Over at Lookiloos, I read the story of this beautiful 1879 Italianate Victorian home in San Jose that was rescued and renovated by a man named Manuel Lima. What I found really inspiring was how he set out to improve the neighborhood it’s in, too. “A house doesn’t make it without a neighborhood,” he said. “I wasn’t going to move the house, so I had to make the neighborhood better.”
Go to Lookiloos to read the story of how Manuel has devoted the past three decades to restoring both this home and the neighborhood around it. And be sure to check out the slideshow of interior photos while you’re there. This is such an unusual home that it’s a tour you’ll want to take!