Artist's watercolor of the house on the hill. My realtor Mary Jane presented it to me after I bought the house in Feb 2004.
I saw this house first when I started house shopping in Dec 2003. I took this on the rainy day in January 2004 when I put in an offer on the house, after deciding that you *can* buy the first house you see.
The house from Hiller. This view from the side shows how deceptively small the house looks from the street (see above). The house under construction beside it was finally completed and went on the market in Feb 2005.
My driveway is at 916' above sea level. The bottom of the lot on Hiller is at 814' above sea level, a 102' elevation change. This picture was taken after I had a fence installed in May 2004, before we cleared brush and a large pine (fire hazard).
The trail work was finished in Oct 2004. My lot includes the back half of the lot next door and is .6/acre, very large for the city.
The patio and porches from down the hill during construction of the trail.
Unix in the back yard, summer 2004.
The trail during construction. We installed about 1/2 mile of trails.
Unix on the track of one of her pet varmints.
The view west from the upper back yard.
The sculpture, "Plenty," is one of my sister Julie's, cut from a 1300-pound block of rose Portuguese marble. No, I don't imagine anyone will steal it; finished weight is a little over 1100 pounds.
Unix in the cool shade of the front turret, summer 2005.
I planted several varieties of coreopsis, a California drought-resistant native, to run down the steps to the base of the house. On the right the steps are lined with olive trees.
The neighbor's rock garden and my California poppies blend our yards together.
The summer in full bloom.
In the median is California sage and several varieties of Erysimum (wallflower), all natives and drought resistant.
A sunset view from the upper patio, December 2004.
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