Purgatory Auto Works and Dinosaur Farm is the home of Stega and Agent Smith.  We purchased it in the summer of 2015 and moved down from Potrero Hill in SF. The small ranch is located in the Diablo Range of California about 5 miles from Mount Hamilton (in a straight line), thus we look out over all of the Santa Clara Valley.

Purgatory technically consists of: a 3.5 bath/5 bedroom house (although we don’t really use one of the baths and two of the of the bedrooms are used as offices); a separate studio building (where the wine room is located); an incredibly large pool; and a very, very large garage (with a pit); plus an old pole barn.  All of this sits on just over 13.6 acres above San Jose. The house itself was built in 1966 for Dr. John and Mary Richards and we are its third owner.


Purgatory.org was originally Stega’s personal website.  It became rather neglected a few years ago, but now that we have our own compound, the domain was re-appropriated.  Agent Smith came up with the full name of our home and Stega manages the website(s).

If you were looking for stega’s personal site and random photography stuff, that’s now going on over at networkgirl.org plus stega.org is devoted to the wildlife here.

Abbreviations Used:

AS == Agent Smith
PO == Previous Owners
Birds/Boys == Tenar and Thy

See the Cast Page for more info.


What about these links to Amazon? 

I’ve sometimes post links to some of the stuff we buy from Amazon.com but if you happen to click the link to see the item and then purchase the item, we won’t be getting any sort of money/credit.  I use Amazon Smile and a small portion of all purchases made by us go to my non-profit of choice which is the Alex Foundation.

Do you have livestock or plans for livestock?


What do you do with all that land?

Five years ago we had no set plans, but now we are focussed on getting native grasses and birds back. Much of our time during the first few years was spent cleaning up the messes and deferred maintenance issues left by the POs.  

Why did you buy something so crazy?
The short answer is: for the garage and pool.  But the longer answer is that we spent close to two years searching for a home outside of San Francisco where we had been living and this place, even with all the faults left by the deferred maintenance of the previous owners, ticked all the boxes and then some.  Instead of just a great workshop and pool one can properly swim in, we got a totally unique home with incredible views, abundant wildlife, and our very own growing collection of life-sized Tonka Toys.

Last update 4/15/21

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