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Five Frankenmuth Homes are Dressed Up for Christmas!

The annual Holiday Home Tour will be held December 2, 2017, with five  homes decorated for the Christmas season, and you are invited to tour each home.

Tickets will be available the first week in November at a cost of $15.00 each, and may be purchased at several area Frankenmuth businesses or by mail; call 989.652.9807 or 989.652.8189. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at a cost of $20.00.

House 1
Mike & Judy Nestell
966 S Main | Frankenmuth

A 200 year-old building located at the foot of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany became the model for Mike and Judy Nestell's home and business on Main Street in downtown Frankenmuth. This modern version, built in 1999, is an authentic Bavarian-style building. Typical of German styling, the first floor is dedicated to their clock business and the upper floors are the family living quarters. The open floor plan features their kitchen, dining and living areas. An enclosed patio complete with a fireplace, sitting area and a hot tub can be accessed from the living room and the master bedroom. At the opposite end of the home is another bedroom, bathroom, and den. Stairs lead up to the loft which features an antique jukebox, typewriters, toys and a genealogical tree display which includes a framed copy of the letter signed and sealed by the King of Baden-Wuettemburg, which allowed Mike's ancestors to leave Germany in 1754. Grandfather clocks have always been a passion of Mike's and there there are four located throughout the home. Their most treasured one is an eighty year old clock built by Herschede, considered by collectors to be one of the finest clock makers in America.

House 2
John & Lisa Schmidt
893 W Tuscola | Frankenmuth

When entering the large modern craftsman-style home of John and Lisa Schmidt, a sense of awe greets you as you gaze at the grand circular staircase in the foyer where a beautifully themed decorated Christmas tree stands at its base. The entire home is decorated for your visual enjoyment. Lisa's collection of Christmas décor began when her father gave her monetary birthday gifts to indulge her passion. She made all the swags that grace the archways and walls throughout the home. A twelve foot tall Christmas tree stands in front of a wall of windows in the family room where a wood burning stone fireplace creates a warm and cozy environment. The kitchen/dining room is festooned with decked out garlands and the dining table is lavishly set for family dinner. A back deck spanning the entire width of the house looks out over the pond in the expansive back yard as well as the Cass River. The bedrooms reflect the personalities of their inhabitants and the upper floor bedrooms also share a full length deck. The lower level is a large entertainment area with windows and doors also looking out over the pond. This home accommodates groups as easily as it does the immediate family.

House 3
Vasil & Tamara
701 Wren Rd | Frankenmuth

When you step into the traditional-style home of Vasil and Tamara, their European heritage is evident. Soft colors and fabrics cover the walls and custom designed furniture, enhancing the beautiful artwork and sculptures on display. They are world travelers and their collections are showcased throughout the home comingling with select one of a kind antiques in keeping with the family's lifestyle. Their Christmas décor also reflects their heritage. In the spacious foyer, a collection of handmade Christmas stockings hang from the curved stair bannister, surrounding the first of many beautifully decorated trees in the home. A two-way fireplace provides ambiance between the music parlor, where joyful holiday music emanates from a Steinway grand piano, and the family room, where a large silver wreath and reindeer grace the mantel. The dining room table is elegantly set for Christmas dinner. In the kitchen a bright red Italian range takes center stage. The main level is perfect for parties the couple host. The upper level features the family's personal space and the lower level houses a state of the art home theater room and the area where Vasil displays his collection of music memorabilia including original posters and signed art by many famous performers. Also on display is Tamara's life long collection of Santa's Wonderland Village by Lemax.

House 4
Carl & Kris Schoenow
527 Sunburst Dr | Frankenmuth

Thinking outside the box best describes Carl and Kris Schoenow's home. Built in 1965 as a quad level, they reconfigured the main level in 2005. The former living room became the dining room and the former kitchen/dining room became a state of the art kitchen perfect for entertaining with an island bar and a pub table and chairs. One level up are the bedrooms and bathrooms. One level down is the family room, complete with a wood plank tile floor also serving as a hearth for the wood burning fireplace and a cedar wood ceiling. Two levels down is a home theater room complete with realistic surround sound. Displayed in the home are treasured family heirlooms including a Victrola, Zenith radio, sewing machine and end tables. Of special interest in the kitchen is a hand carved piece of wood depicting a safari scene with elephants, trees and grass lands. There are also two hand carved rocking horses on display in the home. The family room features a Christmas tree “forest” with antique ornaments on flocked trees. The dining room plays host to the family's Nativity scene and a poinsettia Christmas tree.

House 5
Michael & Jasmine Southgate
248 Queen Creek's Way | Frankenmuth

The exterior design of Michael and Jasmine's modern day French-Country farmhouse is a blend of Michigan mined limestone, wood siding, timber framed porch, unique black window frames and custom steel double doors. An open floor plan pulls you into the spacious living space. Double chandeliers hang from the coffered ceiling over the large dining table which is elaborately set with the family's china. The ceramic Christmas trees on the sideboard were passed down from Michael's grandmother and great grandmother. Coordinated wintery themed embellished garlands are used throughout the home. A fourteen foot tall real tree, decorated with their favorite holiday colors, takes center stage in the great room. Adjacent is the master en suite bedroom. A grand staircase features an architectural bridge overlooking the great room and dining area and which connects the other bedroom and bathrooms. The kitchen includes a stone alcove above the cook-top, a farm sink, large center island, ceiling beams and a fireplace made of stone and ship lap. In the lower level family room another Christmas tree is decorated with antique glass ornaments from a great-grandmother.