Volunteers Needed for 2014 Tour of Homes

247197_401058629963278_1840142934_nFor almost twenty years, our Tour of Homes has showcased some incredible homes, restaurants, and sponsoring vendors. In no small way, TOH has helped put our neighborhood on the map as one of Atlanta’s most sought after places to live. Each year the TOH committee works hard starting in March to plan and execute a tour that will not only be fun and exciting, but, more importantly, raise money for our neighborhood. The money raised directly benefits our community parks, sidewalks, safety, beautification and many other important ongoing projects.
 
Financially, the last three years have been record breaking and the trend continued in 2013. In fact, this year we truly blew it out of the water, generating an amazing $51,000 in revenue ($16,000 more than in 2012)! About 60% of the revenue came from sponsorships, with about 40% coming from ticket sales.
 
The TOH Committee has already begun it’s work on this year’s tour.  A number of homeowners have indicated their willingness to have their home on the tour, and several of our local restaurants have already signed up once again for food tastings.  We’re thankful to have many new committee members this year to help set us up for another great tour.
 
In order for us to repeat our record breaking revenue from last year, though, we need 2-3 more volunteers to help on our Sponsorship Committee.  This sub-committee raised almost $32,000 for the neighborhood last year, and is poised to repeat its success if we have a few more volunteers to help.  Our sponsorship drive will kick-off shortly after Summerfest. 
 
Please contact me at angelikataylor@me.com to find out more about these positions.  Tour of Homes is one of our neighborhood’s key fundraising events. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in Virginia-Highland and make a difference, all while re-connecting with old friends and meeting new ones.
 
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
~ Angelika Taylor, Tour of Homes Chair

Recapping Tour of Homes 2013 Success

IMG_6360Over the past few weeks I’ve been asked several times how successful our 2013 Tour of Homes was. Well, you might want to sit down because I’ve got some great news for you.

For almost twenty years now, our Tour of Homes has showcased some incredible homes, restaurants, and sponsoring vendors. In no small way, TOH has helped put our neighborhood on the map as one of Atlanta’s most sought after places to live. Each year the TOH committee works hard starting in March to plan and execute a tour that will not only be fun and exciting, but, more importantly, raise money for our neighborhood. The money raised directly benefits our community parks, sidewalks, safety, beautification and many other important ongoing projects.

Financially, the last three years have been record breaking and the trend continued in 2013. In fact, this year we truly blew it out of the water, generating an amazing $51,000 in revenue ($16,000 more than in 2012)! About 60% of the revenue came from sponsorships, with about 40% coming from ticket sales. This is truly a testament to the hard work and dedication to teamwork invested by this year’s TOH committee.

I’d like to personally thank the gracious homeowners that allowed 1,700 people to come through their homes and admire their hard work and incredible style!

I’d also like to thank the neighborhood restaurants that provided amazingly tasty food to all our tour goers. And lastly I’d like to thank the businesses that directly support our Tour through the purchase of sponsorship packages – you guys were huge part of why the 2013 tour was so successful.

Last but NOT least, I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to a Tour of Homes committee that was absolutely off the chain good! These people are incredible. They make it happen. Thank you so much for your volunteer time and expertise.

With that said, the TOH Committee is ready to gear up for this year’s tour which will be held on December 6th and 7th, 2014.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR HOUSES. If you’d like your home to be considered for this year’s tour, or if you’d like to suggest a home to be apart of the tour, please contact us me at angelikataylor@me.com.

We are also looking for committee members to fill in a few gaps we have on our team. Here are key position needs but anyone is welcome to join in the fun:

  • PR/Media Chair
  • Marketing Chair
  • Home Selection Chair

Please contact me at angelikataylor@me.com to find out more about these positions and other ways you can help. Tour of Homes is one of our neighborhood’s key fundraising events. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in Virginia-Highland and make a difference, all while re-connecting with old friends and meeting new ones.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. And, once again, here’s to a tremendously successful TOH 2013!

~ Angelika Taylor, Tour of Homes Chair

Tour of Homes Committee Adds Touch of Holiday Color to VaHi’s Main Intersection

IMG_6360We want to give a shout out to Angelika Taylor and the rest of the 2013 Tour of Homes committee who helped add some holiday color to the neighborhood by hanging big red Christmas bows from the light posts and the main VaHi sign at the intersection of Virginia and N. Highland avenues.

Taylor says the team had to be out hanging TOH banners anyway, so adding the beautiful touch of holiday color was a no-brainer.

“We’re very pleased with the hint of Christmas the bows provide,” Taylor says, “and we hope it helps get people into a festive holiday mood as the tour approaches this coming weekend.”

IMG_6362Taylor says she hopes to get local businesses involved next year and expand the effort to decorate the neighborhood’s business nodes for the holidays.

Thanks, Angelika and TOH committee – and Happy Holidays, everyone!

Tour of Homes Committee Recognizes 2013 Sponsors

2013-Facebook-coverThe 2013 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is only three weeks away. With tickets sales already booming and our sponsorships locked in, this promises to be another successful neighborhood event. We’ve already broken all records in terms of funds raised via our business sponsorships. The TOH Committee would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to this year’s sponsors. Thanks for your generous contributions at all levels to help ensure the success of our event, support our community and give back to our neighborhood.

This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Muffley & Associates.

Our Premium Sponsors are Barking Hound Village and Heritage Bank.

Our Major Sponsors are Artisan Closets, Distinctive Appliances & Vacuum – Buckhead, Dog Gone Handy Home Rebuilders, Founders Kitchen and Bath, Karen Hott Interiors, Morningstar Mini-Storage, Natalie Gregory Home – Keller Williams, Remax Metro Atlanta – The Zac Team, Rinehart Design Group, The Great Frame-up, The Intowners – Sadlier, D’Aprile & Bade, Traditions in Tile, Urban Body Fitness and Studios, Warren City Club and Whole Foods.

Our Benefactor Sponsors are Atlanta INtown Newspaper, CR Home USA, Copper Sky Renovations, Daltile, Faith Flowers, Nite Vision Outdoor Lighting Atlanta, Phoenix Renovations Group, RLS Construction, Twelve Boutique and Flowers, and YWCA Greater Atlanta

This year’s Neighborhood Sponsors are Abraham Properties, Allied Fence Company, Allstate Insurance – William Kelly, Antiquity Architecture & Design, Bla Bla Kids, Design BH Architecture, Cindy Gilmore Hair Studio, Ellis Landesign, Festivity, Intown Hardware, Jones Pierce Architects, Judith Bright Jewelry, Kitsy Rose Public Relations, Moore Farms and Friends, Neptune Pools, New York Butcher Shoppe, Nonies Garden, Olde Savannah Flooring, Peace by Piece Organizing, PSB Studio Architecture, Stanton Law LLC, and Ten Thousand Villages.

And the Tour Committee would be remiss if we didn’t extend a heartfelt thank you to the local restaurants that will be providing tasty samples at each of this year’s Tour homes: American Roadhouse, Atkins Park, D.B.A. Barbecue, El Taco, Fontaine’s, Highland Tap, La Tavola, Marlow’s Tavern, Noche, Rosebud, San Francisco Coffee and Timone’s. 

Get your Tour tickets NOW online at our Tour of Homes website. Plan Dec 7th and 8th as your weekend to EAT, TOUR and SHOP in VaHi. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of tour. Your Tour of Homes ticket gets you into eight incredible homes, a sneak peak into a newly renovated apartment home at Briarcliff Summit, food samplings from ten different community restaurants and special coupons and discounts for our local eateries and shops. This is the perfect weekend to kick off your 2013 holiday season!

- Angelika Taylor, Tour Chair

Presenting the 2013 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

2013 Voice Dates“What’s that?…Can you hear it?…It’s all the buzz!”

In case you’re wondering what the buzz is all about, everyone is talking about our neighborhood’s next BIG event, the 2013 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes!  Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday December 7-8, you’ll want mark your calendars now and start making plans to EAT, TOUR and SHOP right here in VaHi.

The Tour of Homes committee has been working hard all year to kick off the holidays with another spectacular and successful event. This year’s TOH showcases eight unique homes and one newly renovated apartment home at Briarcliff Summit. Although the homes are always the main attraction, ten local restaurants – six of which are new to the Tour – will serve up their eclectic food samples in each home as well.

OK, it’s time to spill the beans. Scroll down to view photos and descriptions of the wonderful homes on this year’s tour.

For more information about the tour, including a list of the participating restaurants and a page where you can purchase tickets, click here.

The Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is such a fun way to kick off the holidays. Tell your friends and family to come out and support our neighborhood on a weekend where everyone loves to EAT, TOUR and SHOP!

- Angelika Taylor, 2013 Tour of Homes Chair

1 – 1162 Briarcliff Place:  The oldest home on the tour, built in 1910, the homeowners kept the original floors on the main level along with a few rooms and then they took it down to the studs. In the crawl space below they added 18 steel pillars to support the house. Their extensive renovation reveals a comfy, spacious cottage style home with serious “wow” factor influencing the owners’ passion for art and entertaining.

1 – 1162 Briarcliff Place
The oldest home on the tour, built in 1910, the homeowners kept the original floors on the main level along with a few rooms and then they took it down to the studs. In the crawl space below they added 18 steel pillars to support the house. Their extensive renovation reveals a comfy, spacious cottage style home with serious “wow” factor influencing the owners’ passion for art and entertaining.

2 – 885 Arlington Place When two oak trees fell on this home in 2009 the structural damage to the 1920’s bungalow was so severe that only some of the foundation, two exterior walls and the fireplace could be saved. It was rebuilt with a focus on recreating the style of the original house plus a few modern additions – think open kitchen and closets. It’s a fantastic example of exacting quality and attention to detail. Be sure to see the flooring and handrail on the stairs leading to the basement. They are reclaimed wood from the original home.

2 – 885 Arlington Place
When two oak trees fell on this home in 2009 the structural damage to the 1920’s bungalow was so severe that only some of the foundation, two exterior walls and the fireplace could be saved. It was rebuilt with a focus on recreating the style of the original house plus a few modern additions – think open kitchen and closets. It’s a fantastic example of exacting quality and attention to detail. Be sure to see the flooring and handrail on the stairs leading to the basement. They are reclaimed wood from the original home.

3 – 896 Arlington Place Fresh, airy and bright, this well designed home with gallery-like spaces is entirely new construction. Its open plan design flows effortlessly through three finished levels and continues seamlessly to the outdoor lounging terraces and back lawn. An art lovers dream, it features iconic modern furnishings and a stellar contemporary art collection including graffiti wall art. You won’t want to miss this one.

3 – 896 Arlington Place
Fresh, airy and bright, this well designed home with gallery-like spaces is entirely new construction. Its open plan design flows effortlessly through three finished levels and continues seamlessly to the outdoor lounging terraces and back lawn. An art lovers dream, it features iconic modern furnishings and a stellar contemporary art collection including graffiti wall art. You won’t want to miss this one.

4 – 1099 Lanier Blvd Built in the 1930’s and renovated in the late 90’s this sophisticated home is flush with elegant yet comfortable style. Gone is the dark and gloomy rental property of the 80’s and in its place is an intimate home spanning three finished levels. One of the highlights is the master bedroom suite. An extension of the homes original attic, it boasts striking angles and wood clad walls that add a dose of drama to the tranquil sanctuary. The cozy, stone lined terrace level opens to a naturally shady landscape featuring a treasured 46-foot tall silver oak.

4 – 1099 Lanier Blvd
Built in the 1930’s and renovated in the late 90’s this sophisticated home is flush with elegant yet comfortable style. Gone is the dark and gloomy rental property of the 80’s and in its place is an intimate home spanning three finished levels. One of the highlights is the master bedroom suite. An extension of the homes original attic, it boasts striking angles and wood clad walls that add a dose of drama to the tranquil sanctuary. The cozy, stone lined terrace level opens to a naturally shady landscape featuring a treasured 46-foot tall silver oak.

5- 1214 North Highland Ave Tucked away behind historic boxwood hedges, this 1930’s classic was recently updated to include a new master suite, screened porch, lower terrace guest bedroom suite and a garage. Much larger than it appears from the street, this sprawling three-level home is a great example of successfully merging the old with the new. From its custom concrete counters to designer chandeliers and well selected turn-of-the-century antiques, the home’s romantic, vintage vibe make this one a must see.

5- 1214 North Highland Ave
Tucked away behind historic boxwood hedges, this 1930’s classic was recently updated to include a new master suite, screened porch, lower terrace guest bedroom suite and a garage. Much larger than it appears from the street, this sprawling three-level home is a great example of successfully merging the old with the new. From its custom concrete counters to designer chandeliers and well selected turn-of-the-century antiques, the home’s romantic, vintage vibe make this one a must see.

6 – 648 Orme Circle The bespoke and genteel appeal of this 2006 Craftsman-style home greets you at the front door. The result of a major overhaul to the first floor that was completed in September 2013, impeccable designer touches can be seen in the new, custom kitchen, dining room, living room, keeping room and stunning, reconfigured master suite. A handsome mix of textures and alluring finishes, like leathered granite counter tops and hand-finished wood floors, take the quality of this renovation to new levels. It’s one of our favorite kitchens on the tour.

6 – 648 Orme Circle
The bespoke and genteel appeal of this 2006 Craftsman-style home greets you at the front door. The result of a major overhaul to the first floor that was completed in September 2013, impeccable designer touches can be seen in the new, custom kitchen, dining room, living room, keeping room and stunning, reconfigured master suite. A handsome mix of textures and alluring finishes, like leathered granite counter tops and hand-finished wood floors, take the quality of this renovation to new levels. It’s one of our favorite kitchens on the tour.

7 – 688 Cooledge Ave Once a two bedroom, one bath house built in 1922, this home was given new life in 2012 when it was transformed into a luxurious four bedroom, three and one half bath retreat. The homeowners preserved the original Georgian Revival exterior entrance, first floor framing and white oak floors – the rest is brand new. Imported marble from Greece, floor-to-ceiling windows spanning the back of the house and a palm-lined outdoor oasis complete with pool are just a few of the signature details you’ll love about this designer home.

7 – 688 Cooledge Ave Once a two bedroom, one bath house built in 1922, this home was given new life in 2012 when it was transformed into a luxurious four bedroom, three and one half bath retreat. The homeowners preserved the original Georgian Revival exterior entrance, first floor framing and white oak floors – the rest is brand new. Imported marble from Greece, floor-to-ceiling windows spanning the back of the house and a palm-lined outdoor oasis complete with pool are just a few of the signature details you’ll love about this designer home. 

8 – 921 Ponce Place This home’s stately stone exterior is the perfect segue to the cultivated aesthetic you will find inside. Built in 2005, it is the largest home on the tour with three finished levels, four bedrooms, four full baths, two half-baths and three stacked stone fireplaces. It is furnished with many family heirlooms, including a custom 1890’s Steinway grand piano made of Brazilian rosewood. The piano belonged to the homeowner’s Great-Grandmother whose portrait (painted in the 1940’s) hangs in the dining room. You’ll take in both history and style at this address.

8 – 921 Ponce Place
This home’s stately stone exterior is the perfect segue to the cultivated aesthetic you will find inside. Built in 2005, it is the largest home on the tour with three finished levels, four bedrooms, four full baths, two half-baths and three stacked stone fireplaces. It is furnished with many family heirlooms, including a custom 1890’s Steinway grand piano made of Brazilian rosewood. The piano belonged to the homeowner’s Great-Grandmother whose portrait (painted in the 1940’s) hangs in the dining room. You’ll take in both history and style at this address.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 - 1050 Ponce De Leon Ave. History buffs will love this year’s bonus stop. The Briarcliff Summit or  “The Seven-Fifty” building  — as it was first named when it was built in 1925 by Asa Candler, Jr., son of the founder of The Coca-Cola Company — is steeped in rich history. Once luxury apartments and home to many famous faces, it’s once again under new ownership and fresh from a major renovation. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for a peak inside this landmark that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

#9 – 1050 Ponce De Leon Ave. History buffs will love this year’s bonus stop. The Briarcliff Summit or “The Seven-Fifty” building — as it was first named when it was built in 1925 by Asa Candler, Jr., son of the founder of The Coca-Cola Company — is steeped in rich history. Once luxury apartments and home to many famous faces, it’s once again under new ownership and fresh from a major renovation. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for a peak inside this landmark that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Volunteers Needed for 2013 VaHi Tour of Homes

2013 Tour of Homes DatesThe Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is coming up soon, Saturday and Sunday December 7 & 8. This year’s tour promises to be one of the best yet with eight beautiful and interesting homes, each paired with delicious food tastings from great local restaurants, plus a history-lover’s bonus stop. Tour of Homes is a festive holiday event that also happens to be an important fundraiser for our community.

carolers_home_265hPlease how your support for our wonderful neighborhood by signing up for a volunteer shift. Signing up is quick and easy at http://vahitourofhomes.org/volunteer/. Volunteers will receive two complimentary tickets to the tour.

If you can’t volunteer, please plan to attend this year’s tour and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Details are available at http://vahitourofhomes.org/. It’s a great way to give back to YOUR neighborhood!

Mark Your Calendars: 2013 Tour of Homes Set For December 7-8

2013-Facebook-coverBy: Angelika Taylor, Tour Chair

What an incredible year it’s been in Virginia-Highland! We’ve enjoyed Summerfest, ran numerous road races, hosted Streets Alive – twice, battled burgers, and now it’s time for the next exciting event in our community. It’s almost time for the 2013 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes which will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th.

DSC06097The Tour of Homes committee has been preparing all year for another tour that will be nothing short of spectacular. This year’s tour features eight very different homes, plus an historical landmark renovation in our neighborhood. This year you’ll get to sample foods from ten local restaurants, four of which are new to the tour.

There are more surprises to come as Virginia-Highland kicks off the holiday season with a weekend to Eat, TOUR and Shop so mark your calendars now for the first full weekend in December. And keep an eye out for the November 1 Voice e-newsletter that will include a sneak peak at the homes and restaurants included on this year’s tour.

VaHi Tour of Homes 2013 – Call for Entries

Is your Virginia-Highland home a fabulous classic bungalow, a stunning renovation, or an outstanding new build? If so, we want to hear from you.

The 2013 Tour of Homes committee is on the lookout for this year’s Elite Eight! Put your home on the tour and help raise funds for the neighborhood. Submit your home today for consideration. Please send up to three photos of your home (low-res photos of less than 1 MB only, please) and a brief description to melinda@muffleyhomes.com.

Entry deadline is June 5th so please don’t hesitate if you’re interested. Tour dates are December 7th and 8th.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the tour in December!

Local Blogger Shines Spotlight on 2012 Tour of Homes Entry

One of the things this year’s Tour of Homes committee focused on was using social media to help spread the word about our event. In addition to a robust website, we created a Facebook page and filled it with pictures of the homes and other relevant posts, blogged about the event on Virginia-Highland Patch, and took advantage of message boards like VHLIST and Next Door Virginia-Highland. We believe our efforts to promote through social media were a key part of the overall success of this year’s event.

We were pleased to have been ‘discovered’ this year by local home organizing consultant and blogger Tidy-Up Gal who stopped by and enjoyed this year’s tour. Tidy-Up Gal promoted our event prior to the Tour weekend and got access to take photos of VHCA board vice-president Lola Carlisle’s home. Photos from that tour were featured in a recent blog post. This type of exposure is a great adjunct to use of traditional media in promoting our event and we look forward to more such opportunities in 2013.

2012 Tour of Homes Recap

And that’s a wrap!

Wow – what an incredible Tour of Homes weekend in Virginia Highland! I can’t begin to tell you how many personal emails I‘ve received about the homes, food tastings and neighborhood from last weekend. So many people praising our event from the pre-tour advertisement “buzz” and smooth transactions at ticket check-in to the amazing food samplings and hard working volunteers. Our streets were alive and the stores jam-packed. Tour goers enjoyed live, traditional holiday caroling as the Grady High School chorus entertained at the homes and at the North Highland/Virginia Ave. intersection.

And this year’s tour really delivered! The tour committee wants to sincerely thank the generous homeowners who allowed more than 1,600 tour-goers to view their incredible homes. The committee also wants to thank the fabulous restaurants, sponsors and the many volunteers for their hard work and support this year. There’s no way we could have made this tour happen without all of you.

One of my favorite sayings is “Go Big or Go Home” and this year’s tour did just that…we killed it!  By any measure, this year’s tour was a success. Close to 1,100 tickets were sold and, combined with sponsor revenue, the tour generated more than $36,000 for our neighborhood (a $3,000 increase over last year)! Pre-sale of tickets – both online and through our in-town locations – was strong, a direct result of promoting the event through our incredible website and Voice newsletter, the new banners we placed around the neighborhood and the local shops that displayed our signage, blogger support, promoting our event through Facebook and other social media, and, of course, the generous support of our sponsors and vendors.

As was the case with Summerfest in June, Mother Nature played a big role in ensuring our event’s success. With warm temperatures and no rain, attendance both days was very strong.

What does this really mean to us all? It means we raised money for the community we all take so much pride in – money that will directly impact each and every one of us. These funds go toward support of our parks, sidewalk repairs, safety, streetlights, landscaping and many other community projects that pop up throughout the year.

Let me share a quick story with you. On Saturday evening (after Day One of the tour) my hubby and I snuck in a quick dinner at Murphy’s. As always, the restaurant was packed. I talked to people at the tables around us, many of whom were from outlying areas and had come to VaHi to make a day of it. They “Toured, Ate and Shopped,” just as we had hoped they would. Most had had such a great time that they were ready to pack up and move to here! They loved our quaint village, the fact that everyone took pride in the community and that we can walk everywhere here and that the neighborhood seemed so health-conscious. My response to them was that these are precisely the reasons why most residents choose to call Virginia-Highland home.

In closing, I couldn’t be more proud of the many TOH committee members who went above and beyond to make this tour an incredible success. It was a pleasure working with everyone and we’ve already begun discussing next year’s tour while our energy level is high. If there’s any feedback about the tour that you’d like to share with us, please email it to tour@vahi.org.

Also, if you weren’t a sponsor for this year’s tour but would like to consider it for next year, please let us know.

Happy Holidays to everyone who attended this year’s tour or helped make it a success. I sincerely hope you enjoy this special time of year with your family and friends.

- Angelika Taylor, 2012 Tour of Homes Chair

Grady High Carolers Entertain at 2012 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Special thanks to the Grady High School carolers and instructor Kevin Hill for providing much-appreciated Christmas spirit during this year’s rather warm Tour of Homes. The group gathered Saturday at 1 PM at the triangle and entertained shoppers and tour-goers at several locations near the N. Highland/Virginia Avenue intersection before heading off to carol at several of the homes on the tour. The kids had fun and everyone enjoyed their wonderfully festive spirit.

Click on the album below to view images of the carolers as they made their rounds as well as a few other pictures from the tour. We’ll post more tour photos as they become available.

 

2012 Tour of Homes featuring the Grady High School Carolers

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes 2012

Happy Fall y’all! 

Virginia-Highland is on fire these days. Our neighborhood is all the buzz. Our restaurants are full for lunch and dinner, our shops are bustling, our nightlife is hopping, homes are selling with multiple offers and the BeltLine is becoming packed with people on any given day. We are so lucky to say we live and play here.

This year’s Summerfest was a record success and now everyone’s wondering what’s the next big event in the Highlands? It’s our neighborhood’s very own Tour of Homes and it’s guaranteed to be awesome. It’s a walking tour of some of the most inspiring homes in Virginia-Highland. Put it on your calendars NOW – you will not want to miss this one.

My name is Angelika Taylor and I am chairing this year’s Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes. I have the most amazing group of people that make up the TOH team. There are several committees that make up the TOH, including Home Selection, Restaurant, Sponsorship, Media/PR, Collateral and the Volunteer Committee. Everyone is working so hard to make this year’s tour a huge success and, so far, we are well on our way to doing so.

The dates for this year’s Tour of Homes are Saturday and Sunday Dec 8th and 9th. Tour hours will be Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Restaurant tastings on both days will be from 12pm – 4pm.

We have selected seven amazingly different homes as well as our first bed & breakfast ever on the tour. Each home will feature a local restaurant that will provide a special menu sampling to tour-goers. This year’s participating restaurants are Atkins Park, La Tavola, Osteria, Murphy’s, Noche, Pozole’, DBA BBQ and Genki.

This year’s tour theme is “Tour, Eat and Shop” a weekend in the Highlands. Tour-goers will be encouraged to linger in our neighborhood before or after they tour to get the “full experience” of our quaint little community.  Local businesses will offer specials to tour-goers and live entertainment will be provided by our local schools: Grady High School and Inman Middle School choirs will be caroling during Tour weekend to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Tickets for the tour go on sale in November and will be available online via PayPal in advance for $25 each, or on the day of the tour at the YWCA on North Highland Avenue for $30 each. The Y will also provide free parking in their lot. Come help your community raise money to fund safety initiatives, sidewalks, lighting, parks, schools and many more neighborhood projects and improvements.

CAN YOU HELP?  YES!  We are looking for volunteers for tour weekend to help work in homes, sell tickets, hang banners and assist in other areas.  If you’re interested in helping, please contact our volunteer coordinator Eleanor Barrineau via email at vahitourofhomes@gmail.com

If you are a local business or individual that would like to advertise in our Tour of Homes ticket book, please contact our sponsorship committee as soon as possible.  There are definite print deadlines and one of our team can tell you sponsorship levels and ad cost.  Call Catherine Tabor at 404-434-9568 or Kris Smith at 404-226-7536.

We are all looking forward to a fun-filled neighborhood event. Tell all your friends and family and make it a weekend of “touring, eating and shopping”.  I can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season.

Angelika Taylor

Chair, Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

‘Tis Almost Time to Tour!

Tour of Homes 2012Let the count down begin! With only a few days left before this year’s Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes, there’s plenty of excitement and anticipation in the air for the weekend of December 8th and 9th.

Driving around the neighborhood you’ve probably noticed all the yard signs and banners. They’re brand new this year and are really helping get the word out. The Tour of Homes website is live and full of great content and online ticket sales are increasing daily. Please visit www.vahitourofhomes.org for a preview of this year’s tour homes. And if you’re on Facebook, find us and like us – there’s a lot of great information there, too.

This year’s tour features eight inspiring homes including several turn-of-the-century bungalows expertly renovated in designer style; a 1920’s Tudor Cottage reinvented for relaxed, luxe living; a contemporary masterpiece reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature prairie style; and a fully-restored, historic bed & breakfast.

In addition, nine local restaurants – La Tavola, Atkins Park, DBA Barbecue, Murphy’s, El Taco, Genki, Osteria 832, Pozole’, and Noche – will be hosting food samplings on both tour days. I’ve seen their menus and they’re all going out of their way to “show-off” their incredibly different offerings. The food is a serious bonus on this tour – you could easily consider it your appetizer and lunch for the day!

All our sponsors and home vendors are ready to market their goods and/or services as well. If you’re planning to renovate, update or just gather great ideas for your home there will be so much eye candy and information available to you in a real home setting, not a showroom. I have files from many past VaHi Home Tours that I still refer back to and have used on my home.

Tour, Eat and let’s not forget…SHOP!  All our local merchants are ready for tour goers as well. Stores are filled with new merchandise and shop owners are eager to help you with your holiday shopping. Several merchants are offering deals or coupons with your Tour Ticket Book. It will definitely be a great weekend to enjoy our “small town neighborhood” with a big city bustle and pace. It’s the very reason many of us chose to make Virginia-Highland our home in the first place.

And for the frosting on the cake, how incredible will it be to enjoy live holiday caroling throughout the neighborhood by some of the most amazingly talented students from Grady High School? The sound of children’s caroling always gets me during the holidays and I am so honored these kids will be sharing their gift with us this year.

OK – ‘nuff said.  Proceeds from the Tour of Homes go toward funding the many important initiatives of the Virginia-Highland Civic Association so GET YOUR TOUR TICKETS TODAY! Tickets are $25 each prior to Tour and $30 day of Tour. You can get them conveniently online at www.vahitourofhomes.org or, starting the weekend before the tour, get them locally at Intown Ace Hardware (VaHi location), Aurora Coffee Shop or San Francisco Coffee Shop. So, make it a date weekend, a girls day out, a new family tradition or buy tickets as gifts and hand them out to your friends, family, clients etc. This event is rated A for All Audiences!

Here’s to another successful event in our wonderful neighborhood!

Angelika Taylor - Chair, 2012 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes Recognizes 2012 Sponsors

On behalf of the entire neighborhood, the Virginia-Highland Civic Association extends a special thank you to our 2012 Tour of Homes sponsors. The generous support of these sponsors helps ensure a successful event and provides important funding for neighborhood projects including park improvements, safety, sidewalk and traffic concerns, planning and preservation efforts, graffiti removal, communication and ongoing support of our neighborhood schools.

This is the 18th anniversary of our tour and this year we feature an impressive line up of seven beautiful homes plus a bed & breakfast, each home paired with delicious menu samplings from local restaurants.

Our local sponsors help make the Tour of Homes an outstanding success year after year. Please support them with your patronage.

Presenting Sponsor

Muffley and Associates Real Estate

Major Sponsors

Jim Ellis

Sparkfly

The Intowners Real Estate

Abraham Properties

Jones Pierce Architects

New Highland Design-Build

Weidmann Remodeling

Karen Hott Designs

Tailfin Marketing

Benefactor Sponsors

Stanton Home Furnishings

Renovation Design Atlanta

The Great Frame Up

Supporting Sponsors

Copper Sky Renovation

Nonie’s Garden

Meringue Boutique

Intown Ace Hardware

Dog Gone Handy

Aurora Coffee

Massage Envy

Ansley Eye Care

Natural Body Spa and Shop

Mark Arnold Architect

New York Butcher Shoppe

Front Porch Homes and Renovations

Neighborhood Sponsor

Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners

Ben Northrup Architectural Renovations

Presenting the 2012 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

By: Angelika Taylor, 2012 Tour of Homes Chair

The 2012 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is right around the corner and the TOH committee has been working hard to make sure this year’s event is a fun and successful one. In addition to nine outstanding restaurants, there are eight spectacular homes on the tour and we just can’t keep it a secret any longer so here’s a sneak peak at this year’s lineup.

Each home is different and has its own personality, character and style. As you browse through the brief descriptions, start planning your Tour of Homes weekend. Tickets go on sale in November and this would be the perfect event to kick off the holidays with your friends, family and out of town guests. And remember – tour tickets make excellent gifts as well.

For more information on this year’s Tour of Homes – including how you can get involved by volunteering – don’t forget to visit our recently updated website at www.vahitourofhomes.org.

1 - 957 Rosedale Road: The oldest home on the tour, built in 1910, the homeowners kept the original floors on the main level along with a few rooms and then they took it down to the studs. In the crawl space below they added 18 steel pillars to support the house. Their extensive renovation reveals a comfy, spacious cottage style home with serious “wow” factor influencing the owners’ passion for art and entertaining.

2 - 1089 Rosedale Road: An art enthusiast's dream home. The homeowners’ impressive collection of local and internationally known artists has been carefully displayed in every room of this house. An open airy kitchen and family rooms lead you outside where the art continues. Lush landscaping surrounds a Palm Springs-esque swimming pool and garden.

3 - 1109 Los Angeles Drive: A gorgeous renovation of an original 1926 Tudor/Bungalow home, its rumored that at one time a member of Margret Mitchell’s family lived there. During recent renovations the current owners found a signature on the inside of one of the original door frames signed “Mr. Mitchell”. This home has one of our favorite kitchens on the tour.

4 - 1030 N. Virginia Avenue: Built in 1929, this cute frame white house is a true little gem. While the current owners walked into a perfectly well preserved home, in 1996 they renovated the upstairs for a teen suite and in 2011 they took on their kitchen. One of the highlights, the kitchen is a throwback vintage/modern feel complete with 50’s style Big Chill appliances. You will find this little unassuming home is chock full of the past but makes use of every inch of space for a small family.

5 - 1139 Lanier Boulevard: This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Prairie-style home was custom designed and is entirely new construction. Built by the homeowner himself, this home features extensive millwork/trim of tulip poplar, which was locally harvested. You don’t want to miss this one.

6 - 1029 Kentucky Avenue: Once a small 2 bedroom- 1 bath Tudor cottage in 1928, now a 5 bedroom – 4 bath home with three finished floors and a fantastic layout perfect for entertaining. This home features a wine cellar, bar and spectacular outdoor living. The back yard boasts a serene setting centered around a beautiful lighted spa and waterfall.

7 - 760 Elkmont Drive: A 1930’s original bungalow floor plan, this home is an inspiring example of casual yet luxe renovations. The floors, doors and built-ins remain originals and the color scheme both inside and out aspire to evoke a coastal California beach cottage feel. The master bedroom and retreat spa bath are one of a kind and a must see.

8 - 630 Orme Circle: After a 1995 fire, this 1920 Craftsman Bungalow was fully restored to its original charm and opened as a Bed & Breakfast in 1996 in time to host international guests to the Summer Olympics. This B&B has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths all distinctively decorated with an eclectic collection of turn of the 20th century antiques and mid century modern collectables. The owner, a master gardener, designed the extensive gardens which are part of the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries and the Worldwide Labyrinth Project. Open year round, this Bed and Breakfast is a special place to stay.

Mark Your Calendars Now for the 18th Annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

News Release

Contact: Sally Clark 404-805-6363

PR Committee Co-Chair, Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

18th Annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

December 8th and December 9th 2012

Mark your calendars now for the 18th Annual 2012 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes! Get in the holiday spirit with friends and family as you tour one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods.  Enjoy a festive weekend of beautiful architecture, local restaurant tastings, caroling by local school choirs and discount specials at popular retailers.

Presented by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association, this year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, December 9th from noon to 4 pm. Presented by a neighborhood known for its historic residences, unique shops and fabulous restaurants, the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is the perfect way to spend the day and welcome in the holiday season!

This year’s exclusive selection of homes promises something for everyone from a historic bungalow by award-winning designer Karen Hott to a contemporary home reminiscent of designs by Frank Lloyd Wright to a rare peek inside a charming Bed & Breakfast – and more!

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 weekend of the tour.

Voice – Summer 2012

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- It’s festival time! Summerfest 2012
- New Highland Park construction to begin soon
- Reflections on redistricting, by Nicole Foerschler-Horn
- Dr. Leila Denmark, by Lola Carlisle, Karri Hobson Pape and Judy Potter
- Graffiti in Virginia-Highland
- Planning for the 2012 VaHi Tour of Homes is underway, by Jack White and Lola Carlisle
- A walking community, by Peggy Berg
- Goin’ Coastal, a great catch, by Brent Schnee
- How to choose a contractor, by Phillip Pettis

Voice — April 2012 — Update: Tour of Homes – December 8th and 9th, 2012

This year’s Tour of Homes Committee is off and running with over 15 individuals on the committee in various roles. Angelika Taylor is leading the charge as chair of the committee. Angelika is fairly new to Virginia-Highland but has a passion for the community and especially for the home styles and personality of the area. This group is beginning the process of selecting homes, pairing them with restaurants, and reaching out to companies to offer sponsorship opportunities. Later we’ll be asking for everyone’s help in a variery of volunteer roles.

The Tour is a great event that brings the community together during the holidays and is enjoyed by both visitors and volunteers. It raises funds that are used by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association throughout the year for park improvements, sidewalk projects, safety initiatives and more. Please mark December 8th and 9th on your calendar and come to the Home Tour.

You can reach the committee with suggestions about sponsorships and to volunteer at tour@vahi.org.

VaHi Tour of Homes 12/10 and 12/11

Tickets to this popular seasonal tour of VaHi homes will be available in front of the YWCA at 957 North Highland Avenue. Details of the tour at www.vahitourofhomes.org. Be a good neighbor and remind our tour visitors of the Clean Car Campaign – cleaned out cars won’t tempt thieves. There is a good video about clean cars while enjoying this holiday season at the APD website on the right hand side of the APD homepage.

Voice – Winter 2010-11

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- Get ready to do the tour (Tour of Homes)
- President’s corner by Aly Higgins
- Group works to rid VaHi of graffiti, by Victoria Hathcox and Laura Voisinet
- Planning continues for construction of New Highland Park, improvements to Orme Park: Both projects could see groundbreaking in early 2010, by Pamela Papner
- Green Dream fundraising
- VHCA wants Atlanta Gas Light to repave streets adversely impacted by recent line work: Gas company meets some, not all, of neighborhood’s cleanup requests
- Spotlight on public safety: keep your dollars at home! by John Wolfinger
- History of Virginia-Highland, Part IX
- Restaurant review: Goin’ Coastal
- New burger joint opens in VaHi

Voice – Fall 2010

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- Summerfest success
- President’s Corner: VHCA achievements of past 12 months
- Historic designation interest survey results to be presented
- Atlanta’s oldest fire station seeks funds for renovation
- Green Dream – New Highland Park fundraising
- Osteria 832
- Gas main replacement project nears completion
- History part VIII
- Public safety update: city codes and code violators
- Java Jive
- 2010 Tour of Homes with Design Forum
- Membership

Voice – Spring 2010

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- Triangle island renovation nears completion
- Home Tour recap
- Local Haiti relief efforts continue
- President’s Corner: Callanwolde silent auction results
- SPARK students introduced to debate
- Spotlight on Grady High School
- Grow fruit in your garden
- Streetscape update
- Green Dream silent auction a success
- Safety update: Reed administration and the APD
- Orme Park Phase One improvements
- How healthy are your trees?
- History part VI
- Col. Mustard reviews Rosebud

Voice – Winter 2009-10

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- VaHi Green Dream silent auction
- 15th annual Tour of Homes
- President’s Corner
- SPARK opens its doors
- Spotlight on Grady
- VaHi’s Green Dream
- Spotlight on public safety
- Spotlight on businesses: Atlanta Activewear and Knitch relocates
- City responds to streetscape project concerns
- Col. Mustard reviews George’s
- Update on Callanwolde drainage concerns

Voice – Summer 2009

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- Summerfest
- Neighborhood preservation committee update
- Planning for 2009 Tour of Homes
- Historic Fourth Ward Park under construction
- President’s Corner: fundraising for new park
- News from MES and Inman
- SPARK gets name and principal
- Join New Highland Park Conservancy
- New businesses: Glamour Paws, D.B.A. Barbeque, Silverstein, Thomas & Carter
- VHCA wants you!
- Rufus Henry Stansell (1929-2009) neighborhood folk artist
- Col. Mustard reviews Belly General Store
- History of Virginia Highland Part III

Voice – Winter 2008-9

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Published November 2008

- 14th annual Tour of Homes
- President’s Corner
- Safety Update
- The Bus Stop, news from schools
- VHCA attemps to purchase former library lots, by Pamela Papner
- More delays for Phase II of VaHi streetscape improvements, by John Becker
- New elementary school to open in August 2009
- Neighborhood commercial (NC) zoning initiative gains momentum by John Peak and Pamela Papner
- VHCA 2008-2009 membership Q&A
- Street smart by Drew Baughman
- History of Virginia-Highland, Part I
- Buy a brick in the new VaHi park

Voice – Winter 2007-8

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- Phase II Streetscape plans finalized
- President’s Corner
- 2007 Tour of Homes recap
- Area homes included on tour of kitchens
- Zipcar comes to VaHi
- VaHi Safety Team report
- Neighborhood preservation initiative gains steam
- Trees Atlanta visits VaHi
- The Bus Stop: school news
- Col. Mustard reviews La Tavola
- Intown cycling: family style
- Orme Park master plan takes shape, by Jack White

Voice – Winter 2004

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- Find out how the Joneses live and support your community (Tour of Homes)
- Civic Association award more than $40,000 to local organizations
- Letter from the President, by Kevin Cronin (opposing Piedmont Park parking deck)
- Orme Park drainage problems to be addressed
- MARTA oughta to be smarta, by Chip Gallagher
- Tour of Homes 2004 (description and picture of each picture)
- This could be you: sad shamed and sued, by Chip Gallagher
- Five taxi stands should reduce traffic problems
- Civic association offers funds for off-duty police patrols, by Jean Ellen Jones
- The Good Neighbor (portrait of Cynthia Gentry, who led efforts to build Cunard playground at John Howell Park), by Nonie Daniel
- The Highland Hoer: Time for outdoor cleanup, by John Wolfinger
- Community survey form

Voice – Spring 2004

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President’s Address, by Kevin Cronin
- City council honors Aaron Gross for his leadership
- City council passed sewage and water bill
- Sidewalk reimbursement program
- Grand opening of Cunard Memorial Playground March 28, 2004

Parking and transportation are major issues for the business community, by Tinka Green, VHBA president
- permit parking may be introduced in Atkins Park

- What’s happening at Inman Middle School (renovation), by Liz Coyle
- Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes planned
- Remember to recycle, by Nan Hunter

Why cities don’t matter and why Virginia-Highland does, by Chip Gallagher
- Cities are losing out to suburbs in political power
- VaHi and intown neighborhoods will weather the fiscal storm due to social organization

- Atkins Park Garden Club celebrated 75th anniversary, by Tinka Green
- The Southeastern Flower Show provides great landscaping ideas, by John Wolfinger
- Anatomy of a property tax assessment challenge
- Cunard Memorial Playground park cleanup and grand opening
- How can I remove graffiti?

Voice – Year-end 1988

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- John Howell Park planning update
- In memoriam: John Howell
- Graphic (2 pages): John Howell Park plan

Updates:
- 764-784 Ponce Place development to be limited to townhomes and condos, not high-density rental units
- YWCA coming to stie of Spanish Baptist Church
- Thanks to Sharon Bagby and Highland Hardware for revitalizing Triangle,
- Thanks to Shemin Nurseries for donating 10 cherry trees to park
- Virginia-Highland Designer Showhouse was held October 1988 at 1166 St. Charles Place, sponsored by TWIGS, benefiting VaHi Civic Fund and Egleston Hospital
- L.A.M.P. (Living AIDS Memorial Park) aims to develop a national shrine in John Howell Park, where memorial services can be conducted.

Voice – May 1973

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  • May 8 meeting
  • VHCA’s first birthday party to be held in June
  • Working together with Morningside to fight I-485
  • Home Improvements Committee
  • Planned neighborhood garage sale and art fair
  • Zoning help from GA Tech
  • Banners for restored homes
  • 1973 Tour of Homes
  • Groundbreaking for “Virginia Park 485″
  • Zoning committee
  • Enforcement of housing codes