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The homes that will be featured in the 36th Annual Lakewood Home Festival have been selected. Six homes, all with unique stories, will open their doors for tours Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11. A bonus home will be open Friday evening only, and J.L. Long Middle School joins the lineup as an honorary “home” on the tour Saturday and Sunday only. Tickets are available at www.lakewoodhomefestival.com

 Featured homes and their descriptions are:

 6947 Coronado Avenue    This 2011 modern farmhouse was designed by the architect-owner and inspired in part by his great-grandparents' home in the New Orleans garden district.  The home was designed around a traditional archetype but reveals a modern interior consisting of clean lines.  Furnishings and art demonstrate the owners’ fondness for Mid-century Modern, their love of travel and a connection to the architect-owner’s New Orleans roots. Sponsored by: Eddie Maestri and Herman Darden LLC

6739 Avalon Avenue            An example of the Traditional architectural style that became more prevalent in Lakewood in the late 1930s, this stately abode, situated on close to a half acre, invites you to step inside and feel at ease. The owners’ seamless updates reflect their abiding love of the home’s classic character blended with their busy family lifestyle. Sponsored by: English Heritage Homes and Coldwell Bankers

7031 Lakewood Blvd.           After a fire in the late '90s, this 1926 Hutsell was brought back to life through the efforts of designer and neighborhood resident Carol Gantt.  The current owners have introduced their own unique decorating style to the home, which includes many family pieces mixed with flea market and antique store finds. The furnishings and décor perfectly complement the home’s Spanish Eclectic architectural style. Sponsored by: David Bush Realtors and Chicago Title Company

6552 Lake Circle Drive        The first reaction of most who view this extraordinary home curbside is a stunned and simple, “Wow.”  This Mid-century Modern-influenced home, built in 2011, is fully integrated with the natural features of its heavily forested creek lot.  Constructed to showcase its setting, the home reveals spectacular creek views from every room.  The gorgeous homeowner-designed landscape, and the sunken stone-lined pool, a collaborative design between the homeowner and the original architect, perfectly suit the home’s raw, natural environment. Sponsored by: Scott Jackson Sells and Chicago Title Company

6903 Bob O’Link Drive            The Austin Stone exterior of this striking ranch-style home is a feature commonly found throughout Lakewood’s northern side.  Not so common is the Hill Country Contemporary vibe and the backyard oasis that takes you to another world.  This home was completely remodeled in the last year but maintains its original 1945 footprint.  The owners designed the home and landscape themselves and live in every room, indoors and out. Sponsored by: Times Ten Cellars and Blow Salon

3616 Vintage Place            Although built in 2007, this Hutsell-inspired home with its strong Spanish Eclectic characteristics would not be out of place alongside any of the 1920s-era homes found on Lakewood Boulevard.  The exquisite furnishings and décor enhance the home’s many standout architectural features, including an intricate ironwork staircase, magnificent stained glass and colorful decorative tile. Sponsored by: Forest Lane Pediatrics and Walnut Hill OB/GYN Associates

(FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY)

6636 Avalon Avenue            This 1927 Tudor is one of only two houses on Avalon built by noted contractor George Dolph, builder of Munger Place Church.  A major renovation in 2008 preserved the character of the home while modernizing it for today.  Original architectural features include metal window casements, picture molding, a Rookwood tile fireplace, and glass-front built-in cabinets.  Beautiful traditional furnishings and eye-catching artwork populate the home. Sponsored by Nancy Johnson with Dave Perry Miller

(SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY)

J.L. Long Middle School

6116 Reiger Avenue           Opening its doors in 1933 and recognized in 2005 as a Dallas Historical Landmark, this is the first non-residence to appear on the Lakewood Home Tour.  Designed in the Modified Elizabethan style with art deco influences, it boasts turrets, dark red brick, finials and scrollwork, ornate woodwork, Rookwood tile, and vintage Potter Art Metal light fixtures. The windows and many interior design elements were refurbished through a recent multi-million-dollar restoration. Sponsored by: EMC 2

Hosted by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA), the Lakewood Home Festival is a community-wide event that raises funds for Lakewood Elementary School, J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School. The funds directly benefit students through the purchase of school materials, computers and enrichment programs. Attended by more than 4,000 patrons, the Lakewood Home Festival has raised more than $1 million for local schools since 1976. Last year’s home festival raised approximately $100,000 for the three schools.

Guests are invited to kick start the festivities Friday night at the Home Tour Auction Party, 7pm to midnight, at Hotel Palomar. The theme of this year’s party is “Boots & Bling – Join the Lakewood Thing.” On Saturday and Sunday, in addition to touring the Lakewood homes, visitors can shop items from local artists at the Holiday Market located inside Lakewood Elementary School (sponsored by Ebby Lakewood), or get a bite to eat at the Café, which will be located at J.L. Long Middle School for the first time this year. An international café theme will highlight the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme being implemented at J.L. Long, making it the first public middle school in Dallas and one of only 37 middle schools in Texas with IB programs. The IB program will align the curriculum of the Long and Woodrow Wilson High School campuses. Woodrow introduced the IB Diploma Programme to its students in 2010.

Ticket Prices and Locations

The price for touring the homes all three days, including the candlelight tour Friday evening, is $25. For those who want to skip the Friday candlelight tour and just tour the homes on Saturday and Sunday, the price is $15 in advance or $20 on site on the day. Discounted tickets can be purchased at selected Tom Thumb stores for $12 in advance and throughout the home-tour weekend. This covers Saturday and Sunday entries. If visitors want to upgrade to the Friday candlelight tour they can pay the difference on site at any home Friday evening. For those who want to add the Friday night all-inclusive “Boots & Bling” auction party, complete with live and silent auctions, a casino, buffet dinner, open bar, music, and dancing, the weekend pass is $85 by October 31 or $110 after November 1. All ticket prices include entry to the market and café. For details visit www.lakewoodhomefestival.com

Press release courtesy of Lakewood Early Childhood PTA.

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