Four Distinctive LCF Homes Open Friday

The doors of four superbly decorated La Cañada Flintridge homes will be open to the public tomorrow (May 4) as part of the 21st Annual Spring Home Tour.

This event, which is the primary fundraiser for the La Cañada High School grades 7 and 8, draws crowds each year to view interesting décor and shop the varied boutiques that display merchandise at each of the homes. In addition to the tour, shoppers can enjoy a delicious luncheon catered by Green Street Restaurant.

Tickets for the Home Tour and the luncheon are available at the Tour's Descanso Gardens headquarters, which will be open during both sessions of the tour, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Headquarters will be closing at approximately 7 p.m. Same-day tickets for the tour are $35 each, and luncheon tickets may be purchased for $15. In addition, individuals who pre-ordered tickets online but did not receive them in the mail should check in at Descanso Gardens.

Home Tour Co-Chair Cam Eberhardt promises that the Home Tour has something for everyone. "The homes this year are simply wonderful. Each of them has many interesting architectural and personal details that are truly unique," she said. "I think everyone who attends will have a good time, between the fabulous houses, the fantastic shopping and the chance to win $1,000 in the opportunity drawing. We hope that the community will come out in large numbers to enjoy this event."

Co-Chair Katy Champ agrees. "Home Tour has always been a very popular fundraiser, and we are thankful that so many people support it each year. We are also extremely grateful to the wonderful homeowners who are opening their doors to the public."

The Tour Showcases Four Unique Homes

This year, visitors will tour an exquisite Tudor/Spanish Revival home, a sensational Mid-Century Modern house, a captivating California Craftsman-style home and a classic Georgian Colonial house. Each home will feature custom floral arrangements designed and donated by a local florist. The participating florists this year include Eiji's, The Floral Connection, Designer Studio Floral & Events, Dr. Tara Burnett-Doering ("the Plant Doctor") and Pasadena Floral.

The Tudor/Spanish Revival home was built in 1927 by the famed architect Paul Williams. The refined, elegant, yet family-friendly interiors are gracefully appointed with hardwood floors, original hardware, and an extensive collection of Early California artwork and pottery. Gladding McBean tile was meticulously researched and artfully installed in the master bathroom. Original windows look out to mature gardens laced with camellia bushes and trees that landscape the hilltop property. Paver stones create an enchanted feel as they wind up stairs to a cozy and charming pool house.

The Mid-Century Modern is complimented by spectacular views. Architect Alfred A. Jaumsem built the dramatic 1958 home for himself, situated on a premier view lot in the Flintridge hills with breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the glittering lights of the downtown Los Angeles skyline. The residence has been restored, remodeled, and redesigned, embracing mid-century vocabulary while utilizing 21st Century sensibility.

California Craftsman homes are celebrated for their comfort and utility, and this spacious tri-level, built in 1964 and rebuilt in 1997, is no exception. Nestled on a cul-de-sac in the Flintridge hills offering sweeping views of the valley and the mountains, this home sits adjacent to 60 acres of unspoiled natural terrain. This lovely home has an open floor plan with large formal rooms and four bedrooms. The upstairs master suite has an attached office and a private deck to enjoy the view. Treasures from world-wide travels blend harmoniously with family heirlooms in this warm and cheerful home that is ideal for both family life and large scale entertaining.

The Georgian Colonial is perched atop a large knoll in Flintridge, and provides spectacular, panoramic views of La Cañada and the San Gabriel Mountains. Originally constructed in 1935 and designed by Paul Williams, the home is classic Georgian Colonial in design and reflects Williams' residential philosophy of designing around the life of a family. The home exemplifies his pursuit of understated elegance and maximizes the Californian lifestyle of indoor/outdoor living. All rooms abound in natural lighting.

The home has just undergone a complete, painstaking restoration with incredible attention to detail. The renovation brings the home up to the living standards of the 21st century while preserving the unique character of the original Paul Williams design. All the original details, including windows, doors, moldings, ironwork and hardware were preserved and restored. Nearly one acre of grounds feature fountains, terraces, patios, rose gardens, long garden paths and large, manicured rolling lawns.

Boutiques Will Display Merchandise at Each of the Homes

In addition to enjoying the tour, attendees can shop a wide variety of boutiques, which will be set up at each of the home sites. The participating vendors are generously donating 25 percent of their sales to the LCHS 7/8 PTA. Some of the vendors featured this year are the Garden Swing, the Classy Bag Lady, Taylor's Designs, Lavender Blue, Shelley's Fashions, Sweet Peas on a String, Ceramics by Mims, Just for Fun, Vintage Mo, Hot Rox by Ilene, Ronna's Gifts, Adobe Design, Beijo Bags, Private Quarters and Blix.

Some local establishments who will not be on-site vendors will also be supporting the Home Tour. The Apple Cart store, located at 1518 Foothill Blvd., and Penelope's Café, just down the street at 1029 Foothill, will donate 25 percent of their sales on May 4 to the 7/8 PTA. In addition, ShelRae Designs will contribute proceeds from any sales made between May 4-May 11. ShelRae Designs will be available on May 4 for walk-ins at 4314 Oakwood Ave. Appointments for the following week may be scheduled by calling 625-1059.

There will also be an Opportunity Drawing offering a cash prize of $1,000. These tickets are available for a donation of $10 or 3 tickets for $25 and may be purchased at the Home Tour headquarters at Descanso Gardens or at the home sites.

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