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A t the end of the scenic Redwood Retreat Road in Gilroy’s west foothills, sits a lovely old house that seems to have let time pass it by. It has the character and historical feel that lends itself to an old-fashioned Christmas like no modern home can. And, it is the TODAY Christmas house for this holiday season and the home of Teri Nelson and Steve Smith. gmh The History The property was homesteaded by Charles Sanders in 1863. His two sons Wilburn and Irville built the Redwood Retreat Resort in 1891. It was a grand structure that could accommodate 44 guests in 20 rooms. It included a swimming pool and lawn tennis court. From the retreat, guests could fi sh in the creek on the property, hike the many nearby trails, rest and refresh. On weekends they hosted a dance in the nearby converted prune shed. The 1800’s metaphysical resort was a popular destination until it burned to the ground on the 4th of July in 1908. After that, the Sanders family built a small clubhouse and dining room and a few cabins for visitors. Some of the cabins remain today but the clubhouse became the modern day Red House. on Redwood Retreat Road Written By Larry J. Mickartz GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN Today After a period of neglect and several renovations it is a charming two-bedroom two-bath home with an adjacent bedroom and offi ce cottage. Teri Nelson, well-known Intero Realtor and TODAY contributor, moved into the home a little over a year ago. Last September, she NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 gmh 53