A Symphony Of Distinguished Homes Will Delight On June 5th Tour

WESTFIELD — The Friends of Westfield Symphony Orchestra, the auxiliary and fundraising arm of the orchestra, will present a medley of five stylish residences in its annual home tour to take place on June 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chairwoman Gretchen Castorina and her committee promise five landmark homes to tour.  And since the event is being held a month later than usual, the potential for viewing spectacular gardens is greatly increased.


This year’s tour showcases residences that represent an exciting range of design sensibilities. An authentically restored 19th Century home with rare elements including original stained glass windows, coffered ceilings, ornamental moldings, marble floors, deluxe kitchen and exquisite bathrooms is a must-see.

Another standout is a magnificent chateau-style residence majestically positioned on a northside knoll. The connection between Asian and Victorian decors can be viewed in a Cranford location with imaginative landscaping throughout the rear yard which is located on the storied river.  A splendid Indian Gardens contemporary stucco house is not to be missed for its elegance.  Finally a Kimball Avenue residence with a distinctly European flavor and punctuated by lush gardens features every desirable amenity for home-life as well as entertaining.

Castorina enthusiastically promises that the tour will hold “something for everyone.”  There will be a musical interlude, the always popular plant sale featuring both flowers and herbs, a luxury gift basket raffle, an Oriental rug raffle, a selection of Tibetan decorative home accents, and refreshments served in the garden of one of the homes.

Tickets for the 2010 Tour of Notable Homes are $30 when purchased prior to Saturday June 5th, when they will be sold at $35.  They are available in Westfield at Baron’s Drug Store, Coldwell Banker Realtors East and West, Prudential NJ Properties, Two River Community Bank, The Town Bookstore, Weichert Realtors and Westfield Symphony Orchestra office.  In Fanwood they are available at Irma’s Hallmark, in Cranford at Periwinkle’s Fine Gifts and in Mountainside at Christoffers Flowers.

Further information is available by calling the Westfield Symphony Orchestra office, 908 232-9400 or go to www.westfieldsymphony.org.

This authentically restored 19th Century home with rare elements including original stained glass windows, coffered ceilings, ornamental mouldings, marble floors and exquisite bathrooms has been enticing travelers along Westfield’s Mountain Avenue since its extensive renovations began three years ago.

Another standout is a French chateau-inspired contemporary home majestically positioned on a north side knoll

This wholly restored classic Queen Anne Victorian Cranford home circa 1890 is replete with delicate details and a multitude of Asian-inspired surprises, including treasurers of Tibetan origin. The owners have made this river-side location all the more enticing with the addition of three water features where the Friends of the WSO will be serving refreshments to tour attendees.

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