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COVER: The gazebo at Veramendi Plaza. ARTWORK by JEFF KESTER

FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS

Five families will open their unique residences to the public 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 for the Heritage Association of San Marcos’ annual Home for the Holidays Tour.

For the first time, none of the featured homes lie within the city’s seven designated historical districts, according to one of the organizers.

“Since the spring tour always features heritage homes, we wanted to give tour goers a chance to see a broader view of San Marcos – beyond the heritage district[s] – and, in turn, get to experience different architectural styles on the tour,” said Marianne Moore, the holiday home tour chair.

Moore’s Mediterranean-style home at 2930 Summit Ridge Drive, which she shares with her husband, Perry, will be one of three spotlighted residences in the Willow Creek neighborhood. The others are Brenda Jenkins’ and Don Wallace’s home at 2801 Summit Ridge Drive and Michele and Brian Burleson’s home at 1211 Mountain View Drive. The remaining two homes on the tour includes Anne and Clay DeStefano’s home at 214 Scott Street, near downtown, and the DuPont family’s country home at 145 Spring Road.

“While the tour is still ostensibly about the homes, it’s really more about the holiday décor this time around. Each of the homes features unique floor plans and interior designs, but more importantly, they also feature ‘over the top’ holiday displays to inspire and delight all who enter,” Moore said.

Each home will feature holiday music and food or beverages. Late afternoon hours will allow tour-goers to take in Christmas lights as they drive between featured homes, Moore said.

Tickets can be purchased for $15 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday during the Cottage Kitchen luncheon at the Charles S. Cock House, 400 E. Hopkins St., or between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, 202 N. CM Allen Parkway.

2014 Holiday Tour of Homes | San Marcos

Brenda Jenkins and Don Wallace

2801 Summit Ridge Drive



This Tuscan-influenced newer home sits nestled in a lush stand of trees in the Willow Creek neighborhood. The greenery continues inside the richly appointed home, which is decorated with a 10-foot living room tree in gold and maroon; a dining room tree with red and gold poinsettias; a teddy bear tree; a childrens’ tree with ornaments collected over the course of 43 years; a bird tree with a collection of ornaments from over a decade,; a “Man Room” tree; and a kitchen ornament/cardinals tree. A nativity scene collection will also be featured.
Marianne and Perry Moore

2930 Summit Ridge Drive



Built in 2008, this two-story, Mediterranean-style home features a contemporary floor plan. For the Christmas season, it is decorated with 12-food red and green tree; a fruit tree; a green and gold tree; a Rattler purple tree; and a Zebra-themed “Texas Diva” tree. Holiday adornments also include a nutcracker Collection and a Texas capitol ornament collection. The tour concludes with a cup of mulled cider on a balcony that offers breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country. NOTE: Tour is on second story (main floor) of house which requires navigating about 20 stairs.
Michele and Brian Burleson

1211 Mountain View Drive



Built in 2002, the Burleson home’s festive garb includes a dozen trees in the front yard wrapped with multi-colored lights. It has won neighborhood decoration contests several times. Inside, a series of 10-foot trees include family celebration tree; a celestial tree adorned from top to bottom with African-American angel dolls; and a whimsical tree that celebrates the Burlesons’ granddaughters. The home also features an extensive Christmastime village collection.
Anne and Clay DeStefano

214 Scott Street



This two-story town house was built in 1981 and renovated in 2009 and 2012. In addition to a unique floor plan and interior décor,  the Christmas displays in this home consist of some of the very best of the homeowner’s mother’s collection. In addition to traditional Christmas tree and holiday floral displays, the DeStefano home also features Santa, nativity, reindeer and snowmen collections.
DuPont Family’s Spring Oak Farm

145 Spring Road



Spring Oak Farm has been home to four generations of the DuPont family. The original footprint of the home was built in 1902 with significant additions in 1956 and 2007. Although the home has been occupied by only three families in 112 years, it has always been the site of festive gatherings and entertainment, particularly during the holiday season. Celebrating the season at Spring Oak Farm includes fanciful trees in every room, swags and garlands and glitter galore, nostalgic reminders of holidays past, and all the charm of Christmas in the country.

— HERITAGE ASSOCIATION OF SAN MARCOS

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