Holiday home tour benefits Delavan-Darien soccer players

(Published Oct. 31, 2006, 12:38 p.m.)

Compiled by Mike Heine/The Week

The Delavan Youth Soccer Club Holiday Tour of Homes is set for 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11.

This year's homes, which will each be decorated in a holiday theme, include:

N5667 Delaney Road, Delavan. Owned by Ken and Marna Schell. Windbrush Farm is a Cream City brick home built by a Scottish family in 1843. The architecture is an Italianate Villa style.

After sitting empty for more than 30 years, the Schells bought the farm in 1991 and have been making restorations since.

The home has 19 rooms, including 12 bedrooms. The Schells restored and decorated the home to its original grandeur, retaining much of the historical value. When you walk into the home, you will feel and see what it would have been like more than 100 years ago. All modern amenities are hidden.

W7530 Pleasant St., Delavan. Owned by Norm and Marlene Sebranek. The Sebraneks' home is a brick ranch located in Hiemstra Subdivision. Large floor-to-ceiling windows give panoramic views of the wooded lot and a distant silo. Elegant antique furnishings are found throughout the home, and a newly remodeled kitchen incorporates original cupboards. A surprise find is the northwoods setting in the downstairs family room.

300 Spring Drive, Delavan. Owned by Jake and Robin Staudt. The couple have spent the past 10 years transforming their unassuming, traditional house into a home filled with art, color and whimsical decorating. Their eclectic style is a mix of antiques, folk art and assorted treasures from their travels in Mexico. One highlight is the open staircase painted with "words to live by."

2013 Huntington Place, Delavan. Owned by Allan and Jennifer Bauer. Situated on a partially wooded lot, this four-bedroom ranch was built in 1991 on a private cul-de-sac. The family style kitchen, spacious living room with massive brick fireplace, finished basement, four-season room and above-ground pool make this an ideal home for entertaining.

700 Legend Drive, Geneva National Subdivision, Lake Geneva. Owned by Jack and Lois Stritt. The Stritt home was started in 1994, finished in 1999 and sat vacant until 2004 when the couple bought the home in the Barclay Club of Geneva National.

Special additions made by the Stritts include an elevator connecting the two main floors, a secret room tucked behind bookcases and dramatic landscaping on the hillside. An excellent view of the Player Golf Course and the surrounding countryside are visible from all four levels.

Home tour tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the tour homes. All proceeds go into a scholarship fund that will help two Delavan-Darien High School soccer players through their post-high school education.

Advance tickets are available at Bradley's Department Store in downtown Delavan, Community Bank Delavan and Walworth State Bank Delavan inlet branch. For questions, call Lisa Schmidt, (262) 728-3782, or Debbie Mowery, (262) 728-8785.



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