Tour offers 4 unique homes

La Cañada residents open their doors to benefit students.

April 26, 2011|By Andrew Shortall,
  • This stunning Hamptons estate was inspired by the fabulous homes on the east end of Long Island and will be featured in this year's 7/8 Spring Home Tour. (Photo courtesy of Don Lewis Photography)
This stunning Hamptons estate was inspired by the fabulous…

Four beautiful homes, each inspired by a different theme, will be featured in this year’s
La Cañada Spring Home Tour May 6. The home tour is presented each year by La Cañada High School’s 7/8 PTA and has become a community tradition. When this year’s tour comes around on May 6, the event will celebrate its 25th birthday.

Caren Colburn, this year’s LCHS 7/8 PTA president, said it’s not surprising the fundraiser has existed this long in La Cañada.

“It’s one of those feel-good events that goes to the heart of what being a La Cañada resident is all about,” said Colburn, adding that a fair number of residents from outside of La Cañada attend the home tour every year. “It’s sophisticated yet quaint, and I think it shows we may be this small community people don’t know much about, but we really know how to put on a good event.”


“La Cañada has such beautiful homes and this is the event that opens up some of them. Surrounding neighbors can come and get a view of some of the beautiful homes we have here in town,” said Kathy Seuylemezian, the Home Tour chair.

All the funds raised during the event will directly benefit next year’s seventh- and eighth-graders at La Cañada High, Colburn said. “We have no overhead. Every dollar we raise goes to our kids and it’s a pretty gratifying feeling.”

Those who take the full four-home Spring Tour this year will feel as if they’re visiting several corners of the country while only traveling a few miles.

This year’s luncheon, catered by the Spot Gourmet, and a shopping boutique will be hosted at a Hamptons-inspired residence completed in 2006.

This inviting home presents coastal cottage charm on a grand scale. The estate, built on a flat acre, features mountain views and lavish English gardens. The home also has a putting green, a batting cage and a resort-style pool.

There’s plenty to admire inside, as well. The vintage walnut floors, coupled with the use of natural stone and classic woodwork, create the feeling of a timeless home from long ago. A cook’s kitchen fitted with an oversized pantry, a brick-lined wine cellar, a theater and multi-purpose game room, a music studio and a master bedroom with full-bath suites for both spouses and even a secret exit to the downstairs make this a perfect getaway home.

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