Homes & Gardens

Home and Garden Tour ticket includes admission to the following properties:

1. 6601 Talbot Hall Court

Visitors will enjoy panoramic views of the water from the moment they walk through the front doors of this contemporary home built in 2019. Every detail, from the door knobs to the railings, was chosen to create an aesthetic which the homeowners describe as “California clean living.” Crisp, geometric lines and contemporary prints mix with antiques and mid-century modern pieces to create a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. The open concept layout matches future needs as well as their current ones, and includes a master suite and laundry room on the first floor as well as doorways which meet ADA requirements. The large covered porch is an extension of the main living space with floor to ceiling windows that extend the view, bringing the natural world closer. Outside, the nearby shoreline is home to abundant wildlife including ducks, geese, osprey, night herons, and occasionally a bald eagle. Steven Hall and Robin Putnam, owners.

2. 6621 Talbot Hall Court

When designing the house for their blended family, the owners worked with the architect and builder to create a space that took full advantage of the water views, but was also completely functional for a family of seven. The open concept floor plan features a spacious den with floor to ceiling windows framing the live oak which centers the backyard, leading into a kitchen and butler’s pantry featuring dark blue cabinets and quartz countertops. A covered porch extends the length of the house, with two seating areas on either end and a bar with pass-through access to the kitchen. Of special interest is the extensive collection of artwork passed down from the owner’s grandfather. Downstairs, works by Miro, Alexander Calder, Renior and renowned local artist Charles Sibley are displayed with framed artwork from the owners’ children. Luke and Kathryn Suber, owners.

3. 6631 Talbot Hall Court

Walk up the stone steps and through the front door of this house built in 2017 for impressive views of the Lafayette River. The entire home was designed so that every room has a view of the water. Boasting a center hall plan, the neutral fabrics and furniture and muted décor highlight the natural materials used in the construction. A gilded metal mirror in the foyer is complemented by the chandelier hanging above the delicately curved upstairs bannister. The living room contains a 100-year-old grandfather clock brought to the United States by the homeowner’s grandfather when he emigrated from Scotland, as well as a painting of the Chrysler Museum commissioned by the owners to memorialize the view from their previous home. The gourmet kitchen features a square island.  It opens into a den and, beyond, a covered patio where the owners enjoy morning coffee and evening libations.Jim and Carol Forrester, owners.

4. 6641 Talbot Hall Court

The exterior of this classic yet informal shingle style home, distinguished by its wood cladding, asymmetrical façade, and gambrel roofs is echoed inside by the light and bright interior decorated in soft blues and grays. The coastal theme is further reinforced by a curved wall that separates the dining room from the open living space. A handcrafted compass rose incorporated into the hardwood floor in the foyer directs guests due west to the sunsets over the river, visible from the floor to ceiling windows. The traditional dining room features an antique pedestal dining room table and sideboard as well as a Charles Sibley floral painting. Eclectic and diverse art from local and Eastern Shore artists is displayed in the kitchen and above the baby grand piano in the living room. The outdoor patio and fireplace provide a vantage point from which to watch migratory birds amidst native plants. Billy and Judy Dashiell, owners.

5. 6720 Talbot Hall Crescent

Using a Southern Living plan as inspiration, the owners collaborated with both builder and designer to create a home perfect for entertaining. The blue shingled exterior opens into an interior with an open floor plan which includes a chef’s kitchen and an angled island. There is ample room to cook while family and friends help, or  keep company. The covered porch includes an outdoor kitchen, extending the living and entertaining space that leads to a pool and patio. The dining room is separated from the main living space by paneled wainscoting, which extends seven feet upward, creating a relaxed yet formal appearance. Interesting architectural elements include angled walls, hammered metal and crystal chandeliers and textured glass doors. These are accented by modern art. Michael and Wendy Holley, owners.

6. 6741 Talbot Hall Crescent

When designing and building this classic brick house in 2018, the homeowner, who owns a construction company,  collaborated with local experts to ensure that the design would blend with the historical integrity of the original estate the neighborhood now occupies. They oriented the house on the point to take full advantage of the sweeping vistas of the tidal marsh, the Lafayette River, and the port. Preserving as much mature vegetation as they could, the owners have maintained a natural shoreline, adding 1,500 plants on the waterfront to complement the existing shrubbery, pine trees, live oaks and sweet bay. Inside, the foyer opens onto a large space suited for entertaining large groups of family and friends. An oversized farm table was handcrafted from fir beams and floorboards salvaged from an old apple processing plant. The owners were able to obtain enough remaining wood from the same location to create the wide plank floors that run throughout the house. Every detail – from the large stone fireplace to the custom cabinetry in the kitchen –  was chosen to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Chris and Amy Kanter, owners , owner.

8. Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road

In 1938 Frederic Heutte, a young horticulturalist, and Thomas Thompson, Norfolk city manager, were given 150 acres to establish a city azalea garden. By 1942 the garden displayed nearly 5,000 azaleas, 75 landscaped acres, and five miles of walking trails. Today, the 175-acre botanical garden is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and run by a private nonprofit. Home to more than 60 gardens that can be viewed by tram, boat or foot, it boasts 15 miles of paths. Gardens include cultivated and wild native and exotic plants in themed gardens such as the largest rose garden on the East Coast, a butterfly garden and house, Japanese garden and a Colonial garden.

Entry to the garden is included in your ticket.

9. Virginia Zoological Park, 3500 Granby Street

Encompassing 53 acres of established historic Southern magnolias, live oaks and other specimens, the park is located just four miles from this year’s tour area and is the site of many formal and abstract gardens. Dating back to 1901, zoo horticulture has had a special place at this location, supporting and showcasing animal habitats with native, ornamental and exotic plants. A few of the present theme gardens include fruit orchards, shade gardens, rain gardens, an African vegetable garden and handicap-accessible gardens. The horticultural center includes a formal garden of roses, annuals and perennials.

No charge with tour ticket.

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