Having been in her Windsor Heights home since 1977, homeowner Ruth Bartusek has much to love about her it. There are many memories she holds dear to her heart.
“I love my home,” Bartusek says.
The 1977 layout has remained largely the same. The front sitting room is formal. There is a smaller front room that was once called the library. The formal dining room is now home to a smaller table and studio piano. The kitchen has been slightly remodeled. The cabinets are original to the home, but the updated countertops bring a new life to the area. The table for eight sits perfectly in this large eat-in kitchen.
Off the kitchen in the back of the home is Bartusek’s favorite room — the screened-in porch.
“I love my screened in porch more than anything,” she says.
Rightly so. It’s calming nature feeds the soul with rest, relaxing thought and conversation. The trees, shrubs, decorative rock, singing birds and gentle breeze make this sitting room one anyone would love.
“We play bridge once a week here, and even if it’s hot we still like to sit out here,” Bartusek says.
She’s also been known to through a family birthday party and even a grandson’s graduation party here. Her three children and 11 grandchildren love to come home to this house. The space, décor, food, fun and memories are all cherished here.
Her favorite memory is, not surprisingly, her now-favorite spot in the house — that screened in porch — an addition years after the purchase of the home.
“I recall the kids bringing their friends over and tearing it up out there,” she says. “It’s been the joy of my life.”
Another favorite memory includes the surprise gift of her studio piano. She once started lessons and became too busy with work to practice. She’s interested in starting back up again.
Bartusek also enjoys that fact that most of her neighbors have been around for as long as she has. For Bartusek and others, this area has been a great family-friendly neighborhood to raise children and still be close to everything they need — malls, downtown, work.
“I have a lot of memories here,” Bartusek says. “I just love my home.”
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