Saturday, May 24, 2008

Distinctive Harbor Homes on Display for Fundraiser

Some people read high-brow books and magazines to see stunning, avant-garde, historic and architecturally significant homes.

Others know about the annual opportunity to see these works of art in person.

June 1 is this year’s Spring for White Point event, a self-guided home tour and reception to benefit San Pedro’s White Point Nature Preserve.

The home tour is a first-hand look at San Pedro’s hidden gems. The luxurious and noteworthy homes aren’t movie sets but the everyday – if extraordinary – living spaces for fortunate San Pedrans.

Homes on the tour include:

An impressive Art Deco loft at Eighth Street and Pacific Avenue. The museum-like home was a Montgomery Ward store in the 1930s. The current owners completely gutted and reconstructed the space, decorating it with antique collectibles and Art Deco relics. It features a curved glass/wood/brass revolving door, cast bronze elevator doors from the downtown LA Cooper Building, an old Wurlitzer jukebox, an Otis birdcage elevator and many other captivating elements.

A New Orleans-style French Colonial on Sepulveda Street, with a Palos Verdes rock wall built by the Sepulveda family that originally owned the land. The home is decorated with museum-quality antiques collected through five generations.

A remodeled contemporary owned by a couple with the credentials to create a masterpiece: he’s a contractor and she’s an artist.

An historic home inside the Fort MacArthur military base. (Tour guests must show ID to enter the base; drivers must also show car registration).


The event concludes with a 4:30 p.m. reception at the Plaza at Cabrillo Marina, featuring wine and appetizers, live music, a raffle and a silent auction of works by local artists.

Organized by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, the event raises funds to restore and improve the White Point Nature Preserve, the last non-beach open space along the Los Angeles coast.

The home tours are from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by the reception. Tickets are $50 per person in advance. They may be purchased online or by calling (310) 541-7613.

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