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Sneak Preview #1: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #1: 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

We’re less than two months away from the next Del Ray House and Garden Tour, May 7, 2016, sponsored by the Del Ray Citizens Association. The tour will take you inside 11 neighborhood homes, each one uniquely designed and decorated and guaranteed to leave you with ideas and inspiration to try in your own home. We’ve got the inside scoop on all these homes and will be sharing sneak previews over the next few weeks.

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Without further ado, our first sneak preview is a house situated on a spacious tree-lined corner lot that will wow you with every turn. Though the owners gutted 80% of the original home when they purchased it a couple years ago, the newly renovated space still retains a classic early 20th century feel, thanks to rich hardwood floors, custom architectural millwork, and vintage lighting and building materials.

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The owners’ eclectic design style blends old and new — mid-century globe lamps juxtaposed with salvaged pocket doors, rustic wood cabinets alongside contemporary furniture.

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You’ll find over-sized dark stained doors, reclaimed brick and wood features, and an awe-inspiring all-season porch with drop-down screens and vaulted beam ceilings. The seating area surrounding a huge outdoor fireplace is so inviting you won’t want to leave.

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Tickets for the tour are $20 and will be available for purchase in the next few weeks — don’t worry, we’ll let you know as soon as they are available! Proceeds from the tour help fund neighborhood improvement projects. A large portion of this year’s proceeds will support the playground project at Mount Vernon Community School.

8 Comments

  1. Been dying to see this house. It is gorgeous even from the outside.

  2. Oh, this is exciting. I didn’t realize there was a tour this year! Is it still every other year?

    • Yes, every two years on Mother’s Day weekend. There’s a fabulous mix of homes (styles and sizes) on the tour this time. Hope you can make it out!

  3. I wish the tour were a little later in the year when plants are a little farther along. Early June would be a better time to see gardens.

    • Historically, the tour has always been the second week of May, with more emphasis on “homes” than “gardens.” However, we are planning a separate Urban Farm Tour for mid-July which will feature only gardens. Details will be posted soon.

  4. Is this a walking tour or are homes driving-distance apart? Also, is there a fee for children if parents need to bring them along? With 2 children under 5 yrs old we’re trying to figure out if it will be a doable event. Thanks!

    • The committee tries their best to make sure homes are close together so it’s easy to walk. However, some homes this year are clustered on the south side of Del Ray near Glendale/Luray Ave and some on the north side off Del Ray Ave. and E. Randolph. Should still be walkable for the most part. As far as kids go, we’re checking to see what policy is and if there’s an age cut-off.

    • Hi — Just wanted to follow-up after hearing from the committee… it’s not recommended that you bring children to the tour. There is no child rate and everyone needs to pay to enter the homes. Also, strollers are not permitted inside homes and all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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