Homes on Tour
3809 Portsmouth Boulevard
Situated on a rolling wooded point and set off with a high white board fence, Wildwood was first featured on Historic Garden Week in 1980 when owned by Dr. and Mrs. William Dodson, parents of Mrs. Anderson. A landmark in old Norfolk County, the original two-room home was built by the Hodges family in the late 18th century. An addition was completed in the 19th century. The current configuration and modernization was done by the owner’s grandfather, John J. Kirchmeier, after he purchased the property in the early 1900s. Recently, the kitchen was remodeled, creating a stunning view of the riverbank. The original two-room dwelling was renovated too and now serves as the children’s playroom. The formal rooms, including the dramatic dining room with a 16-foot ceiling, contain antiques collected by the family over their nearly 100-year stewardship of the property. A mural by J. Robert Burnell commissioned by Alice Dodson, the owner’s mother, graces the foyer and depicts the history of the property and its importance to commerce and ferry service along the Western Branch. Trendsetting design pieces are juxtaposed with family heirlooms throughout the decor of this family friendly home. Llamas, miniature horses and chickens roam the property; stables, a pier and playgrounds are situated along the natural shoreline. Alison and Tommy Anderson, owners.
2808 Lilley Cove Drive
The Lilley family first took ownership of this former farm in the early 20th century. Located on the banks of Drum Creek, it is built on what was once the site of the farm’s vigorous peanut crop. Today, the peanut field is replaced with a flagstone walkway that leads to a contemporary brick home with a stacked stone chimney. The double, wood paneled front doors are a hint to the extensive use of traditional trim work that accentuates the spacious rooms. Custom woodwork, such as the oval shaped bottom step of the central staircase, is an example of the fine craftsmanship and attention to detail throughout the home. P. Buckley Moss art is featured, complimenting furnishings from generations of the Lilley family. The vaulted family and breakfast rooms share an expansive view of the creekside lawn, terrace and gardens. A serpentine terrace is bordered with an arbor supporting both prolific kiwi vines and yellow trumpet vines. Steps from the terrace lead to a back lawn and the creek bank lined with numerous trees. A variety of plantings such as rhododendron, hydrangea, rose and mulberry trees add texture to the landscape. Susan and Bryan Lilley, owners.
2822 Lilley Cove Drive
Beside a row of tall pines and set directly across the street from historic Lilley Farms is a contemporary oasis. The warm toned brick and a sandy sage painted front façade includes three large arched windows and a barrel vaulted front entry porch. The same large arched window above the front door is matched with one on the back of the home, unifying the overall design. These large semicircular windows provide abundant natural light throughout the home. A voluminous central room is complemented by vaulted ceilings, a black granite fireplace, and tall French doors that lead onto the back deck and wooded garden. A summer porch with an inspired, coastal feeling allows access to the creekside garden and spacious lawn. The number and placement of windows across the rear of the home is of special interest. Plantings of all kinds as well as the homeowner’s repurposed creations give the garden a curious and spirited feeling. A winding garden path leads to thoughtful respites along the natural shoreline of Drum Creek. Deborah and Mark Creamer, owners.
3070 Falmouth Drive
A spacious front lawn and circular driveway complement the commanding façade of this 1940s Classical Revival home. It sits on Elizabeth Point on what was once known as Bruce Farms, a cattle and tulip farm. An unusual diamond X lattice pattern of detailed woodwork on the tall columned porch and a sunburst/fan pediment above the entrance door are exterior highlights. The white painted brick, columned porticos and trim add to the elegance of the exterior. The foyer staircase is detailed with an intricate twisted rope pattern on the wood balusters and newel post. The noticeably long pew, a treasured family piece, accentuates the length of the foyer and frames part of the owner’s nautical art collection. A substantial collection of oyster plates decorate the interior. Recent renovations include transitioning an outdoor side porch into a breakfast room, and the addition of a covered back porch with an outdoor kitchen. Views of the expansive lawn, a variety of dependencies and a boat house are rivaled by views of the river that reach as far as the skyline of downtown Norfolk. Cindy and John Tuttle, owners.
3087 Stratford Court
A steeply pitched roof, half-timbered and stone facades, and tall and narrow casement windows add to the charm of this Tudor Revival home located on the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River. In the recessed stone wall entry is a thick, solid, board and batten door complete with strap hinges. The lofty foyer, typical of Tudor Revival homes, contains the largest piece of the original homeowner’s stained glass window collection; it is centered and illuminated in the half-timbered ceiling. A grand piano and other instruments sit on a raised platform surrounded by clustered diamond-paned windows, creating a dramatic setting in the music room. The great room, with a massive flagstone fireplace, is in the literal and figurative center of the home. It has a coffered ceiling and a commanding view of the riverfront. Coastal accents soften the Tudor architecture, reminding visitors that the setting is Tidewater, Virginia. Exterior steps along the back covered porch lead to a new pool and shaded lawn next to the riverbank. A tree-house deck located in a massive maple tree high above the back yard affords an excellent vantage point of the river. Denise and Jim Parroco, owners.
3929 Oak Drive East
This two-story brick Federal style residence is a handsome example of America’s first national architectural style. Tall, slender columns frame the entrance portico. Warm wall tones and wood furniture accent the home’s predominately black and white decorating theme. The formal dining room also acts a family gallery for paintings done by Mrs. Karr’s mother, a portrait artist. Separated from the dining room by tall fluted columns is the living room which hosts another collection of paintings; landscapes by Mrs. Karr’s great-great-grandfather, one of the founders of the Philadelphia Art Institute. The open area of the kitchen, breakfast room, family room and newly enclosed sunroom features over-sized windows framing a view of the patio, pool and pool house. A collection of etchings gathered from family travels graces the walls of the vaulted sunroom; a collection of original art from the Outer Banks matches the coastal ambiance. Beverly and Jeffry Karr, owners.