Orange City Holiday Tour of Homes

Tour our town during the Orange City Holiday Tour of Homes, a semi-annual event in Orange City that showcases the community and benefits one of its integral parts, Northwestern College.  The proceeds from the Orange City Holiday Tour of Homes will be used for the benefit of students and scholarships as well as campus projects at Northwestern College.  The tour was started by the Northwestern College Auxilliary in conjunction with the Orange City Chamber of Commerce.

2016 Tour dates and times are as follows.

Thursday, November 10th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Friday, November 11th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where to buy tickets.

  • Dove Bookstore

    125 N Central Ave, Orange City

2016 Homes


119 2nd St. SW

This historical Craftsman home was designed after a Pasadena home seen by its original owners, Wells and Johanna Short, during an extended 1910 winter stay in California. It was designed with over 1000 glass panes, solid oak colonnades, and quarter-sawn oak paneling through the living and dining areas. The Steinway Grand B Parlor Piano, Waltham Grandfather Clock and African Mahogany Dining Set are all purchases made by the Shorts. The stones were transported by train from the Kern River in California to Alton, and then brought to Orange City by wagon and a team of horses.
The current owners consider themselves “Caretakers” of this Orange City historical home, and have attempted to return the interior decor to its Arts and Crafts style.


301 Kentucky Ave. NW

We loved the location of the home and was excited to do a renovation. It has 2 bedrooms and one bath upstairs, with 2 bedrooms and one bath downstairs. It was the open concept of the living/dining/kitchen that caught our eye and with new paint, counter tops, flooring and a larger island we made it more our style. The addition of the sliding barn door allowed us to block off the private area of the home from the great room. The basement also went through a renovation with the addition of the 2nd bedroom, the toy room and the living area with a fireplace. We have a lot of fun down there watching movies and making popcorn! The overall look of the home is classic with a modern twist. We love the grey palette and mixing in some navy and black accents for contrast and texture.


323 2nd St. NE

Built in 1919, previously owned by Larry Oolman family, and the Dr. Fischer family. We have done several remodels but tried to maintain the integrity and charm of this home and it’s nearly 100 year history. We added a fireplace and an additional bedroom in the basement. We opened up the main floor to a more open concept, but tied in the home’s original oak flooring and woodwork. We also added a custom bench seat in the bay window. Additionally, we’ve opened the staircase and added a reclaimed bannister. We’ve refinished all thr upstairs hardwood flooring and remodeled upstairs bathroom.


604 Juneau Ave. SE

Our home was built in 1975 by Bob DeHaan. We purchased our home in 1999. What drew us to the home was the open feeling in the living and dining room and the large, brick fireplace with the simple mantle and the terraced back yard. The basement was originally an apartment with its own entrance. The former owners added the staircase and made it a single family home. We remodeled the basement in 2004 converting the NE room into a bedroom and turning the hot tub room into an office/eating area. My favorite part of the basement is the custom cut outs housing the TV. We have updated the main floor in shifts and still have a few rooms to do. I don’t have a specific style of decorating. I pull pieces I like and blend them together. I like a neutral palette of colors with a pop of color here and there. We love the friendly neighborhood and quiet culdesac.


1001 Hoeven Dr. – Alton

Our home is a Twin Home concept/design. It is part of a development that will consist of 4 twin homes – 8 units. Located across the street from Sioux Golf. Though the exterior of the units will be consistent, the interior layout and floor plans are as per the individual’s taste and design preferences. Our home has an open floor plan with the kitchen/sit down bar/counter that opens to the dining and living room area under a vaulted ceiling. The master bedroom has a patio door that leads to a raised exterior deck. The master bath features a walk-in shower out of glass block, a large soak tub and double sinks. Enjoy a display of framed “Saturday Evening – POST” magazine covers featuring depictions of life in our country in the mid/late “50’s”.

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