Bird Rock home tour returns after hiatus
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After a three-year hiatus, Bird Rock is bringing back its popular fundraising community home tour.

The reinvigorated Bird Rock Tour of Homes will be Saturday, Jan. 28 from noon to 4 p.m., with a reception following from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The event was held for 10 years starting in 2004. It's revival this year is being spearheaded by a Bird Rock Community Council subcommittee with four members: Timothy Brictson, Ron Fineman, Chrissy Piller and Mina Zolfaghari. Piller and Zolfaghari are BRE parents and foundation members who have partnered with Brictson and Fineman to run the event.

“It's for the benefit of Bird Rock Elementary School Foundation,” said Brictson, of the event's beneficiary. “It's a joint effort between the BRCC, which is presenting it, and multiple sponsors supporting it.”

Supporting tour sponsors include Golba Architecture, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Armstrong Builders (with a home they built on the tour), BMW Builders (also built tour home), CM Natural Designs, Brictson Real Estate, Michelle Dykstra, Ron Fineman Realty, La Jolla Safety, Shawn Rodgers, Tourmaline Properties and Chase Bank.

Tickets will be available the day of the tour at Chase Bank at 5605 La Jolla Blvd.

Tickets for the Tour of Homes wristband donation will be $30 in advance, $35 day of the event starting at 11 a.m. at Chase Bank. Wristbands will be numbered and can be picked up at Chase the day of the event whether

purchased in advance or that day. Tickets for the post-event reception are $10.

Event co-chair Piller talked about how proceeds will be used by Bird Rock Elementary.

“Our San Diego Unified School District budget allotment covers only the very basics to run the school,” Piller said. “The money raised supports children at Bird Rock Elementary to thrive in smaller class sizes, participate in world-class experiences including music and art appreciation, as well as gain valuable 21st-century learning skills that include critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.”

Piller said that this year, the “responsibly budgeted donations from community members have enabled the foundation to pay for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teacher to train classroom teachers in the Next Generation Science Standards and implement STEAM lessons.”

Piller noted STEAM “is an interdisciplinary, hands-on, approach to solving real-world problems.” 

Brictson said there are “a range of six houses on the tour showing both historical and progressive Bird Rock homes.

“We have a formal coastal cottage chic house that's been totally updated,” Brictson said. “Another house is a modern, Southern California Craftsman. We have a house that we're calling a designer's spa retreat, built by local builder Louis Beacham in 1974. We also have a Bird Rock cottage built in 1952, which was actually brought into Bird Rock by railcar from a prefab kit.”

Brictson said the tour culminates at “one of the original 10 homes in Bird Rock built in 1923.”

The link to purchase tickets online is

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