Tour to feature 4 unique homes
by Sally Litchfield
April 22, 2012 12:03 AM | 4297 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeanine and Skip Harper and their daughter, Claire, far left, stand outside their home in Kennesaw. <br>Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
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Unlock the art of living by exploring different lifestyles April 28 and 29 with The Art of Living, a Tour of Homes presented by the Walker School, Patrons of the Arts. Four homes will be showcased to the public.

The self-guided tour presents a unique opportunity to see four beautiful homes within 5 miles of the Marietta Square.

“This is a chance to find inspiration from these homes through decor and sampling of architectural styles,” said Jennifer Smith event chair.

Patrons of the Arts, a parent organization that supports the Fine Arts Department at the Walker School, celebrates art in its different forms through events such as this tour of homes.

“It’s always interesting to see how other people live. The fun of this tour is, in fact, the art of living — to experience the taste of others, to see their collections and what they find attractive,” Smith said. “The tour opens the door to a wide range of lifestyles that will appeal to all interests each in a different way.”

Tour times are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The public is welcome. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door of any home.

The Walker School is located at 700 Cobb Parkway North. To learn more about the tour, visit

471 Oak Grove Manor, Marietta

Owners: Bobbye and George Litchfield

Located in the gated community of Blair Valley in historic Marietta, this home reflects the elegance of an established family residence but is perfect for the empty nesters. With master on the main and guest bedrooms on the upper level, there is room to entertain and take pleasure in the joys of retirement.

Antiques, porcelains and paintings from a lifetime of collecting can be seen throughout the home. Located off the back of the home is a courtyard garden that offers a peaceful solitary retreat or a lovely place to enjoy the company of others.

565 North Saint Mary’s Lane, Marietta, 30064

Owners: Fets and Peter Tezza

This understated Marietta treasure reflects the owner’s desire for comfort and family living. Against a backdrop of warm woodwork, a variety of fascinating collections is displayed throughout the home including china, nativity scenes and globes depicting changes in world geography.

Set at the foothills of Kennesaw Mountain on 3 acres, the rustic landscape — including cascading pond filled with koi, pool and al fresco seating — beckons guests outdoors. Stop in for lunch or refreshment at the tea room located on the grounds.

311 Anders Path, Marietta, 30064

Owners: Julie and Greg Schubert

This stately home in Anderson Farm subdivision is located on the east side of Kennesaw Mountain. The handsome interior of the home is outfitted with dark, rich woodwork and stacked stone fireplaces. With gracious rooms, gourmet kitchen, spiral staircases and well appointed details, the home stands on its own as a lovely example of an estate house.

To add to the experience, the owners are opening their animal trophy room for those wishing to experience a stunning display of exotic game hunted in their travels all over the world.

All meat is donated by the family to Sportsmen Against Hunger, a program started by Safari Club International dedicated to feeding those in need.

1370 Mountain Park Drive, Kennesaw, 30152

Owners: Jeanine and Skip Harper

Located on the west side of Kennesaw Mountain in Parkside at Old Mountain Road, this custom-built home is the perfect balance between sophisticated and relaxed, both inside and out.

Its spacious rooms and open flow make this an ideal home for formal and casual entertaining on the front porch, in the game room and bar, media room or by the pool.

The owners’ fuss-free style offers a casual elegance that reflects the impressive home is lived in and well loved.

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