Deck the Halls Christ­mas House Tour re­turns

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Af­ter a three-year hia­tus, the Amherst First Bap­tist Church’s Christ­mas House Tour is re­turn­ing with what could be one of the strong­est tours yet.

The tour will take place on Satur­day, Dec. 2 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Tick­ets are $20 each and are avail­able from the Cop­per Tree Bou­tique, Buds to Blos­soms Flo­ral Bou­tique or from the church of­fice.

This year’s tour fea­tures four homes as well as the his­toric church in down­town Amherst.

Here are the homes that are fea­tured this year:

Carr House 36 Green Acres Rd.

While golf­ing at the Amherst Golf Club, Paul and Su­san would of­ten com­ment about the beau­ti­ful “prop­erty on the hill.”

Who knew that some­day they would build their dream house there? This new ad­ven­ture in their life be­gan in 2015 when R&D McLean Con­struc­tion Ltd. be­gan to build this un­tra­di­tional ranch style house.

Start­ing with a ba­sic plan, Paul and Su­san re­designed it, first, to fit the con­tour of the land, but more specif­i­cally, to in­clude ev­ery­thing on their “wish list.”

Upon en­ter­ing this home, you’re im­me­di­ately met with an open con­cept de­sign that gives you a 360-de­gree panoramic view of the ever-chang­ing Tantra­mar Marsh, as well as the beau­ti­ful Amherst golf course.

The liv­ingroom with it’s cathe­dral ceil­ings and many win­dows al­lows one to en­joy nat­u­ral light at its best. The stun­ning, yet prac­ti­cal kitchen, spa­cious sleep­ing area, in­cred­i­ble “Man Cave”, amaz­ing craft/sewing room, up­per and lower garage, as well as a beau­ti­ful sun­room, are just a few of the high­lights that will make you un­der­stand why this Christ­mas, Green Acres is the place to be.

Shel­ley-Casey House 168 East Vic­to­ria St

Lots of us ap­pre­ci­ate de­sign. Few of us have the courage to em­brace it. When Mark and Priscilla made the de­ci­sion to move to Amherst, they wanted to find a home where they could place their own unique stamp.

This 1950s Atomic Ranch style home, on 1.5 acres, was just the place where they could clev­erly har­mo­nize their love of mid-cen­tury modern with an ul­tra sleek con­tem­po­rary aes­thetic. The re­sults are spec­tac­u­lar. Bold choices in coun­ter­tops, art­work, light­ing, and fur­ni­ture, help give the rooms just the right bal­ance of el­e­gance and funk.

How­ever, it is the sec­ond floor photo gallery that ul­ti­mately high­lights what’s im­por­tant in this house.

Along with daugh­ters Elara and Ex­ton, a cat named ‘Spe­cial Kitty’ and a dog named ‘Mocha,’ this is a home that’s all about fam­ily... but with a fun de­signer twist.

Wells House 9 South Ade­laide St.

Once upon a time at the Christ­mas light-up, some­thing magic hap­pened. These ed­u­ca­tors were sup­posed to move to the big city. How­ever, when Steve ex­pe­ri­enced the Amherst light-up for the first time and the warm sense of com­mu­nity, he knew he had found a place to call home.

They be­gan in the coun­try, but along came a lit­tle guy named Cal­lum and their needs changed. A town house made more sense. This cen­tury home on Ade­laide had good bones, but many years of add-ons and adap­ta­tions hid its true po­ten­tial. Changes had to be made and the Wells were up to the chal­lenge. The re­sult is won­der­ful spa­ces full of char­ac­ter.

Wilkins House 25 Ru­pert St.

Steve and An­gela Wilkins will be spend­ing their first Christ­mas as hus­band and wife in this beau­ti­ful cen­tury home. It was built in 1901 for renowned Amherst artist Roberta Jane Tay­lor, who’s paint­ing still hangs in the foyer.

The home boasts of many orig­i­nal fea­tures in­clud­ing the spa­cious front porch, but­ler’s pantry and up­per land­ing. But ev­ery cou­ple needs to make their own mark in or­der to make a house their home.

Like a good mar­riage, it takes lots of hard work and pa­tience, but we’re sure you will agree that Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins have given this home a wel­come up­date.

Can­ning House 35 Ru­pert St.

There have been a lot of changes for the Can­nings since their home was fea­tured in the Christ­mas Tour of 2004. Yes, the 1930s home that was metic­u­lously ren­o­vated by mas­ter car­pen­ter Dale Ack­les is still fab­u­lous.

And yes, the hard­wood floors, cub­by­holes, orig­i­nal light fix­tures, and ex­posed ex­te­rior walls still make this a beau­ti­ful home.

But back in 2004 some­thing was miss­ing. Now two ad­di­tions have re­ally made this house work. Marika (age 5) and Macken­zie (age 7) have now ac­cented the house with lots of stuffed an­i­mals, pink ac­ces­sories, girly items and poor Steve doesn’t stand a chance.

The up­stairs has also been rein­tro­duced to the home.

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