Posts Tagged ‘Morgan Hill’

$12,500 raised in 24 hours for local missing girl’s search

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Through the Intero agents and employees, Intero Real Estate Services was able to raise $12,500 in just 24 hours to go towards the search efforts for Sierra LaMar, the Morgan Hill teenager who went missing last week.

The 15 year old girl was abducted from her neighborhood on her way to catch the school bus.  Search parties have been out looking for her all week.

The contribution was presented to Mark Klass (Father of Polly Klaas) and The Klasskid Foundation on Thursday by Cathy Jackson, Intero Foundation President and Kathie Kingston, who headed up the campaign.  The Klaas Foundation is assisting the authorities in the search.  The money will go towards flying in professionals and experts, getting more search dogs, buying more walkie talkies and other need supplies as well as food for the search teams.

“The purpose of the Intero Foundations is to positively impact the well-being of the children in the communities we serve. I can’t think of anything more worthy and in line with our cause than this.” States Cathy Jackson.  “We’re just happy we could help.”

To help in the Search for Sierra LaMar, visit their facebook page

Review Marc Klass’ post on his blog, The Klaas Act, reviewing the moments yesterday both Cathy Jackson and Kathie Kingston came to donate the money collected.

For more information about the Intero Foundation, visit their website

One of a kind custom Mediterranean Estate in exclusive Paradise Valley


$6.5 million spectacular home nestled in Morgan Hill 

16370 Reynolds Drive is an architectural masterpiece and referred to as “Over the Top” one of a kind construction. Located in the most desirable street in exclusive Paradise Valley, this stunning home on 1.6 acres is the finest quality home to ever reach South County. Owners Sal and Becky envisioned a magnificent home with a mixture of rustic Old World and casual elegance. Realizing that they wanted only the finest materials and construction, they embarked upon building their dream home.

To further assist in their vision, Sal and Becky hired Michael Bonfante to design the fabulous gardens and landscape of this spectacular home. Michael is best known as the founder of Bonfante Gardens Theme Park in Gilroy and is also known as a well respected philanthropist and landscape designer. Michael’s inspiration and vision for the landscape design was to create two totally independent elements; the front yard and the back yard. The front yard feels dramatic and intimate. It creates an environment fit for family, friends or visiting political dignitaries. The backyard on the other hand provides a living experience and serves as a direct extension of the living space.

To create the lived in feel, Michael designed the landscape using over 100 types of trees including 39 different varieties. To further enhance the landscape he also brought in natural works of art in the form of large, unique rocks for personality, a natural waterfall cascading into the pool and a one of a kind custom designed gazebo. In addition multiple flower beds were also added for a touch of color throughout the yard. The landscape design ran close to ½ million for this perfect executive home.

Mitch Mazzetti Construction built this prestigious home and refers to it as the finest he has ever seen or even imagined. The views alone are amazing from this 5898 Sq. Ft. of living space plus an additional 1200 Sq. Ft. bonus room above the garage. Interior features include 4 luxurious bedroom suites and 5.5 baths adorned with stone and pewter vessel sinks, faux painting and marble floors. The kitchen is a master chef’s dream kitchen perfect for large families and entertaining complete with a large butler pantry, granite and marble counter tops, custom birch cabinets, stainless steel appliances and separate island with sink.

The extraordinary amenities extend all around starting with the state of the art wine cellar that accommodates 1200 bottles, old world stone floor, stone entrance and a separate A/C unit. This gorgeous home has solid hand scraped 8” old world walnut hardwood floors, soaring 14’-18’ ceilings, a layered lighting effect throughout the home and a dramatic dining room accented by custom chandeliers.

The exquisite exterior features include a gated front entrance that leads to an impressive driveway designed with 18,000 Sq. Ft. of natural pavers, copper exterior doors and windows, gorgeous stone patio, solar heated pool with spa and waterfall, a one of a kind custom antique slate roof and 2 separate 4+ car garages with custom 18” solid core doors, finished walls with recessed lighting, utility sink, granite counters and a craft area.

This is an exceptional South County home close to Silicon Valley but secluded in the country that combines elaborate exterior detailing from the superb landscaping to the details and custom design. Grand, yet livable interior, the home showcases the best of lasting and timeless design and craftsmanship.

Listing agent Pam Rodgers is a 34 year native of the Bay Area with experience in first time home buyers, upgrading or downsizing your home, investment property, 1031 exchanges, condos, town homes, apartment buildings or vacation homes. She also has over 25 years of marketing and advertising experience that will ensure you get the best value for your property through ads, flyers, virtual tours, the Internet and Open Houses. Pam’s guiding principles are trust, respect and integrity. Customer service is the single most important attribute that separates her from the rest. Ask anyone of her client’s and they will tell you no one will work harder for you than her. She strives to exceed your expectations by delivering top dollar for your property. Pam’s goal is to earn you as a customer for life.

For more information regarding 16370 Reynolds Drive, please contact Pam Rodgers at (408) 621-5646 or via email at

For additional property information and to view the virtual tour, please visit

Intero Foundation Supports Two Local Nonprofits in Morgan Hill


Two local nonprofits got some extra help this month thanks to a local nonprofit organization, The Intero Foundation. The Intero Foundation gave grants totaling $18,000 to Community Solutions and the Learning and Loving center. The grants will support the organization’s shared mission of providing help to children in need.

Community Solutions, a nonprofit organization based out of Morgan Hill, received $8,000. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive spectrum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and residential services to the communities of South Santa Clara County, South San Jose and San Benito County. The Learning and Loving, Education Center, also based out of Morgan Hill, is a non-profit educational project lead by the Sisters of the Presentation. The $10,000 grant they received will go towards the work of the Learning & Loving Education Center by providing educational opportunities and outreach to low-income immigrant women and their children who are living in south Santa Clara County of Northern California.

“In these challenging economic times, more and more people are in need of assistance and the Intero Foundation believes that by working together we can help solve these challenges,” said Russ Warrick, Realtor and Intero Morgan Hill Foundation representative. “We are proud to present a check for all the hard work these two wonderful organizations do to support the kids in our community.”

The Intero Foundation is a non–profit organization founded in 2003 that has raised more than $1.5 million to benefit children living in the communities we serve. The Intero Foundation is funded, promoted and governed by the real estate agents at Intero Real Estate services.  All members of the Intero community – executives, staff and agents – donate their time to further the Foundation’s mission.

To date, the Intero Foundation has lent its support to over 70 local charities – organizations that range in size and mission, but all work to positively impact the growth and well being of children by enhancing their education and personal development.

Move over Los Gatos – Morgan Hill: Quaint – Yet Progressive


3rdstreet250Over the next five years downtown Morgan Hill will be undergoing significant changes to become more vibrant and active – to serve as the true hub of our community.  The Morgan Hill Redevelopment Agency will invest $40 million in downtown to improve parking, lighting, landscaping, infrastructure (water/sewer/utility undergrounding), and expand public art and cultural activities.

The first major project is the Third Street Promenade.  Over the last four months, Third Street has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare between Monterey and Depot Streets, featuring:

  • wide sidewalks
  • decorative street furniture & art
  • pedestrian scaled lighting
  • street trees and landscaping.

It is envisioned that Third Street will become a place where Morgan Hill residents and those in surrounding communities will want to come to for dining, shopping, mingling, relaxing and enjoyment of outdoor entertainment.

What? Los Gatos without the traffic and congestion?  Come visit us and see for yourself!

High Scores in Morgan Hill’s Public Elementary Schools


mhlogoThe Academic Performance Index (API) is the State of California’s current solution for measuring how schools have performed academically over the past year.  Granted, the system’s formula is anything but perfect – not taking into consideration the number of new less-experienced teachers replacing a growing number of retirees. Or the fact that more “creative” classroom curriculums think outside of the box, not always teaching state prescribed materials.

OK, with that being said, how did Morgan Hill’s public schools stack up?

Of the ten public elementary schools none scored below an API of 723 (1) and five of the ten achieved scores of 794 (1) to over a commendable 801 – 881(4). Terrific!!

Along with extensive city youth recreation programs – including Pony Baseball, Pop Warner Football, soccer, swimming, and SVCA basketball – complimenting our many parks and recreation facilities, our Morgan Hill schools rock too!!

Ask yourself one question:

“How valuable is my kid’s growing up environment?”

If your answer is what mine is Morgan Hill can be “THE” answer!  Raise your children in the wholesome family oriented community of Morgan Hill!  We did and have no regrets and many fond memories.

Where do my kids and their kids (my grandchildren) live?

Morgan Hill, silly!

Where in the World is Holiday Lake Estates?

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Located in the east foothills above Lake Anderson, in Morgan Hill, CA lies a community like none other in Santa Clara County.  Holiday Lake Estates consists of just over 500 custom homes each situated on approximately ½ to 1 acre.  Most homes in Holiday are late 70’s vintage however with many homeowners updating and remodeling as of late, Holiday Lake Estates is taking on a new fresh look! Many newer customs have been built in the past decade as well.

Holiday homes are situated in a wooded riparian setting, with many homes enjoying lake frontage. Most homes boast grand views of Lake Anderson and the foothills that one can almost reach out and touch!

Holiday enjoys great community spirit as well. They share community events that range from summertime “Movies in the Meadow” to the annual picnic. Walking, jogging, and biking are daily events in Holiday Lake Estates.

Take Highway 101 to East Dunne Avenue exit – head east and follow the signs to Lake Anderson and enter this wonderful magical place just through the stone gates bearing its namesake.

“Why didn’t I know about this place before?” might occur to you as you drive through the private roads that amble through the oak groves. Oh, be careful of the wildlife because deer, quail and turkeys abound!

Who knows you might even run into Ralph, a resident for over thirty-five years! Why move when every day is a holiday!