It’s spring, so it’s time to don your blue booties and get to tromping around some of the finest and most fabulous homes in Dallas-Fort Worth. We always enjoy this time of year, because not only does CandysDirt.com feature some of the biggest and best home tours in the region, but we also give our readers a chance to win tickets!
We’ve compiled a list of a few upcoming tours that you absolutely have to see. Get your calendar ready and jump!
Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Home Tour, April 11, $20
This annual home tour benefiting the only preservation organization in the Park Cities will feature four homes of distinctly different styles, including Claude Albritton’s home at 3432 University Blvd., Melissa and Philip Wise’s home at 3444 University Blvd., Erika and Matthew Yeaman’s home at 3607 Amherst Ave., and Jennifer and Sean Royal’s home at 3505 Lexington. Considering the real estate you’ll be covering, the ticket price is extremely affordable at $20. Pick up your tickets today at select locations throughout the Park Cities.
Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes, April 12, Tickets $50-$60
Six unique residences will open their doors to the public April 12th for the 2015 Turtle Creek Tour of Homes, benefiting nonprofit group, Turtle Creek Association. The 14th annual tour features some of the most exquisitely designed homes on Turtle Creek Boulevard. The tour provides an exclusive peek into Turtle Creek high-rise lifestyles and concludes with a separately ticketed post tour reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the home of Trammell S. Crow. The 2015 Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes is the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Turtle Creek area’s 87 acres of greenways and parkland.
Tour participants will enjoy complimentary shuttle rides to and from the homes and enjoy scenic views of Turtle Creek along the way. Volunteers of Turtle Creek Association serve as docents in each home sharing information about the art collections, accoutrements and the connection with local designers, architects and builders.
White Rock Home Tour, April 25-26, $15-$20
This home tour is high on my list this season because of two factors: affordability and architecture. This is the 10th White Rock Home Tour benefiting East Dallas’ Hexter Elementary, and this is a fabulous one. This tour only features modern homes, so if you like remodels and new builds, this is the tour for you. You’ll find one of the more memorable homes on Vanguard Way in Urban Reserve on this tour, the ultra-modern container home called PV14, plus the gorgeous Cliff Welch modern on East Lake Highlands Drive near Easton Road, pictured above. Ed Murchison is one of the title sponsors, so you know you’ll see a mid-mod in there, too, which is a fabulous Ju-Nel home on Walling Lane. Hungry for more? There’s a great reception at Design Within Reach on April 24.
Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour, April 25-26, $15
Another perennial favorite, get ready to be astounded by the selection of homes for this year’s Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour. A lovely collection of Tudors awaits, including one new build! It’ll be hard to pick out which one is brand new in a line-up, that’s for sure. You can also attend the free Art in the Park event showcasing local artisans at Lindsley Park, and there’s a silent auction at the Dallas Arboretum, as well as a candlelight home tour on April 24. You can buy your tickets and register for the silent auction in one spot, too.
Fort Worth AIA Tour of Homes, April 25-26, $20-$25
From rehabbed midcentury moderns, stately Craftsman homes, to a condo in the Miller Manufacturing building, this home tour is coming into its own. The third-annual Fort Worth AIA Tour of Homes has a fantastic collection of architecture as diverse as the city itself, and it’s a great opportunity to see the work of local architects, and even where they live.
Proceeds from the AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour support the variety of programs offered to the public throughout the year at the Center for Architecture in Fort Worth, and has quickly become one of the Chapter’s most important – and exciting – outreach programs.
Along with the tour, a Homes Tour Launch Party has been planned on the Thursday evening before the tour to thank and honor the architects and owners who have volunteered their time and homes for this year’s tour. The event is being graciously hosted at the Rosenthal Residence April 24 at 6:30. You can find more information and RSVP For the Launch Party Here.
Preservation Dallas Spring Architectural Tour, May 2, TBD
The Celebrate Downtown! event is a walking tour of lofts, rooftops and patios. Put on hold during the economic downturn, we are excited to partner with DowntownDallas, Inc to resurrect this historically well received event. A lot has happened downtown since 2009, and we will be showing it off!
Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour, May 9-10, $20
Practically a legendary event — nay, a celebration — the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour is not to be missed as it gives tourgoers the annual opportunity to peek into one of North Texas most famous historic neighborhoods. The Swiss Avenue Historic District is just what you’d expect — delicious mansions coated in classic fixtures and finishes — and you can just waltz through them in awe. Coaches and carriages shuttle you between homes, and historians are on hand to answer your questions. You can toast the new historic designation of 5703 Swiss with mimosas, and celebrate the 100th birthday of 5400 Swiss, too.
Fairmount Historic District Tour of Homes, May 9-10, $15-$20
One of the nation’s largest historic conservation districts, the Fairmount Historic District hosts a great home tour every year that features the lovely Craftsman architecture for which the neighborhood is known. I love this style of architecture, and this neighborhood has some great examples! It’s on the vibrant south side of Fort Worth, is about one square mile of gorgeous homes built between the 1880s and the turn of the century.