Spring Home Tours

If you enjoy touring open houses, historic properties, and taking in attractive decor, you don’t want to miss the annual spring home tours in the San Jose area!  Take a look at the opportunities listed below:

Note: Certain tours have not yet been updated for 2018, so the 2017 information will remain available until new details can be added.

Spring home tours in the San Jose area

Spring home tours in the San Jose area include historic properties

AIA Santa Clara Valley: 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Home Tours, A Tour by Architects – May 5, 2018

10AM-4PM. Last year prices, no 2018 update: Early Bird: General Admission $75, AIA Members $59, After 5/21/17 and Day of $75

http://aiasiliconvalley.org/page/2018HomeTour

35th Annual Willow Glen Home Tour – May 5-6, 2018

10AM-4PM, Early Bird $40, At the Door for $50

http://willowglenhometour.com/

No updates for 2018 to date. 22nd Los Gatos Historic Home Tour – Last Held on April 22 & 23, 2017

10AM-4PM, General Admission $50, VIP $75

http://www.numulosgatos.org/events/2017/4/22/22nd-los-gatos-historic-home-tour

No updates for 2018 to date. Fremont Older House & Garden Tours – Last Held on April 23, 2017

9AM-4PM, tours are full, but you can join the wait-list (mark in on your calendar for next year’s spring home tours early on!).

http://www.openspace.org/activities/district-events/fremont-older-house-garden-tours-0

 

No updates for 2018 to date. Eischler Home Tours San Mateo Highlands – Last Held on May 6 & 7, 2017

10AM-3PM, Single Day $60, Two Days $100, Optional: Box Lunch $14, Poster $30, and VIP Happy Hour (May 6, 7PM-10PM) $50

http://eichlerhometour.org/

Gilroy Assistance League: 13th Annual Impressions Home and Garden Tour – Last Held on May 12 & 13, 2017

$30

http://gilroyassistanceleague.org/-impressions-home-garden-tour/

 

No updates for 2018 to date. Wolfe & Higgins – Citywide Architectural Home Tour, Master Architects of the Spanish Revival – Last Held on August 26, 2017

Early Bird: General $35, Preservation Action Council Members $30, Day of: $40

http://www.wolfeandhigginstour.com/

 

Garden Tours

GNGT: Going Native Garden Tour 2018 – April 7 & 8, 2018

10AM-4PM, Free with RSVP

http://gngt.org/GNGT/HomeRO.php

Gamble Garden Tour – April 27 & 28, 2018

Updated information for 2018 will be available in January. Here’s the information from 2017: 10AM-4PM, Members $30, General $35, Volunteer $25, Lunch Tickets $15

https://www.gamblegarden.org/support-us/spring-tour/

No updates for 2018 to date. The Aromas Country Garden Tour – Last Held on May 13, 2017

10AM-4PM, tickets not available online

http://www.aromashillsartisans.org/ahas-events.html

 

 

If you miss out on these events, there are a number of historic estates and gardens in the area with regular open hours.

The Ainsley house in downtown Campbell is open Thurs-Sun, March-December, 12PM-4PM (final tour at 3:15PM) with regular tours. Admission is $8 adult, $6 senior, $4 youth (7-17), and free for under 7.

http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/332/Historical-Museum-Ainsley-House

The Winchester Mystery house may have some unusual sides to it, but in essence it’s a stunning mansion surrounded by a pristine garden. Prices vary by tour.

http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com

History San Jose has also provided virtual tours of both the Luis Maria Peralta Adobe, 1797, and the Carmel and Thomas Fallon House, 1850s. Find links to the tours on the page linked below.

http://historysanjose.org/wp/plan-your-visit/peralta-fallon-historic-site/

 

 

Have we missed a tour of houses or homes that should be included? Please jot me a note or give me a call and we’ll get this page updated (and promote your event at no cost, of course).  Be sure to include the dates,  name of the tour, and a URL where people can get more information, please.

 

 

 

Rose Garden Homes Tour in San Jose

Each autumn, the St. Martin of Tours School puts on a fabulous tour of lovely homes in San Jose’s Rose Garden neighborhood. While anyone driving through this central San Jose area can appreciate the diverse and beautiful architecture, often the best  features of these homes are found inside.

This year is the tour’s 22nd Anniversary! The homes tour is a large scale fundraising effort for the school. Tours are self-guided with hosts in each home ready to answer questions and share interesting historical facts and stories about the homes. On display will also be floral designs, artwork, and perhaps some treasures. The garden segment of the tour includes the Tea Garden, a spot to sit and enjoy complementary refreshments or a gourmet lunchbox (available to pre-order through October 6th with your tickets). The tour also features a boutique, where 100% of the proceeds will benefit St Martin of Tours School (credit cards accepted!) and a donation drawing.

Tour dates are Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th from 10am-4pm both days. No children under 12 are allowed on the tour. Come any time within the tour hours to begin, but note that it is recommended that visitors allot about 2 hours to view every home and the tour ends promptly at 4pm.

Tickets are available at the door, online, or through families in the school.

To read about the homes from last year’s tour, and to learn more about this year’s tour, and to purchase tickets, and more please visit the official Rose Garden Homes Tour website.

 

 

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A Visit to Filoli in Woodside

Last weekend my family and I took a visiting relative to see some sights in the area, including to Filoli in Woodside.  If you have never visited this grand & gracious estate on the peninsula, it’s something to put on your “must see” list.

The house is 36,000 square feet (thirty six thousand sq. ft.!), ten times larger than a “big” home. The house sits upon approximatey 650 acres, most of it in its natural state but more than a dozen acres beautifully landscaped with lawns, flowers, roses, bushes, trees, ponds and a pool.

Please enjoy some photos of our time at Filoli last weekend.  Some of these were taken by me, but most were shot by my daughter, Clair Handy (used by permission, of course!).

 

The Filoli Center is located at 86 Cañada Road Woodside, CA 94062

Filoli is open Tuesday through Sunday for self-guided tours (docent led tours are Tues through Saturday).  All donations, admissions, membership etc. go to preserving Filoli Center. For more information, please visit the Filoli website: http://www.filoli.org/

 

 

 

Garden Conservancy “Open Days” Tours in Los Gatos, Saratoga & Monte Sereno

The Garden Conservancy hosts annual garden tours throughout the US, including here in Silicon Valley.  Tomorrow there will be a (self-guided) tour in Saratoga, Los Gatos and Monte Sereno featuring the beautiful landscaping of four homes plus an Italianate Garden at Villa Montalvo, also in Saratoga.

Tickets cost  $5 per garden per person (kids under 12 are free).  Or, become a member of the Garden Conservancy and enjoy discounted ticket prices. They also offer a directory, which can be purchased, of all the tours nationwide.  Great idea fodder!

 

 

 

Historic Hanna House at Stanford University

Last Sunday, my husband, Jim, and I had the pleasure of attending the Stanford University Historic Homes Tour, which happens annually.  The last house we visited was the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hanna House, built in 1936.

This property is private and may only be visited during guided tours, but it’s worth the planning to enjoy the setting and the unique architecture!  I hope you will enjoy the photo show I put together.  There are additional pics too, after the 90 second slide show, in case you want to see more.  Enjoy!