Heritage Hill Tour of Homes

Saturday’s Outing:

mode of transportation: bicycles

location: area in Grand Rapids called Heritage Hill

main activity: touring six different 19th century homes

side activity: admiring the many gorgeous Victorian homes in the area while exploring the neighborhood

conditions: very relaxing, sunny and warm, and easy to navigate (“Josh, you take the lead and I’ll just follow, taking in the scenery….”)

highlight: a 1873 Italianate 3-story brick house (our absolute favorite!)

minor fiasco: my chain popped off my bike and Josh had to fix it, and then deal with his black greasy hands before we toured our next house (thanks, Josh!)


The owner of this house collected all things Christmas (most of it antique or vintage) and the inside was STUFFED with his collections. To be honest, his collections overwhelmed the actual beauty of the home, but to each their own.


This was the first home that we toured, and it was very tastefully modernized inside while keeping the beautiful old features.


A neighborhood home




our “vintage” bikes, haha


another gorgeous home in the neighborhood


the outside of this home was not impressive, but the inside was nicely decorated and had neat features


Our favorite home! The inside was beautiful, with a huge banister leading to the second floor, thick mahogany trim work everywhere, huge original carved pocket doors, a wood paneled library-turned dining room, curved glass bay windows, a secret servant’s stairway, a unique passageway between rooms, high ceilings, and I could go on and on…… 🙂


the curved bay window


a cupola that vented the fumes from the very first garage in Grand Rapids built for an automobile

We left inspired!

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10 Responses to Heritage Hill Tour of Homes

  1. What a wonderful day, Ange! I love looking at/in houses, although my weakess is for red/orange brick farmhouses (:

  2. Lora says:

    Love, love your perfect day! It would be mine too…. I just love houses… Old ones especially but any nice house tours would do :)! Orange brick farmhouses are my weakness too. Especially the ones with nice cream decorative trim and interesting brick work. Architecture and building styles are very interesting. No brick here in NJ because wood was plentiful… So wood siding was king, after the really old stone houses you see some places in NJ. But the the wood gets replaced by vinyl, and when done cheaply it ruins old architecture. Old brick houses stay brick houses and don’t lose their unique detail so quickly. I wonder what was the local resource that made those orangey bricks so common in Ontario?

    • Found this on a website: According to Mr. Cane, the colour of brick depends on the amount of iron naturally found in the clay used. Most communities obtained their brick from a local brickyard using local clay. The buff or yellow brick found so commonly in southwestern Ontario has less iron in it than the clay that produced the orange or red brick seen in other areas. Red brick was used more in the Windsor area and in Amherstburg than buff.

  3. Looks like fun! If you are ever in NC, I highly recommend touring the Biltmore with the audio tour. Chris and I went a couple of years ago and it was so interesting! And I’m sure you would love their gardens.

  4. Ray says:

    Hey Ange,
    Looks like a great outing. Looking inside homes is always a lot of fun. We are looking for a bike for Paula and hoping to do some seeerious cycling in the near future…

  5. nancynurse86 says:

    Looks like you guys had a really fun day! Glad the weather was perfect too – that can make it or break it!

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