Home Tour on tap weekend of April 1-2

Houston Symphony League Bay Area will host its 16th annual Home Tour April 1 and 2, from noon to 5 p.m., kicking off the weekend fundraiser with a pre-tour party Friday, March 31 at a home in Nassau Bay that has an interesting history after surviving Hurricane Ike. Five homes are on this year’s tour:

KEMAH: A 10,000 square-foot East Coast-style home overlooking Galveston Bay that has been featured twice in Southern Living magazine and was built by an architect and interior designer couple who enjoy zipping around in their golf cart.

BAY OAKS: This stately Georgian/colonial home built in Bay Oaks in 1989 has been totally updated inside and out. The brand new gray stone walkway coordinates beautifully with the slate gray shutters against white painted brick and is a beautiful showcase for the homeowner’s art collection.

SEABROOK: Lush oleander and tropical landscaping line the driveway of this house. Spectacular views of Clear Lake abound from every floor of this 3 story home built in 1984 by its current owner. The views of nature compliment beautifully chosen art pieces inside the house, chosen from the owners’ travels and in support of local artists.

LEAGUE CITY: This charming 1905 Victorian home in the historic district is a true labor of love! When the owners heard that the home of the wife’s great grandfather was going to be demolished, they undertook the herculean task of moving this home to the current location. The home was built with wood reclaimed from at least 20 different houses destroyed in the 1900 Galveston Hurricane.

LEAGUE CITY: Butler Longhorn Museum highlights the story of Texas Longhorn Cattle and has western art and artifacts. The previous home of Walter Hall, it was bought by the city of League City and opened to the public in 2009. In the early 20th century, Texas Longhorns were on the verge of extinction. Through the efforts of Milby Butler and five other  breeders, the breed was saved and is thriving today. The museum tells this story and shows the history of League City.

NASSAU BAY: The story of this home, site of the Pre-Tour Party, is the story of Nassau Bay – perseverance and vision in the rebuilding after Hurricane Ike in 2008. This home, built in 1965, took on 36 inches of water that destroyed the first floor in Hurricane Ike. Through a partial FEMA grant, this house has been raised ten feet, as have more than 30 homes in Nassau Bay. An elevator in the rear helps visitors who can’t negotiate the stately stairs to the new front door.

Tickets for a tour of all five properties are $20 each. Tickets to the Friday night Pre-Tour Party are $75 and includes the weekend tour. They are available online at www.HSLBA.org or at a number of area locations including Arlan’s Market and Casanova’s Downfall in Seabrook; The Clothes Horse and League City Chamber in League City and Adelaide’s Boutique in Clear Lake. (A complete list is available online at www.BayAreaHoustonMag.com)

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