The 43rd annual Lakewood Home Festival will open the door to six homes that both celebrate historical architecture and showcase modern styles.
"Lakewood is defined by the Spanish eclectic homes designed by well-known architect Clifford Hutsell, and this year three of these neighboring homes will be featured," tour organizers say in a release. "This includes Hutsell’s former private residence. In addition, a newer-built home inspired by Hutsell will showcase today's present-day lifestyles."
In addition to showing Lakewood's beloved classic homes, the tour also will feature a contemporary treehouse with open entertaining spaces and a new home that highlights modern home trends that attract growing families to the area.
Tour attendees also will be able to see the recently renovated Lakewood Elementary School.
The tour takes place from 11 am to 5 pm November 9 and 10 (the school will be open on November 9 only). A candlelight evening tour is available from 7-9 pm November 9. Tickets are available online, at homes on the day of the tour, or in person at Comerica Bank, Talulah & Hess, and Snowbaby.
Proceeds benefit the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School.
Here's a closer look at the homes on the tour, with descriptions provided by organizers:
7035 Lakewood Blvd.
This iconic home is well-known in the neighborhood for its dramatic blue exterior drapes that surround large nautical-themed stained-glass windows, a trademark of Hutsell homes. Built in 1930, this was Clifford Hutsell’s personal home, and the first of its kind for the neighborhood.
The current owners have painstakingly restored the interior and exterior of the home. They balanced the fine line between honoring the artistic details of the past while improving performance of the space for maximum comfort and functionality today.
Situated within the trees, this modern retreat defines a zen oasis of tranquility. The current homeowners reimagined the interior layout and added an additional 2,500 square feet, including a gym with upstairs guest room and a playroom.
Design enthusiasts will take note of the vintage light fixtures, bold furniture, and statement art pieces peppered throughout the exotic Lakewood hideaway.
7038 Lakewood Blvd.
This 1929 Spanish Colonial Hutsell underwent a detailed update to create a more functional floorplan. This includes a complete kitchen, master suite and courtyard remodel, and an added junior master suite in the old sleeping porch.
Incorporating details such as stained-glass windows helped add to the iconic Hutsell flare. The corner lot provides ample flower beds, plenty of street frontage, and countless opportunities to interact with neighbors.
7039 Lakeshore Dr.
The current owners have seamlessly paid homage to the heritage of this 1936 historical Hutsell home. The home maximizes its western California-inspired roots with hand-painted tilework throughout, beveled mirrors, original pillow tile in two upstairs bathrooms, and intricate ironwork.
The home is highlighted by a traditional Hutsell billiard room with a distinct frosting ceiling true to the time period and flanked with stained glass, making the naturally lit space a family favorite for gatherings.
3616 Vintage Pl.
Keeping true to the area’s historical roots, this 2006 home is a renewed copy of the historical Hutsell homes in Lakewood. This Spanish Mediterranean has new homeowners who have completed meticulous updates and renovations that reflect their contemporary and eclectic style.
Visitors cannot miss the basement speakeasy, self-named the “Vintage Place Social Club,” and an ever-changing custom craft cocktail menu.
6616 Northridge Dr.
This bright and airy haven was built in 2018 and highlights the current trends that continue to attract families to the area. Large windows, coupled with a sunny white and soft pastel palate, provide a natural luminous and approachable atmosphere for the open entertaining spaces.
The five-bedroom home is rounded out with a resort-style multi-level outdoor living space and pool.