Six residences open their doors for holiday tour
An old world style home that looks like a chateau outside and feels like a cottage inside will be featured during the fifth annual Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour.
The two-story, 6,000-square-foot home, located on five acres in gated Loomis Hills, will be one of six exceptional homes dressed up for the holidays and on tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.
Sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation, the annual holiday tour benefits the students of the Loomis Union School District.
Homeowners Jim and Erin Blomberg first saw the magnificent stone house, located 40 feet above street level, one night while house-hunting for someone else.
“It was lit up and looked like a Thomas Kincaid painting from far away,” Erin Blomberg said.
“The fireplace was going and we saw all the hand-crafted wood and solid wood hand-hewn doors and thought this place was different than anything we’d ever seen. It’s big, but feels like a cottage,” Jim Blomberg said.
The couple couldn’t see the grounds in the dark so when they returned two days later they realized the exterior was as unique as the interior, with expansive lawns, three fish ponds, a stone and wooden bridge, a fountain, vineyards and oak and citrus trees.
They moved in 18 months ago.
“We consider it an adventure that we couldn’t have afforded before selling the business,” Jim Blomberg said.
Built in 2003, the four-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home features covered patios and heated floors on both levels, lots of hand-crafted wood, tile and solid wood hand-hewn doors, including 27 exterior doors with wrought iron hardware.
“Every exterior door is a little bit different. Some are square, some are round, some are paneled, some are chiseled, some have glass in them, a few have speak-easy doors,” said Erin Blomberg.
The front hall has a groined vault ceiling with hand-blown glass fixtures and there’s a wood coffered ceiling in the dining room. The living room shares a two-sided fireplace with the large gourmet kitchen, which opens into a family room, breakfast nook, wine alcove and a laundry room, complete with powder room and dog-washing station.
The master suite is the only bedroom on the first floor, so their daughter Norah, a second grader at Franklin Elementary School, sleeps in a sewing room converted into a bedroom. Downstairs there’s a study, another full bath and a passageway under the staircase that the kids call “Harry Potter’s tunnel.”
The Blombergs completely remodeled the second floor, leaving only the original billiards room. There are now three full suites, including one with a bubble tub, another with a steam shower and a third that converts from an entertainment room into a bedroom by pulling out the king size sofa bed.
“We are trying to create a bed and breakfast feel for our friends and family, where they can come and have a nice dinner and spend the night. Life’s for living, we want to share it with our friends, create good moments, eat good food, drink wine and enjoy life,” Jim Blomberg said.
For the holidays, Erin Blomberg plans to decorate the house with natural things from their yard, such as fresh magnolia and paper white blossoms, birch, pinecones, pomegranates and grapevine wreaths. She’ll put trees in the front window and the study, and nandina berries over all the fireplaces.
Tour visitors will also be able to go outside to see the colorful raised bed winter vegetable garden and wander behind the house, around the swimming pool, spa and second koi pond, all with waterfalls.
Five other homes are on the tour including a modern Victorian, a Sierra de Montserrat Spanish style home, a Mediterranean villa with inner courtyard, a Folsom Lake view home and a home that features 26 Christmas trees.
For more information, go to www.lbef.com.
Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour
What: Tour six, holiday-decorated homes
Benefits: Loomis Basin Education Foundation
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8
Price: $25 in advance; $30 event day.
Gourmet Lunch Buffet & Holiday Boutique
What: Holiday boutique; lunch buffet with sandwich bar, soups, salads, desserts and beverages
When: Boutique 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8
Where: H. Clarke Powers Elementary School, 3296 Humphrey Road
Price: Boutique is free; lunch is $15 in advance until 5 p.m., Dec. 4; or at the door if available
Foothill Feed & Gift, High Hand Nursery, Blue Goose Produce, Flower Farm Nursery and Loomis Union School District office; online at www.lbef.net