2/28/2004

Holiday Home Tour

December 1,2,3, 2006 In Sacramento, you should go to Sacred Heart Elementary School's Holiday Home Tour Take a self-guided walking tour of six magnificent homes in Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties, decorated for the holidays by top interior designers and florists. The tour takes about two hours from start to finish. The Fabulous Forties East Sacramento is home to a neighborhood that is affectionately referred to as the "Fabulous Forties." An area bound by J Street and Folsom Boulevard from 38th to 47th Streets, this historic neighborhood boasts wide avenues, sweeping green lawns and large, prewar (pre-WWI and pre-WWII) homes that have housed many of the city’s most prominent residents (including Ronald Reagan when he was governor.) The neighborhood features grand old houses that were custom built in the early decades of the 20th century, when architects were looking to Europe for design inspiration. As a result, the Fabulous Forties is renowned for its eclectic "Revival" style architecture. Here you find a variety of dwellings: English cottages, Tudor-style homes, Dutch farmhouses, Mediterranean villas, and Craftsman bungalows. No two houses are the same. Every year since 1973, residents of the Fabulous Forties have opened their homes to the public for the Holiday Home Tour, a self-guided walking tour that benefits Sacred Heart Parish School in East Sacramento. Thousands of visitors from throughout Northern California and Nevada and beyond come to see special homes and their architecture that create an extraordinary neighborhood.

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