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Work, School, Schedules, Projects….  Life in Silicon Valley is fast paced and a little crazy at times.  Adding a house move to the mix can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. We’re lifestyle designers, we help busy people reconnect with their families, engage in their community and achieve their financial goals by investing […]

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Flip Your Own Home!

Transform your home with careful investments to receive maximum return. We can assist in the planning, preparation, and execution of quick and affordable home improvements to enhance your home’s best features and provide the greatest ROI. We will help you get your home ready to sell for top dollar in the shortest timeframe – with […]

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Sale Pending: 7073 Via Blanca

7073 Via Blanca, San Jose 95139 SALE PENDING Newly updated and refreshed Santa Teresa home located on a quiet cul-de-sac. New modern flooring throughout, fresh paint, and remodeled kitchen and baths. Light and bright great room with soaring ceilings and stunning fireplace. Loft with office area, reading nook, and small bedroom/playroom. The remodeled kitchen and open dining area overlook the backyard pool. […]

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Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, we are highlighting sustainable landscaping – check out the Slater Thomson Team’s Sustainable Landscaping Guide to see how you can incorporate these practices at home to help save water, resources, money, and the environment! Also check out our Sustainable Landscaping Pinterest® Board for creative ideas on how to incorporate native plants and green living into your […]

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The 2016 Pantone Color Of The Year

A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919) have been chosen as the 2016 Pantone® Color of the Year. Rose Quartz is a gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the […]

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Intero Prestigio: Luxury Homes

Intero Prestigio International is a division of Intero Real Estate Services focusing on the finest and most exclusive homes in Silicon Valley and surrounding areas. Each issue of Prestigio’s bi-monthly virtual magazine features over 60 pages of beautiful luxury properties. The magazine has developed a global following and reaches readers in many parts of the world including […]

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Gail & Stephen’s Remodel Vlog

About a year ago, we began a total remodel on our Blossom Manor home in Los Gatos. We are happy to announce that it’s just about finished (or at least just about livable)! Check out our Home Remodel Project Playlist on the Slater Thomson YouTube Channel that follows our remodeling process all the way from demolition to the finished product […]

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Flip Your Own Home!

by Gail Thomson on May 2, 2016

in Blog

Transform your home with careful investments to receive maximum return. We can assist in the planning, preparation, and execution of quick and affordable home improvements to enhance your home’s best features and provide the greatest ROI. We will help you get your home ready to sell for top dollar in the shortest timeframe – with the least amount of stress and inconvenience to you. Learn how to flip your own home with the help of the Slater Thomson Team.

 

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Sale Pending: 7073 Via Blanca

by Gail Thomson on April 30, 2016

in Blog,Featured Listings

7073 Via Blanca, San Jose 95139

SALE PENDING

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Newly updated and refreshed Santa Teresa home located on a quiet cul-de-sac. New modern flooring throughout, fresh paint, and remodeled kitchen and baths. Light and bright great room with soaring ceilings and stunning fireplace. Loft with office area, reading nook, and small bedroom/playroom. The remodeled kitchen and open dining area overlook the backyard pool.

Offered at $775,000

  • 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths
  • Approx. 1,796 Square Ft.
  • 6,500 Square Ft. Lot with Pool
  • 2-Car Attached Garage
  • Remodeled Kitchen and Bathrooms
  • New Flooring Throughout
  • New Interior and Exterior Paint
  • Quiet cul-de-sac location
  • Morgan Hill Schools: Los Paseos Elementary, Martin Murphy Middle, Ann Sobrato High

Please contact Stephen and Gail for more information:

Stephen cell: (408) 603-3296
Office: (408) 357-5720
Team@SlaterThomson.com
 

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Happy Earth Day!

by Gail Thomson on April 22, 2016

in Blog

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 11.03.42 AMIn honor of Earth Day, we are highlighting sustainable landscaping – check out the Slater Thomson Team’s Sustainable Landscaping Guide to see how you can incorporate these practices at home to help save water, resources, money, and the environment!

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Also check out our Sustainable Landscaping Pinterest® Board for creative ideas on how to incorporate native plants and green living into your home and outdoor spaces.

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The 2016 Pantone Color Of The Year

by Gail Thomson on December 16, 2015

in Blog

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A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919) have been chosen as the 2016 Pantone® Color of the Year.

Rose Quartz is a gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation.

In the words of Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone® Color Institute: “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

What is the Color of the Year? 

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association. In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

Ways to Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Home

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle. These tones can be incorporated into designs throughout the home with accents, accessories, or paint. Below are some suggested color pairings.

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Thinking of making some updates but unsure of where to start, what colors to choose, or how to prioritize? Give us a call – we’re happy to offer advice, design ideas and examples, or just provide a valuation of what your home might be worth.

408-357-5720 or Team@SlaterThomson.com

View our Pinterest for more ideas on home design, decor, and how to incorporate the 2016 Color of the Year into your home.

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Intero Prestigio: Luxury Homes

by Gail Thomson on August 3, 2015

in Blog

Intero Prestigio International is a division of Intero Real Estate Services focusing on the finest and most exclusive homes in Silicon Valley and surrounding areas. Each issue of Prestigio’s bi-monthly virtual magazine features over 60 pages of beautiful luxury properties. The magazine has developed a global following and reaches readers in many parts of the world including China, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada.

The Slater Thomson Team will work with you to discover your ideal Bay Area luxury home. By choosing us you can rest assured we will take the time to thoroughly understand your needs as a homebuyer, assist you in searching for the perfect home, and guide you through the complete transaction. Take a look to find inspiration for your dream home, then contact us to get your search started!

Intero Prestigio International Virtual Magazine: Issue 18

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Intero Prestigio International Virtual Magazine: Issue 17

The April-May 2015 Prestigio magazine featured our stunning Los Gatos listing on the cover!

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Luxury Homes in Los Gatos

by Gail Thomson on April 1, 2015

in Featured Images,Neighborhoods

Recently listed as the 6th most expensive place to buy property in the USA, you can imagine that Los Gatos has plenty of luxury properties to offer those looking for that little bit more.

Intero Prestigio International is a division of Intero Real Estate Services focusing on the finest and most exclusive homes in Silicon Valley and surrounding areas. Each issue of Prestigio’s bi-monthly virtual magazine features over 70 pages of beautiful luxury properties. The magazine has developed a global following and reaches readers in many parts of the world including China, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada.

The Slater Thomson Team will work with you to discover your ideal Bay Area luxury home. By choosing us you can rest assured we will take the time to thoroughly understand your needs as a homebuyer, assist you in searching for the perfect home, and guide you through the complete transaction. Take a look to find inspiration for your dream home, then contact us to get your search started!

Intero Prestigio International Virtual Magazine: Issue 21

Prestigio Magazine 21

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Intero Prestigio International Virtual Magazine: Issue 17

The April-May 2015 Prestigio magazine featured our stunning Los Gatos listing on the cover!

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Blossom Hill Manor

by Gail Thomson on January 16, 2015

in Featured Images,Neighborhoods

Ext 1Blossom Hill Manor, Blossom Manor or simply “The Manor” is wonderful family neighborhood situated on the east side of Los Gatos bordered by Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos Boulevard, Los Gatos Almaden Road and Longwood Drive. Take a stroll through the neighborhood and you’ll see a variety of well kept ranch homes and remodeled traditional style homes.

The Stonehedge Swim Club serves some of the homes in the neighborhood, depending on the home’s location and membership availability.

blossom hill school 2Proximity to the wonderful Blossom Hill SchoolKings Court shopping center, and many parks and other amenities makes this neighborhood very popular with families.

To find homes available in The Manor feel free to contact us.  We have been Manor residents for ten years and would be happy to show you around the neighborhood and answer any questions.

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Gail & Stephen’s Remodel Vlog

by Gail Thomson on January 14, 2015

in Blog,Home Improvement

About a year ago, we began a total remodel on our Blossom Manor home in Los Gatos. We are happy to announce that it’s just about finished (or at least just about livable)!

Check out our Home Remodel Project Playlist on the Slater Thomson YouTube Channel that follows our remodeling process all the way from demolition to the finished product reveal! You can also view individual videos below.

GAIL & STEPHEN HOME REMODEL VIDEOS:

PART 1: June 20th, 2014: The Beginning 

PART 2: June 27th, 2014: Stripped to the Bones

PART 3: July 11th, 2014: Danger Zone

PART 4: July 20th, 2014: Mapping it Out

PART 5: July 29th, 2014: Plumbing Progress

PART 6: September 20th, 2014: Taking Shape

PART 7: October 16th, 2014: Framing Progress

PART 8: January 9th, 2015: Floors & Windows

PART 9: February 6th, 2015: Pre-Insulation

PART 10: February 12th, 2015: Floors & Windows

PART 11: February 27th, 2015: Coming Together

PART 12: March 5th, 2015: Tile Installation & Sliding Glass Doors 

PART 13: April 10th, 2015: The End is in Sight! 

Thinking of a remodel or home renovation but unsure of where to start? Feel free to let us know, we are always happy to share ideas, advice, or answer any questions you have about home upgrades (including what to do and what NOT to do)!

Cheers! Gail & Stephen

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Historic Almond Grove District

by Gail Thomson on December 23, 2014

in Neighborhoods

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 4.33.11 PMThe Almond Grove District is a historic residential neighborhood located near (and in) downtown Los Gatos that was, yes, a former almond orchard. The borders are generally considered to be from Saratoga-Los Gatos Road (Highway 9) to Bean Avenue and from North Santa Cruz Avenue to Glen Ridge Avenue.

Almond Grove is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and was created in 1887 by Los Gatos town fathers John Bean, Alphonse Wilder, Augustine Nicholson, Fen Massol and Captain Magnus Tait (hence the streets Bean Avenue, Wilder Avenue, Nicholson Avenue, Massol Avenue, and Tait Avenue). This neighborhood is known for its classic Victorian architecture, and there are many homes that were built before 1895 and are still standing.

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Over a century later, Almond Grove remains a highly popular neighborhood due to it’s close proximity to downtown Los Gatos, beautiful historic homes, scenic tree-lined streets, and community atmosphere. Homeowners take pride in the appearance of their property and are known for over the top holiday decorating.

Remodeling can be a challenge due to historical preservation rules, and many of the older homes do not include garages. However, the Almond Grove District is a wonderful Los Gatos neighborhood with great charm and character. To find homes available in this area or if you have any questions about the neighborhood please feel free to contact us.

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Shannon & Hillbrook Farms

by Gail Thomson on December 17, 2014

in Featured Images,Neighborhoods

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 5.33.39 PMThe Shannon area of Los Gatos refers to the neighborhoods clustered around Shannon Road in the east side of Los Gatos, bordered by Englewood Avenue, Kennedy Road, Short Road and Blossom Hill Road.

Shannon Road starts at Los Gatos Boulevard in town and heads East over the Blossom Hill Road towards Almaden Valley where it comes to an end at Hicks Road.

Similar to Blossom Hill Manor, this neighborhood is popular due to its proximity to distinguished Los Gatos schools, parks, and shopping along with beautiful homes and streets. Blossom Hill Park and Baggerly Field are located in the heart of this area while Kings Court and Blossom Hill Shopping centers line the border to the west.

To find homes for sale in the hill area of Shannon Road please contact us.

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