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TTT Tour of Homes presents wide range of homes

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fresh and inviting - The fireplace in the living room of the Russ Becker home is just one of the many fine features of the home, which is included on the TTT Tour of Homes on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Photo by Nancy Nelson
The bi-annual TTT Tour of Homes promises to be both interesting and inspiring with regards to the wide range of homes on the tour this year. The homes range from very old, Victorian era homes to newly built homes, and cover many areas of Cherokee.

The Sizeland home featured in last week's Chronicle Times was built over 100 years ago in 1908 and has many unique, warm, and cozy features. The Sizelands decorated their home with holiday spirit to match the style of the home, with the help of Molly at the Weeping Willow in downtown Cherokee. Their home is located at 400 Magnetic Street which is on the east side of Cherokee along Roosevelt Avenue.

The Hupke home, owned by Leo and Kathy Hupke, is located at 910 Hill Street. Their beautifully crafted home was built in 1918 by Carl Perrin. It not only housed the Perrin family but also their business, Dee's Dairy. Evidence of the business prevails on the multiple back doors of the home, as well as the glass block basement and the 93 year old elevator. In 1929 Dee's Dairy was sold to Ed Nelson, who continued to produce milk, butter, and ice cream products in the basement of the home until 1952, when he moved the business to east Cedar Street.

All set for dining - Simple woodland type decorations are the holiday style at the Russ Becker home, which is part of the upcoming TTT Tour of Homes scheduled for Sunday, November 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Photo by Nancy Nelson
The Hupkes purchased the home in 1970, and for the last 42 years they have enjoyed the wrap-around porch and the stained glass window featured in the main living area of the dining room and parlor. The house also features original woodwork throughout the home. The Hupkes love of holiday decorating is sure to be a treat for those touring their home.

Another Victorian- era home featured on the tour is the Becker home, located at 736 West Cedar, owned by Russ and Angie Becker. They purchased the 1900 home in 2006 from Will and Sarah Cook. The home has a lot of history. One example is the story of the original owner, Herman Brummer. During World War I, Brummer was asked to donate the wrought iron fence surrounding the property to the war effort. He refused, and the fence remains there today.

A great degree of renovation was completed by the Cooks, and the Beckers have since finished up. Some of the key features that will be seen on the tour of this home include: French doors, original oak hardwood floors, a very large kitchen, and the wrap -around porch. Also on the property is the original carriage house that originally housed horses and then later Model A cars. The hayloft and sliding barn doors are still intact. To complete the look of the home, the landscape features 14 mature maples, ash, and other trees. This home is located on the west side of Cherokee, near the Immaculate Conception Church.

On the newer side of homes, the TTT Tour will also includes the Tofteberg home, located on the northwest side of Cherokee, near the Western Iowa Tech campus at 305 Coyote Drive. The home, owned by Chris and Connie Tofteberg, was built in 1997 by Mike Christianson. The 4,500 square foot house features many rooms with high ceilings. The inclusion of several more windows to provide light also increases the feeling of spaciousness.

There are also many additional luxury type features to this home. For example, a wine cellar, attached greenhouse, in-ground pool, and Chris' favorite, a three- car garage. The nearly one acre lot with the spectacular south facing views also has a fire pit, garden spaces, and landscaping.

The Tofteberg couple moved to Cherokee from Anchorage, Alaska two years ago and purchased the home, which had been vacant for a number of years. They are still in the process of furnishing the large home. The couple are looking forward to sharing their home on the TTT Tour of Homes, which will give them an opportunity to continue connecting with people in the Cherokee community. They say the best part of their new home is their neighborhood, because everyone has been welcoming and have made the transition to their new community more enjoyable.

High style - The extra high ceilings in the Victorian- era home owned by the Russ Beckers allow for some high style decorating in the tree department. The TTT Tour of Homes is featuring the Becker home along with four other homes throughout Cherokee this Sunday, November 18. Photo by Nancy Nelson
Taking us to the southeast side of Cherokee is the Wilberding home,located at 8 Brady Drive, which is in the South Highland Addition east of the Rock Island Addition. The home is owned by Dave and Cindy Wilberding. The couple moved back "home" to Cherokee after they retired. Dave found the property when he was surveying for Gary Doherty and fell in love with it. The couple said it was perfect because Dave wanted to live in the country and Cindy wanted to live in town. They now have the best of both worlds, along with some lovely views.

The Wilberdings purchased the lot in 2009, and after visiting it frequently and dreaming of the day they would build their home, they decided to forego waiting on retirement and hired Haselhoff Construction to begin building. The Mediterranean - style home plans were found on the internet in less than 15 minutes. The couple felt it had the right combination of features they were desiring. Ironically, the sketch of ideal floor plans that Dave drew months earlier was nearly identical to the plan they chose online.

In 2011 their home was completed, and every day and evening, says the couple, "We are rewarded with gorgeous views of landscape, birds, and wildlife." Add the holiday spirit to the new home, and the Wilberding home will surely be a treat on the TTT Tour of Homes.

The TTT Tour of Homes is scheduled for this Sunday, November 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $10, and can be purchased at any of the following locations: Paula's Hair Design, Shear Stylist, State Savings Bank, Cherokee State Bank, North Star Credit Union, Weeping Willow, and The Copper Cup. Tickets will also be available from a TTT member on the day of the tour, beginning at The Copper Cup or at any of the homes, beginning at 1 p.m. TTT will also be selling their annual cookie trays at The Copper Cup on the same day from 12 to 4 p.m. for $6.

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