By Dave Schwab
annual Bird Rock Home Tour sponsored by Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) to benefit Bird Rock Elementary School, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29.
The event promises to be the biggest and most diverse yet.
The challenge each year in selecting six beautifully appointed homes to showcase on the tour is how to outshine what has come before.
“Last year we had such a variety — Spanish, contemporary and traditional,” noted Betsy Witt, whose Waverly Avenue home was one of the “traditionals.”
“We strive for that every year, to get something a little different architecturally so there’s something there for everybody,” Witt added.
An interior designer, Witt said there’s more than one good reason to experience Bird Rock’s home tour.
“It’s a wonderful, stimulating experience, a great way to go and get fantastic ideas for home décor, landscaping, construction, or if you’re just looking for a doorknob,” she said. “I just love the idea that people will open up their homes and let you walk through them. I used to peek in the windows — now I’m actually invited in the door.”
Each home on the tour has its own distinctive style and charm reflecting the uniqueness of the Bird Rock neighborhood.
Event co-chairs are Celeste Trudeau and Michelle Fulks.
Trudeau noted the home tour is a win-win for all involved. She said: “You get to tour some beautiful homes and you know that 100 percent of the money is all going back to the school.”
Trudeau said event chairs generally select homes for the tour with an eye always toward providing the greatest variety.
“We don’t reveal the location of homes until the day of the tour,” she said. “People pick up their tickets at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters (5627 La Jolla Blvd.) and they get a pamphlet that includes a description of the home, the address, and also a map. People are encouraged to walk or bike to the tour. Bird Rock is very friendly in that manner.”
Lead tour sponsor for the third year, along with Tony Parker General Builders, is Tim Golba of Golba Architecture. A past La Jolla Community Planning Association president and current city planning commissioner, Golba said he’s proud to be associated with the event.
“This is just an absolutely wonderful grassroots program for promoting good architectural design and just getting the community out together,” Golba said. “We love being sponsors and have been since the inception. It’s such a wonderful benefit going directly to such a great cause (education). We hope to continue to support it for many more years to come.”
Other home tour sponsors are Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, La Jolla Realtor Linda Daniels with Willis Allen, Wells Fargo, Witt Lincoln Mercury, Gamboa Gardening, Lele’s Cleaners, Bodywear Boutique and the Santman Family.
Photography is not allowed on the tour. Tickets are $25 per person, $20 for BRCC members and can be picked from now until tour day at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, 5627 La Jolla Blvd.
If you go
- What: Self-directed tour of six Bird Rock homes
- When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29
- Where: Begins at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, 5627 La Jolla Blvd.
- Tickets: $25 at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
- Contact: (858) 775-8500