PENDLETON — For people who like to see what others have done with their homes — and maybe get some ideas of how to feather their own nests — there’s a new local event coming up: Pendleton Home Tour.
Set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, the tour will feature five local homes and a house that’s being renovated for use by a local non-profit.
“I’m fifth generation from in-town Pendleton (and) I had gone to a couple of home tours,” said Alexa Chamberlin, co-chairwoman of the event, explaining how she came up with the idea for the tour.
“I thought ‘wow, back in the day, Pendleton used to have historical home tours put on by a different group of people, but we hadn’t had it in a long time.’”
The upcoming event is not a historical home tour, she said, but a couple of the homes have been around a while, and all the homes are sights to behold.
There are no new-builds on the tour, she said.
“I just thought, Pendleton is growing so much, there’s so many beautiful homes that have been built or remodeled,” she said. “I know I love to go in model homes, I love home tours, and I know that everybody else loves to see the pretty houses in their community, too.”
The event is being organized through Pendleton Business Association, of which Chamberlin is vice president, with Citizen State Bank and REMAX Legacy as main sponsors, along with 10 other PBA member sponsors. Chamberlin is branch manager at Citizens State Bank in Pendleton.
The houses on the tour are:
• 201 E. State St. — Acton Academy at Fall Creek
• 301 E. State St. — Metz home
• 122 W. Water St. — Williams home
• 118 S. Main St. — Ring home
• 322 W. Taylor St. — Fullen home
• 346 S. Broadway St. — Humphrey home
The first two houses on the list are connected — the first is an old house being restored into a new location for the non-profit school Acton Academy, which is growing and needs more space, co-owner Lyndie Metz said.
The school currently operates out of buildings at 113 N. Pendleton Ave. and 210 E. Water St.
The second house on the list is the home of Lyndie and her husband/business partner Taylor Metz.
The other four homes on the tour are also located in the downtown area.
Visitors will begin the tour by checking in at Citizen State Bank, 129 S. Pendleton Ave., where they’ll receive a wristband and booklet containing pictures, addresses and owners’ names, Chamberlin said.
Once checked in, people can explore the homes as they wish at their own pace.
There are not detailed written descriptions compiled on each home — that’s something Chamberlin said is planned for future years of what is planned to be an annual event.
But where tickets are purchased at Eventbright, the description says tour-takers “will step into a captivating journey through Pendleton’s diverse architectural styles and rich history. Particpants will have the opportunity to explore a curated selection of beautiful homes, each showcasing unique design elements and features.
“The tour provides insights into the stories of the homeowners and their dedication to preserving the town’s heritage while adding modern touches for comfortable living.”
Chamberlain said homeowners will be at home during the tour, and they were told they could could interact as much or as little with visitors as they wish.
Some asked if the could have refreshments or play music, Chamberlain said, and she told them it was up to them.
“These people, they all have impeccable taste, so if they all chose to do something I know it would be very nice, because their homes are all impeccable,” Chamberlain said.
“And they’re all kind of the hostess type.”
Tickets for the tour cost $12 for teens and older, and are available at eventbright.com.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Acton Academy, which is a PBA member, Chamberlin said.