Gardens, homes featured in Riverfront tour

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 14, 2005

It’s open house in Harbour View this weekend.

As the state kicks off Historic Garden Week Saturday, several homes and gardens in Riverfront, the new upscale subdivision in north Suffolk, are opening for public tours.

The Nansemond River and Elizabeth River garden clubs are teaming up to sponsor the event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Block tickets are $20 and entitle users to visit all the homes on the tour. Single home admission for $8 for adults and children over 13 and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets will be available on the day of the tour at each house on tour.

Make checks payable to the Elizabeth River Garden Club and note for HGW.

For more information, call Pearl Harrell at 539-0951 or Sara Ann Johnson, 934-0735.

Some of the homes featured on the tour include:

5319 Shoal Creek Road

Downsizing has taken a new turn in this small residence owned by Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Knapp.

The high-ceilings, interesting angles of the rooms and the efficient use of space make this condo a must-see.

Throughout the home are examples of the owners’ interests:

paintings, needlework and unique flower arranging vases are but a few of the items to enjoy while touring this home.

The home contains furniture and objects that the owners collected during Dr. Knapp’s military service in Japan, including Chinese Chippendale sofa with Japanese motif fabric and a room dividing screen from Okinawa. The living room is even large enough to allow space for Dr. Knapp’s digital organ.

The master suite, with its large master bath and multi-storage areas, overlooks the 10th hole of the Riverfront Golf Course.

(Park at Towne Point Bank and take the short walk to this address.)

5104 Bayport Landing

This custom-designed Florida home owned by Kimberly H. Aston and Robin Smith has a traditional flair, with its brick work and custom-designed porch denoting their attention to detail.

Etched glass doors lead to a marble foyer in this home situated on the 1st hole.

The home has been designed to afford views of the greens.

The foyer leads into a large sunken living room with French doors leading to a formal portico and patio. Glass cabinets and a paneled fireplace, with a hidden television, are handsomely constructed around a black marble fireplace.

The second level has a poolroom with a mural with a basketball theme painted by local artist Glynn Moore.

On the third level is a wonderful private retreat for guests.

5223 Regatta Point Road

The black lacquered chairs and large glazed ginger jars on the front porch denote the Oriental d\u00E9cor and treasures within this 2001 Homarama award-winning residence owned by Dr. and Mrs. Gary E. Taylor.

A Japanese lacquered secretary and a mahogany George III sideboard made by Dr. Taylor, a master furniture builder, is in the foyer. The dining room, with its dramatic Chinese red walls, contains several of the owners’ varied Oriental collections of figurines. The living room continues the theme with a mixture of Western and Asian antiques.

The owners’ collection of dragons and elephants are throughout the home.

An antique Chinese scroll hangs above the baby grand piano in this room.

The home is a showcase of the owners’ varied talents.

Taylor has fashioned and sewn window treatments, as well as faux finished furniture and walls.

Dr. Taylor has several of his pieces throughout the home.

The downstairs sitting room with tongue-and-groove walls was converted from a two-storied sitting room.

In this room is an antique Chinese money chest/seat made from a hollowed log.

What was open space in this room is now a second floor office.

5246 River Club Drive

Keeping with the water and marsh landscape surrounding their home, owners Tom Flores and Dr. Kirk Sallas have created an inviting entrance to their home using a variety of plantings and small, cascading pools.

This home boasts rich fabrics and complimentary colors of taupe, slate blue and gray and features an extensive collection of period and contemporary mirrors.

The great room has a two-story stone fireplace with a double-sided firebox, designed by the owners.

The fireplace separates the great room from the kitchen. Overstuffed leather chairs in muted tones are situated throughout the great room.

A collection of reproduction cigar store &uot;faces&uot; is displayed on one wall. Adjacent to the great room is the &uot;cheetah&uot; piano room, which overlooks a slate porch.