6 Bret Heart Avenue

At A Glance:

Built: 1928
Owners: Alexandra Lutz and Joe Gryzmski, since 2014
Square Footage: 3916
4 bedrooms / 4 baths

Distinctive Features:

  • in Newlands Historic District
  • Stucco Mission Revival home
  • a house of arches
  • big open kitchen – two cooks live here
  • a Casita on the property
  • clean modern interior

One of the largest of the Newlands Manor homes, this Spanish-style "casa" features an acre with multiple private outdoor spaces surrounding the home. In addition to the two-story main house, there is a beautifully-designed "casita" and a separate two-story garage with "mother-in-law" apartment upstairs. The home has undergone many additions and reconfigurations throughout its 91 years but it remains a stunning home in the neighborhood. This home is a Spanish Colonial Revival-style residence built by W. Barnard. A story is that the property once was a field of violets and Barnard named the home "Las Violeta." The current owners, Joe Gryzmski and Alexandra Lutz, purchased the home in early 2014. Visitors enter the home via a charming and private porte-cochère that the family uses to relax and take advantage of cool summer breezes. This Spanish-style home is full of arched doorways, and the living room even has an arched ceiling. The interior décor is a clean modern style that allows the wonderful bones of the home to show through.