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The real magic is on the home’s lower level. You’ll step into a well-stocked children’s library, then pass into a classroom where children can explore and learn within a reading nook overlooking the forested backyard.

Alex Haley said “Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” Perhaps with that in mind, the owners of this stately, two-story brick home have generously sprinkled magic across all levels to create a playground for children and the young at heart.

This home is one of the extraordinary homes featured in the 47th Annual Dunwoody Home Tour set for Wednesday, October 2, from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and is sponsored by the Dunwoody Woman’s Club.   

An heirloom pump organ in the entry ushers you in with a “Twelfth Street Rag,” accompanied by someone at the keys of the player piano in the neighboring wine-colored greeting room. 

The dining room radiates with grandma’s mahogany furniture, family silver, antiques and “bird’s egg” floor lamps. Beyond the cherry wood warmth of the kitchen, removal of a bay window gives access now to additional country dining, a family room with handcrafted furniture, unique collectibles and an extensive vaulted ceiling addition that features a resistance pool for a serious workout. Mexican tiles on the floor, barn-look paneling, and a service area for entertaining are softly cooled by a massive industrial-style ceiling fan.

As you move about, you’ll begin to note that walls throughout are uniquely complemented by a differing trim and ceiling color. Bedrooms above, below and in-between are decorated with family antiques and magnificent quilts, authenticating the family’s deep roots in the South.

The real magic is on the home’s lower level. You’ll step into a well-stocked children’s library, then pass into a classroom where children can explore and learn within a reading nook overlooking the forested backyard or sort seashells at the art and science center. A walk-in playhouse offers home economics opportunities, and a puppet theatre invites the budding marionette master. A raised stage with balcony, backed by a wall graphic of the family castle abroad, would please the Bard of Avon. 

While children play and learn, adults might adjourn to the adjoining TV room and kitchen behind a pocket door and catch the latest sports event. This home will delight and enchant you and definitely make you feel young again.

This year’s Dunwoody Home tour will also include two raffles: one for a $500 shopping spree at Lauderhills Fine Jewelry and another for a custom crafted artistic bowl by local artisan Dr. David Dalrymple. Raffle tickets will be available to guests on the day of the tour and can be purchased with cash, check or credit card.  

Home Tour tickets are available now. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on tour day and can be purchased online at: https://www.dunwoodywomansclub.com/home-tour/.

Tickets can also be purchased from any member of the Dunwoody Woman’s Club and at the following locations: Blooms of Dunwoody, Camelot Jewelers, Consigning Women, Face Haven, Lauderhills Fine Jewelry, Southern Comfort Consignments (Dunwoody), and Under the Pecan Tree.  

All profits of the home tour and raffles are used to support the charitable programs of the Dunwoody Woman’s Club, a non-profit organization. 

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