SLCL Housewalk Sneak Peek!

08 September 2014
Published in Places

Amazing homes that typify the staycation are on display during Service League of Crystal Lake’s 40th Annual Housewalk – all for great local causes. Take McHenry County Living’s exclusive preview tour now!

Photos: R. Hacker Photography

“Staycation” – taking leisure in one’s home – is the theme of the Service League of Crystal Lake's 40th Annual Housewalk with two tours on Friday, September 26. From calming water features to basement escapes, from breathtaking views to incredible interiors, these homes are true destinations.

“These four fabulous homes will make you feel like you are on vacation without even leaving the Crystal Lake area,” according to Amy Wittenberg, publicity chairwoman.

Partaking in the Housewalk is also a special opportunity that makes a big difference – your ticket directly benefits those in immediate need in the community – something we can all feel great about.

“The Housewalk is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Service League, last year raising more than $25,000 for those in need in Crystal Lake,” Wittenberg explained. “All the proceeds from all the Service League events go back to the community in the form of scholarships to students or assistance to those in need in the community.”

McHenry County Living is pleased to share with you a sneak peek of the staycation homes of this year’s Housewalk. See MCL's Facebook photo album for more exclusive photos! >>>


R. Hacker Photography Dias 21 of 22

The Boulder Ridge Home – Outdoor Living with a Golf View 

The first house is a golfer’s dream home – a fabulous country club estate located on the 9th hole of the Boulder Ridge Golf Course (above). This house features a gourmet kitchen, artistically painted walls, decorative light fixtures and stunning fireplaces. The lower level is an escape in and of itself with a relaxing home theater, pool table, bar and wine cellar adorned with reclaimed woods and a stained glass window. The backyard, overlooking the golf course, is adorned with verdant landscaping, an outdoor fireplace, bubbly ponds and its very own Bocce ball court.


The Sander Home – A Lovingly Restored Retreat

Next, the Sander Home blends history with modern luxury – a renovated Cape Cod cottage located in the Gates of Lakewood that is both a home and retreat. This is a house steeped in history dating back to when construction began in 1922. Built on 1.5 lots, the property was originally owned by the Consumer Ice Co. – a direct link to Crystal Lake’s legacy in the ice industry. Another notable fact – the front yard is home to the oldest Ash tree in Crystal Lake. Architecturally, the Sander home retains all the charms of the original while having doubled in size with plenty of meticulous renovations. Interior highlights include a formal living room with original wood floors, fireplace and staircase; a sun room bathed in light from the original windows (above) and decorated with family mementos and artwork; a modern kitchen with refinished cabinetry, custom millwork and new appliances; and family room with its own fireplace and great views of the lush backyard.


The Ozment Home – Mediterranean Escape

Also located in the Gates, just one block over from the Sander home, is the Ozment home – a special Mediterranean escape with deep roots in local history. Built in 1927 by John Barrett, former vice president of farm machine giant International Harvester, this home was built as a one-third-scale model of his villa in Portugal. A key figure in the community, Barrett helped organize the Village of Lakewood in 1933 and was village president. The charm and elegance of this Spanish eclectic-style home (above) can be seen through arched doorways, stained glass windows, original iron fixtures and clay tile roof. Renovations and additions include hand-painted Mexican tile, formal gardens, a concrete swimming pool (opening photo) and exceptional screened-in porch. The Ozments worked closely with Manchester Builders of Crystal Lake to beautifully integrate the villa’s historic style and modern amenities.


The Allen Home – Resort-Like Colonial

The final house on the walk is a spectacular white colonial set in a vast wooded area with resort-like yard. Creatively decorated by the Allen family with contemporary rustic décor, there are surprises in every room. The kitchen flows into the breakfast and great rooms, creating an open floor plan perfect for entertaining. Two of the upstairs bedrooms are clearly decorated for the Allen girls’ unique interests. The finished basement shows owner Tom’s career in fire fighting and the family’s enjoyment of board games. Outdoors, a screened-in porch overlooks the gorgeously landscaped yard, in-ground pool and relaxing cabana area with cozy sectional couch, TV, fire table and chandelier (above).


Housewalk Details

  • Friday, September 26, 2014
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: $30 in advance; $40 on event day
  • Raffle tickets are $5 each, $20 for five tickets to win a cash prize of $500 or $250, or a lovely piece of jewelry donated by Dalzell & Co. They are available through SLCL members and on event day.
  • For more, visit


Get Your Tickets

  • Around the Clock Restaurant & Bakery at 5011 Northwest Hwy.
  • Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery and Garden Center at 5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave.
  • Dalzell & Co. at 41 N. Williams St.
  • 1776 Restaurant at 397 W. Virginia St.
  • Twisted Stem Floral at 407 E. Terra Cotta Ave.
  • Wickham Interiors Inc. at 67 N. Williams St.
  • Yours & Meyn Simply Designed at 37 N. Williams St.
  • Mueller Interiors Inc. at 440 W. Virginia St.
  • Online at

See more beautiful photos of the Housewalk homes here!