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House Tour to Feature Extraordinary Homes in Westfield

Lyle Brehm

Monday, December 2, 2013 • 2:26pm

The third year of Westfield’s “Home for the Holidays” House Tour will feature four extraordinary homes decorated for the season and alive with music from artists and tour goers alike.  Docents from Title Sponsor, Coldwell
Banker Residential Brokerage, Westfield West Office will greet guests and
musicians from the Continuo Arts Foundation will help usher in the season with musical holiday cheer.  “We are thrilled with the exquisite homes and generous homeowners on this year’s tour” says Home Tour Chair Sherrie Natko, “ and at Coldwell Banker we are also  pleased to once again be sponsoring this exciting destination event for Westfield that  benefits a wonderful local charity.”

A community undertaking,Cristoffer’s and Kay Cross will provide floral arrangements, designers Gail Marner, Peggy Schott and L’Image Design Studio assists homeowners in staging and design with additional support from Painting etc. and Karen Kaplowitz pianotuning.  House tour guests will eachreceive a holiday gift envelope with discounts and specials and one home will feature raffle items, the winners of which are drawn at the annual “Christmas Time in the City” Holiday Concert Extravaganza at the Presbyterian Church ofWestfield on December 15th.

The featured properties on thisyear’s tour include:
1.      Nestled in the heart of Westfield’s Indian Forest neighborhood sits the Colonial stylehome of Dean and Christina Serratelli. 

Built in 1938 by Phoenix Building Company it was completely renovated in
2006. Leaving the main structure intact but adding to both sides and the back, the extensive makeover took close to two years.  This remarkable home embraces traditional style but incorporates many custom features.  The grand dining room features a John Widdecomb table that expands to 90” round and though equally warm and inviting, each room of this gracious home is unique in its décor.  The Singers, Continuo Arts Advanced Girls
ensemble will perform throughout the day and lead tour guests in sing-a-longs of holiday favorites. Westfield resident Olivia McElheny is one of 16 outstanding young vocalists in the Singers ensemble.

2.      An elegant St. Marks colonial, complete with its hilltop setting, has been the home of the Sisto family since 1996.  The overall exterior appeal and interior décor successfully combine the owners' striking style with extraordinary comfort.The recently updated gourmet kitchen is the heart and soul of this stunning, six bedroom home. A large entrance foyer will lead guests into the living room complete with a grand piano. 

Westfield’s Prestine Allen and the Continuo Arts Associate Conductor Tom
Colao will play holiday and popular favorites with a special guest performance by soprano Shannon Hunt.

3.      A circa 1883 Victorian is the oldest home on the tour.  It has been tastefully updated and lovingly maintained by Melanie and Bill Penders.  The generous foyer welcomes guests with its high ceilings, a 1920'scrystal chandelier and ornate staircase with original balusters.  Tin ceilings were added to both the entrance foyer and the formal dining room a few years ago and the double parlor is perfect for entertaining or to be enjoyed relaxing by the original,wood-burning fireplace. Special music will be provided by The Continuos, a boys ensemble which includes Westfield’s own Charlie McCready, PJ Allen, DallasWicke & Dylan Wicke.

4.      Gracious and inviting, the stately Euclid home of Michelle and Mario Massa was built in 1910 and boasts many fine original architectural details and fixtures.  Purchased and extensively renovated in 2002, this Victorian style home features a grand entrance, foyer, sitting room and spacious dining room with original leaded glass windows.  The gourmet kitchen is complete with custom cabinetry, granite counter tops, breakfast bar and decorative moldings.  The Chanticleers, Continuo Arts Intermediate Girls Chorus, will be musical guests with ensemble President and Westfielder Maggie Bergen leading the way.
 
Usher in the season Westfield style and join the fun this Saturday, December 7th  for the “Home For The Holiday’s” House Tour!  Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and are available at Coldwell Banker Westfield West Office, on-line at www.continuoarts.com or by calling 908-264-5324.
 

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