Holiday Homes Tour
The Vista Community Clinic 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 and sponsorships benefit VCC’s Kare for Kids Fund, which helps us create warm and welcoming pediatric facilities to promote healing and a love of reading in our young patients.
The 30th Annual Holiday Homes Tour celebrates three decades of spectacular holiday home design! Since its inception in 1986, the tour has featured beautiful private residences decorated for the holidays by a talented team of designers. Visitors return year after year to discover trends in holiday décor and find ideas for their own homes. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the historic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. Shop at the Holiday Gift Bazaar where local artisans display and sell one-of-a-kind creations. Enjoy breakfast and lunch from a gourmet food truck.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for visitors to the 30th Annual Holiday Homes Tour:
A Touch of Europe
Lance and Pina Shaw moved into their 3,100-square-foot European-style dream home two years ago. Since then, they have made changes that have added to the home’s allure. The recently remodeled French-style kitchen with granite countertops is airy and filled with natural light. It’s also large enough for Lance and Pina, and their two college going daughters to cook family meals together. The rotunda dining room with windows overlooking the front yard serves as the home office for Pina, a real estate agent. Lance, a firefighter, mountain climber and craft-brewing enthusiast, has transformed the home’s seven-car garage into a mini brewery with a handsome bar that he built with Brazilian pepper tree wood.
A beautifully landscaped front yard with fountain is the first clue for visitors on what they can expect to see inside the elegant ranch style home of Russ and Susan Anderson. The 3,700-square-foot custom home has distinctive features such as a front door designed and made in Mexico, handcrafted kitchen cabinets by a local artisan, and custom stonework throughout the house. With a large pool and waterfall, lush plants and trees, and stunning views of the San Marcos Mountains, the Andersons’ backyard serves as a frequent gathering place for family and friends. A covered patio, with beams from an old Vista barn, runs through the entire length of the backyard.
When Southern California natives Tony and Patrice Michel were looking for a larger home for their family, they found exactly what they wanted in a spacious, 2,800-squre-foot residence that sits on a half-acre lot. The curved walls of a rotunda create a dramatic entrance to the warm and comfortable home with travertine floors and a hallway mural by a San Diego artist. The kitchen area with adjoining family room is a favorite gathering spot for friends and family. The lush backyard is an extension of the family’s living space with comfortable seating arrangements; king, queen, sago and robellini palms; and a pool with cascading waterfall.
A laid back, nautical vibe permeates the spacious and comfortable home of Lou and Beverly Holtz. The couple chose to have a large pool table in their formal living and dining space. They have created a spacious great room with a marble fireplace by extending the family room and breakfast nook. On one side of the long hallway are art niches and shelves that evoke the ocean with collections of coral and shells. The three bedrooms are flooded with natural light. A Wyland painting depicting sea life with Disney characters adds a touch of whimsy to the office. The 3,500-square-foot home has a welcoming front porch, used brick wainscoting and a large white front door, features that remind Beverly of her childhood residence. The backyard, dotted with shrubs and fruit trees, has a tropical look and feel.
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.