518 Fairview Circle

The 1925 Period Tudor at 518 Fairview Circle may have been the first house on the street. It is situated sideways on its lot—a very English way of placing a house. The main door doesn’t face the street and entering the house feels like coming through a garden. The garage and driveway at the back are accessed off Oakwood Street. Looking fresh and sparkling in its coat of white paint, this delightful cottage-style house shows itself off without parked cars cluttering the view.

Linda Palka bought the house in 1997. Young and motivated, Palka has transformed the house inside and out. She started on the exterior with a new roof and gutters, and she repainted the house herself. Next she hired a plumber to replace toilets, fixtures, the water heater, the garbage disposal, and basement pipes. An electrician upgraded the circuits, installed additional plugs, and wired the garage. In summer 1998 she set to work on a two-level backyard deck, complete with arbor. In 1999 she painted and carpeted inside, replaced light fixtures, and planted lots of flower bulbs.

Palka’s biggest project took place in summer 2000. With the help of her dad, she gutted the kitchen, opening up a wall between it and the dining room. The result is a spacious, light-filled room. Doors were removed from the sunroom off the living room, creating another expansive and airy space. The house’s three bathrooms have been renovated—Palka did the tiling herself.

Linda Palka’s energy is matched by her creativity. Her home is comfortable and warm, distinctly her personal space. Shaker-style furniture, framed quilt pieces, and her own hand-woven baskets are all around. The flowers and plantings in the yard are delightful. Tourgoers are going to love seeing this wonderful old-new place.

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