Buford Lanier Woman’s Club 11th Annual Tour of Homes
When: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
How much: $15 in advance; $20 day of the event
More info: 678-482-1878
Ever wanted to take a peek inside some of the stately homes that adorn Lake Lanier’s shoreline?
The Buford Lanier Woman’s Club plans to open four of these homes and a luxury houseboat to the public for its 11th Annual Tour of Homes on Sunday.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour, which will last from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participants receive a booklet that acts as their ticket and guide to each home.
Many people attend the tour to discover home decorating ideas, but organizer Gaye Carey said Lake Lanier may also lure some people out this year.
“(With) all the houses being on the lake, people are quite curious how the lake is doing,” she said. “And this year, it’s going to be quite evident that the water is down.”
While the featured homes all have Lake Lanier in their backyards, each house also boasts a unique style for participants to see.
The Chateau on Lanier sits on a 2.3-acre lot surrounded by water on two sides with more than 250 feet of shoreline. The resort-style home has lake views from almost every room and includes a 12-foot, 4-inch thresher shark, caught by the owner in Miami, suspended from the media room ceiling.
The Hathaway home is an English cottage modeled after actress Anne Hathaway’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The luxury houseboat is equipped with a simulated star ceiling in the master state room and an outdoor kitchen, grill and bar.
The tour also features the 1980s Craftsman Style Renovation, a home that appeared on HGTV’s “My Big Amazing Renovation.” The episode first aired in October 2008 and chronicled the eight months it took owners Joe and Deb Clarino to renovate their 1980s-era A-Frame lake house. The husband-and-wife team bought the home in 2005.
Together, they increased the size of the home from 3,000 to 7,000 square feet, built a pool and added a gourmet kitchen, among other amenities.
“We liked the feel of being in that lakey, cottagey kind of home, but it just wasn’t our style all together,” Deb Clarino said. “We wanted to recreate the house, kind of carrying with it the same feeling, that same lakey, cottagey feeling, but update it.”
When visitors enter her home, Clarino said she hopes they will see the “personal touches” the couple added.
“This house was a vision of ours from the moment we bought it. This isn’t a home that some builder built. I want them to see the details of the home and the love that we put into it.”
All tour proceeds will help several local, state and national charities supported by the Buford Lanier Woman’s Club. Last year, the money helped 47 charities and funded several scholarships.
The club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the community, promoting education, civic, social and moral advancement.