For those Piedmont and Oakland area residents who treasure the stunning historical and architecturally varied homes in the area, an opportunity arrives each year to tour some of the most amazing ones.  This year, the annual Heart of Home Tour celebrates its 25th year of providing just such an opportunity. 

This week, on April 26th and 27th, four Piedmont homes, and one Oakland home, are on the schedule.  The tour is sponsored by the Children's Support League of the East Bay, who, since its founding in 1986 have given $2.9 million in grants.  One of the homes featured as the designer showcase home is a Georgian Colonial Revival home . The owners of this home have generously allowed local designers to come in and redesign some of their rooms for viewing, one of which is a girl's bedroom, and another is a "man cave". 

One of the most appealing opportunities will be the viewing of Harrow Manor, designed by Julia Morgan in 1915 after Harrow School in England. Long a landmark home in Piedmont, this home will have a Julia Morgan impersonator who will talk about the history of the house to home visitors.  It is a 13,000 square foot mansion that features a small theater and game room for its guests.

In addition to the home tours, there are all kinds of other opportunities in and around Piedmont which includes VIP breakfast at Harrow Manor, and a Silver Anniversary celebration gala event on April 25th.  Downtown, a boutique is being held at the Piedmont Community Center with more than 20 vendors, plus wine tasting, live jazz, and gourmet empanadas and sandwiches. 

Tickets in advance are $45 for the tour. Other options include tour and lunch packages, and VIP ticket package information.  Tours start at 10:00a.m. and go to 4:00 p.m.. For complete information go to See you there!


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