The venerable holiday home tour in Southeast Portland’s tree-lined Eastmoreland neighborhood will be viewable online to make it easier for everyone to safely and leisurely explore private residences adorned in festive décor.

Viewers of the 42nd Duniway Holiday Home Tour will see stylish ways to decorate for the holidays, smart home improvement ideas and how historic houses can be updated while preserving their original character.

A $10 minimum donation is suggested to watch professional video tours of four well-designed homes from Dec. 21 through Dec. 31.

Tickets can be purchased at duniwayhometour.org and the money raised will go to the Duniway PTA to support cultural enrichment programs for Duniway Elementary School students, and to New Avenues for Youth, which strives to end youth homelessness.

“While the delivery [of the tour] will be different, the idea remains the same. Our kind hosts are giving us a sneak peek into their stunning homes, decked out for the holidays,” says tour volunteer Sarah Lewis. “The difference is that this year, you can enjoy the holiday decorations, amazing remodels and beautiful decor from the comfort of your own home.”

A production company has created video home tours in which the host will introduce the homeowners and tell the history of each house.

“We’ll also bring a sprinkling of holiday magic, with special performances of the Nutcracker Vignettes from the Classical Ballet Academy,” says Lewis.

The storybook homes on the tour were built between 1927 and 1941, and have plenty of original features. Each showcases the homeowners’ style, inside and out.

Tour-goers will virtually see a 1927 pitched-roof English Tudor-Revival cottage with Scandinavian decor under vaulted ceilings. The homeowners, professional designers who founded Friday and Company, also enhanced the landscaping, added a waterfall bench and a living space under the stars with dining and lounge areas.

Supporters of the fundraiser will also see a 1929 Tudor-style cottage decorated for the holidays with vintage Santas, a one-of-kind holiday collection and a built-in “curiosity” cabinet, with some items made by the owner, who sells her Magpie Ethel items on Etsy. Don’t miss viewing the 1950s’ O’Keefe and Merritt stove.

Another stop on the tour is a traditional Tudor built in 1932 with a wonderful picture window in the living room and a winding staircase with original woodwork and wrought-iron railing. A new backyard deck overlooks landscaping designed to take advantage of all the usable space.

The fourth home on the tour is an elevated 1941 house with classic shutters and a dormer window. The two-level backyard has a new outdoor living space for safe entertaining while socially distancing with friends.

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

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