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Hollywood Home Tour 2017 photos courtesy of Kim Leeson

Home Tour season is upon us. From my vantage point, nobody does it better than Hollywood, and I don’t mean Los Angeles.

I’m a bit biased as I’ve lived in Hollywood Heights since the beginning of the tour’s 26-year history. Having been involved, I can attest to the fact that organizing a home tour is a daunting operation. It takes patience, persistence, and problem solving and you have to love your neighborhood. Fortunately, you can’t find a tighter-knit group of neighbors than those in Hollywood Heights.

This year, five unique historic homes are on tour — from a two-story Tudor, complete with original blueprints to the remarkable renovation we’re sharing today at 1014 Clermont.

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Want to see this super cute home on Santa Monica? Enter to win! Photo: Kim Leeson

Guys, we have a surprise for you, our loyal readers. I found out yesterday that for today’s ticket giveaway for the Hollywood Home Tour this weekend we have— get this — FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS!

I am just beside myself because this is just one of my absolute favorite home tours, and this year the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association is doing it up big for their 25th anniversary. I mean, they have some really cute homes, including Kelly and Tom Hoffmann’s cerulean cottage on Santa Monica that we featured last week.

Of course, not only are there amazing and adorable homes on the tour, but there’s also an auction party on Friday night at the Dallas Arboretum, a candlelight home tour on Friday, and some really fantastic artists vending at Lindsley Park this weekend for Hollywood Art in The Park. The home tour is slated for Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and features five gorgeous historic properties.

Jump to find out how you can win one of our FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS to the Hollywood Home Tour this weekend, April 30 to May 1!

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Kelly and Tom Hoffmann pic

Everyone I’ve chatted with about this year’s Hollywood Home Tour is tremendously excited about getting a peek inside that cute little blue cottage in Hollywood Heights. If you need reminding, you obviously haven’t been paying attention. Let me help you with that:

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Photos: Kim Leeson

I know, right? Too cute for words. That’s Kelly and Tom Hoffmann’s sweet little abode on Santa Monica, and if you think it’s adorable from the street, just wait until you see inside!

Now, if you want to get a closer look, just go ahead and snag your tickets to the 25th annual Hollywood Home Tour, which is set for April 30-May 1. They’re only $15 and available at Curiosities at Abrams and Gaston or at Lindsley Park on the day of the tour.

Additionally, there’s an auction party 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Dallas Arboretum. Enjoy food, drinks, live music, and the opportunity to bid on a fantastic collection of locally sourced items all while overlooking White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline. Tickets for the party are $65 until Wednesday, April 20, and $75 from April 21 to 25. Reserved tables for 10 are available for $600. Don’t miss out — buy your tickets here.

Take a break from the home tour on Sunday for the free, family-friendly Hollywood Art in the Park in Lindsley Park from noon to 5 p.m. Art in the Park will feature local and regional artists and artisans offering an assortment of art and handmade goods. The event will also feature food trucks, children’s activities, and performances by local musicians.

Jump to find out more about Kelly and Tom and their super sweet Santa Monica home!

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Photos: Shoot2Sell

Hollywood Heights is pretty darned hot. It’s always been a sought after neighborhood, but we’ve never seen it quite as on fire as it is now. Maybe it’s the fact there are great original homes, owners that remodel with extreme care, builders that have to follow conservation district guidelines, and great Lakewood schools. Of course for those in the know there’s the Newellian Easter parade, Liz Simmon’s Halloween haunted front yard, and Clydesdale drawn wagons filled with carolers at Christmas. If you want to jump into a neighborhood where a McMansion cannot go in next door and the fun factor is built right in, we have just the house. Britt Lopez has 522 Monte Vista listed for $550,00. Built in 1934, it’s 2,468 square feet of fabulous Tudor charm.

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Tyler and Caitlin Faubion with their Vizsla John Wayne outside their Patricia Ave. Tudor. The Faubions have opened their homes for the annual Hollywood Santa Monica home tour, which benefits local schools. (Photo: Jo England)

Caitlin and Tyler Faubion fell in love with the potential inside their Hollywood Heights Tudor on Patricia. Right when they walked in the front door they could imagine open spaces, a lovely updated kitchen, and a sunroom that brought in the beauty of the outdoors.

There are so many wonderful touches in this home that make it feel absolutely classic, like those mahogany French doors and windows hewn by a close relative of the Faubions, as well as the subtly elegant details like crystal chandeliers and perfectly refinished hardwood floors. And while this home clocks in at about 1,260 square feet, the openness that allows you to easily navigate the common areas of the house make it feel much larger.

This will definitely be a popular property on this year’s Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour, so don’t wait to buy your tickets and show your support of this active historic conservation district in East Dallas! You can purchase your tickets to the April 25-26 home tour online, as well as register for the silent auction on April 24 hosted by the Dallas Arboretum.

Jump for more on the Faubions and their fabulous home!

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Stacey Warnix in front of her Hollywood Heights home on Hammond Avenue. (Photo: Jo England)

Stacey Warnix is opening her Hammond Ave. home to tourgoers for the neighborhood home tour this month. (Photo: Jo England)

If you think you’ve seen Stacey Warnix’s home at 6934 Hammond Ave. before, you’re not having deja vu. Our own Cassie Evans featured this home as an off-market listing just weeks ago. This five-bedroom, three-bath renovated Tudor is in one of the mos picturesque areas of Hollywood Heights and has such fabulous finish-out thanks to Warnix’s own superb tastes.

While she absolutely adores this home, Warnix is ready for a fresh start in a new house. After a previous offer fell through due to financing woes, she’s putting this beauty on MLS hoping to get more bites. Surely, buyers will love some of the creative uses of space in this lovely abode, and the second floor, a converted attic, is just so cozy and chic.

In fact, she’s had so much interest in this remodel that Warnix is planning to launch her own firm that will do upscale renovations. To get a sample of her style, don’t miss the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour April 25-26, where you can tour Warnix’s home as well as several other gorgeous Hollywood Heights houses. Hurry and buy your tickets today!

To see what makes a great historic renovation, jump for more photos of Warnix’s terrific Tudor.

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Emily Larkin of EJ Interiors with her pup Zoe in the backyard of her Hollywood Heights home at 707 Cordova.

Emily Larkin of EJ Interiors with her pup Zoe in the backyard of her Hollywood Heights home at 707 Cordova. (Photo: Lance Selgo)

Emily Larkin, AKA “The Chair Whisperer,” could not be more thrilled about being on the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Home Tour this year. In fact, when I visited her adorable brick Tudor at 707 Cordova, the interior designer who works out of her backyard guesthouse had several paint swatches taped up around her home and painters tape outlines where newly designed furniture will go. Truly, for an interior designer as inspired by historic architecture as Emily Larkin is, a home tour is like the Olympics and she wants her home to win a medal. However, it’s only three and a half weeks until the two-day home tour celebration on April 25 and 26, so Emily has her work cut out for her. Luckily, this young and ambitious designer works well under pressure.

Emily and Ben Larkin's home at 707 Cordova.

Emily and Ben Larkin’s home at 707 Cordova. (Photo: Kim Leeson)

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