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Marvel at 4 Somonauk houses in weekend event

Annual Tour of Homes set for Sept. 15

The Lake Holiday Ladies Club's annual Tour of Homes will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Tickets can be purchased for $8 each or for $10 on the day of the tour.

The tour begins at the Lake Holiday Lodge, located at 283 Easy St., Somonauk. Guests will find free tea and cookies, attic treasures, a country store and more. A light lunch will be available for purchase, and raffle tickets will be available for $1 each or $5 for six tickets.

The Kaminky Home, 287 Holiday Drive: This home has a truly interesting history. Shirley Kaminky, who had lived in several small Chicago apartments during her lifetime, was wishing for a spacious new home in the country. She and her husband bought the lot at Lake Holiday in 1973 and had a wonderful house built in 1983. She filled it with antiques.

In 1987, the house burned to the ground and everything was lost. Being the strong woman she was, Shirley designed another residence and had it completed by 1989 … again, she decorated with antiques. The newly built dwelling included a full apartment for her mother.

In 1995, she found herself living in the house by herself and invited her son, Don, and his wife, Cindy, to join her in the home, carrying on the tradition of multigenerational living. They lovingly cared for the home after Shirley passed away.

The Gowin Home, 302 Holiday Drive: Exclaimed about the stunning views from a hill overlooking Moonlight Bay. Gazed across to the widest part of Lake Holiday. Marveled at the totally upgraded and remodeled home.

This is what Pat and Peter Gowin and their son, Michael, and daughter, Anna, did when they found that this amazing three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch was for sale in 2016. They were overwhelmed with the details of the work that had been completed to modernize the 1966 structure. Peter admits that when he was told that a new ultra-high-efficient HVAC and tank-less hot water system were part of the deal, he was certain that he wanted to buy the property.

Sara and Karl Greiter, 422 Holiday Drive, Somonauk: Lake Holiday was suggested to Sara and Karl Greiter by friends when they made it known that were searching for a vacation home. It was lucky for them that an excellent lakefront house was for sale. It had already been completely renovated and was advertised by the sellers as “This is a turn-key home. Nothing to do but make ice.” Luckily, Sara and Karl found that to be true and they moved into this gem in 2011.

The Ivemeyer Home, 1955 Polly Court: Sandi and Jim Ivemeyer built their home in 1997 on a spacious lot on the Sandwich side of Lake Holiday. The location was chosen so that their teenage son could go to Sandwich High School. The Ivemeyers were creative with their choices when they built their home. The structure was situated to allow for a large backyard and an above-the-ground pool. The three-bedroom, three-bath house was built to Jim and Sandi’s specifications to accommodate a three-generational family.

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