A Choice Slice Of Carpinteria

Carpinteria’s Tenth Annual Home & Garden Tour (the theme is “A Slice of Carpinteria”) takes place this Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm and features six distinguished and diverse homes representative of the distinguished and diverse city of Carpinteria.

If you were wise or lucky enough to have enjoyed Summerland Beautiful’s tour of homes and gardens in that seaside enclave last weekend, you’ll surely not want to pass up this weekend’s tour of nearby Carpinteria. This is, as we’ve stated often, the perfect way to familiarize oneself with a community without actually having to live in it first. Longtime and new Carpinteria residents too, however, are likely to avail themselves of this self-guided tour, just to keep up with what it is that the Joneses, Smiths, and Ortegas are doing.

All homes offer design, decorating, and/or landscaping ideas. This year’s tour includes a newly built home that looks like it is a hundred years old, highlighting “green” construction from floors to roof; set on lower Shepard Mesa, it enjoys an expansive coastline view. This is where the vaunted and always popular lemonade and cookies will be found.

Also on the tour is an oceanfront cottage on Padaro Lane, a “petite” Tuscan villa, a newly landscaped 1920s Spanish bungalow, a custom Cape Cod with state-of-the-art kitchen, wraparound deck and rose garden, and a handsome Craftsman-style remodel with great room, gourmet kitchen, outdoor dining room, and pool.

To join fellow wannasees, you’ll need to purchase a $25 ticket, put on a pair of sensible walking shoes, pack a poncho or sweater (one never knows what the weather may do), and take the self-guided tour via the map you’ll receive upon purchase of a ticket.

Call Donnie Nair, co-chair of the event at 805-684-9328 for more information.