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Los Gatos Thrash House Earns National Awards

Restored historic mansion on Los Gatos Boulevard wins design accolades.

The recently renovated Thrash House, 367 Los Gatos Blvd., built in 1902 by Peter Rasmussen, has won accolades in the categories of “best custom home,” “best kitchen design” and “best renovated or restored single house” at the 49th annual Gold Nugget awards.

The beautiful mansion, also known as the Rasmussen House, was recognized as a work of art during the Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference in San Francisco June 27-28.

The Gold Nugget awards are the industry’s oldest and most prestigious design awards in the nation, open to builders, developers, architects and land planners with projects in the country and world, according to a press release issued by builder Robson Properties.

The awards also recognize those who improve communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development, according to the release.

The team honored for the special awards included builder and developer Robson Properties, Inc., architect Sal Caruso of Salvatore Caruso Design Corporation, and interior designer Marie Peterson of Chelsea Court Designs in Los Gatos.

Los Gatos considers the 5,425-square-foot Thrash House a historic treasure, according to the property's marketing brochure.

It's reminiscent of the time when mansions lined Los Gatos Boulevard into town. It also serves as an example of early 20th-century neoclassical architecture and is listed in the town's historic resources inventory, the brochure said.

The Gold Nugget judges panel issued glowing comments about the home: “Thrash House is a lovingly—nay, obsessively!--restored old home that the entire jury was smitten by. Painstaking attention includes… molding, and window detail restored to their former glory, underscoring the sustainable mindset that was evident throughout this mindful remodel. Thrash House’s updated bathrooms and kitchen are deluxe and comfortable, and its light, bright interior spaces give a fresh look at what a grand old restored craftsman can be. Thrash House is remodeling done right, doffing a cap to tradition with a respectful and discerning eye.”

The home is on the market for $4.7 million by Don Knight, with . Details: 408-313-2191 or dknight@apr.com.

Mike Calahan July 18, 2012 at 03:09 PM
That's one beautiful house. I love that they built the garage in a carriage house style.
AR July 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
it will be difficult to reconcile the home's astronomical price with the traffic and noise of los gatos blvd, which is starting to remind me of university ave in palo alto - gorgeous homes, but the street has become a virtual freeway
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Hi AR, just found out from Robson Properties that the home is on the market for $4.725 million. I wonder if it's priced right ... honestly I have no clue in this area and would need to speak to other realtors. What should a house like this on the Boulevard be worth?
Jane Darwin July 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I am just so glad to see this beautiful home restored. It was such an eye-sore and didn't deserve to be one. What ever it sells for I hope the people appreciate this incredible home.
Justine Geiszler July 18, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Totally agree with you. The house is GORGEOUS, but would sell much faster in a quieter, less traffic-y neighborhood. The boulevard really is a "con", and the size of the "back yard" doesn't do it any favors, either.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Dear Meghan, thank you for the nice compliment. You're very welcome! As I wrote in our FB post, bravo to the team that renovated this beauty! WOW, very well-done! Terrific work, Robson Properties and friends!
Larry Arzie July 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM
It will sell, and more will be built on the blvd, and on every empty inch of town.
Parthenia M. Hicks July 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Beautiful! Great improvement and wonderful design. Love that kitchen area - and so much light.
Jeanne Rajabzadeh July 19, 2012 at 02:37 AM
The house was used to store junk from the convalecent home for years. It's great to see it brought back to life-beautiful!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz July 19, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Have been passing that property ever since I was in Jr. High. When we moved to Los Gatos, CA. Lived on Kennedy Road. The place looks Fabulous!

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