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Alameda 'Curb Appeal' Episode to Air Saturday

The renovation of a home at 1547 Versailles Ave., and the block party that followed, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on April 14

A stately Italianate home at 1547 Versailles Ave. stars in a new episode of Curb Appeal – The Block that will air Saturday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. on HGTV (Comcast channel 67).

In supporting roles: across the street, where the show's crew renovated the main entrance, and a neighbor's home which received a mini-makeover.

The episode, hosted by designer John Gidding, concludes with clips from a block party for about 200 neighbors, family members and friends that celebrated the completion of the renovation – the largest such block party to date in the show's history, HGTV crew members said.

The owners of 1547 Versailles, Neal and Heather Jarecki, hope the episode and surrounding publicity will elicit  information about their home's past. They ask anyone with tidbits about the history of "the old white house at the corner," or photos of it in previous years, to email them at OldHome1547@AOL.com

Heather Jarecki, by the way, graduated from Alameda High School; Neal grew up in neighboring San Leandro.

During two weeks that ended June 15, 2011, HGTV crews of carpenters, painters and landscapers transformed the front of the 1885 Italianate home.

Neal Jarecki said these were the major changes:

• What had been an all-white house for 120+ years received six colors.
• Poorly-draining concrete front steps and flimsy 1960s stair railings were replaced with new wood stairs and railings designed to match the originals on the porch.
• The concrete front path was demolished and replaced with elegant pavers.
• The dying front lawn was replaced with a formal parterre landscape with over 250 flowers, shrubs and trees.

Alameda has appeared in previous episodes of Curb Appeal – The Block. You may read about one of those .

Tom Brody April 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I suggest converting the house formerly known as the white house into a candy store. At the time I went to elementary school, there was always a candy store across the street, and located on the street corner. The candy store was always clogged with students after school, waiting in line in front of the glass counter, clutching their pennies, and finally buying red licorice whips, jawbreakers, pickle-flavored chewing gum (in the shape of tiny pickles), red hot dollars, and such, as well as Superman comics. This was my experience at Edgewood School in New Haven, Connecticut, and at Coe School in Seattle, WA. Each of these schools had, and may still have, a candy store situated right across the street. Who are we to deprive the academic community at Edison School of their rightfully deserved street-corner candy store?
Susan Garber July 21, 2012 at 06:14 AM
This was my grandparent's home! I left Alameda in 1976, but my parents lived on Auburn Dr. until 10 years ago. I wish I could have seen the show! My grandparents bought this home during or before WW II.My mother, just married moved in when my dad and his brother's were drafted. All the wives lived there until the "boys" returned from war in 1945. I slid down the banister many times, much to my grandparents surprise. I was the youngest grandchild. I loved that house. At that time, grandpa kept it beautifully. I did see that it had run down...and was glad to see a young couple buy it and restore it. I have many pictures of the family on the front porch. I loved to sleep at Grandma's and Grandpa's with all my cousins. My father was Roy Edwards, Jr. He later became Sr. Building Inspector in Alameda. My grandmother died in 1960. My grandfather was devastated and could not keep the home because of all the beautiful memories depressed him.. He sold it much to the family's dispair. Roy & Violet had 4 sons and many granchildren. We had the typical Sunday dinners at Grandma's like so many families in the 1950's.
Susan Garber July 21, 2012 at 06:21 AM
I had many beautiful Christmas holidays in this home with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. The dining room had a long table to seat all four families in age order! I wish I could talk to the owners. I could share the real history of the home. This home was filled with Love for many years. If the owner happens to see this, please contact me at suegarber@comcast.net. PS regardng a candy store, the orignial Lincoln School had same candy store. Edison School had a small store on the corner about 3 blocks up Versailles towards Fernside! So, in the 1950-70's, they were not deprived of that candy store!!
Diane Dahlin September 26, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Can anyone tell me the specific paint colors and brand that HGTV used for the house? It's beautiful!!!

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