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The Victorian Winchester Mystery House in San Jose consists of a maze of 160 rooms, 47 stairways, 2,000 doors, and 10,000 windows. The house’s creator, Sarah Winchester, led a privileged life in Connecticut as Sarah Lockwood Pardee until she married William Wirt Winchester, the creator of the Winchester Rifle. After losing both her husband and child, Mrs. Winchester began to believe that her family and her fortune of $20,000,000 were being haunted by the spirits of the soldiers killed by the Winchester rifles. She also considered herself to be the next victim. However, there was an alternative, Mrs. Winchester was told to move west and appease the spirits by building a great house for them.
The house took many years to build as there were never any blueprints of the home. Mrs. Winchester sketched out her ideas and informed her foreman of any changes or additions. It is estimated that 500-600 rooms were built, but only 160 remain due to remodeling. Throughout the house, visitors will find unusual elements like staircases that lead to ceilings, secret passageways, and doors that open to walls. It is speculated that Mrs. Winchester did this to confuse the spirits, which is why the house became known as “the house built by spirits.”
The grounds were opened up to the public in 1922, shortly after Mrs. Winchester’s death. The house opened for tours 10 years later. There have been numerous reports of paranormal activity including sounds of footsteps and breathing late at night. In fact, psychics have reported that there are three spirits currently residing in the mansion. Could this be the remainder of the spirits sent to haunt the Winchesters? It may even be Mrs. Winchester accompanied by her lost husband and child.
Do you have any memories of the Winchester Mystery House? Is this spooky tale of Mrs. Winchester fact or fiction? Visit the Winchester Mystery House and find out for yourself!
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While there probably won’t be snow to set the holiday mood this winter in Cupertino, there are plenty of events nearby to help you get into the spirit of the season. Whether you want to sample holiday treats or hear your favorite carols sung, you’ll find something to enjoy. Take a look below to learn about a few events, which are all located within 10 miles of Chateau Cupertino.
Community Tree Lighting Celebration
The lighting of a community Christmas tree is one of the best parts of the holiday season. On Monday, December 9, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, you can enjoy the tree lighting celebration at Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, located just seven miles from Chateau Cupertino. In addition to the main event, there will be refreshments, live music, and a visit from Santa Claus. There will also be a food drive, so you can bring a canned good to donate.
CSMA Merit Scholarship Student Holiday Concert
If your favorite part of the holiday season is listening to your favorite carols, be sure to attend the Community School of Music and Arts Holiday Concert. CSMA is located nine miles from Chateau Cupertino, and the concert will take place at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 13.
German Holiday Market
Do you love to find unique gifts for your friends and family each holiday season? If so, head to the German Holiday Market at Mountain View Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, December 14. The market, or Weihnachtsmarkt, will be held from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and will feature merchants, food stands, warm beverages, and live entertainment. The plaza will be transformed to resemble a traditional European market, so this is an event that you won’t want to miss!
Free Holiday Concert with the California Youth Symphony
For another taste of holiday music, you can attend the free holiday concert with the California Youth Symphony and the CYS Associate Orchestra on Sunday, December 15. The event takes place from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Foothill College Smithwick Theatre, which is located just seven miles from Chateau Cupertino.
Would you like to find out more about the great retired life waiting for you at Chateau Cupertino? If so, contact our independent living facility located near San Jose at (408) 740-5256. We offer a great social calendar, on-site beauty and barber services, and more.
Last updated 13 days ago
Staying active as a senior is important for your overall wellbeing, but you do have to be careful to make sure you don’t injure or overexert yourself. To learn some leg exercises recommended for seniors, check out this video clip.
In the video, you will find out how to do leg exercises using only a chair. The first exercise shown is chair squats, during which you simply sit in the chair and stand back up repeatedly. You’ll also see how to perform knee raises.
Chateau Cupertino is an independent living community located near San Jose that is committed to providing senior residents with the services and amenities needed to enjoy a comfortable and healthy retirement. To find out more, contact us online or at (408) 740-5256.
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Last updated 27 days ago
Chateau Cupertino is an independent retirement residence in San Jose. Our residents enjoy senior apartments that are comfortable and home-like, while benefiting from daily meals, laundry, housekeeping services, transportation, and more. Read on for a detailed look at the amenities and features offered in our retirement community.
The common areas in our community were designed to be enjoyed and lived in. Our fireplace creates a cozy feel in our living room, which is a place where residents can gather and enjoy the company of others. Residents can visit our Entertainment Lounge to view feature films on a big screen TV. Our community also offers beauty and barber services and a general store for the convenience of all residents. Chateau Cupertino offers a Well-Being Program, which provides information, education, and health programming that can help residents prevent health complications and accidents. This program can help improve the quality of life for all residents who get involved.
Our residents can choose to live in one bedroom, two bedroom, or alcove apartments. Each apartment has a bathroom and kitchenette that includes a full-sized refrigerator. Our spacious apartments are complete with drapes, blinds, and carpets. Individual climate control allows residents to keep their apartments at a temperature they find suitable. Apartments also feature multiple closets and a balcony, patio, or solarium.
Chateau Cupertino takes the safety of our residents very seriously. Our community provides protection through a Fire Safety System that has been installed throughout the building. Every apartment has a fire alarm and smoke detectors that will get the immediate attention of residents in the case of an emergency. Our emergency call system runs throughout every apartment. Staff and members are on-call 24 hours a day. The outside doors are locked in the evening to provide additional security. To avoid personal inconvenience, all residents’ keys can unlock the front door.
Chateau Cupertino is dedicated to providing a high quality of life for all of our residents. Join us if you want an active, social environment designed for independent seniors. We provide reasonable rates for our senior apartments with month-to-month arrangements. Visit our website or call (408) 740-5256 to reserve a spot with us today.