At Home with Carol Veliotis
Who: Carol Veliotis The home: Modest brick ranch Year built: 1949 by Dr. Frank Nesbit The basics: 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, less than 3,000 square feet on less than an acre lot
Amenities: Gas fireplace, art studio, sun/garden room, dining room, living room, gardens, over 200 pieces of original art
Carol’s favorite room: “That’s a tie between the dining room, where I love to host dinner parties, and the living room, where I love to entertain, as well. They have a totally different feel,” Veliotis said. “The living room is more antiques and classic furniture and the dining room is more pop, red, eclectic art.”
Why this home: “It was the first home I ever owned by myself. My dream home is a Spanish hacienda that has a walled outside with a courtyard in the middle and this is the closest thing I ever came to it with this backyard as the courtyard,” Veliotis said.
Major renovation projects: “It [the house] had a huge fake chimney in the middle of the house and it was causing my roof to cave in, so when I reroofed it, I had them cut that chimney off,” Veliotis said. “I bought the house in 1998 from the Nesbits’ son and I did a massive renovation. The house was brown, I painted even the exterior pale pink and I put shutters on it. This room [the sun room] was real dark and gloomy and I tore down the brick planter and painted it white and made it very light and gardeny. The living room didn’t have a door from the dining room, so I cut a door and tore [the wall mirrors] down and put bookshelves up. It [the house] had been on the market for two years and nobody bought it because it was so dated. So I did some major updates tearing stuff down and cleaning it up.”
To-do list: “I need to do a lot,” Veliotis said with a chuckle. “I need a new fan over the stove. I’d love to have a wood burning fireplace. I’d love a small swimming pool. My ideal pool is a round, 13-foot with a Greek key. But, I mean I’m happy. It’s kind of funky and old-fashioned. I’d rather spend money traveling than on a house. It’s not a mansion, but it’s a great place to call home.”