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Jan de Luz in Carmel Valley

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If you are in the market for some garden art, a fireplace from a French Chateau, or a fountain that would fill almost any piazza in Europe, look no further than Jan de Luz at 1 Carmel Valley Road. I read about this before our morning shopping trip to Carmel Valley (yes, a good shopper does their homework), and was intrigued. I was NOT expecting the size and amazing inventory that we found. It was like a visiting a French village. What a fun place to stroll around.

"Locals raised their eyebrows in 1996 when owner Jan de Luz took over a real estate office with a large corner lot and filled it like Versailles with imported French hand-carved statuary and fireplaces from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. His pieces, culled from chateaus and Louis the XIV-era hunting lodges, sell from $5,000 to $500,000. Turns out de Luz was ahead of his time. Today he runs a thriving business helping homeowners recreate that old-world south-of-France look. He's worked for famous athletes and actors, and designed courtyards, waterfalls and hearths for high-end clients, wineries and movie sets. A published expert on French antiques, he proudly shows the stacks of pavers in back, cut from 400-year-old French roads, and 96,000 clay roof tiles from an old country home in Bordeaux." Meredith May, www.sfgate.com

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SOMEONE must need this pair of matching sarcophagi!

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Here is the website for more browsing: http://www.jandeluz.com/

Comments (2)

Sheena:

Oh what an amazing spot. I could spend a very happy day there!

Jan Wolf:

Have been there and was overwhelmed.
Can't really take it all in in one visit.

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