Four local couples will open their doors to visitors
FARMINGTON — San Juan County residents eager to see how the other half lives will have the chance to do so next weekend when the Parade of Homes presented by the Woman's Club of Farmington takes place at four local residences.
The annual event, which raises money for several local nonprofit groups, gives tour participants a chance to see inside four homes a year that are noted for various features, including landscaping, décor, architecture, furnishings or distinctiveness.
One of the tour organizers, Joan Watkins, said last year's tour raised more than $2,000. That allowed the Woman's Club of Farmington — a member of the General Federal of Women's Clubs — to provide $300 in goods to such organizations as Grace Place Pregnancy and Health Center, the Connelly House, Blue Star Mothers of New Mexico and The Daily Bread, all of which have been longtime recipients of assistance from the tour. Funding also was distributed to such recently added groups as Four Corners Equine Rescue, K-9 Companions Dog Training and the Children's Hope Foundation.
The success of last year's event left Watkins feeling good about the potential for this year's tour.
"Yes, we're excited. The homes are beautiful. Each one is very different," she said.
The local residents who agreed to open their homes this year were all recruited by club members, Watkins said, meaning tour organizers didn't have to resort to cold calling and knocking on doors, as they have done some years in the past.
The homes included in this year's tour are that of Brad and Vickie Campbell at 671 Cerrillos Drive, Paul and Deb Cutler at 5761 Pinehurst Drive, Sid and Sheila Shepard at 5200 Railroad St., and Stan and Samirah Lanier at 4265 N. Buena Vista Ave.
The 4,600-square-foot Campbell home was built in 1991 and features six bedrooms and three and a half baths. It features a split-level layout with an open kitchen and a stone fireplace in the living room. It also boasts a number of outdoor amenities, such as a hot tub on a covered patio, a regulation tennis court, a horseshoe pit, a bocce ball court, a fort, a koi pond, two waterfalls and an elevated fire pit.
The 2,700-square-foot Cutler home was built in 2003 and features a number of Southwest design elements, including vigas, lattias, arched doorways and soft corners. It is wheelchair accessible, and is notable for its sewing and quilting room, an outdoor kitchen and the Cutlers' eclectic and colorful decorating style, which includes a wall of crosses.
The 3,600-square-foot Shepard home was built in 1976. The ranch-style, A frame structure sits on 8 acres of land and has seen major renovations to its kitchen, living area and master bath. It features a large pasture and barns, where the Shepards' children raised livestock to show.
The 3,700-square-foot Lanier home was built in 1993 and features an open floor plan, one designed to take advantage of the spectacular views available from the home's east and south sides. It boasts a relaxing sun room and a master suite with his and hers bathrooms. It also has a very large covered patio and a den equipped with a wet bar.
"I would just encourage everybody to come," Watkins said, explaining that anyone looking for new ideas for their own home is sure to come away from the tour with a good deal of inspiration. "You won't be disappointed. We have four very different houses with different styles, and they're beautiful, all of them. And buying a ticket helps support a lot of good causes."
The tour takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 and are available at all Four Corners Community Bank locations, all Citizens Bank locations, ImageNet Consulting and the Dusty Attic. Call Watkins at 505-320-5793 for more information.
Mike Easterling is the night editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.