Bass Lake home tour will feature lakefront beauty

Sept. 14 event will benefit library, school bands

August 20, 2013 

The 8th Annual Bass Lake Home Tour will take place 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14.

A special addition to this year's tour is the home of past Bass Lake Lions Club president Ed Koehler and Peg Sullivan. The home has wonderful views of the lake and the couple have owned the original home since 1992.

Several years ago they decided to remodel their older home, but the longer they postponed, the bigger the project became. When Ed's brother asked, "Why don't you just tear it down and start over?" Ed and Peg did just that, turning the project into a complete reconstruction.

They enlisted the help of architect Michael Karby and builders Leo Miner and Mike Welborn to create a 3,650 square foot, tri-level, energy efficient, modern mountain home that blends beautifully into the surroundings.

Entering the two-story-high great room is an experience of light and air. Forty-eight windows and three sets of French doors allow the outside in.

At the end of the built-in buffet and between the sunken living room and dining area stands the amazing Australian "Eco-Smart" ethanol burning fireplace. Above are sugar pine beams and bent-wood fans.

Maple steps lead to the dining area and a first look at the "fraternal twin" Italian hand-blown glass chandeliers.

An open gourmet kitchen features state-of-the-art integrated appliances, walk-in pantry, with maple and cherry cabinetry.

Michael Ambrose photographs, bronze sculptures and custom, low-voltage lighting cables add to the experience. Tour participants will enjoy the tree-house office in the loft, the marble sink in the powder room and the guest suites on the ground floor.

Naturalized landscaping and cascading water walls create a pleasing area for relaxing and entertaining outdoors.

Purposefully designed to be low maintenance, the fire-safe exterior consists of HardiPlank shingles, Eldorado Stone, stamped concrete, and stainless steel cable railing. Naturalized landscaping and cascading water walls create a pleasing area for relaxing and entertaining outdoors.

"Our tastes are truly eclectic," Sullivan explained. "Our furnishings come from five different family homes — ours, my brother's home and cottage in Massachusetts, and my parent's Massachusetts home and Florida condo. There are even a few items from my grandparents."

Sullivan said the only new purchases for the home are the Michael Ambrose photographs, the Eiffel Tower and the zebra wood bed in the master bedroom.

"We love sharing our home with family and friends," Sullivan said.

The Bass Lake Home Tour was proposed as a way for the Lions Club to continue funding its charitable activities. Proceeds from this year's tour will benefit two deserving mountain area organizations: The Oakhurst Library and the Bass Lake School District/Yosemite Unified School District Band Program.

Advance tickets are $20 (adults only) and available from any Bass Lake Lions Club member, Bass Lake Realty office in The Pines Village, or at Tickets are $25.00 per person on the day of the event.

Self-guided tours will begin in The Pines Village at Bass Lake beside the Bass Lake Realty office. The Lions Club will prepare and serve lunch, included in the price, for tour participants from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The home tour is sponsored by the Bass Lake Lions Club in conjunction with Bass Lake Realty.

Details: Bass Lake Realty, (559) 642-3600,

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