Happy Holidays from the Andersons

AAUW presents Homes for the Holidays

Tour of five area homes, all decorated for the holidays, takes place Sunday, Dec. 1, 1-4 p.m.

Ticket price is $30. Ticket holders must be 16 years or older. Tickets available at Walgreen’s and Positively.

Proceeds from the annual tour of homes support educational and economic benefits for women and families

ESCANABA – Keith and Lisa Anderson’s home has quite a view. Settled into the north end of Lake Shore Drive, the home looks out over the lush greenery of Ludington Park, the marina, and the waters of the bay.

“It’s a spectacular view. It’s what made us decide to renovate rather than build a home elsewhere,” said Lisa.

Keith and Lisa are very pleased to welcome people into their home on Sunday, Dec. 1, as part of the AAUW Holiday of Homes. Keith stated that in so doing, they were paying tribute to his mother, Lois Anderson, who passed away in April 2012.

“She believed in community involvement,” said Keith, “and in giving back to the community.”

“She was so pleased that we would be showing our home in the next Holiday of Homes,” added Lisa. “She believed in charitable causes and in making the community a better place.” Lois founded Holiday Travel, now known as Passageways, and, as Lisa noted, “She helped a lot of people explore the world.”

The Anderson home at 218 Lake Shore Drive is a blend of the old and the new. From research Lisa and Keith have done, the original one and a half story frame house was constructed in 1916 and measured 26×37-feet. Records for the property date back to 1872 when Lot 23 of Block 6 of the Original Plat of the Village of Escanaba was sold by the Ludington, Wells, and Smith families to Hugh Robertson for $200. He in turn sold it to Christian Olson in 1877 for $500.

As the years passed, William Wallace, N.M. Hibbard, Hiram Barr and Peter Jacobsen became successive owners. Peter and his wife, Ellen, sold the property to Leslie French in 1919 for $3,000 and then bought it back in 1924 for an undisclosed sum of money. The property remained in the Jacobsens’ possession for many years. In1963, Harry and Ella Jacobsen became the owners.

Keith bought the home in 1989 from the estate of Ella Jacobsen and rented it out for a number of years. When he and Lisa decided to make it their home, renovations began “a bit at a time.”

“Blending the old with the new is very difficult,” remarked Keith. The Andersons remodeled their home with the idea of keeping it “traditional yet modern.”

“We had some very talented contractors that guided us along the way,” said Keith. In 2002 the Andersons purchased the Myra property on the north side of their house and begin a major expansion in 2004. Don Jacobsen gave them a CD of pictures showing what the home looked like in 1964 up to 2004.

The Andersons extended the front of the home with a one story, grey-sided and brick addition. This created a large interior space and allowed for a generous front porch to take advantage of the views of Ludington Park and the marina. A patina finished nativity scene is proudly displayed as you walk up to the home.

The original section of the home has been extensively updated and remodeled while retaining some of its lovely features. The beautiful carpentry of the wooden banister and staircase, which is decorated with festive garland and decorations for the holidays, can be viewed immediately upon entering the home.

A gold and copper Christmas tree is nestled in the corner of the staircase. Upstairs, the three bedrooms retain their “old-fashioned feel” with the original narrow, maple-planked floors and original window casings. The baseboards and crown moldings have been carefully redone to match the woodwork on the lower level of the home.

The main floor of the original structure has been opened up to create a lot of visual space. To the left of the front entry is a formal dining table set beneath a sparkling chandelier. The table is placed so as to catch the natural light from the east window as well as the warmth of the fireplace on a cool evening.

Lisa noted, “We consulted local designers to choose the correct color theme and wall papers to bring warmth and character to our home.” The dining space flows into a contemporary, custom mahogany granite island which encourages casual eating and friendly conversation. Next to it, the modern, natural maple custom kitchen contains all the appliances and work space one needs when entertaining family and friends.

The main floor addition includes a large, 20×24-foot comfortably furnished living room with a cherry fireplace and cabinetry which displays a Winter Village motif during the holidays. Off of the living room is a lovely master bedroom suite. A particularly interesting feature is the tray ceiling in the master bedroom which was hand painted by a Marquette artist. The recessed ceiling has a “Grecian crackle” finish giving it a rich, copper shimmer with accent lighting. The attached master bathroom includes a Jacuzzi tub with a petite crystal chandelier suspended overhead for ambience.

In addition to the Jacuzzi tub, the master bathroom features a large, 5×8-foot, walk-in shower attractively built with the use of ceramics and glass blocks.

A popular quiet space for the Andersons and their three cats, Noel, Niko, and Meetoo, is the sun porch which you enter from the kitchen area.

“We started with a deck on the back of the house and one thing led to another and now we have a beautiful room,” said Lisa with a smile. “We enjoy this room because of its privacy and tranquility.” The sun room, with its windows on three sides and its windowed peaked roof, has that wonderful sense that the outdoors have been brought in. The yard is beautiful maintained with flowers and shrubbery artfully planted around two stone patios.

The Andersons expanded the lower level/basement of the home in keeping with their overall expansion. A large bar area centers the space and is decorated by historical pictures and artifacts of Delta County. One of the pictures is a fascinating portrait of a man identified as Captain Peter Jacobsen, smiling broadly and wearing a peaked, fisherman’s type cap.

“We found the portrait in bad shape in the workshop of the basement. We cleaned it up and had it matted and framed. He looked like a fun guy so we hung the portrait next to the bar,” Keith said with a laugh. “My wife loves to paint so she did all of the painting throughout the house.”

In addition to the bar area, the lower level/basement includes a bathroom, a fitness room that doubles as a bedroom for overflow guests, a sauna, and a mini-kitchen where food essential to watching Packer games is prepared.

Keith is a native of Escanaba and co-owner and a third generation funeral director with his brother Chris at Anderson Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone. His grandfather, C. Arthur Anderson, a Swede who was born in Escanaba, started the family business in 1919.

Lisa grew up in Powers where her parents, Raymond and Avis Fazer, owned the Candlelite Motel. The five children grew up cleaning rooms and helping wherever they were needed. Lisa is employed by First Bank, Upper Michigan as a compliance officer.