Sponsored: Campbell charmer features hardwood floors, sweet sunroom

The Campbell home's living room features a gas fireplace with stone surround and large windows.

This charming home in a desirable tree-lined Campbell neighborhood features many upgrades and stylish finishes.

The lovely and tranquil setting also features a deep setback with front garden and curb appeal.

Located off San Tomas Expressway with convenient access to Highway 85 and Highway 17, this single-family home at 2330 Maximilian Drive features more than 1,540 square feet of living space including 1,244-plus square feet in the main house, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and an additional 296-plus-square-foot sunroom.

Refinished hardwood floors flow through the home and recessed lighting and elegant crown molding add to the ambience.

From the entry you can enter the spacious kitchen updated with granite slab counters, lots of cabinetry with pull-out shelving, front facing window and stainless appliances, including a Bosch dishwasher and Frigidaire range with hood, stainless sink and nearby pantry.

The Campbell home’s living room features a gas fireplace with stone surround and large windows.

The dining area is centrally located and is open to the living room where there is a gas fireplace with stone surround and large windows.

The sunroom adds to the home’s entertaining space with peaceful views of the garden.

Glass pocket doors slide open to the step-down sunroom and fabulous flexible space with laminate flooring and ceiling fan.

Connect to the backyard space through two sliding glass doors and enjoy a large brick patio, lawn and pathway through garden beds filled with lush foliage and roses.

If you’re a gardener, this sunny yard offers a large brick patio, lawn and pathway through garden beds of lush foliage and roses.

The master bedroom also has hardwood flooring and large closet. The updated bathroom features a stylish free-standing vanity with quartz counter, polished chrome fixtures, tile flooring, and large stall shower with tile surround, decorative glass tile accents, pebbled floor, and handheld and rain shower heads.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


NorCal’s first Hello Kitty Mini Cafe coming to San Jose

Sanrio has taken note of all you folks waiting in line in San Jose to buy treats when the Hello Kitty cafe truck has made twice-yearly visits.

The company announced Monday that it will open Northern California’s first Hello Kitty Mini Cafe — a pop-up with a limited run — at Santana Row.

A Friday, June 22, opening is slated for the Park Valencia area of the center, with grand opening festivities planned throughout the weekend. Daily giveaways will include free beverages and small gifts with purchase for the first 50 customers.

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“We have seen great success and high demand from fans of all ages enjoying the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, Pop-Up Container and Mini Cafe concepts,” David Marchi, Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing at Sanrio, said in a statement.

Details: https://www.sanrio.com/pages/hellokittycafe

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3 fun things to do in Laguna Beach that aren’t Pageant of the Masters

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This Orange County coastal hamlet is internationally known for its Pageant of the Masters, the performance extravaganza that literally brings art to life. But there is so much more to see and do when you’re visiting Laguna Beach, from sun and surf to even more art. Here are three favorites.

Explore a tide pool

At low tide, docents on Main Beach and Treasure Cove help direct you to brittle stars, sea anemones, tube worms and other amazing sea life. You can pick up a free laminated guide at the Laguna Beach Visitors Center, too; www.visitlagunabeach.com.

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Stroll the Sawdust Festival

Summer in Laguna Beach is synonymous with this art festival, now in its 52nd year and featuring 200 local artists in ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry and more. June 29-Sept. 2; https://sawdustartfestival.org.

Skimboard a cove

The sport of skimboarding began in Laguna Beach in the 1920s, when lifeguards first used flat boards made of wood to glide across the water’s surface and meet an incoming wave. Watch professional skimboarders regularly at Victoria or 1000 Steps beaches or take a class through Solag Skim School; …read more

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5 great California arts festivals

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You’ve cavorted at Pageant of the Masters and museum-hopped across the Los Angeles basin. What now? Here are five more cool California festivals that celebrate art, architecture, film and literature.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Its proximity to Hollywood has always made this city a favorite hangout for starlets and celebrities. So it’s little wonder that Oscar front-runners flock to its film festival, with 200-plus film screenings that typically include 45 world premieres. It’s catnip to the festival’s 92,000 fans, too. The 11-day festival typically runs from late January into February, and tickets go on sale in July. Details: http://sbiff.org


The largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, San Francisco’s nine-day Litquake celebrates literature of every variety with a lineup that typically includes nearly 200 readings, interactive workshops and quirky literary events in expected and unexpected venues — bookshops, museums and cafes, but also bars, barbershops and erotica boutiques. Litquake will be Oct. 11 to 20 this year. Details: www.litquake.org

Palm Springs Modernism Week

This celebration of midcentury architecture, design and culture consumes the city each February with more than 350 events, ranging from midcentury modern-inspired parties to architecture tours, design panels, a Modernism Week Show House and the festival’s signature double-decker bus tour — all the better to peek over the hedges of architecturally significant homes. The 2019 festival will be Feb. 14-24. Tickets for the fall preview, a mini-Modernism Week held Oct. 18-21, go on sale Aug. 1. www.modernismweek.com

Napa Valley Film Festival

This five-day film, food and wine festival, which typically includes 180 film screenings, plus culinary demonstrations, wine tastings and plenty of movie-star sightings, has been ranked one of the nation’s top 10 film festivals by …read more

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