(Above left) The entrance to the adventuresome abode of Nancy and Gary Nasalroad shows just a fraction of the flowers, bushes, trees, cacti and succulents that surround the home. (Above right) Outdoor sculptures dot the expansive hillside property of Nancy and Gary Nasalroad - featured in the April 27 Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group Homes & Art of Santa Paula Tour - which offers views to the ocean.

Nasalroads’ an adventuresome stop on Homes & Art Tour of Santa Paula

March 19, 2008
Santa Paula News
A wide picture window in the family room evokes the feeling of being perched on a cliff overlooking the Santa Clara River Valley, with “to the ocean” views that must be seen during a rare opportunity to visit the adventuresome abode of Nancy and Gary Nasalroad. The Nasalroads’ and other distinctive homes will be open for the Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group’s (SCVHHSG) 25th Annual Homes & Art of Santa Paula Tour, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nestled at the bottom of a cozy cul-de-sac, the Nasalroads’ 2,800 square foot hillside home (756 Montclair Drive) features a mammoth bird of paradise opposite a limestone and mosaic tile veranda. A fountain offers soft sounds of welcome, and frogs - whether cast in metals or fashioned from terra cotta or ceramic - peek out at visitors with bemused smiles.Inside the entryway, gleaming Travertine tile is the result of a recent remodel, an ambitious project undertaken in various areas of the four bedroom, two and a half bath home.A rich teal dominates the living room - with mirrored wet bar - to the left and the dining room to the right, where Nancy’s collection of fine crystal, china, serving pieces and decorative Belgian plates, a gift from her grandmother, catches the eye. The grouping is topped by Native American baskets, a touch of the Southwest beloved by the couple.Straight ahead is the family room, offering views of the entire Santa Clara River Valley and, on a clear day, the Anacapa Islands, behind leather sofas fronted by teak tables holding aspen pots. A wide mirror over the gleaming white fireplace - its mantle holding a variety of small Native American pots, Acuma, Zuni and Santa Clara signed by the artists - reflects the view outside.That the Nasalroad’s collect art and artifacts from their many travels is evident, from a roadrunner sculpture from Tucson to a wooden cow from Switzerland to New Zealand kiwis to a rooster from Portugal and bowls from Mexico and Italy. Collected closer to home is a ceramic wine service by Otto and the late Vivica Heino of Ojai.A rare Larkin desk acquired at an antique show is handy to the newly remodeled kitchen. “And we use it,” notes Nancy.A large balcony overlooking the one-acre property shows a cactus and succulent garden, the “one thing that we grow out there” besides the rosemary left by the home’s former owner, says Gary. The Nasalroads have brought in or dug up literally tons of rock to build walkways and areas to anchor plants on newly created slopes.At the top is a small rose garden, and elsewhere on the property is a dazzling array of colorful daylilies, rock roses, yuccas, aloes, agaves, Mexican marigold, purple sages, salvia, bird of paradise, flax, dusty miller, cotoneaster, grasses, Mexican and Jerusalem sages, kangaroo paws, butterfly bush, lion’s tail, lavenders, cat mint, oleander, natal plum, an assortment of succulents and cacti. Crepe myrtle and California redbud are just a few of the variety of trees dotting the property, carefully trimmed by Gary “so you can see the limb structure.”Back inside, the Nasalroads’ master bedroom and bath feature walk-in closets, spa, Travertine, and paintings by Norman Kirk and Douglas Shively.Downstairs, a door under the staircase leads to what Gary calls “my own personal wine cellar,” created by his love of utilizing what he refers to as “wasted space” and now the couple’s favorite feature. “A day without wine is like a day without sunshine!” reads the plaque over the door. Inside there’s a collection of horse brasses and a wine bottle cork wreath. The wine cellar offers natural draft ventilation: “The room stays cool year-round,” Gary notes.
The downstairs features soft taupe, rose, pinks and creams, a collection of brightly colored bottles catching the window light in one guestroom. The second guestroom has an array of orchids and violets contently sitting in the soft light let in by carefully positioned vertical blinds.Gary’s office features awards for countywide community service, as well as his collection of golf related memorabilia and antique fruit labels. Beyond is a large patio letting visitors out again into the great outdoors.“I think what we love best is this unrestricted view of the most beautiful valley in the world,” says Gary. “Nancy and I wake up every morning and say ‘Wow!’”Also featured on the Tour will be Brenda and Ray Padgett’s spacious, sunny yellow home (600 Monte Vista Drive); the second story studio of noted watercolorist/art instructor Dorothy Orr (1334 Fern Oaks Drive); the art filled Jennifer Dumas/Lotar Ziesing ranch (18450 South Mountain Road); and Carlos Juarez’s rich collection of 400+ nostalgic lunchboxes and wife Heidi’s Ukrainian painted eggs (1320 Holly Road).The Art Walk on Holly Drive and ice cream refreshments are also a part of the Tour, held to benefit the always-free services provided by the non-profit SCVHHSG. A raffle and a plant sale courtesy of DoRight Nursery will round out Holly Road activities.Advance tickets are $20 each ($25 “at the door” on Tour Day) and available in Santa Paula at the Chamber of Commerce (200 N. 10th St.); Santa Paula Times (944 E. Main St.); John Nichols Gallery (916 E. Main St.); and the Glen Tavern Inn (134 N. Mill St.).Advance tickets are also available by mail: make checks payable to SCV Hospice/Home Support Group, P.O. Box 365, Santa Paula, CA 93061. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For more information, including ticket sale locations outside Santa Paula, call SCVHHSG at 525-1333.

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