Divine decor and so much more await you at the 2017 Long Beach Home Design Tour presented by Steel Magnolias on Sunday, May 7. You’ll be dazzled and delighted by the interiors and gardens of four stunning estates that showcase beautiful and innovative design in the waterfront community.
This self-driving tour of luxury homes, now in its 13th year, will feature stops in several neighborhoods that define luxury. The tour begins at Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance, where you will pick up your ticket and map to the homes with all of the festivities. You’ll experience south-of-the-border elegance on Naples Island, iconic midcentury modern in Bluff Park, seaside sophistication in the heart of Park Estates, and modernism meets outdoor living in Lakewood Country Club. You will also enjoy entertainment, champagne, gourmet treats and other surprises that will pop up throughout the tour.
In addition to being inspired by the fabulous homes, guests can unwind at a reception in a beautiful terraced garden, where there will be dining, entertainment and shopping for clothes, purses, jewelry and other great buys.
The home tour begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Tickets are $65 and may be purchased in advance. On May 7, tickets can be bought beginning at 10 a.m. at event registration at Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance, 1650 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach.
Long Beach Home Tour 2016
High style and high jinx were in abundance at the 2016 Long Beach Home Design Tour. The popular Steel Magnolias event attracted a record 600+ guests and raised more than $43,000 to help provide medical care for special-needs children.
The four homes on the tour represented a range of design styles, giving guests the chance to experience impressive architecture, gardens, interior spaces, art, furniture and accessories. There was a Naples Island gem designed by architect Edward Killingsworth that reflects his pioneering vision for open spaces, natural light and bringing nature inside. Another waterfront estate had a modern Mediterranean vibe and showcased breathtaking panoramic views. In Belmont Heights, a traditional Spanish-style home from the 1920s balanced original details with inspired renovations and updates. The show-stopper was a spectacular 6,710-square-foot European-modern mansion, an entertainer’s delight with minimalist interiors that overlook Lakewood Country Club.
At each of the homes, music helped set the mood, including a pianist, harpist, flamenco guitarist and the 10-piece Cabrillo High School Steel Drum Band. In addition, a number of actors were on hand to offer up a few surprises: Mad Men schmoozing with their cocktails; a larger-than-life mermaid luxuriating in her bathtub; characters from Gilligan’s Island getting ready for their three-hour tour; and a living-art “family portrait” reminiscent of Pageant of the Masters.
The entertainment continued at a reception in the terraced garden of the Park Estates home of Anthony Gagliardi, chairman of Steel Magnolias. Guests enjoyed a jazz band while they sipped pomegranate margaritas, dined on treats from Forbidden City and Boathouse on the Bay, and shopped at a fashionista boutique. Porter Singletary sang classics from the American songbook and Liz Love wowed the crowd with her impersonations of Etta James and Tina Turner.
Besides the musicians and actors, the 2016 home tour committee — led by Cathy King, Jeannie Jones and Gary Lee Wolf – added other features to give the event extra pizazz, from “morning desserts” at check-in and gourmet bites by TGIS Catering to a late-afternoon raffle of baskets full of gift cards, wine and goodies. More than 100 Steel Magnolias members and community volunteers helped them make the Long Beach Home Design Tour an unqualified success.