57th Annual Christmas Home Tour

Here are the four homes that are on the 57th Annual All Souls' Christmas Tour, the longest running Christmas Home tour in the country. We are honored to have been asked to be included on this year's farewell tour.

Featured in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine, December 2007 issue, the entry hall d├ęcor sets the tone for the rest of the house, with walls painted red and the ceiling of the entrance to the dining room painted Federal Blue with gold leaf stars.As you visit this home you will find that the homeowner enjoys “touches of whimsy” that will surprise and delight you throughout, especially to be noted under the trees in the enchanting backyard. A white picket fence, red front door, classical portico welcome you into this fascinating home filled with an exceptional collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century folk art and antique furniture.

Originally built as a tiny New England cottage on three lots in 1926, the property offered a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego skyline and Mexico in the distance. Dr. Charles Harrison May purchased the property from a sea captain and his family in 1963. The original house has been added to in every direction; up, down and on either side, always with the view in mind. The house contains many collectible items and furnishings collected by Dr. and Mrs. May during their years of travel; he to lecture to professionals in other countries; Mrs. May for furnishings and clothing for her design studio and clothing stores.

Originally built as one of two identical lighthouse keepers’ quarters at the ‘new’ Point Loma Lighthouse, Quarters C now serves as the home for a senior USCG officer stationed in San Diego. The house, built in 1890, reflects late Victorian Stick style architecture. There is nothing modest about the 270 degree views of the Pacific from the house and grounds. Every room has an ocean view! You will exit the house just as Tom Cruise and Tom Skerrit did in the movie, “Top Gun”. The grounds also include the Lighthouse, service buildings, and Quarters B and A, which were built in 1913.

This charming Loma Portal home was built in 1935 by a local architect and purchased by George Edwards. Mr. Edwards was the first Boy Scout troop leader in the Point Loma area. Two generations if the Edwards family were in this home and then the Mendozas purchased it in 2000. It is a transitional style home, a variation of a Cape Cod with six-on-six double hung sash windows adorned with Colonial-style shutters. A pitched roof and partial clapboard siding gives it a cottage look. The wooden picket fence is new, each picket being individually hand cut and painted by the owners. During the past eight years Bob and Cordelia Mendoza have changed the configuration of indoor doors, moved walls and adjusted the interior to complement their antiques and collections. The kitchen was remodeled in 2006, with a soapstone countertop, subway tiles, and farmhouse sink. The kitchen was featured in Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen Makeovers magazine, 2008 summer edition.

A Point Loma Tradition
Fifty Seventh Annual Christmas Home Tour
and Christmas Arts Sale

Saturday, December 6th 2008

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