Gilroy Today 2012 12 Winter - Page 32

O n a quiet road back in the west foothills sits a 107-year-old house and some guest cottages. The “Red House” was built in 1905 after the 20 room Victorian lodge burned down in 1904. This area on Redwood Retreat Road was a favored place for Bay Area Victorians seeking a little metaphysical rest and relaxation. This old house has many stories to tell but at Christmas time it comes alive with a very personal family tradition. Shirley and John Huyett are transplants, having moved here a little over two years ago. At the time they had a Wendy’s Restaurant in the East Bay and in Salinas. They have since sold the East Bay restaurant. They needed a home between the two. John spotted a Craigslist posting for the “Red House”, was the first person to see it at 8:00 one morning and immediately put a deposit down. Both Shirley and John grew up in old warm houses with lots of people and history attached to the dwellings. When they Home for the Holidays 32 G I L R O Y T O D A Y W I N T E R / H O L I D A Y 2 0 1 2