AURORA — Area residents have the opportunity to visit six homes and gardens during a Home and Garden Tour on July 13 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. sponsored by the Aurora Blossom Friends of the Cleveland Orchestra.
The tour benefits the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. The featured homes are in Barrington Estates, Walden and on Mill Pond and Eldridge drives.
An 11,500-square-foot custom-built home in Barrington has an entrance featuring marble floors from Carrera, Italy, a winding staircase above 20-foot ceilings and a 3-foot Austrian crystal chandelier encased in a gold leaf dome.
This scenario welcomes visitors into a five-bedroom home with a lower level featuring spaces for entertaining, exercise, karaoke and memorabilia, including signed PGA photos.
One of the featured homes takes visitors to the tropics with lush mature greenery, rubber trees and exotic flowers. Through the enormous plantation shutters visitors can view nature, complete with mature trees, gardens and four outdoor seating areas.
The house is bright and cheerful with skylights and panoramic windows in all the rooms. The decor incorporates treasures from many vacations and the homeowners’ passion for collecting copper and baskets.
The lower third level features a recreation area complete with a rounded bar, television room with leather furnishing and many items reflecting the family’s hobbies.
Located on Millpond Drive is a charming colonial with sweeping front gardens of Geraniums, Allium, Sweet William and mature greenery.
Every room speaks to a passion for family history, travel, interest in the arts and antique collecting. An all-season porch is flanked by two gardens planted and cared for by the homeowners.
In another home, windows serve up nature du jour views of Walden Lake, with a large deck for al fresco dining and a screened gazebo, surrounded by lavender/purple for an afternoon retreat.
The living room’s open floor plan with a towering brick wall give visitors pause to gaze upon the walnut mantled fireplace and Debora Bigeleisen’s painting of a white rose.
The room meanders past a bistro bar and library area to the country kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counter tops and center island.
The expansive master bedroom feels like being on the bow of a ship, and offers an inviting setting for reflection. The lower level has three additional bedrooms with baths, and expands to a recreational area leading to a patio.
Each area reflects the homeowners’ personal taste and style.
Aurora’s tree commission recognized these homeowners for an impressive 15-foot pin oak tree, which is the largest in Portage County. It is surrounded by a shade garden, babbling water feature with goldfish, ostrich ferns, evergreen ginger and a Hosta garden recognized by the Cleveland Hosta Society.
A paver brick patio offers a quiet setting to enjoy the relaxing park-like setting.
Visitors also can view a breathtaking decorator’s dream home that gives a sigh of relief from the pressures of the outside world. The condo was remodeled three years ago and reflects the equestrian owners’ love of horses throughout.
The 4,500 square-foot home has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, an upstairs loft with vantage points to view the entire first floor, and gleaming chandeliers in each room. The master bedroom has an adjoining on-suite with staggering views of the outdoors.
"The phenomenal homes in the Aurora Home and Garden Tour incorporate the homeowners’ personal taste, love of gardening , the outdoors and their efforts to create a comfortable living environment for family and friends," said Aurora Blossom Friends President Kaye Lowe.
Pre-sale tickets at $35 are available at Abigail’s Accessories, Western Reserve Racquet & Fitness Club, online at www.clevelandorchestra.com/calender or by phoning Karen at 330 562-7688.
Tickets also will be available the day of the tour at the sign-in desk at Walden Golf & Tennis Club. Participants will pick up information packets with home locations at Walden Golf & Tennis Club, 585 Country Club Lane, between 9 and 11 a.m. the day of the tour.