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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project


John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating the anniversary of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project are, from left, front row: Greg Hoblit, Dude Angius, Mary Prochnow and Robin Young. Back: Greg Betts, Joe Renati, Roy Lave, Bob Berka, Dic...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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The fix is in Los Altos remodel keeps modern family in mind


Ellie Van houtte/ Town Crier
Nadine and Aaron Matityahu transformed an Eastwood Drive house from dated ranch to modern family style.

Nadine and Aaron Matityahu purchased a “fixer” – her term – on Eastwood Drive in Los Altos last year with the intention of downsizing.

The prospect of remodeling the dated ranch-style house didn’t faze them because they have either built or remodeled every home they’ve lived in since their marriage in 1956 – including their “too big” home just off Mora Drive.

“After buying the house on Eastwood and listing our house for sale, we were begged by our 7-year-old granddaughter Erika not to sell,” Nadine said. “She is such a sweet and very articulate child. It really got to us, and we decided not to move.”

Instead, the Matityahus hired architects Amnon Levy and Avi Agasi of Ashford Associates in Palo Alto and went to work on plans to remodel and sell the Eastwood house.

“We saw the potential of the property with its creek setting, great neighborhood and excellent school district,” said Nadine, a broker associate with Coldwell Banker in Los Altos whose passion is remodeling.

She and Aaron, a retired realtor, approached the project as though they were going to live in the house themselves.

“I was 100 percent involved,” she said. “The idea was to create a custom home that would fit into the neighborhood and yet be unique.”

“We used a blend of Arts and Crafts and Contemporary to rejuvenate the ranch style,” Agasi said. “The new facade is distinguished by arborlike structures which emphasize the house is in a garden. And plants can grow and adorn it.”

First impression

The landscaping and fencing are what make the first impression. The house is on a corner lot with a curved fence wrapping it on the right side. Low, curved stone walls in the front and back mimic the fence and portion the front and back lots.

The fence, gazebo and outdoor wood decorations are stained cedar.

They planted a green wall around the front lot perimeter before starting the remodel to enable the plants to grow while rebuilding the house. Some, such as lavender and Queen Palm, are drought resistant.

In the back, a split-rail fence replaced the 6-foot fence so that the Permanente Creek bed became part of the yard.

Consequently, the back of the house is a wall of glass.

“It’s almost like a nursery,” Agasi said.

The stone-lined dry creeks or wells in front and back were installed to collect rain and landscaping runoff – practical and aesthetic touches.

Grassy knolls and a circular driveway in front complete the outdoor picture.

Spacious intimacy

Indoors, from the new vaulted entryway, the home opens up to reveal spacious living areas that maintain a feeling of intimacy because of ceiling treatments. The 3,600-square-foot house has four bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

The architects worked with the existing footprint, added a vaulted-ceiling family room and redefined and expanded the interior. All walls were taken down to the studs. New wiring, plumbing, windows, roof and stucco contributed to the house meriting a green certification from the city.

Dramatic skylights in the open kitchen illuminate the large, multilevel granite island that houses a wine cooler. Other features include Caesarstone countertops, a mother-of-pearl backsplash and custom walnut cabinetry.

The open dining room adjacent to the kitchen sports an oval coffered ceiling and built-in walnut cabinets for display and storage.

The formal living room boasts a vaulted ceiling and opens to the backyard. Its statement-making gas fireplace highlights a distinctive straight line of fire in a bed of crystals.

In lieu of walk-in closets in the master suite, there is a wall of European-style built-in wardrobe closets and drawers. The master bath has a skylight, freestanding oval tub, dual vanity, glass-enclosed shower and towel warmers.

Nadine said she designed the house with the busy modern family in mind. Among the byproducts are a mudroom and a shoe closet.

“In my experience in seeing so many homes, usually shoes are stored in the bedroom closets, which is not very healthful, or they are left by the door. I decided to build a shoe closet in the entryway for storing all the family shoes, and a mudroom off the garage for backpacks and coats for after school,” she said. “I wanted to build a house that would feel good to come home to – one with lots of light and windows to bring the outdoors in. No messy clothes in walk-ins. No shoes or bags to pick up after the kids. A home with the best of everything.”

For a virtual tour of the house, visit www.BuchananAnd Bowen.com.


Eastwood Drive Home - Images by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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