Deck the Halls Christmas House Tour returns
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.