The Rose Garden Homes Tour has been celebrating the uniqueness and grandeur of the historic San Jose neighborhood for 27 years.
Welcome to the home of Larry Camuso & Kirk Wentland This stately Spanish Revival was originally built as a single story craftsman in 1913. It was then renovated into the stunning beauty it is today, by real estate developer Anthony Maderis in 1925/26. Once the home was complete it was sold to the Martin Family, who lived in the home until 1954. Larry Camuso, a San Jose native purchased the home in 1991, He soon became friends with the Martin’s daughter, Lucretia. He was fortunate enough to have access to truckloads of the original contents of the home upon her death. You will see pieces original to the home peppered throughout each room, as well as era specific antiques and artwork collected at auctions and shows over the years.
Mr. Camuso has spent decades refurbishing the home to its original character and charm. The stained glass windows in the arched stairwell are original, brought back to life with new lead. The coved ceiling in the dining room was restored to its original beauty. You will exit through a beautifully manicured yard, which you may remember as the site for 2019’s tea and boutique.
A quintessential 1930s Tudor Cotswold Cottage located in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose. Amy and Parke Young purchased the home in May 2006 and remodeled the home in 3 stages, with the final stage being completed in 2017, which included a 1,175 square foot addition. For those who adore a stylish mix of old and new, this five bedroom four bathroom home does not disappoint. Historic elements, modern updates, and eclectic furnishings give the home a unique personality.
Prepare to gush over modern updates (that look suspiciously as though they have always been there) and quintessential Arts & Crafts Period character left intact, such as rubblestone brick entry, original tile in the downstairs bathroom, dining room and fireplace, as well as mostly original rod iron stairway, cast iron tub, arched passageways, secret trunk rooms, roof, and other original features throughout the home.
With Parke’s honed building skills and Amy’s design eye, they have designed and remodeled the old home over the last 15 years into their dream home while trying to leave (or add back) as much of the past elegance and 1930’s charm as they could. You won’t want to miss the beautiful outdoor California room –perfect for entertaining!
The home is a family treasure. Originally built in 1948, this beautiful 4-bedroom home originally belonged to the home-owner’s grandparents before being passed on to Aaron and Nicole Lilly when they married 6 years ago. The Lilly's began renovating this special Cape Cod style home in 2018. The result of this extensive 10-month home renovation is a stunning open concept home with expanded kitchen and living areas and a fully remodeled downstairs and upstairs master bedroom addition. With the renovation, the Lilly's expanded the living space of their home to 2,900 sq feet.
To preserve the character of this historic home, the Lillys prioritized preserving many of the home’s original details and you will enjoy seeing the salvaged and refurbished elements from the original 1948 construction. In addition to the original front door, refurbished and painted to match the updated exterior, timeless details such as the peep-hole shelves in their daughter’s room can be seen throughout. The Lillys worked closely with their designer, JC Designs, to perfectly blend the classic elements of the home with contemporary attributes. For instance, the original mantle frames the fireplace and is highlighted by new marble detailing. The home is adorned with family heirlooms such as a special kitchen table belonging to Aaron’s grandmother and family furniture lovingly refinished by Nicole’s stepdad.
The Lilly’s don’t currently have a child attending St. Martins, but they have close ties to the school and parish and their 22-month old daughter might be a future Bengal.
This home was built in 1937 for the Work Family. When the Duchesne’s purchased the home in December of 2016, they knew they wanted to update it to make it accommodating for their family while trying to restore it back to what it resembled in the 1930’s. With the help of the original home plans, they were able to echo the charm that was once there. At the entrance of the house, the leaded glass window to the left of the front door is original, and a new front door was made to also include a leaded window to match. The brick pathway leading up to the front door was added to create a welcoming path to the home. On the first level, they added the brick fireplace in the living room as well as the mantel and built-in shelving. They kept the original floors and doors, and re-textured the walls to mimic the original look. The original molding was preserved in most areas and was replicated to match where new molding was added. The wall separating the kitchen and dining room was removed to create an open floor plan. The layout of the kitchen was rearranged and the 7.5’ long island was added.
On the second level, the kids bathroom was updated. The third room, which is the largest, is currently decorated as a playroom for young kids and will transition to accommodate the Duchesne kids and their friends as they grow up!
The master bedroom is on its own level, above the second floor. The bathroom was fully updated and reconfigured to make a larger shower. The closet door to the right of the bed was removed to allow for a larger bed that can be centered on the wall. The carpet was removed throughout to uncover the original hardwood floors.
In the mud room, the ceiling was raised, the heated brick floors were added and the office was updated. New double-hung windows were added throughout the home. The Duchesne’s also updated the HVAC system, knob and tube wiring was replaced and the plumbing was all redone.
The backyard of the home was completed in 2020. The side gates were custom made, but the size of them remained the same, and the brick arch is original. Due to the small opening of the gates made in the 1930’s, the hot tub had to be lifted by crane over the house, which was a site to be seen! The roses were added in front and back as a nod to the Rose Garden down the street.
This year’s Tea House is located on the eastern edge of the Shasta-Hanchett Park neighborhood of the Rose Garden. The house is situated one block from San Jose’s Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, and two blocks from the 76 acre land plot previously known as Agricultural Park. This area served as the county fairgrounds and venue for everything from livestock fairs to traveling circuses until it was it was purchased for development by Lewis E. Hanchett in 1905. Though to the west Hanchett’s residential plots in the former Agricultural Park were primarily developed between 1915 and 1930, and to the east the Rosicrucian Museum began housing its original collection of Egyptian artifacts in 1929, Randol Avenue was not developed until later in the 20th century.
While little is known about the original structure on the lot, it is known that the structure suffered a catastrophic fire and was burnt to the ground in 1986. At this time the lot was sold to the McClenahan family, who built the current craftsman and farmhouse style home that resides today. In 2021, the LeBaron-Hathaway Family purchased the home and moved in with their three young children. Serendipitously enough, Molly McClenahan and Danielle LeBaron were childhood classmates and close friends at St. Martin’s.