All Souls’ Celebrates 60 years of Home Tours

| November 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

What does a Koi pond, an xeriscape yard, an Italian mural, and a palapa kitchen all have in common? They are a few of the many unique features of the homes on this year’s All Souls’ Home Tour.

The longest running holiday home tour west of the Mississippi celebrates 60

A “contemporary meets Tuscan” rebuilt home is included in the Holiday Home Tour.

years of offering visitors a peek inside four exquisite Point Loma homes. A Saint Nicholas Marketplace, Afternoon Tea, and featured musicians at All Souls’ Episcopal Church are also included in the day’s festivities. The Diamond Jubilee event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 1.

After almost two years of research and design, a California Prairie style home built in 2007 with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors open the dining space completely, bringing the outdoors in. A collection of vintage toys and children’s books are on display and delight the owner’s children daily. The front and back yards were landscaped with low maintenance drought tolerant plants.

Inspired by the owner’s cooking school experience in Tuscany, a mural of the Villa in Montefalco greets you as you enter. Italian pottery, artwork, and artifacts throughout the house contribute to the Italian theme. Of note is the dishware in the dining room commissioned by the owner from Deruta, Italy’s center of ceramics. In addition, the home is decorated with the owner’s collection of over 100 holiday Santas lovingly displayed, each with a special story, beginning with the first Santa given to her as a child from her mother.

Visitors to this home are welcomed by blue gates that open up to an infinity pool area featuring a visitor casita and palapa kitchen. The main living area is surrounded by windows and expansive views of the harbor entrance, city, and mountains. Competing with the views for your attention is an eclectic art collection that blends a modern aesthetic with rustic furnishings. Artful ironwork and color palates repeating throughout the house integrate the interior and exterior living spaces.

A newly constructed courtyard and Italian hand sculpted fountain greet you as you enter this “Contemporary meets Tuscan” rebuilt home. Architect Larry Pappas transformed the original home into a multi-level spacious residence creating vistas from all the primary living areas by utilizing edge-to-edge glass. Visitors will notice the use of granite, marble, onyx, pebbles, and Opera glass in the kitchen and bathrooms, along with the use of wood and travertine flooring. Leaving the living room you encounter the enchanting koi pond, with a lush “Staghorn Fern Alley” vying for your attention.

Advance tickets are $25.00 and are available at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, online at, at Walter Andersen Nursery “Another Point Loma Tradition” 3640 Enterprise Street, Mission Hills Nursery 1525 Fort Stockton Drive, and To the Point Café 4161 Voltaire Street. Tickets are $30.00 on the day of the event and can be purchased at All Souls’ Episcopal Church.

Funds raised support a variety of compassionate ministries locally and overseas.

For tickets or information contact All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92107, (619) 223-6394,

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