The natural beauty of the outdoors reflects gracefully back into
the hillside home of Morey and Irene Goodstein. They have remodeled,
adding a den and master bedroom suite. A serene view of the patio and
pool area is seen from each through the glass doors.
At the far end of the pool, a waterfall splashes down over
stair-stepped boulders. Morey said he enjoys sitting in a garden
chair, mesmerized by the water's flow.
"The sound is soothing," Morey said.
"I can see the waterfall from my bed," Irene added.
The Goodstein residence was one of four stops along the Holiday
Home Tour on Dec. 14 benefiting the Family Service Agency of Burbank.
The agency provides professional counseling for women and children
who are victims of domestic violence, teens who are having trouble at
home or at school, parents dealing with troubled teens, couples and
In the Goodstein's kitchen, a garden scene has been painted on one
wall. Swans are swimming along the pond, and a white gate is swung
open, a hint that guests are always welcome.
Retired after owning Morey's Shoes for more than 48 years in
Burbank, the couple gives their time to charity work with the Burbank
Healthcare Foundation and the Burbank Civitan Club. They have been
hosts for many Civitan parties in their home of 43 years. The decor
has a Far-East flavor, and wall displays showcase several
collectibles like Morey's model trains and Irene's miniature shoes.
Guests on the tour also saw the Glendale home of Richard and Lynda
Willner. The home was built in 1938, and the Willners purchased it
more than two years ago. They have redecorated it completely with a
contemporary design, refurbishing the hardwood floors and painting
the walls with a textured finish in mellow tones. An original art
work by Richard graces a wall in the powder room.
The kitchen's chandelier caught the eye of many visitors. Lynda
called it a party thrown on the ceiling. Curls of metal swirl down
from the base, each wrapped around a colorful glass or utensil. The
curls are duplicated in the fabric of the window treatments and
colors complemented by a collection of bottles and the wall clock.
Guests were charmed by the whimsical home of Al and Gayle Cottriel
of Burbank. More like a Santa's workshop, the living room and den
have hundreds of holiday decorations complemented by Gayle's doll and
teddy-bear collections. A miniature snoring Santa was tucked in his
bed under the staircase.
As a special treat, the committee added the new Buena Vista
Library to the tour. Guests checked out the children's library and
its legendary oak tree, tapped on the new computer keyboards and
gazed out windows facing Abraham Lincoln Park.
Betty Carrington, who has lived in Burbank since 1954, was
impressed by the library's acoustics.
"There are a lot of people in here, but the atmosphere is quiet,"
Anne Sorensen, a resident of Burbank since 1922, decided to renew
her library card.
"I still had the one from the 1950s or '60s," she said.