The annual American Field Service (AFS) home tour, Sept. 8, will feature two outstanding homes.
In addition to touring two unusual homes and enjoying an English tea, guests will be supporting the student exchange program and helping to provide scholarships for Brookings Harbor High School graduates.
It's win/win, goodies and fun for participants, plus an opportunity to help young people who go abroad or to college.
The tour is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., and each person can choose the route, beginning with either home, or with the tea, which will be served at the Brookings Presbyterian Church from 1 to 5 p.m.
The home on Jodee Lane, built with cement forms poured into foam blocks, has walls 14 inches thick, and almost as much garage space as living space. But, then much of that garage is living space, furnished with couch, chairs and rug, for the owner, a classic car enthusiast, and his friends to enjoy "men stuff."
His wife says they have an understanding. She tells him, "I'll stay out of your garage if you'll stay out of my kitchen."
One unusual decorative item is a huge safe that the lady of the house planned have removed. However, when she discovered the cost to move that 2200 pound safe, she decided to keep it as a conversation piece. Another, more sentimental decorative item, is her grandfather's violin.
Auto buffs will be especially interested in the magnificently-restored 1956 T-Bird in the garage.
Gardeners will be excited over the imaginative landscaping on the lot that goes from street to street and includes a lovely waterfall with great use of large rocks and plantings.
There's something for everyone in this three-story home, including an ocean view, interesting floor plan, and far too much to describe. You'll have to tour to see it all.
The second home is a magnificent new home, just completed on a spectacular ocean-front property. The owners worked with their Seattle architect to create a beautifully decorated Tuscan villa. The tone is set by the iron work decoration on the front door, designed by the owner.
Entering the home, one looks down a long tiled hallway decorated with a mosaic Italian tile design that is carried out in tile wall decorations and dining service displayed in glass-fronted cupboards in the magnificent kitchen.
Columns, designed especially for the home, lead to the kitchen and living room.
The magnificent hand-blown glass chandelier that hangs over the dining room table was shipped from Italy in a jigsaw puzzle of small pieces to be assembled, without missing a piece.
In addition to the four bedrooms and baths, the home includes a glassed-in potting room, an office with a magnificent view, a media room, and a large stone deck overlooking the ocean. It takes one's breath away.
The owners said that, although they used a Seattle architect, local craftsmen did the building.
They agreed to have their home on the tour, even though they are barely moved in, because they believe in the student exchange program and have themselves hosted exchange students.
Tickets, $8 for the tour and tea, are available at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, Words and Pictures, Dixie's Clothes Horse, Flora Pacifica, Mory's, and J.C. Penney.
For additional information, phone Dorothy Harroun, (541) 469-3202 or Ann Younger, 469-4668.