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Habing children and one of Andrea and her two sisters, as children, completes the space. The kitchen/dining 1960s era dark cabinets are gone, making way for a modern open concept kitchen so popular today. Under the window, where the front door used to be, is a long granite counter by Superior Stone of Gilroy that serves as an office and music station. The farm- house style sink and large island create a spacious, easy place for gatherings, food prep and family dining. From the TV area one enters another comfortable and covered outside seating area decorated with whimsy and elegance. Beyond are the pool and out door seating areas. There are three bedrooms, the master and two guest rooms. One of the rooms has become the “everything” room…wine storage, exercise equipment, collection display and small office. The master is complete with an en-suite and faces the pool area. A side door leads to a nice, relaxing side yard, vegetable garden and pool access. Andrea points out that the house is very animal friendly, for which their three small dogs, Lulu, Lola and Linus, are very thankful. In the backyard, a pool — put in by Charlie Quaterolle back in the 60’s — stands in front of a small playhouse that GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 was built by Andrea’s grandfather when she was five. She says the space has been used for many things — a playhouse, changing room and a rock shop back in the days when she had a Poppy Jasper and rock collection which she would sell to the neighbors. Another covered outside dining/BBQ area finishes off the yard. Next on the Habing to-do list is the remodel of the backyard. Karen Aitken of Aitken Associates Landscape Architects is working with them to transform the original backyard into an entertainment oasis complete with spa and multiple sitting areas. The Habing home is a comfort- able and elegant home with multiple gathering spots inside and out. There is a welcoming feeling to this place…or as Andrea likes to say, “It feels good to come home.” 57