Wrought Iron Gates
Hunters Creek home on wooded half-acre lot
By Lisa Zapalac
Set amid a wooded, half-acre lot in Hunters Creek, this Mediterranean-style custom home at 10822 Roaring Brook Lane in Memorial’s Hunters Creek is a stunning property with stunning with exceptional finishes and quality construction.
Listing agent Charlotte Leach of Martha Turner Properties said the two-story home with 6,453 square feet boasts an array of features from state-of-the-art technology to cabinets and doors that were hand-carved.
A front entry with hand-made wrought-iron gates opens to the beautiful property that has four outdoor security cameras.
Inside, a faux-painted ceiling and walls enhance the large entry that features arched openings and art niches.
Faux-painted walls and ceiling also define the large formal dining room, which includes arches, downlighting, stone flooring and a large chandelier.
Just off the entry and dining area is the living room that has stone flooring, a faux-painted ceiling and walls, custom drapes and expansive windows capturing views of the patio, pool and rock waterfall.
Space for big gatherings in Beverly Hills
With a grand terrace, gazebo and large motorcourt, this Beverly Hills estate is designed for entertaining guests. It is listed at $18.95 million.
Set behind 12-foot-tall wrought-iron gates, this Beverly Hills estate centers on a renovated traditional-style house polished to reflect the elegance and glamour of its early days. With a grand terrace for entertaining and a large motorcourt, the compound is designed for events and large-scale gatherings.
Formal entry hall, library with a walnut-paneled bar, 21-seat screening room, six fireplaces, gym, 2,000-bottle wine cellar/tasting room, offices, entertaining gazebo, tennis court, swimming pool, pool cabana
In the third quarter, 75 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.4 million, according to DataQuick. That was a 26.3% price decrease from the third quarter last year.
France’s president opens Elysee garden to public
Visitors were taking advantage of a new policy inaugurated by President Francois Hollande to open the 18th-century Elysee Palace gardens to the public every last Sunday of the month. In the past, the palace and gardens were only open to the public once a year on France’s Heritage Days weekend in September.
Access to the gardens is just off the Champs Elysee avenue via an ornate wrought-iron gate topped with gilt rooster, the French national symbol.
Parisians stroll in the presidential garden of the Elysee Palace, Paris Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Visitors were taking advantage of a new policy inaugurated by President Francois Hollande to open the 18th-century Elysee Palace gardens to the public every last Sunday of the month.
In the past, the palace and gardens were only open to the public once a year on France’s Heritage Days weekend in September. The gardens are open from noon to 5 p.m. the last Sunday of the month from October to March, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. from April to September.
The gardens are open from noon to 5 p.m. the last Sunday of the month from October to March, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. from April to September.
Kisumu’s home away from home
By Frankline Sunday
The property is about five kilometres from Kisumu’s CBD in the leafy Tom Mboya estate. There are no sign posts along the 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre and no customised gateways announcing that you have arrived.
In fact, you’ll be forgiven for mistaking this place for just another plush residence for a well-to- do family with a passion for landscaping.
However, the plain wrought iron gate slides open into a serene one-acre paradise whose thick vegetation insulates the haven from the noisy traffic of the matatus, tuk tuks and boda bodas barely a stone’s throw away.
Swaying lush palm, jacaranda and Camel’s Foot trees form a cool canopy that gives the establishment a microclimate of its own, providing visitors with a welcome relief from the sweltering Kisumu heat.
Welcome to Panda’s Paradise, a small establishment of self-catering and fully-serviced cottages where visitors get to create for themselves an experience of rest and luxury away from home as they deem fit.
“We have guests who come for one day and we also have guests who have been here for more than a year,” explains Redemptor Osano, the manager of the facility.
Panda’s Paradise was once a three-bedroomed maisonette belonging to a wealthy Asian family and when the children grew up and moved out, their parents decided to expand and transform the property into guest cottages.
to be continued
Spring Forest Cemetery
By Chris Whalen
Over the course of more than 150 years, more than 12,000 bodies have been laid to rest in one of the most prolific cemeteries in the Southern Tier. Among the dead buried there are the founding fathers, former lawmakers, local heroes, and lives taken too soon. In the latest edition of Your Hometown, YNN’s Chris Whalen takes us inside the history of Spring Forest Cemetery.
Wrought iron gates welcome visitors entering Spring Forest Cemetery in Binghamton. Inside, beautifully crafted headstones, monuments, and mausoleums dot the grounds. Some of them date back hundreds of years, whereas others provide a more recent memory of loved ones who have passed on.
“These are people from a different time period and a different lifestyle, and yet there’s modern burials too, so it spans the whole span of history of a community. There’s probably a few smaller cemeteries in Broome County that might be a little older, but Spring Forest by far would probably rank right up at the top of the older and more prominent cemeteries in the region,” said Gerry Smith, Broome County Historian.
In Binghamton, the area bordered by present-day Mygatt and Prospect Streets was chosen as a new place to inter some of the area’s faithfully departed.
“There was an earlier cemetery in the city of Binghamton that was near Eldridge Street that was basically running out of room, and the association that was created, they wanted to create a major cemetery built like a park, a park-like atmosphere. Trout Creek running through, benches for people to sit and enjoy their lunch, lots of tree plantings and different types of floral treatments,” noted Smith.
And so Spring Forest Cemetery was created. Although the graveyard wasn’t built until the 1850s, it is the eternal home of some who died prior to its construction.
“Some of those were buried in Christ Church cemetery. Christ Church, the oldest Episcopal church in the city of Binghamton had its own cemetery,” said Smith. “When this was built, a lot of these people were dug up, the cemetery was closed in the early 1900s, and a lot of those people were removed and brought over here.”
The oldest headstone belongs to Joshua Whitney Sr., the man who was chosen to be the land agent for William Bingham for whom Binghamton is named. However, before he could begin his work laying out the plans for the new city, he died of yellow fever.
Whitney’s son, Joshua Jr. then took over that job and later had his father’s remains moved back home. Around the 1793 headstone are the graves of Joshua Jr. and the rest of the Whitney family.
Other notable Binghamtonians interred at Spring Forest include Daniel Dickinson, the city’s first and only resident elected to the United States Senate; businessman and former mayor of Binghamton Sherman Phelps; Isaac Perry, an architect who designed the New York State Inebriate Asylum and others whose names are unknown but memories not forgotten.
“When Interstate 81 was being constructed through the north part of the City of Binghamton and on up through, it went through the old cemetery of the Broome County Poor House. They knew that there were approximately 600 people buried in the cemetery, no real headstones, a couple of markers with numbers. They disinterred 180-plus bodies and reinterred all the remains they found here in Spring Forest Cemetery,” Smith explained.
One of the most unique sites at Spring Forest remembers 18 victims from the deadliest tragedy in the city’s history. On July 22, 1913, fire ripped through the Binghamton Clothing Factory on Wall Street. In the fire, 32 workers lost their lives, and 18 were burned beyond recognition. They were all laid to rest in a knoll in the middle of the cemetery.
“The bodies were brought here on flatbed trolley cars and they’re buried in a large circle around this monument with just flush stones with no names and the names of the victims are here on this monument,” noted Smith.
Gone for 100 years, but not forgotten, and surrounding them is nearly 12,000 other memories that live on through the preservation of the cemetery’s history.