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Home front: make ornaments, soda bread or take a gardening class


A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including a Hidden Villa ornament class or a workshop on making espaliers.

MAKE ORNAMENTS ... It's never too late to add ornaments to your tree. Come to Hidden Villa Farm on Saturday, Dec. 23, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. to make ornaments from natural materials. The program is covered by your entrance fee. Hidden Villa Farm is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. For more information, go to hiddenvilla.org.

MARKET REPORT ... According to a new report from Coldwell Banker, the Silicon Valley luxury-home market saw a rise in both total sales and the median sales price in November year-over-year. A total of 68 residential properties priced $3 million and higher were sold last month, a 58 percent increase from 43 sales in November 2016 and up from 54 closings in October 2017. The median price for luxury properties sold in November rose to $3.633M from $3.550M in November of 2016, a gain of 2.3 percent. The price was also up from $3.6225M in October 2017. The data is based on sales transactions recorded in Santa Clara County by the Multiple Listing Service. Sales in the upper end of the market remained steady. Of the luxury home sales in November2017, 34 were homes priced $4 million and higher, a rise from only 20 in the prior year’s month and 18 in October 2017. The most expensive home sale in Silicon Valley in November was a 5,440-square-foot home in Los Altos with four bedrooms and five baths that brought in $18.6M after 53 days on the market.

MAKE IRISH SODA BREAD ... If you'd like to learn something easy to bake, come to Hidden Villa Farm on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon and learn to bake Irish soda bread, a simple, no-knead loaf that's ready to eat in an hour. You can add cheese, herbs, spices, fruit or nuts to this basic recipe, as well as whole-grain and gluten-free variations. Cost is $20 per person, age limit is 13 and up. To register, go to hiddenvilla.org. Hidden Villa Farm is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

LEARN HOW TO ESPALIER ... Have you ever wanted to learn how to get a plant to grow up a wall in an espalier? Lyngso Garden Materials will offer a clinic on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon on "The Art of Espalier." Instructor Arnie Cortez will address how to grow the two-dimensional form of an espalier, either for fruit, hedges or for decorative purposes. He will demonstrate the key elements of aesthetic and bonsai-style pruning. Lyngso Garden Materials is located at 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos. To register, go to lyngsogarden.com.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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