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Lakewood Home Festival 2017

An Insider’s Guide to Lakewood

Lakewood is a charming community filled with beautiful homes and locally-owned shops and restaurants. Each November, owners of some of the area’s most stunning abodes open their doors for the Lakewood Home Festival so you can experience the neighborhood from the inside out. The festival is a highly anticipated event hosted by the Lakewood Early Childhood Association (LECPTA) and raises more than $180,000 for Lakewood Elementary, J.L. Long Middle and Woodrow Wilson High Schools. Get your tour tickets here for Saturday, Nov. 11 or Sunday, Nov. 12. Then, check out our tips for making the most of a fall day in Lakewood.

 

9:00 am

Gear Up

Mot Hai Ba’S Banh Xeo

You’re not just here to drool over the gorgeous, architecturally-significant estates. Well, okay, maybe you are, but first, coffee. Get ready for a beautiful day in the neighborhood with a stop at The Heights, a newer spot that serves a full breakfast menu with options that range from savory (migas) to sweet (baked apple cinnamon oatmeal). Can’t wait to get started? Drop in for Full City Rooster coffee and pastries to go. Other neighborhood favorites include The Dream Café, Roots Juices and Mot Hai Ba — but before you make plans, know that the latter only offers its outstanding brunch on Sundays.

10:00 am

The First Three

 

6538 Bob O’ Link Drive
6820 Cornelia Lane
6957 Delrose Drive

Every year, the home festival spotlights six houses that exemplify the neighborhood’s diversity of architecture — each swoon-worthy in its own right. First up: 6538 Bob O’ Link Drive, a gorgeous Spanish Colonial a mere five minutes from The Heights. Look out for the custom-stained Saltillo tile floors, which change pattern from room to room. Art lovers will especially enjoy this stop, which boasts a collection lovingly assembled by the owners. From there, head over to 6820 Cornelia Lane, a traditional contemporary home built just two years ago, making it the newest house on the tour, followed by 6957 Delrose Dr., a two-story Mediterranean-inspired stunner.

Psst. Don’t forget about the annual raffle. Tickets can be bought at any home on the tour, and you don’t have to be present to win the great prizes up for grabs.

12:30 pm

Refuel

Now that you’ve been inspired by pristine landscaping and all manner of custom furnishings, take a break for lunch. We like Unleavened Fresh Kitchen for a quick, casual bite, with a menu featuring flavorful wraps, salads, soups and more. Want something more hearty? Liberty Burger serves up gourmet burgers made from responsibly sourced meats as well as one our favorite veggie burgers in town, while Cane Rosso’s sandwiches are good enough to steal the show from the local chain’s superb pizzas. Go for a Johnny C, stacked with Italian meats, or the filling, slightly spicy Cuban.

2:00 pm

The Next Three

 

6908 Lakeshore Drive
6708 Lakewood Blvd
6859 Westlake Avenue

Back to the tour. Your first post-lunch stop is 6908 Lakeshore Drive, a Georgian Colonial built in 1930. Don’t miss the art from local artists, or the backyard deck (just imagine yourself sipping a glass of something cool and refreshing). Next up is 6708 Lakewood Blvd., built in 1927 and renovated in 2011 — a lovely example of old and new neighborhood tradition. The final home on the tour, 6859 Westlake Avenue, is a 1960s ranch-style. Enjoy the eclectic art collection, take a gander at the outdoor pool and, oh, what’s this? A wine room? Definitely think about adding one of those to your own home.

5:00 pm

Time to Wine Down

Speaking of wine, there’s no better spot in Lakewood to grab a glass than Times Ten Cellars. Pop in, taste the winery’s selections, then take your pour of choice to the patio to enjoy the evening air. (And what the heck, buy a bottle to take with you.) On Sundays, you just might catch some live jazz.

Psst! We know, you’re packing a lot into ten hours. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest our top spots for retail therapy. Boutiques Tallulah and HESS and The T Shop offer a beautiful selection of gifts to give or keep. The T Shop’s curated picks include charming flower and plant arrangements, while Tallulah and HESS also happens to be a design boutique — just in case you took notes as you made your way through the magnificent homes. If you try to squeeze in a little shopping after the festival, make sure you check store hours of operation first.

7:30 pm

Relax Over Dinner

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Roll on over to Sa Sa Sushi. It opened earlier this year, but we’re already not sure how we survived so long without this elegant sushi bar. The menu is extensive, with something for everyone — including vegetarians or those who don’t eat seafood (think udon noodles and savory ramen). Sushi lovers will appreciate the mix of classic and unique rolls, while dessert enthusiasts might save room for green tea ice cream. Don’t forget to raise a glass of sake to your newfound tradition. Six more homes await you next year!

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