPAND COOKING REPERTOIRE ... with cooking classes through Palo Alto Adult School, including “Tasty Thai!” (Tuesday, May 7, Yannette Fichou Edwards); “Greek, Turkish and Egyptian Cuisine” (Wednesday, May 8, Yannette Fichou Edwards); and “Taste of Paris” (Thursday, May 9, Cindy Roberts). Each class is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, and costs $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www. paadultschool.org
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CITYWIDE GARAGE SALE ... Deadline for registering to participate in the city of Palo Alto’s biennial yard sale, which is set for Saturday, June 8, is Friday, May 10. Registered sellers will receive a fact sheet with tips for a successful sale and a list of places to donate the leftovers. The sale is coordinated by Zero Waste Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Weekly, and sellers will have their addresses featured on a yard-sale map in the Weekly and online before the sale. Information:
Filoli flower show interprets storybook favorites Atherton-based floral designer Kim DeVoy picks flowers for her arrangement at the Filoli flower show, which runs May 9 to 12. like shoes or purses, which will be for sale in the Garden Shop. by Jane Knoerle ans of floral designer Kiwi DeVoy of Ather- The old golf cart used by Filoli’s former owner, Lurline Roth, to bring flowers back to the house from the cutting garden will ton know where to look for her display at be decorated in a “Cat in the Hat” theme. Robin Stockwell of “Petal Tales, Once Upon a Time,” Filoli’s Succulent Gardens in Castroville has created a Winnie the 25th-anniversary flower show to be held May 9 Pooh made entirely from succulents. The range of book titles goes from “Little Women” to “The through 12 at the historic Woodside estate. Lonely Firefly.” The four days of festivities will include Mother’s Day teas, “It’s always on the sideboard in the dining room,” said Dechampagne brunches, boxed lunches, flower-arranging demonVoy, who has been an exhibitor in every Filoli flower show. Her strations and musical performances. Filoli’s 16 acres of lawn theme “Through the Looking Glass” will feature mirrored and and lavish gardens will be in full bloom. reflected surfaces. Clients also know to expect the unusual. “I The historic greenhouses, where visitors can view plants that like to push the limits a little,” she said. have been in the Filoli collection since 1920, will also be open. DeVoy will be one of more than 70 amateurs and professional Docents will be on hand in the greenhouse courtyard to answer designers whose work will be displayed on Mother’s Day weekquestions about Filoli and personal gardens. end. The show’s theme — interpreting children’s storybooks The flower show begins with an opening night reception with flowers — will be reflected through flower arrangements, Thursday, May 9. In keeping with the theme and 25th anniverplant collections, table settings, children’s exhibits and garden sary, Lurline Roth’s son, William, and twin daughters Lurline landscapes. The horticulture staff has created succulent gifts that look (continued on page 59)
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was usually out there with her ... not always to her pleasure,” she added with a laugh. She studied floral design and has a teaching degree in Ikebana, but relies mostly on her imagination, often waking at 2 or 3 in the morning to work on an idea. “I push the edge of formal design,” she said. Her workshop is in the family garage with her husband James DeVoy as primary assistant. “All the hauling and lifting. I don’t know how I could do it without him,” she said. She also relies on finding the finest during 4:30 a.m. visits to the Brannan Street wholesale flower market in San Francisco. “It’s the best
Succulent “purses” will be for sale in the Garden Shop during the annual flower show. flower market in the world,” she said. N Almanac Staff Writer Jane Knoerle can be emailed at email@example.com.
Filoli in Woodside is the setting for its annual Mother’s Day weekend flower show.
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Coonan and Berenice Spalding will be honored guests. Visitors will also be able to meet designers, while viewing their exhibits, and stroll through the gardens at dusk. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne will be served. The gardens and mansion are familiar to DeVoy who has been a house flower arranger at Filoli for 23 years. She also exhibits at Bouquets to Art at the de Young Museum, the annual Cathedral Flower Festival held each October at St. Mary’s Cathedral and the San Francisco Antique Show at Fort Mason. Her love of flowers began as a child. “My mother was a fabulous gardener. She was always out in the garden and I
In addition to the 70 floral designers exhibiting at the flower show, visitors may visit the extensive grounds and see much in bloom.
What: “Petal Tales, Once Upon a Time,” Filoli’s 25thanniversary flower show When: Thursday, May 9, through Sunday, May 12 Where: Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside Cost: Opening night reception (Thursday, May 9, 5:30-8 p.m.): $85 nonmembers, $75 members; Flower show: $25 nonmembers, $20 members, $10 for children 5-17; prices vary for the opening night reception, Friday or Saturday teas and Sunday champagne brunches, which include admission to the flower show. Monday, May 6, is the last day to purchase brunch tickets. Pre-ordered box lunches are $20 for adults, $12 for children. Info: Go to www.filoli.org or call 650-364-8300, ext. 508. READ MORE ONLINE www.PaloAltoOnline.com For more Home and Real Estate news, visit www.paloaltoonline.com/real_estate.
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East Palo Alto
Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $290,000 Highest sales price: $750,000
Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $500,000 Highest sales price: $1,000,000
Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $1,500,000 Highest sales price: $2,400,000
Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $695,000 Highest sales price: $6,725,000
Los Altos Hills
Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $2,530,000 Highest sales price: $4,000,000
Total sales reported: 12 Lowest sales price: $517,000 Highest sales price: $1,379,000
Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $578,000 Highest sales price: $2,925,000
Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $1,185,000 Highest sales price: $5,250,000
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.
East Palo Alto 919 Runnymede St. H. & S. Ahmadi to Z. Luo for $750,000 on 3/27/13 1035 Ruth Court R. & H. Dalton to M. Ballbach for $420,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 4/10, $195,000 247 Wisteria Drive Williams Trust to C. Williams for $290,000 on 3/25/13; previous sale 10/80, $65,000
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(continued from page 57) 650-496-5910 or www.PaloAltoOnline.com/yardsale VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT ... Filoli, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will hold a new volunteer recruitment meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. The meeting will
cover how people can volunteer, from serving as house and garden self-guided docents, to working in the Garden & Gift shop or cafe. Information: Go to www.filoli.org and click on Volunteer or email volunteer@ filoli.org by 4 p.m. on May 10. TREE WALK ... An arborist will lead a free tree walk from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11, through the University South neighborhood, meeting at Palo Alto Civic Center
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Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Expect to spot southern magnolia, flowering pear, purple beech, dawn redwood, cockspur coral, English yew and more. Information: www. canopy.org FINE ARTS EVENT ... Instead of its usual fabric giveaway, FabMo will be offering a variety of fine art posters and prints, mirrors, mats and frames for sale from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. No appointments are necessary. The sale takes place at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Next month’s fabric giveaway is June 6-8. Information: www.fabmo.org N
662 Camellia Way T. & C. Neal to J. & M. Neal for $1,500,000 on 4/5/13; previous sale 10/76, $111,000 1641 Crestview Drive J. Moller to G. Lee for $1,789,000 on 4/5/13 873 Highlands Circle D. Payne to Z. & F. Li for $2,288,000 on 4/4/13 904 Odell Way S. & C. Goffin to CAD Industries for $1,725,000 on 4/4/13 721 Orange Ave. Vellequette Trust to C. & A. King for $2,400,000 on 4/5/13; previous sale 12/87, $441,500 162 E. Portola Ave. J. Krug to Li/Kwok Trust for $1,698,000 on 4/5/13; previous sale 10/86, $277,500 510 San Luis Ave. C. & B. Wilson to Davis Trust for $1,750,000 on 4/3/13; previous sale 6/86, $287,500
Los Altos Hills 26310 Esperanza Drive Bergman Trust to Fu-Jing Trust for $2,530,000 on 4/5/13; previous sale 12/10, $2,375,000 24595 Voorhees Drive K. & E. Cheng to W. Leschensky for $4,000,000 on 4/9/13; previous
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Menlo Park 415 8th Ave. Union Bank to S. Hu for $623,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 4/05, $765,000 565 Barron St. D. Conrad to Martin Trust for $1,700,000 on 3/26/13; previous sale 4/99, $794,000 351 Leland Ave. BTitus Trust to P. & P. Welander for $1,830,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 12/11, $1,475,000 800 Wallea DriveDalessandro Trust to A. Jain for $2,925,000 on 3/25/13; previous sale 4/07, $2,500,00 20 Willow Road #2 R. & J. Triebsch to K. Chen for $578,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 4/04, $465,000
Mountain View 1033 Crestview Drive #107 J. Reese to B. & O. Chau for $500,000 on 4/9/13; previous sale 8/04, $362,000 1631 Grant Road K. & S. Ausich to T. & E. Smith for $1,000,000 on 4/4/13; previous sale 6/05, $788,000 130 Holly Court Y. & N. Helvaci to J. Shuck for $675,000 on 4/4/13; previous sale 11/06, $655,000 905 W. Middlefield Road #913 S. Jun to A. Bagchi for $560,000 on 4/3/13; previous sale 12/09, $335,000 741 San Pablo Drive R. & J. Lee to Lundell Trust for $745,000 on 4/9/13; previous sale 11/03, $450,000 1956 Silverwood Ave. A. Vasquez to H. & W. Kim for $535,000 on 4/4/13; previous sale 3/07, $460,000 1123 Villa St. B. Boeggeman to M. Page for $905,000 on 4/5/13; previous sale 6/98, $500,000 2112 Windrose Place Pelton Trust to J. Toy for $785,000 on 4/9/13; previous sale 5/96, $220,500
Palo Alto 101 Alma St. #1202 DC. Guta to Abraham Trust for $695,000 on 4/3/13 559 Barron Ave. E. Loop to First Position Real Estate for $1,000,000 on 4/4/13; previous sale 1/87, $211,500 905 Forest Ave. Scholpp Trust to T. Greenberg for $1,800,000 on 4/3/13; previous sale 8/71, $44,300 1190 Hamilton Ave. Levett Trust to Z. Zhang for $2,450,000 on 4/4/13; previous sale 11/11, $2,375,000 4224 Suzanne Drive ATrask Trust to Alger Drive Limited for $1,260,000 on 4/5/13 2001 Webster St. K. Avery to C. Pan for $6,725,000 on 4/4/13; previous sale 2/05, $5,200,000
Redwood City 214 Alden St. #112 SM. Rohrbach to S. Sun for $556,000 on 3/27/13; previous sale 8/05, $523,000 507 Buena Vista Ave. J. & T. Granshaw to L. Stepanian for
$945,000 on 3/27/13; previous sale 2/07, $1,061,000 708 Charter St. YEsther Eames Limited to G. & C. Ozumba for $517,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 10/12, $351,000 1455 Gordon St. T. Yuen to J. & L. Venner for $745,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 9/09, $680,000 1407 Hess Road Stoll & Company Family Limited to Reyen Trust for $775,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 10/97, $354,500 1437 Jefferson Ave. Green Path Homes to M. & H. McLernon for $675,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 3/13, $335,000 352 Lowell St. A. Haag to Raubacher Trust for $1,379,000 on 3/27/13; previous sale 8/05, $1,300,000 2029 Maryland St. I. & P. Bell to A. Singh for $840,000 on 3/27/13; previous sale 2/73, $34,500 224 Park St. J. Kumm to H. Kim for $851,000 on 3/27/13; previous sale 11/00, $499,000 245 Roble Ave. D. Sullivan to L. & A. Miller for $860,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 7/76, $80,500 597 Shoal Circle K. & G. Kalinic to J. Tirado for $625,000 on 3/28/13; 1/06, $637,000 2212 Whipple Ave. Friedenbach Trust to D. & R. Muhlfelder for $1,275,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 8/07, $1,225,000
Woodside 880 High Road SMartin Trust to H. Lim for $2,500,000 on 3/25/13; previous sale 3/04, $2,275,000 410 Manzanita Way Wilton Trust to L. Naify for $5,250,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 4/75, $56,500 11 Noel Road Lego Trust to K. Duggirala for $4,300,000 on 3/28/13; previous sale 6/06, $3,550,000 13872 Silver Sky Way N. Manrao to J. Perry for $1,185,000 on 3/27/13; previous sale 9/05, $1,204,000
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(continued from page 60) 210 Blackburn Ave. J. Friedrichs, repair sewer, $3,000 1034 Menlo Oaks Drive M. Daul, re-pipe water line with copper and replace gas lines, $n/a 193 E. Creek Drive G. Reichow, add 755 sq. ft. and alter 2,000 sq. ft. to a one-story house, $500,000 675 Monte Rosa Drive #811 M. Hayden, remodel bathroom, $2,000 202 Felton Drive R. Romero, photovoltaic solar system, $35,000 2140 Santa Cruz Ave. #A302 K. Dilg, replace old membrane deck and resurface with Pacific Polymer, $2,800 312 Lexington Drive M. Doolan, re-roof, $9,910 523 Oak Grove Ave. D. Tam, re-roof detached garage, $4,000 521 Oak Grove Ave. J. Zhang, re-roof, $14,000 1035 Lassen Drive K. McFarland, replace furnace, $4,800 404 Durham St. G. McKeown, add 734 sq. ft. to the rear of a home, $150,000 1040 Wallea Drive R. Quintana, add 1,375 sq. ft., including a new second story and an interior remodel of 2,498 sq. ft., $300,000 25 Hamilton Circle H. O’Brodovich, new deck extension, $20,000 420 Claremont Way J. Williams, enclose existing carport, $n/a 292 San Luis Drive A. Eaton, add 193 sq. ft. and an interior remodel of 240 sq. ft., $30,000 2323 Branner Drive M. Berry,replace 50gallon water heater, $8000 100 Oak Hollow Way J. Lattin, replace 75-gallon water heater, $3,000 332 Arbor Road D. Patterson, install branch electrical circuit from transfer switch to garage receptacle for EV car charger, $1,000
Finding the story in your garden
by Jack McKinnon
will never look at a garden gate the same again. Since I started gardening I have always just gone to work, gotten the job done and went on to the next thing. But a little while ago I got this Turkish door from my friend Emi and my garden changed into a different world. Suddenly it has a story and that has made all the difference. This month’s tips will be about finding the story in your garden. Here are the tips: 1. If we look for it, we will find it. If we don’t, we won’t. This theme has been repeated over and over from self-help books to the movie “Field of Dreams.” When it comes to a garden story it may very well be true. Bring a chair into the garden and sit for a while. 2. Make up a fantasy story for your garden. Most home gardeners are women and women tend to be pretty good story people. Catch a child someday and have them come into your garden and tell them a story. 3. Plant a story. Maybe it will be around the Italian herbs you plant or possibly the mint and sweet peas. Flowering plants of all kinds are great themes for stories. 4. Try writing a poem just for your garden. It can be a sonnet like “but soft what light through yonder garden shines” or a haiku “ah ladybeetle,
so carefully you step. there, an aphid.” 5. Name your garden and build on the name. One friend called her garden “The Folly” when she got to 300 species. 6. Try a little spring romance story. I will leave this up to you. 7. How about a cottage garden that will feed your family for two or three generations? Then you can name plants for the people you love. 8. How about naming your cat after your favorite plant in the garden? I like Pansy, Daphne, Rose and Alstomeria. 9. Make your garden gate the theme entry with a hand-painted sign. 10. And what about a healing garden with herbs that help us stay well? This can be dedicated to one we are especially concerned about or who may have already passed. There is always a story to be found in a garden. Good gardening. N Garden coach Jack McKinnon can be reached at 650-455-0687 (cell), by email at email@example.com. Visit his website at www. jackthegardencoach.com.
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Equity sales reach five-year high, a good sign for the housing market The California Association of REALTORSÂŽ reports the number of distressed properties for sale in the state is declining and equity sales are on the rise. Equity sales accounted for more than two-thirds of total home sales in March, rising to their highest level in ďŹ ve years. Equity sales made up 72 percent of total shares in March, the highest recorded since February 2008. Equity sales accounted for 66.8 percent of all sales in February and 51.2 percent of all sales in March 2012. With the supply of distressed property sales shrinking, year-over-year inventory of homes continued its decline in March, down 51 percent in Santa Clara County and down 43 percent from March of last year, according to MLSListings Inc. Days on market in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have fallen to an average of 31 and 33 days, respectively. With the short time period, more and more properties never make it onto monthly inventory counts, according to a report from the multiple listing service provider. Compared to last year the median price is up substantially. The
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median of a single-family home in Santa Clara County rose 28 percent to $735,000 in March. In San Mateo County, the median increased 34 percent to $925,000. The rise in home prices is good news for many homeowners, according to Carolyn Miller, president of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORSÂŽ. â€œFamilies who once owed more than what their home was worth are now seeing more equity in their homes,â€? said Miller. Miller said it is a sellerâ€™s market right now, but there are still hesitant sellers and some are deciding to stay put. â€œThe housing market in the region is â€˜white hotâ€™ right now, largely due to the lack of current inventory. There are homeowners, potential sellers, who havenâ€™t decided where to go â€“ whether to move up, downsize, retire and leave the area or stay,â€? said Miller. â€œMany retirees have decided â€˜thereâ€™s no place like homeâ€™ and they arenâ€™t selling their homes, not like in the past.â€?
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736 College Avenue, Menlo Park Open Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30
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Offered at $2,395,000 WWW#OLLEGE!VECBRBCOM
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JUST LISTED â– 264 N. Whisman Road #13, Mountain View â– $449,000
Open Sunday 1:30 - 4:30 Cozy 2 Bedroom, top ďŹ‚oor, end unit, approximate 1087 sf. The kitchen features Corian countertops. Bathroom with jetted tub, heated tile ďŹ‚ooring. Spacious living room with balcony overlooks pool and lush greenbelt. Washer/Dryer inside unit. Amenities include swimming pool, recreations room, ďŹ tness room. Super location close to Downtown, Caltrain/Light Rail station, and Google campus.
(650) 424 -8188 Anni.Chu@cbnorcal.com DRE # 01189653
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Palo Alto isn’t our branch ofﬁce … it’s our home! 843 Clara Drive, Palo Alto
Cozy home with a large lot on tree-lined street Open Sat & Sun 1:30 – 4:30
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This is a wonderfully updated and expanded home in Mountain View with Los Altos schools.
Open Sat & Sun 1:30 – 4:30
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Listed by: Tim Foy DRE# 00849721 Tim@midtownpaloalto.com (650) 387-5078
Listed at $1,595,000
877 Sycamore Drive, Palo Alto Beautiful Midtown Palo Alto Home Open Sun 1:30 – 4:30
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