The 2014 Christmas Tour of Homes hosted by the Sunnyvale Garden Club will be a great way to get excited and inspired for the Holidays. Take a few hours in your busy holiday schedule on Saturday, Dec. 6th from 1 to 6 p.m. and come see how s…ome of the folks in Sunnyvale decorate their beautiful and unique homes for Christmas.
There are 6 fabulous homes on tour. Three homes are on Tanner Creek Circle, two are on Barnes Bridge Rd. and one is on Michael Lane. There is a Tuscan mansion, designed after the beautiful Italian homes in the Tuscany area of Italy. A 10,000 sq. ft. home built in Indian-American style has many unique features including a 30 ft. dome and hand-painted cherubs. The “Mediterranean Contemporary” style house that overlooks horse pastures on a 28 acre property has about 6,000 sq. ft. Another contemporary house is built in the Frank Lloyd Wright style and features a “honeycomb” ceiling in the main living area. One traditional style house has a great open floor plan and uses unique tiles manufactured by Sunnyvale’s own Marazzi tile company. Another traditional home has lots of room for entertaining large families. The grandchildren call the backyard their own “park.”
Tickets are required for admission to each house. Tickets cost $15 to tour all six houses. You can buy tickets now through Saturday at the Sunnyvale Public Library. Tickets will be sold on Saturday at the “Tour Headquarters” at the Sunnyvale High School Cafetorium at 222 N. Collins Rd., Sunnyvale. When you present a ticket at Tour Headquarters, you will be given a map to all 6 homes, as well as a little written information about each home.
Parking is extremely limited at the homes. In fact, parking will be “impossible” at some homes (for example Barnes Bridge Rd and Michael Lane). Sunnyvale ISD has generously provided two school buses to be used as shuttle buses to the homes. Park your car at the Sunnyvale High School student parking lot, board the SISD bus to go to the homes on Barnes Bridge and Tanner Creek. Then the SISD shuttle will stop at the SISD Middle School for you to take a smaller shuttle down the very narrow Michael Lane. The two SISD buses will be driving a continuous loop to the homes and back to the school – so you will not have to wait long for a bus. You can take as much time as you want at each home, and you can “jump on” either bus at any time. I know that many people do not like to give up the “control” of driving your own car, but believe me, you will find no place to park at some of the homes. (You cannot park at those steep ditches on the sides of Barnes Bridge Rd.! Nor can you park in private driveways. Parking will be prohibited in the cul-de-sac on Tanner Creek Cir. [bus cannot make the turn if a car is parked there]). You will not want to walk long distances from wherever you may find to park. So, please, do not try to “drive your own car.”
You will also want to come to “Tour Headquarters” because there will be a wonderful Bake Sale featuring home-baked goodies made by the fabulous cooks of Sunnyvale Garden Club. There will also be a Gift Shop that will have more than 20 vendors selling everything from jewelry, clothing, food products, glass plate garden art, local Sunnyvale honey, SGC Cookbooks and much more. Get some of your Christmas shopping done now! If you shop before the tour, your purchase can be held for you until you return from the tour.