The Houston Symphony League Bay Area’s 17th Annual “A Day by the Bay” Home Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, from noon to 5 p.m. both days with a pre-tour party kicking off the weekend activities on Friday evening, April 6. Tickets for the pre-tour party are $75 each and include a tour ticket. Tickets for the tour alone are $20.
Four homes are on the tour, and funds generated support the professional music education enrichment programs in local schools.
Houses No. 1 and No. 2 are in Seabrook, fronting Galveston Bay and are almost 10,000 sq. ft. in size. Their special features include a private beach, wetlands, large unusual glass fixtures, tranquil colors, aquariums in the walls, an open bathroom setting, a bunk room for grandchildren, large open spaces that seem intimate, collected art pieces and furniture, etc. and, of course, beautiful views from the walls of windows facing the bay. Both are on cul-de-sacs and have easy access from Todville Road.
House No. 3 is in historic League City and was built about 1907 from wood salvaged from the 1900 hurricane. It’s decorated outside and inside like it came from the Victorian era—inside there are vintage pieces and outside it looks like a “painted lady” from San Francisco. Its soft light green paint has cream-colored railings on both levels and bright pink door frames. It sits under majestic trees that provide the perfect background. Expect to see some docents in Victorian dress.
House No. 4 is in Clear Lake’s Bay Oaks and built in the Tuscan style so you’re entering through a gate that invites you into the home to see its terrazzo floors, and marble and brick tromp l’oeil paintings on walls and cabinetry. It also has a man cave. The pie safe in the dining room was a wedding gift from the homeowner’s grandmother, carefully restored. The yards, both front and back, are carefully manicured and formal.
Tickets may be purchased from any HSLBA member, online at www.hslba.org or at Adelaide’s, Annette’s Emporium, Arlan’s, Casanova’s Downfall, The Clotheshorse, NASA Postal, and Upper Bay Frame and Gallery.