29th Annual Holiday Homes Tour
Holiday Homes Tour is a favorite tradition of the season for hundreds of area residents. The tour provides a close-up look at some of the most beautiful homes in the area. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit VCC’s Kare for Kids Fund, which provides high-quality pediatric care for underserved children in North County.
Visitors to the 2015 Holiday Homes Tour on Sunday, Dec. 6 will get a close-up look at four distinctive Vista residences with outstanding architectural details and breathtaking interiors. Their beauty and elegance will be enhanced with holiday decor by a team of talented designers. Another tour attraction is the historic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, considered to be one of the best preserved historic structures in the region. Shop for unique artisanal gifts at the Holiday Gift Bazaar and enter to win dazzling gift baskets! The tour also offers visitors great holiday decorating ideas for their own homes.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for visitors to the 2015 Holiday Homes Tour:
Anchored in Maine
Doreen Quinn has captured the warmth, character and memories of her Maine childhood in her beautiful Victorian home with a carefully chosen mix of family heirlooms and estate sale finds, many of them more than 100 years old. Visitors to her home will find a hutch made in Pennsylvania, a French armoire, an Irish church pew, a Victorian dining table, a Persian anniversary rug, and photos by Wallace Nutting, a prolific New England photographer, artist and furniture maker. While keeping with the original architecture, the kitchen has been remodeled with soapstone countertops, white subway tile, a white apron sink, and new cabinet knobs and faucets. The home has beautiful porches that are used daily to enjoy the serene outdoors with fruit trees, and rose, raspberry and blueberry bushes.
A Family Home, Built by Family
Thirteen years ago, when long-time Vista residents Rudy and Teri Lopez set out to build their home, they drew on the construction expertise of their family members. Two years in the making, the result of the family endeavor is a beautiful, one-story Spanish contemporary home with a solid mahogany front door, travertine floors, large windows and distressed alder cabinets. The kitchen is the heart of holiday festivities that draw family members from San Diego and Orange counties, and Arizona. It has a six-burner stove, double convection ovens and granite counter tops. The centerpiece of the backyard is the pool surrounded by king, queen, sego and pygmy date palms. Red, orange and yellow hibiscus shrubs add bursts of color.
With extensive remodeling, Alison and Lenny Comma have created their dream home with a Spanish hacienda look and feel. Artful tiles, a wine room with custom wrought iron doors, handcrafted furniture made in India and China, Mexican and Native American art, and fireplaces with reclaimed railroad ties are just a few of the many standout features in their expansive and graceful Vista residence. The couple has chosen natural material throughout the home including hardwoods, natural stone and oil-rubbed bronze. The kitchen has custom cabinets, Spanish tiles and woodwork on the ceiling. The décor in the bedrooms of their three sons reflects their interest in surfing, music and athletics. A pool with a dramatic waterfall feature, patios, plants and trees create a tranquil outdoor space.
Light, Art, Space and Warmth
Since moving to their spacious Vista residence last year, Lauren and Matthew Lieberman have added some very special touches to make the home uniquely their own. The entrance, framed by olive trees, leads to a living room with high ceilings and rustic wooden beams. Its white walls are dotted with art work created by Lauren and the couple’s two young daughters. Comfortable and casual, the home’s interiors are filled with family heirlooms and furniture that Lauren has found in thrift shops and flea markets. The girls’ rooms have a whimsical feel with furniture painted with chalk paint. The large balcony offers spectacular views of the sunset and July 4 fireworks in Brengle Terrace Park. Beautiful palms and tropical plants dot the expansive backyard.
Bazaar & Opportunity Drawings
Are you looking for something special for your loved ones this holiday season? The Holiday Gift Bazaar, featuring the work of local artisans, is the perfect opportunity to buy unique, handmade gifts. Visitors can browse through dozens of vendor booths and shop for jewelry, handbags, chocolate and more! There will be a raffle of spectacular gift baskets featuring wine, gourmet food, hotel packages, jewelry and tickets to San Diego attractions.
There are many ways to lend your support to this year’s Holiday Homes Tour including event sponsorship, joining the Holiday Gift Bazaar as a vendor and donating to the gift basket raffle. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Betsy Heightman at 760. 631.5000, x1139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Youths’ Friends Association
- Bill Horn, County Supervisor
- Watkins Manufacturing
- Federal Health Sign
- Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
- Betsy and A.J. Heightman
- Fernando M. Sañudo
- Peggy Zachary