This summer I’m helping my daughter Bridget train for her first half marathon, which is 13.1 miles long. We meet on the bike trail by the Fox River every Sunday for the weekly “long run,” adding another mile each week. Part of the trail is under construction and the detour takes us down River Lane in Geneva, Illinois. I grew up in Geneva and have been down this street hundreds of times, but while running it occurred to me to take some photos of the lovely homes on this quaint little lane.
A classic ivy-covered home.
I’ve always wondered, do you have to remove the ivy when you paint the house?
Or do you simply paint around it?
The home’s little side porch. I would sit out here in the morning with a cup of coffee,
and wave hello at all the passers by.
I’m normally not a fan of ranch style homes, but this one is lovely.
The front door wearing traditional red. Love the details of the windows and shutters!
A charming wrought iron fence wraps around the home.
A darling side door and circular window near the garage.
I think I need to make friends with the McEnerys!
How cute are those pillows??
And yes, these homes are actually on the river.
I would’ve liked to take photos of their backyards from across the river,
but that’s the part of the trail that’s blocked off for construction. Maybe this fall I can get those pics.
Across the street, another circular window near the garage.
This house isn’t my style, but I like the windows on the front porch.
And the porch swing is charming.
Next door is this darling bungalow on the corner.
I went to exercise class with the lady who used to live here.
I always wished she’d invite me over so I could see her home, but she never did.
More ivy covered walls and brick walkways. I’ve been in this home numerous times.
It’s amazing inside, with fantastic views of the river!
And here’s the side of the home, looking like a little English manor.
One of the unique things about River Lane is the variety of architectural styles.
Here’s an old, historic clapboard home with petunia-stuffed window boxes.
Another view of the 1800s charmer, with a unique brick and wrought iron fence.
Another ranch home with a double-door entry.
Wicker furniture and a basket of petunias soften the entrance.
And here’s my favorite home on River Lane, hands down!
I love the clean lines, the windows, the clapboard siding, the boxwoods, and the beautiful white fence.
And the chippy white chimney! How cute is that!
The front entrance …
… and the entrance near the garage. The owner came home while I was taking pictures.
I wasn’t sure what he’d think, but he was a sweet elderly man and I think he was flattered.
Too bad he didn’t invite me inside for more photos!
The home on the left is very old and the inside is fabulous (I’ve only seen pictures but they’re grand)!
I wanted more photos of the house on the right, but a truck was parked out front.
More wrought iron and brick walls on this creamy, chippy piece of heaven.
This weekend my daughter and I will have the pleasure of running down River Lane once again.
The only bad part is that the street is only a few blocks long, but it’s loaded with eye candy!
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