Annual Crystal Lake Housewalk has plenty to admire, inspire
By JAMI KUNZER - email@example.com
"A Walk Through History," 39th Annual Housewalk presented by the Service League of Crystal Lake
WHEN: Showings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Homes in Lakewood, Crystal Lake and Prairie Grove
TICKETS: Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the walk. Advance tickets available at www.slcrystallake.org or by calling 815-261-4590 (Press 3). Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets also available until Sept. 26 at the following Crystal Lake locations: Around the Clock, 5011 Northwest Highway. Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center, 5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave. Dalzell Jewelers, 41 N. Williams St. Mueller Interiors, 440 W. Virginia St. 1776, 397 Virginia St. Twisted Stem, 407 E. Terra Cotta (Rte. 176) Wickham Interiors, 67 N. Williams St. Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed, 37 N. Williams St.
Like those who'll stop by during an upcoming Housewalk, Maryanne Collins walked blindly into her Lakewood home not knowing what to expect.
Her husband, Charlie, had done the house-hunting when her family moved from Arizona in May of last year.
"I told him, 'Pick a good one,' " she remembered.
Her first view of the home was when she arrived to move in.
"We walked into just a perfect home," she said.
Through an oversized wooden door, onto Brazillian cherry flooring, the home begins as a small lake cottage built in 1927.
It might be more than double the size now, having been renovated by previous homeowners in 2003 and 2004, but it has not outgrown its early cottage days.
Once discarded, old clinker bricks line the home's original front porch.
The basement has the feel of a log cabin, and everything from the lighting to the cabinetry has the look of a bungalow.
"They did a really wonderful job of keeping that cottage feeling," Collins said.
Like all those on the Housewalk, the home continues to tell a story, with its thick basement walls perhaps used during the Prohibition years as a fortress for bootlegging.
The Collins' home is one of four to be featured Friday, Sept. 27, during the 39th annual Housewalk presented by the Service League of Crystal Lake.
Titled "A Walk Through History, Remember the Past, Love the Present and Look to the Future," this year's event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 the day of the walk. Raffle tickets will be sold to win a Honora pearl necklace and earring set, donated by Dalzell Jewelers, as well as a cash prize. For information, directions and tickets, visit www.slcrystallake.org.
Rasing more than $25,000 last year, the Housewalk is the roughly 40-member Service League's largest fundraiser of the year, with donations going back into the Crystal Lake community in the form of educational scholarships and immediate aid for families in need.
Along with the Collins' home, this year's walk features a historic home built in 1909 as well as more modern homes, including a Prairie Grove home inspired by French architecture and European castles.
Also featured is a Cape Cod style home built in 2009 in Crystal Lake with 9-foot ceilings.
Julie Siavelis eyed the home on walks while it was getting built. Once the outside was complete, she and her husband, Steve, bought it.
It features an extra large stone fireplace in the family room and an English basement with a fifth bedroom and exercise room.
"It's very open, a lot of just good liveable space," Julie said. "There's not a formal living room, which I love. We've always had a formal living room, which was just a waste.
Julie Siavelis always has gone on Housewalks as a guest, curious to see behind others' doors. So she was happy to open her home for a good cause when asked.
"I love going through other people's houses," she said. "I love looking at other people's tastes and design. I love decorating and looking at other people's decorating ideas and just everything."
Another Crystal Lake Home, built in 1909, once was a part of the Leonard Hotel and later divided and rebuilt in to three single-family homes.
With a lake view, the home boasts "beautiful paintings and colorful wallpaper throughout and an elegantly restored kitchen," according to organizers.
The fourth home was built in 2006 in Timberhill subdivision in Prairie Grove and designed by its owner, Bob Hurley and architect Adam Shore. The French architecture influence is reflected in its St. Louis brick and Wisconsin Lannon stone exterior.
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