About The Tour

The Rose Garden Homes Tour has been celebrating the uniqueness and grandeur of the historic San Jose neighborhood for 24 years. This all-volunteer event is hosted by parents and students of St. Martin of Tours School who have spent countless hours to organize, prepare, and present this wonderful weekend. Proceeds benefit the children of St. Martin of Tours School by providing funding for programs such as Sports, Art, Music and Technology, in addition to the Scholarship Fund.

The Homes of 2019

Alan and Pam immediately knew that the 1906-built old style Craftsman house at 1265 Hanchett Ave was special the very first time they walked in. They purchased the house in early 2000 and embarked on a long process of restoration and modernization with a keen eye on keeping the original look and feel intact. They first tackled the master suite taking it down to studs and floor joists. On their own they rebuilt the master including a 2-person glass block shower. Next they tackled the kitchen, Alan and Pam are both avid cooks, so a large modern kitchen was a must. One thing led to another including the consideration of an unstable house foundation, an inaccessible dirt cellar with a leaky water heater, clogged water pipes, and old knob and tube electrical. Soon there was many weeks of digging and dust to put in a multi-room lower level including a guest room, and bath. After 14 months of construction, their dream house was rebuilt.

Over time there came a few more upgrades including exterior paint with a nod to classic Craftsman color pallets and finally furnishings and decorating. In 2013, almost 13 years after first falling in love with their house, they started on the outside landscaping. With their foodie lifestyle, summer and winter gardening was always a priority. Alan and Pam decided to turn the front area of the house into permanent garden beds, add fruit and citrus trees in the yard, remove all green grass, and create a cozy heated arbor in a formally little used back area of the house. Their favorite part of the house is... everything inside and out, it’s just perfect!

The home of Patricia Puentes and Ric Campo was built in 1920 when the area consisted of pear and prune orchards. In 1927 the city purchased an 11 acre prune orchard and converted a segment into the Municipal Rose Garden you see today. In 1992 the home was rebuilt and remodeled by De Mattei Construction, adding a second floor, balcony and custom-made foyer window to take advantage of the picturesque view of the Rose Garden.

This home first appeared on the Rose Garden Homes Tour 21 years ago. Last year Patricia and Ric, in partnership with her longtime friend, interior designer and contractor Cherie Rose, began a two phase remodel of their home. Cherie has helped them in the transformation and evolution of their Mediterranean style home into a more open, contemporary space that retains and enhances the original beauty of this De Mattei home. Inspired by a Montecito villa and their travels abroad, the redesign started a few years back with the backyard and most recently the newly expanded kitchen and family room, blending their living and entertaining space into their backyard. Phase II will begin shortly to complete the bar area and take this new look upstairs.

Patricia and Ric remain committed to Catholic education and the growth of the next generation. Patricia is on the board of Directors for the San Jose Women's Club, remains active with Notre Dame High School, and is cultivating new relationships with schools and downtown partners to prepare our youth for a bright future.

We are excited to have this beautiful one-level 3 bedroom/2 bath Rose Garden home owned by Chris and Anne Silva on the 2019 St Martin of Tours Homes Tour! Once the home of the Langendorf bread family, the 1941 ranch-style house was purchased in 2017 by the Silvas. This home of artists and musicians with treasured family pieces includes beautifully appointed high end finishes in true keeping to the home and neighborhood.

Upon entering the courtyard with travertine tiles, a gorgeous custom gate and fountain you are immediately drawn in by the tranquility and beauty. Some of the homes features include a Redwood pergola and custom designed front porch cover, hardwood floors, gas fireplace with honed granite and custom mantle, tray ceilings in living and dining room, French doors open to the front courtyard and backyard and a fabulous chef's kitchen welcomes entertaining.

When Gretchen and Dominic Kotab first saw this 1930 Spanish-style home, they thought it was the perfect space for their growing family. Fifteen years later, they feel the same way.

The 2 story, 2,843 square foot home features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The highlights include 15 foot ceilings, original wood beams, iron work and arched walkways. The Kotabs have taken care to restore charming details of their home. Ten years ago, Gretchen's brother beautifully renovated their kitchen and 3 bathrooms. At that time, they matched original hardware and doors as well as replaced sheetrock with original lath and plaster walls.

The ground floor features a grand formal living room, an office, kitchen with eat-in-dining space/homework table, guest bathroom and family room. The upstairs opens to a generous landing then braches off to three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, including an intimate master bath draped entirely of Carrara marble.

Thank you Kotab Family for allowing us to celebrate your home on the Rose Garden Homes Tour for the second time!

This year's Tea House, a San Jose City Landmark, is a Dutch Colonial Revival style residence located at 1156 McKendrie St. The house, built in 1916, was originally located at on The Alameda and was commissioned by Frederick Gross of the downtown San Jose department store F.W. Gross & Son (later Roberts & Gross) as a wedding gift for his son Wilmer and Wilmer’s fiancé, Dorothy Davy. Owned by the Gross family for a few short years, the property changed ownership a handful of times until finally in 1957 new owners, the Holman family, decided to move the property from The Alameda to McKendrie St. Taking advantage of the skyrocketing lot values on the The Alameda, which had seen most of its single family homes demolished or converted into business properties as its importance as a transportation thoroughfare had increased, the original lot on The Alameda was sold and the house was trucked to McKendrie St. in the middle of the night on May 17, 1957. The move was no easy feat, as detailed in a San Jose Mercury News article titled "The Midnight Move", and movers struggled to place the house into its new lot with only 6 inches of clearance.

The home has been carefully maintained over the decades to preserve the Dutch Colonial Revival architecture which features a steeply pitched side-gambrel roof with three shed dormer windows and an elaborate front entry with a pitched roof supported by classical columns. Current owners Steve and Lisa Berry, friends of St. Martins, have invited Tea House guests to enjoy the spacious backyard that is overlooked by a balcony and three pitched-roof gables, and landscaped in a traditional style with a large brick patio and grass space, lined with meticulously manicured hedges, vines and trees. Ample seating for lunch will be located on the lawn, near the fountain and under the 40ft palm tree.

Revisit the Homes of 2018

Matt and Jenna Moore’s house was purchased by Matt’s parents and another couple in 1979, to use as a rental. In 2013, Matt, Jenna, and their Labrador and Husky moved in as the new renters. They fell in love with the neighborhood, but the original 1924 house with just two bedrooms and one small bathroom needed “a lot” of work.

Two months after moving in, they found out they were expecting their first daughter and decided the kitchen needed a garbage disposal, which led to a whole new kitchen. Once the kitchen was done, they decided that the home needed a full makeover, that they wanted a project, and that Pershing Ave. was the only place they wanted to call home. They purchased the house from the two couples who owned it at the time and embarked on their project.

They designed their current home to reflect their love of the East Coast and obsession with entertaining, as well as to accommodate their hope to expand their family further and their beloved pets. Construction took eleven months, and the now family of four and their two dogs moved in to their new home in September of 2017, after living in Scotts Valley during the rebuild. They continue to add special touches and customizations, which they know can’t be rushed!

Some of their favorite things about the home include the indestructible wood-look tile floors, reclaimed wood details inside and out of the home, using wood from the original house, the open floor plan and having closets! While they love the way the house came together, their favorite place to be is in the backyard, eating dinner in the outdoor kitchen on a gorgeous South Bay evening while visiting with loved ones.

When looking for a new family home in 1975, John and Antoinette “Toni” Heagerty came upon this beautiful gem in the Rose Garden. With school aged children at the time, Toni knew it was the perfect home to raise their family. Decades later, their children have grown, married and had children of their own, yet the Heagerty home is still a central point in the family’s life, hosting countless family dinners and celebrations.

Built in the 1930’s, this classic Cape Cod colonial style home is a reproduction of the original resident’s house in Bainbridge Island, Washington and their family home in Ellsworth, Maine. The formal living room features beam ceiling, walls of knotty pine, floor to ceiling custom bookshelves, period molding and signature windows. The house radiates timeless New England character and charm throughout.

The home has undergone two remodels since the Heagerty’s have lived here. In 1988, a family room was added to the back of the house, expanding the living space of the home. There are dual entrances from the family room to the mariners’ and garden patios, adding to the open feel of the home. More recently in 2017, the kitchen, master bedroom, bath and work study were remodeled. The original galley kitchen was expanded and updated, continuing to reflect the early 20th century charm while including 21st century functionality and technology. It includes expansive sea pearl quartzite granite surfaces and Brazilian cherry floor. The kitchen extends to the see-through full bar with custom cabinetry. In the work study the heavy, dark woods contrast with bright, signature small window panes, complementing the home’s classic look and feel with an abundance of light. The Heagerty family home is truly one for the ages.

This classic Hanchett Avenue home has been a labor of love for the current homeowners, Stephanie and Mike MacDonald. Originally built in 1926, previous owners completed some renovations to the home back in the 1980s to expand the square footage.

When the current homeowners purchased this home nearly 10 years ago, they sought to restore many original features and maintain the Tudor feel of the home. By echoing the 1920s details in the flooring and molding throughout the new construction, they have achieved a classic home with contemporary conveniences.

While personal stories and classic 1920s details punctuate the interior, it is the heirloom furniture that sets this home apart. The office desk chair is an antique, acquired from the Mission Santa Clara where the homeowners were married. The antique family pie safe cabinet in the living room has been in the homeowner’s family for generations.

This unique piece of history anchors the living room while complementing the room’s contemporary furniture. The homeowners themselves have lovingly restored many of these antique pieces by hand, including the table and hutch in the dining room. The classic interior of this home is enhanced by these personal touches and the restored furniture is updated to work perfectly with their design plan.

The home of David and Maureen Mewes is situated in the historic neighborhood of Shasta Hanchett Park. This classic Craftsman was built in 1915, with a second floor added 15 years ago.

The Mewes have beautifully maintained the home's original architectural details, while updating it to include today’s modern conveniences. Gorgeous, coved ceilings, paneled walls and built-in cabinets with original stained-glass doors all honor the turn of the century Craftsman style.

The home also includes striking design details, including gorgeous copper counter tops in the kitchen, newly renovated bathrooms, a spa-like master suite and spacious outdoor patios that overlook the citrus tree-lined backyard.

Maureen and Dave's latest endeavor was to renovate the landscaping in the front of the home, which has been updated with drought-tolerant plantings and low-flow irrigation as a nod to California's water conservation efforts. We're confident that a visit to this impeccably maintained property will inspire your next home upgrade.

This year’s Tea House, a San Jose City Landmark, is a Spanish revival master- piece located at 295 Sequoia Avenue. The original residence, built in 1914 as a single-story home, was purchased in 1924 by real estate developer and entrepreneur Anthony “Tony” Maderis. Upon purchase, Maderis took on extensive renovations to turn the single-story space into the stately two-story home that remains.

The elaborate details of this home, such as the full height arched windows, wrought iron work, and Spanish baroque relief work that surround the front entrance make it one of the most unique and recognizable homes in the Rose Garden.

Owners Larry Camuso and Kirk Wentland, friends of St. Martin’s, have spent decades restoring and maintaining this landmark home. Using historic photographs to keep their renovations authentic, they have restored the details lost to modernization over the years; details such as removing the newer aluminum windows and replacing them with the original vintage wavy glass windows of the time.

Their care of this historic property extends into the outdoor space, where Tea House guests will enjoy the meticulously kept gardens overlooked by the staircase tower, with its lancet windows and stained-glass inlays, and pool with colorful Spanish tile work.

Revisit the Homes of 2017

With both of their children off to college in 2013, the homeowners decided the time was right to find a new home to fit their new lifestyle as empty-nesters. Their previous home in Willow Glen was very traditional, so they were looking for something they could really make their own.

At first sight, this home more closely resembled what the homeowner describes as a "nice Tahoe cabin." With exposed wood ceiling beams, a huge silvery rock wall and a potbelly stove in the living room, the style was not what the homeowners were looking for but the openness and good bones of the home won them over. The homeowners spent two years struggling with different design ideas for the house, meanwhile beginning with a backyard update. On the verge of giving up and putting the house back on the market, they met with architect Marcy Mac Donough who came up with the winning plan. This new plan covered the beamed ceiling in the living room, added a pantry and laundry room off the kitchen, added an additional bedroom and turned an existing bedroom into the music room. They also moved the hallway to create a separate "wing" for the children or guests and to give the master bedroom two walk in closets.

With support from CMF Construction, the homeowners began an aggressive five-month renovation project, while living in the home, to turn it into the bright, open, and functional modern home it is today. The resulting house and yard fits the homeowners’ personalities perfectly – and is a welcoming home for their family and guests. The homeowners reflect, "It is amazing to see what we have accomplished since 2013 and we absolutely love our house, both inside and out."

This elegant residence was originally constructed in 1954 as a single story home. Since purchasing the home, the homeowners have served as their own design team, continually updating the home while partnering with Maggetti Construction. The main focal point as you enter the home is the glass railing adorning the staircase that leads to the second floor. This feature alone took eight months to engineer and construct, primarily due to angle of the stairs and slope of the glass. The ornate chandelier at the top of the stairs adds an element of complexity to the space, perfectly balancing the clean and modern feel of the staircase railing.

Sophisticated comfort is the theme for the master suite, which serves as one of the homeowners' favorite retreats. The oversized mirror and luxurious nightstands from Horchow add an air of relaxed refinement. A hand-crafted tile backsplash speaks to the homeowners' individuality while the heated tile floors create a luxurious and warm environment.

Maintaining the theme of maximizing natural light and openness, the doorway between the dining room and the kitchen was opened up, connecting the two spaces and reducing the dependency on artificial light. The two combined spaces flow effortlessly into the family room, creating a sense of connection to each of these unique areas. The importance of an effortless connection between indoor and outdoor living is evident as you move into the well-appointed backyard, which can be accessed both from the family room as well as the living room. A spacious, rectangular pool by Royal Pool Design and Hardscape, complete with both a Baja shelf and hot tub, is surrounded by a beautiful travertine deck punctuated by lounge chairs and umbrellas for a resort style feel.

The home of Marie and Richard Munley is a stunning Tudor Revival designed in 1919 by the renowned architects Wolfe and Higgins. The Munley's home is featured in the recently published book, Wolfe & Higgins Master Architects of the Spanish Revival, by Krista Van Laan.

The first of a handful of Tudor Revival homes built in the Rose Garden, the Munley's home has many unique features. The staircase in the entry with its angled newel post and rounded stairs, and the front doorway which is set in a beautiful arched entry, are favorite features of Wolfe & Higgins. The home is English in architecture with an interesting roofline. The façade is flat with symmetrical paired front gables.

The Munley's home is designated as a historical home in San Jose, and the Munley's have preserved the classic style of the original design since the home was purchased in 1977. A full remodel of the entire home was completed in 2015, including opening up the kitchen and pantry areas to create a very inviting and expansive living space.

Because of the historical designation, the remodel had to retain the original appearance and classic design of the exterior elevations. New windows and doors retained the original design. The original footprint was kept, including a built-in butler's buzzer on the dining room floor. They worked with a stellar team comprised of architect Lyle Mosher and builder Rose Construction.

The Munley's grandson, Jordan Sandoval, is a St. Martin's graduate of 2014.

Craig and Julie Paulsen moved to Morse Street 18 years ago when they were expecting their first child. In 2014, they were looking for a new home that was a bit larger for their family when this house came onto the market. Thrilled with the thought of staying in their same beloved neighborhood, Julie became a fixture at the open houses. She dragged her husband and friends through several visits to the home before they finally made an offer and it was accepted!

The Paulsen family lived in the home for a couple of years before they embarked on a major remodel. The first order of business was to change the layout of the second floor by removing one of the staircases, modifying the bedrooms and bathrooms, enlarging closets, adding new windows and walls in the sleeping porch, and incorporating an upstairs laundry room. Once the second floor remodel was completed, Craig and Julie started on the downstairs. They added on to the back of the home, creating a family room open to the kitchen, moved the bathroom, and added a mudroom. The family loves being outdoors and entertaining which was incorporated into the architectural design.

This 1918 home first appeared on the Rose Garden Home Tour about ten years ago. The Paulsen's, whose two boys graduated from St. Martin of Tours and now attend Bellarmine, wanted to open this home again in support of their boys' alma mater. Their hope was to create a house where everyone who visits feels welcomed, and at home.

When the Rainey family's backyard is not bustling with Homes Tour activity, it is bustling with sporting activities. Their 13-year-old son takes cuts in the outdoor batting cage, and their 16-year-old daughter practices her soccer skills. The Rainey's have a long history at St. Martin of Tours. Their daughter graduated in 2016, and their son will graduate in the Spring of 2018. Libbie, herself, has been involved in the Homes Tour for several years chairing other people's homes. This is the first time the roles are reversed. "It was our last year and how appropriate to be on the tour, now. It's been a good ending," says Libbie.

They also recently completed an extensive remodel which included the backyard. "There is not a lot a of room inside to entertain. We didn't want to knock down any interior walls, so we decided to push out the family room and create a bigger space to entertain outside."

The outdoor room is an all-season space. There are heat lamps to help stay warm in the winter, a fan to stay cool in the summer, and a 70" flat screen television to enjoy year-round. "The kids are getting older and we wanted a place for them to hang out. The outdoor room can be a kid zone or an adult zone. It can be whatever we want it to be," says Libbie.

And just a month ago, the last coat of paint was applied to the outdoor kitchen which was built by Antuzzi Concrete Designs -- just in time to host this year's Homes Tour Tea House and Boutique!