The California Heights Home and Garden Tour will return Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10am to 4pm to showcase five historic homes and three gardens, and to highlight local home-improvement and restoration resources.
Presented by the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) and sponsored by local realtor Lewis Ebersole, the tour, which began in 1997, is expected to draw 600 visitors, with an additional 100 residents volunteering their time throughout the day.
Carole Coates, the 2011 tour guest speaker and co-author of California Revival, Vintage Decor for Today’s Homes, will showcase the latest indoor-outdoor design trend that uses vintage furnishings, pottery, tile, paintings and decorative arts from California’s golden Spanish Revival period of the 1920s to 1940s.
While highlighting the value-added aspects of maintaining and restoring the neighborhood’s historic fabric, the home tour remains the largest source of income for the volunteer-run CHNA, providing funding for ongoing community improvement projects and public outreach, including historic lamppost restorations, Cal Heights ReLeaf, CalHeights.org, The Heights newsletter, community meetings and several other projects. Past projects include the mural at Orange Avenue and Wardlow Road by Art Mortimer, historic district street signage and neighborhood information kiosks.
Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. All tickets include a Cal Heights dining discount card and the popular home tour brochure, featuring home portraits by Ellen Kirk. Live music and light refreshments will be included.
Tickets can be purchased online at calheights.org/home_tour.htm, or checks can be mailed to CHNA Home Tour, 3553 Atlantic Ave #350, Long Beach, 90807, no later than Tuesday, Sept. 27.