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Batavia House Walk

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There's an easier way this year to get to each of the five stunning homes featured in the 2012 Batavia House Walk, sponsored by Batavia Main Street. For a nominal $10 fee, visitors can board a comfortable bus that will take them door to door, eliminating the hassle of parking and directions.


            The House Walk[SM1]  will take place on Sunday, September 30 from 11 am to 4 pm. Visitors will be entertained with a variety of homes that range from a Victorian Circa 1890-1900 charmer to a newly constructed 5000 square foot traditional that features all the bells and whistles. Also highlighting this year’s event is a tea and raffle for all House Walk participants, as well as specials and discounts from downtown Batavia shops and restaurants.


            Presale tickets are $18 in advance and may be purchased online at www.downtownbatavia.com. If available, tickets will sell for $20 the day of the event. The cost for the bus is an additional $10 per person and there is limited availability. This must be reserved through the Batavia MainStreet office at 630-761-3528[SM2] .


            Not lacking originality or inspiration, the carefully chosen homes are guaranteed to provide a little something for everyone. The Compact Victorian welcomes you the minute you step onto the quaint porch. Wood floors, silk drapes made with fabric brought from Thailand and an AGA stove made in England are just a few of the unique features in this 1890s beauty.


            The Craftsman style new construction will stun visitors with its richly painted front double doors and charming wrap around porch. Once inside, the contemporary, rustic home, decorated with the owner’s native state of Colorado in mind, is soothing with its simple, natural and rustic décor. This four -bedroom home is beautifully understated and cleanly decorated with an eye for simplicity and youthfulness.


            Balloon construction, a type of construction particular to Chicago, describes the 1890s Folk Victorian that was hand built by the original owner. The current owners renovated the home, which now features an open, Californian floor plan emulating strong elements of the period in which the home was originally built. Decorated in blacks and whites with a splash of red, this home is urban, sleek and sophisticated. The use of space in this home has been ingenious.


            If more traditional is your style, the 1990s brick and cedar home is sure to please. A perennial side garden retained by a stunning rock wall, high quality dentil moldings, solid wood doors and beams make this home unique. Professionally decorated by the current homeowner, there is an eclectic sense of style with [SM3] decorating ideas around every corner in this stunner.


            If fabulous is your taste, the 5000 square foot newer construction home is sure to impress. Stone and brick exterior along with a heavily treed backyard bring great curb appeal to this home. A two-sided fireplace, open staircase with three entrances, dormers with window seats and a theatre area are just a few of  the jaw droppers in this home. This home will not disappoint.


            The Holmstad in Batavia and Money Mailers are benefactors for this year’s event. A House Walk Patron is Vignette Home Décor and there are a number of Friends and Sponsors who are donating to this success. Photos of each home are complimentary from Simonetti Studios and the tea is sponsored by Heritage Woods.


            Comfort Inn and Suites in Geneva is offering a special $69.99 per night rate for those who would like to make a weekend of it and explore the beautiful Fox Valley area. For reservations, call 630-208-8811 and mention the House Walk.


            The House Walk proceeds benefit the Batavia MainStreet and efforts to revitalize downtown Batavia. The Batavia MainStreet Program is one of 55 not-for-profit, community based organizations in the state of Illinois. The mission of the Batavia MainStreet is to enhance the identity of Batavia’s downtown area as the heart of the community.



 [SM1]Annual fundraiser for Bataiva MainStreet to feature an impressive group of homes and tea at Water Street Studios.


 [SM2]Batavia MainStreet, Gibby's Wine Den, K. Hollis Jewelers, Sue's Family Hair and Special Occasions on the Avenue.


 [SM3]There was an extra space, the review feature makes it seem much more drastic!

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