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Holiday homes on tour for Burlingame’s Country Christmas

Burlingame’s annual Holiday Home Tour will be held Dec. 6 in conjunction with the “Silver Bells” 25th annual Country Christmas celebration. This year’s tour features homes of Ray and Mary Lou Hovestadt, Ken and Corinne Dubois and Darin and Michelle Schroeder.


Hovestadt Home, 612 S. Prospect St.

Ray and Mary Lou Hovestadt have two homes featured on the Holiday Homes Tour. They are the owners of Santa Fe Trail Collision Center and Hovestadt Homes. They have five children and nine grandchildren.  Their special pet is “Bubba” a teacup poodle.  The Hovestadts enjoy spending time with the grandchildren, RVing and relaxing on the covered deck of their home.  They have lived in the home at 612 S. Prospect, Burlingame, for three months.

The home is a 2-year-old ranch style built by Ray with the help of grandsons. Ray liked giving the grandsons a “learning experience.”

The kitchen has custom wood cabinets, ceramic tile floor, new stainless appliances. The living/dining room has an open design with fireplace, hardwood floors, and a unique ceiling design with fan.

The master bedroom has a custom window seat with cedar lining, a unique ceiling with fan, six-panel doors with solid oak trim. Two other bedrooms feature six-panel door, solid oak trim and carpet.

Master bathroom has a ceramic tile shower and floor, separate vanity area with granite top. The laundry room has a tile shower and easy access for clean up.  Other features of the home are on demand hot water heater, large covered deck and a walk out basement.  The home features earth tone colors with a country feel in pictures and décor.

Some highlighted items are a corner hutch, curio cabinet, and various shelves made by the sons and daughter in high school shop. Ray “immigrated” to Burlingame from Long Island, N.Y., so when the oldest son was in the Navy a collection of lighthouses and beaches were began.


Hovestadt Home, 730 Walnut.

The Hovestadts’ home at 730 Walnut, Burlingame, is a split-level built in 1991-1992 with the framing being a family project: “Everybody pounded nails!” The family lived there for 22 years when they moved three months ago to their new home.

The kitchen has custom wood cabinets, an eating area with no maintenance new deck. The living room has carpet, the dining room has hardwood floors. The master bedroom is large with carpet, a dressing area and walk in closet.  This house has three other bedrooms.  It features a master bath with double vanity, tub and shower combo.  The family room has ceramic tile floor with electric fireplace and patio.

This home is for sale.  The interior has recently been repainted and new siding has been put on in the last five years.

Dubois Farms are owned and operated by Ken and Corinne Dubois, 545 E. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame; the first house east of the railroad underpass on U.S. Highway 56 on south side of the road.


Dubois Home, 545 E. Santa Fe Ave.

The Duboises have been farming in Burlingame since 1969, when they returned after Ken graduated from K-Sate and worked in agriculture for a few years.  Their family consists of four sons and their spouses and 13 grandchildren: Craig and Kristi, Courtney, Kara and Zachary;  Chris, Ryan and Trey Patrick, Skyler and Tori;  Brent and Heidi, Willow and Olive; Kyle and Nicki, Michael, Brandon, Nathan and Natalie.

Ken and Corrine love to travel, enjoying other cultures and lifestyles.

They have resided in their new home since October 2009.  Ken’s parents, Bob and Sue, had lived in the old house since 1948.   The old house was torn down and the new home was built five years ago.  The Dubois family has lived on the farm since 1866.  Ken and Corrine are trying to preserve the older buildings on the farm to save them for their decedents.

The ranch style was built to blend with the surrounding timber which is their favorite view.

The kitchen is open design and large enough to seat the whole family for dinners and gatherings.  A large walk in pantry is very accommodating.  The living room is connected to the open kitchen making it very comfortable.  The master bedroom is decorated with a little oriental influence and antiques.  The guest room has family furniture and collectibles.  The walk out basement is home to a snooker table obtained from the Burlingame apartments where Pat Patterson, Joe McFarlane and many others played.  A room for hobbies, framing, art and storage complete the basement that leads to a patio and backyard.

Family mementos, stained glass pieces, two grandfather clocks made by Bob Dubois from walnut harvested off the farm, an arrowhead collection, and travel photos are highlights of the home along with family photos and keepsakes that complete the décor.

The Duboises said they are glad to be part of the Christmas home tour in Burlingame and invite everyone to come enjoy the day.

Darin and Michelle Schroeder, 4200 W. 56 Hwy, Burlingame, are allowing the holiday home tour to feature one of the first houses built in Osage County. Their two-story farm home, built around 1860, is rumored to be part of the underground railroad; there are hollow walls upstairs for hiding and a tunnel in the basement which is thought to lead to a coal mine behind the property.

Schroeder Home, Hwy. 56.

Schroeder Home, 4200 W. Hwy. 56.

Michelle is legislative liaison for the governor’s budget office, and Darin is a freelance graphic designer. They live in the Victorian home with their children Isaac, 9, Elijah, 7, and Noah, 5, dog Sadie, and Callie, a cat. The family enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, and metal detecting.

The property still has the original summer kitchen, gazebo, smoke house and bunk house (sleeping quarters for the hired help). The home boasts tin ceilings, original woodwork and 10-panel pocket doors.

The Schroeders have made several improvements and upgrades over the last eight years, including the installation of new hardwood floors in the spacious dining room, remodeling the upstairs bathroom and adding heated tile flooring. Also remodeled was the kitchen with granite-tile countertops and tin backsplash. The house has new paint outside, along with a new roof and landscaping.

The homes will be open for tour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Holiday Home Tour tickets will be sold in advance at the Schuyler Museum, 117 S. Dacotah St., and at each of the homes the day of the event. The holiday home tour is hosted by the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society and proceeds benefit the Schuyler Museum.

For more information about Burlingame’s 25th Annual Country Christmas, contact Mark Hecht at 785-633-6308.

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