The annual Spring Home Tour, scheduled for May 1, is a fundraiser organized to encourage and acknowledge the programs offered at La Canada High School. This event has always been funding the middle school, LCH 7/8, however, this time, it is going to fund the whole campus.
“Since La Cañada High School 7/8 and 9-12 share the same campus, it only made sense to expand the event to benefit all of the students at the high school,” said Mindy DiPaolo, chair of this year’s home tour. “We are looking forward to a successful event and have been very fortunate to have an increase in sponsorship this year.”
The tour will be of four home styles; French style, Southern traditional, classic California ranch and a Spanish colonial revival. The boutiques and lunch will be set up in the garden of a fifth home, while a special cocktail party funded by the Flintridge Proper, would take place in a sixth home. Tickets will be required for entry. The tour will be conducted by various volunteers, community leaders and parents.
The French-styled home was constructed after the mudslides of 2010 had destroyed the owners’ former home. The spacious and airy design of the house is suited to the taste of the owners. The house has a coffee bar, a wine cellar, a swimming pool and spa, an herb and vegetable garden and roomy decks.
The Southern Traditional house was originally built as a California ranch in 1939, but later it was reconstructed in the 1960s as a mid century modern. The property was purchased by its residents so that they can build a house that honors their South African and Southern Louisiana background. The house has the architecture of a French house and the painted blue ceilings typically found in Southern Louisiana.
Renovated in 2008, the California ranch home has also been designed to perfection. The kitchen has wood beams and Italian marble countertops, while the soundproof media room and the home office are connected by leaded doors. The French doors lining a 60 foot corridor lead up to an enclosed veranda, while the huge outdoor dining area is covered by the pergola. Big citrus and palm trees cover the grounds with paths lined with gravel all over the landscape. Heavenly gardens, large patios and a sports court add to the beauty of the ranch.
The Spanish colonial revival home was designed by Paul Williams, a well-known architect, in 1924. It is situated on a wooded hill over the Berkshire Avenue and is 200 feet above the street. It has a big entrance and a huge driveway with Italian cypress trees at the sides of the drive. The house has French doors and large windows to allow the beautiful view of the landscape to be seen. The house was bought in 2010 and the owners remodeled it by adding a four-car garage, a casita and offices. A beautiful fireplace in the main living room makes the house more exquisite, while the kitchen follows a Spanish revival theme. Moreover, the house has a bar and three large screen televisions.
The luncheon event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1930 Monterey colonial-style home. Porta Via will cater the lunch and the La Canada High School 7/8 Orchestra will provide live music.
The Cape-Cod inspired home will be the venue of the cocktail party, where everyone will get to enjoy the beautiful outdoor patio, a fire pit, salt-water pool and spa and a sports court.
The tickets of the four homes along with luncheon and cocktail reception can be bought at Printefex, Flintridge Bookstore and Coffehouse, Apple Cart or at lacanadahometour.com. Presale tickets cost $45 for the home tour, $25 for luncheon and $25 for the cocktail reception, with only one cocktail included. When purchased on the day of the event, the prices of the tickets will cost $5 more for each purchase. On May 1, the tickets that are bought online will be available at call at the Apple Cart, 1518 Foothill Blvd.