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V icki Martin wasn’t looking to purchase an older home when a realtor friend of hers insisted that she see a house previously owned by Maureen and Fred Upton on prestigious Princevalle Street in Gilroy. When she saw it, she fell in love with its old world charm. She purchased this beautiful Spanish Mission-style home a year and a half ago. The home was originally built in 1932 and was the first house build on this block of remarkable homes. Most of the interior and the clay tile roof are original. Vicky loves history and antiques, which is evident in the current décor of the home. It sits on a large 9310 square foot lot with a pool, cabana, and a garage with alley access. The home itself is 2613 square feet, two-stories plus a basement. As you enter the front door, you quickly realize the homeowner and the house are a good combination. Vickie has populated this home with a remarkable collection of antiques, art deco pieces, furnishings and art that complement the unique architecture. The house has plaster barrel ceilings, arched door- ways, period light fixtures, multiple built-ins, and well-maintained moldings. Most rooms are painted white which further complements the beautiful furnishings. The living room just off the entrance has an original fireplace with unique glazed tiles and an open-barrel ceiling. The furnishings and the architecture of this spacious room transport the guest into another time and space. It is contemporary and historical at the same time, yet it also communicates a peaceful, relaxed vibe. Across from the living room is a well- balanced dining room. A swinging door heads into the kitchen, which was renovated by the previous owners. The open kitchen features custom wood cabinetry and a hammered nickel sink in the island. A stained glass addition to the former laundry room serves as the pantry. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN april/may 2019 81