16th California Heights Home and Garden Tour

By Karen Highberger

The California Heights Home & Garden Tour is Sunday, October 15, 2017. The homes are open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The presentation by Alexander Vertikoff will be at 2:00 in the Hughes Auditorium. Tickets are $20.00 pre-sale and $25.00 the day of the event. Tickets are on sale at http://calheights.org/ community-events/home-and-garden-tour.

It is hard to believe that the first California Heights Home & Garden Tour was held October 19, 1997. It was hosted in conjunction with Long Beach Heritage and featured a Preservation Fair. The tradition continues bi-annually and preservation professionals are featured at each home on the tour. The Home & Garden Tour was started as a means to promote the neighborhood and the preservation and restoration of the lovely homes. It is the main source of funding for the various projects of the Cal Heights Neighborhood Association over the years, including the Lamppost Restoration Project, Cal Heights Re-leaf, Clean Streets and the bi-monthly newsletter “The Heights”. Home Tour proceeds also helped to fund both murals in California Heights.

This year the tour features six beautiful homes, which include a charming Craftsman Bungalow, a Norman cottage, a Neo-traditional home and a variety of Spanish Eclectic homes. All of the homes have wonderful gardens to inspire you. The tour is bike-friendly and bike racks will be provided at all of the homes. The Red Trolley will be running as usual to transport attendees between the homes or you can opt to walk the tour and enjoy California Heights.

This year the guest speaker is famed architectural photographer Alexander Vertikoff. For over 40 years his iconic images have graced the covers and accompanied articles in such magazines as Architectural Digest, Sunset, New York Times, and American Bungalow. He was the principal photographer for both the Getty Trust Villa and Center, the Gamble House, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Skirball Cultural Center. His books include over fifteen titles. The latest is The Gamble House: Building Paradise in California. He also was the first foreign artist to have a traveling exhibit of his photographs in the People’s Republic of China. He will be speaking at 2:00 p.m. and admission is included with a ticket purchase. An added bonus is the pop-up Gamble House Book Store that will be at the refreshment area. Mr. Vertikoff will be available for book signing.

For more information, please go to www.calheights.org or facebook.com/calheights.

We look forward to seeing you at the tour!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

  • 10:30 check-in at the corner of Bixby Road and Lewis Avenue
  • 11:00 – 4:00 Home and Garden Viewing
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Guest Speaker – Alexander Vertikoff, photographer American Bungalow Magazine Speaker Location:  Hughes Middle School Auditorium, 3846 California Avenue

Six homes with beautiful gardens, local business discount card, home restoration and repair resources, and more! Take the trolley, walk or ride your bike (bike racks provided at each home)!