MARCO ISLAND — The Marco Island Woman’s Club hosted their 12th annual Home Tour Friday, providing about 200 women, each of whom paid $75 for the privilege, with an inside look at five beautiful island residences. The group met at the MIYC for breakfast before heading out in their own cars to tour the homes in small groups, then rendezvoused back at the yacht club for desserts and a fashion show presented by Kay’s On The Beach. Owner Kay Folsom has been presenting the show for more than three decades for the Woman’s Club (see photo coverage in Friday’s Eagle).
The exact identities of the houses on display was a closely guarded secret in the days leading up to the tour, but finally, they were revealed, and a brochure with addresses and directions provided. The five homes included Eileen and Jeff Fisher’s home at 1267 Andalusia Terrace, Debbie and Peter White’s house at 1164 Bond Court, the currently vacant home at 919 Caxambas Drive, the Jeff and Sue Hewson residence at 1361 Cutler Court, and Rene and Tish Champagne’s “Chateau Champagne,” at 1809 South Inlet Drive.
Docents greeted the guests as they arrived, had them take off their shoes or don little paper “booties” if requested, and helped answer questions about the homes on the tour. At Chateau Champagne, the greeter was Tish Champagne, who was apparently using the occasion as an excuse for a party, greeting friends with a hug, and offering champagne, fittingly enough, and chocolates to her guests.
Each home seemed more spectacular than the last, and contained various “to die for” features, that had the women making notes for their own residences, or just oohing and aahing.
“I’ve got to close my jaw,” said Joyce Kaelin, while viewing the master bathroom at 919 Caxambas, which was large enough to hold a party in all by itself. Guests walked through the walk-through shower, and even seated on the throne, one had a sweeping view of the nature preserve and waterway below.
“You could put a crib in the wine closet,” noted Betsy Wohltman. The home had too many mini-kitchens to keep track of, allowing those in each bedroom or area of the house to put together a little snack without disturbing each other.
Infinity edge pools showed up everywhere, along with stunning entries, elaborate ceiling treatments, sweeping staircases, and private rooftop sunbathing retreats. Classic kitchen cabinetry housed state of the art appliances, master bedrooms featured his and her closets and baths, adjoining dens, and opened out to decks with beautiful views over the water.
At Chateau Champagne, the “man cave” featured a pool table, bar, and a barroom shuffleboard table, all ensconced in suitably masculine hues.
As always, the tour featured new, never-before-toured houses, so participants know they are not viewing the same places they’ve seen before. “We never duplicate a home,” said Judy Kenney of Prudential Realty, chairman of the show. “The homeowners are so kind, to open up their beautiful homes for our group.”
Kenney thanked her committee, docents, participating businesses, and Kay’s of the Beach and their models for the fashion show. Proceeds from the home tour go to the Marco Island Woman’s Club scholarship fund, providing help with higher education for high-achieving island high school students.
The show sold out in January at $75 per ticket, so don’t wait to reserve your spot for next year’s tour.