Woman’s Club of Duluth hosts tour of residents’ homesThe Woman’s Club of Duluth will be on year 46 of hosting its Homes and Gardens Tour — an event featuring some of the Duluth’s most remarkable homes and landscapes.
By: Clara Hatcher, Duluth Budgeteer News
The Woman’s Club of Duluth will be on year 46 of hosting its Homes and Gardens Tour — an event featuring some of the Duluth’s most remarkable homes and landscapes.
This year, the tour will be featuring a downsized home at 2727 E. Eighth Street, owned by Nan and Gerald Asperheim.
“We love it because it is comfortable and convenient living,” said Nan. “Before we moved here we lived in a much bigger house. I think that more people are coming to the realization that we really can do more with less.”
The couple moved from their 4,500-square foot house to their current 1,400-square foot house a year and a half ago. This house is complete with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious backyard.
Though the 1954 ranch-style home is only one story, it has a woodland view in the summer and a clear view of the lake in the winter.
“When we bought the house we always thought that it had a ‘wow’ factor,” explained Nan. “We recreated the house by knocking down walls and adding our touch to the garden and now it has a nice mix of contemporary and modern.”
After buying the house, they eliminated more than 3 walls to make the house more open and then replaced the cabinets with windows that line the entire back wall to provide a view to the garden in their backyard. Their master bedroom, complete with walk-in closet and bathroom, was previously three smaller rooms.
“I love that we have windows that line the backside of the house. It really just makes the house feel larger because your line of sight just keeps going out when you look towards the garden,” said Nan.
Their green, pink and yellow-schemed garden takes on a new level — literally.
The back door opens out to a stone patio with steps leading up to a raised terrace and then onto the grassy area of the rest of the yard. Perennials line each level, pine trees surround the yard and a yellow bench and patio furniture set provide seating for guests.
“We love having people over,” explained Gerald. “Any reason I get to use my Master grill is a good one.”
Nan and Gerald’s house also has a path leading from their backyard to the Mt. Royal shopping center, so it is no problem for the couple, both 75 years old, to pop over and grab more ice for a party.
“I think that it was the simplicity of the house that drew them in, but we also have a beautiful garden,” Nan said about why the Woman’s Club chose their house for the tour.
The Asperheims’ home will be featured in the self-guided Homes and Gardens Tour on Wednesday, July 17, after a lunch at the Woman’s Club of Duluth.
IF YOU GO
The Duluth Woman’s Club’s 46th annual Tour of Homes and Gardens will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17.
This year’s self-guided tour features 10 homes and gardens in the Duluth area, from Park Point to Skyline Parkway to 1 mile up the North Shore. Cost is $30, which includes lunch at assigned times at the Duluth Woman’s Club, 2400 E. Superior Street.
A map with directions and information about the homes and gardens will be provided. Call (218) 724-3168 to make the necessary advance reservations or to register at duluthwomansclub.com.
Tickets can be picked up at the clubhouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays until the tour.