There were nine homes on the tour this year. One was a 1903 house now occupied by an insurance company; not particularly interesting from a decorating perspective, but great architectural features, including a turret. Another house, built in 1900, was unoccupied and on the market for $1,150,000. Only the front living room was "staged" (poorly, at that) and the house smelled like cat urine, but it was still interesting to tour the 4,500-square-foot house with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, 12' ceilings, stained glass and leaded glass windows and a totally updated, modern kitchen.
Now on to my favorite homes and some exterior photos (unfortunately, no photography allowed indoors). Of my three favorites, two were new construction and one was older and small (like our home!) and full of charm. The first house below was my favorite. Its size is deceptive from the front; the house extends far out in the back and has over 4,000 square feet. There are two outdoor spaces for entertaining overlooking the woods and a little creek that runs alongside the property (the owner, an interior designer, told us they have a family of deer who come in the mornings with their little fawn, which is crazy because they're in the middle of the city!). This house is perfectly decorated, but feels comfortable and livable.
The next house, built in 1928 with two bedrooms and two baths, is adorable. The owner, a single woman, has a very eclectic style. Throughout the approximately 1,400-square-foot home are cool antiques including gothic-style light fixtures, church pews and ornately carved wooden chairs. There's a lot of personal style in this home! The home's original fireplace, glass doorknobs and other features really appealed to me. There's also a sweet little courtyard out back, accessible through French doors from the kitchen. I could move right into this little house.
The third of my favorite homes had lots of people going in and out and I couldn't get a good photo, but let me just say that the place was amazing, especially inside! The home owners spared no expense in building their new 6,500-square-foot modern Arts & Crafts style home. I didn't really love the outside, but inside was a different story. From the artwork and custom iron stair railings to the bamboo floors (in a pattern I've never seen before) and stone walls, the interior was truly incredible. The garage features an elevator that lowers a car into the basement for extra parking -- really! On the second floor of the home, a hidden ladder leads to a secret kids' playroom in the attic space (no adults allowed). The backyard features a luxurious entertaining area with outdoor kitchen, pool, hot tub and lounge, plus a mini basketball court for the kids. It's no wonder this home was featured in a magazine!
I did take this photo in the home's side yard for reference, as we'd like to do something similar with stones along the side of our house. I love this style of outdoor lighting also.
The next home, a bungalow built in 1910, was originally 1,400 square feet and for several decades housed a family of 13! The current owners transformed it into a 4,000-square-foot home with four bedrooms, five full baths and finished basement. Behind the house is an amazing 900-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath guest house (with full kitchen) above a two-car garage. This home is very cute inside, but I think I liked the guest house even more!