Roberts home nice enough to see twice
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 21, 2010 | 2341 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The home of Bobby Michael and Ruth Roberts on Long Ridge Drive was featured on the Pilot Club’s Tour of Homes several years ago with different owners. (Photo by: Jennifer Cohron)
The home of Bobby Michael and Ruth Roberts on Long Ridge Drive was featured on the Pilot Club’s Tour of Homes several years ago with different owners. (Photo by: Jennifer Cohron)
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Fans of the Pilot Club's annual Tour of Homes may recognize one of the addresses this year.

The brick home on Long Ridge Drive was featured on the Tour before Bobby Michael and Ruth Roberts became the owners seven years ago.

The couple have relocated several times during their marriage.

They were living in Winfield when Ruth Roberts accepted a position as West Jasper Elementary School's counselor eight years ago.

They began packing up again after their neighbors asked to buy their house.

"They had actually built the house and were living next door to us. The hospital administrator wanted to buy their house, so they thought they would move back into their old house," Ruth Roberts said.

When the Roberts could not find a house in Jasper that suited them, they moved to Birmingham for a while until the commute became an inconvenience.

Ruth Roberts said she and her husband may have unknowingly been drawn to their current home because it reminded them of another one that was filled with memories.

"It looks almost exactly like the house we built in Riverchase when we lived there," she said.

The couple have made some major changes to the home since moving in.

The kitchen has been remodeled from its appliances to the countertops. Ruth Roberts said her favorite feature in the kitchen is the industrial, stainless steel sink.

The master bathroom was redone in the spring.

The home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a full basement -- plenty of space where the couple's two grown children and grandson can stay when they visit.

In the front room of the house, there is a parlor grand piano where the youngest Roberts daughter learned to play. She went on to become the Marion County Junior Miss and performed a piano piece as her talent.

The piano itself has made multiple moves with the Roberts family and has been tuned several times.

One of the most sentimental pieces of furniture in the home is a desk in the master bedroom. Ruth Roberts bought it for $50 when an old hotel closed while the family was living in Tennessee years ago.

"It's still one of my favorite pieces that I have ever owned. It's funny how you get this attachment to something that may be the cheapest thing you have ever bought, but I just love it," she said.

The Pilot Club of Jasper's annual Tour of Homes will be Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. They are available at Pinnacle and First Bank of Jasper as well as from any Pilot Club member.

Proceeds will be used to help with construction of a Miracle Field.