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 An all-new selection of local homes will be part of this year’s Birmingham House Tour, to benefit The Community House.

An all-new selection of local homes will be part of this year’s Birmingham House Tour, to benefit The Community House.

Photo provided by Kathie Ninneman, senior director of special events and community liaison at The Community House

Birmingham House Tour unlocks new local homes

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 9, 2019


BIRMINGHAM — If the changing fall colors have you inspired to make some changes to the palette or design of your home, there’s good news: The annual Birmingham House Tour will return this Thursday, Sept. 12.

Now in its 32nd year, the house tour, presented by The Community House and Hall & Hunter Realtors, gives participants the chance to visit seven of the area’s most unique and exceptional homes. With goodies for interior design fans and architecture buffs to enjoy, the Birmingham House Tour is always a well-attended event.

“This is our fourth year co-chairing the event. We first got involved in 2015 when our house was on the tour itself,” said Rose Bolyard, who organized the event with her husband, Brian Bolyard, of Bolyard Lumber.

“I had such a fun time on the tour that year with my mom and my sister and my girlfriends, so I was so honored when they asked us to be a part of it again. I know it’s one of The Community House’s biggest fundraisers of the year.”

Their home won’t be on the tour this time around, but Bolyard said there’s plenty of exciting stuff she’s looking forward to seeing as a guest.

“We just get to sit back and see all the other homes,” she said. “This year we have a couple truly remarkable art collections, as well as some lovely gardens. And two of the homes you’ll see have award-winning architectural layouts.”

Since 2004, Hall & Hunter Realtors has sponsored the tour, so all proceeds from ticket sales can go directly to The Community House’s outreach efforts for at-risk families in the community.

“We’ve been doing this since our 50th anniversary 15 years ago because we felt it was important to support our neighbors and give back,” said Brad Wolf, the president of Hall & Hunter Realtors. “We chose The Community House tour because it really fits hand in hand with our business, which is to sell residential real estate around town.”

Tickets for the Birmingham House Tour cost $42 in advance and $49 the day of the tour. They can be purchased at communi or by calling (248) 644-5832.

Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at The Community House. The tour ends at 3:30 p.m.

The Community House is located at 380 S. Bates St. in downtown Birmingham.