Peek inside Lake Wylie homes April 26

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comApril 20, 2014 

— Six homes in four neighborhoods will open their doors Saturday, April 26, for the 29th annual Clover/Lake Wylie Home & Garden Tour.

“All of the houses are surrounded by water except one,” said Suzanne Krause, event organizer with Clover/Lake Wylie Republican Women.

The tour aims for variety. Continuing a trend from recent years, half of the homes on the six-house circuit are in River Hills; other neighborhoods featured include The Landing, Heron Cove and RiverPointe in Steele Creek. Some sit on a golf course, some by a cove. There’s a remodeled home, a homeowner-designed one and some large, “typical new Lake Wylie homes,” Krause said.

The Wade home at 33 New River Trace was recently remodeled to double the number of bathrooms and include a photography studio in the three-bedroom home.

“This is a very young couple who took a very small house, and they have expanded it,” Krause said.

Brian Wade said it took two remodels during two years to finish the now 3,000-square-foot home.

“We did a complete remodel,” he said. “We doubled the size of the house.”

He works as a Realtor and his wife, Beth, works as a photographer – both are jobs where home and style meet.

“She wanted to show off her home studio,” Brian Wade said.

The Stiff home at 4 Catawba Ridge is the design of John Stiff, an engineer with interests in architecture, piloting planes and other fields.

“He’s got a lot of expensive hobbies,” said wife, Tracy Stiff.

The Stiffs closed on their golf course lot in 1997 and keep a scrapbook showing stages of the 13-month build. It’s their third home in River Hills, with high ceilings and a large brick fireplace that’s actually a three-in-one. The fireplace runs to warming spots in the living room, bedroom and the extra room downstairs.

The home also has views of a nearby tee box from just about every room.

“We liked the openness and the light,” Tracy Stiff said.

All six homes on the tour are within 15 minutes of driving distance. Maps to each home line the backs of each ticket.

Tickets cost $20, with proceeds going to the Clover High School’s Fay Bergman Scholarship that is awarded to one or more of the school’s qualified seniors in May.

A luncheon at River Hills Country Club will be available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for an additional $16 that can be paid on-site.

Home show tickets are available at The Cleaners at Lake Wylie, the main entrance to River Hills, or by calling 803-831-0689 or 704-619-2424. Tickets also will be sold at the River Hills Plantation security gate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day of the tour

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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