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Take in the sea at Tour of Homes

Kate Aguiar, Special to the Democrat
Published 12:01 p.m. ET Feb. 2, 2019


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The eighth annual St. George Island Tour of Homes will be Saturday, Feb. 9,  and once again open seven unique island residences to the public, offering visitors a view of island living.

Hours of the tour are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available online at sgitourofhomes.com or at the Lighthouse Gift Shop at the center of St. George Island. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour.

The tour homes showcase the distinct architecture, décor, landscape and vistas on the island, from the gated St. George Plantation on the West to the beautiful gulf views on the East End.

“Chasing the Sun,” a sunshine yellow beachfront home in the Plantation, has four levels of style and surprises. Teak floors, fireplace mantels recycled from a Kentucky barn and amazing beach vistas combine for comfort and dazzle.



The private “Camelot” is all elegant curves and unexpected angles. Rich furnishings, original art, and a secret grotto evoke the feel of a mythic castle. The lagoon pool and rock fountain, secreted in lush greenery, aren’t to be missed. 

The third home in the Plantation, “Pelican Peace” is a lovely, lively, full-time home. Rooms designed not only for but by family include South African and Mexican themes, and incorporate bright art. Marble stairs, leather furniture, black cypress dining table and an enviable kitchen exude elegant warmth.

“Eventide” is a brand new, elevated, two-story home designed to fit its coveted bayfront lot. Inside, the inviting and ingenious space is crafted to optimize every inch for leisurely living. Nautical and nostalgic décor create a serene space throughout, perfect for enjoying the days and glorious nightly sunsets.

“Rock Me On the Water” is a remodeled 1960’s beach house filled with custom pieces made from reclaimed wood, metal siding, and roofing. Opening a closed porch and combining four rooms created a large front room and sweeping porch facing the Gulf of Mexico and overlooking the custom pool. 

The homeowners of “HappiNest” say “this is our before-and-after house.” Originally a three-room house, it is now a spacious, peaceful space with modern finishes. Sea green-blues and rust-coral accents add pleasing splashes of color. An Old Florida ambience still permeates this transformed home.



“East of Eden” is a grand house with an island heart. The main living area is a host’s dream featuring a rough-edged pine table and chef’s kitchen. Views from every floor are simply stunning. Outdoor luxuries include a seating area, second kitchen and full bath with galvanized tub.

The Plantation Clubhouse is once again on the tour and will present an exhibit of mixed media art by Beth Appleton, Jane Broddus, and Judy Ehrhardt. Also open to tour participants is the Cape St. George Lighthouse and the Keeper’s House Museum and Gift Shop.

Tour weekend begins with a Friday evening Kick-Off at the Jay Abbott Firehouse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening includes refreshments, door prizes and a special presentation by Chris Smith, Chief Meteorologist, WJHG-TV. Admission is free to tour ticketholders and $5 for others. Seating is limited.

The St. George Island Tour of Homes is sponsored by the St. George Lighthouse Association, a non-profit Florida corporation that preserves, maintains and promotes the lighthouse. The tower was restored in 2008 after collapsing in 2005, and the Keeper’s House Museum was added in 2011. Proceeds from the Tour of Homes support the maintenance of the lighthouse, keeper’s house and lighthouse park.

For more information, please visit our website at www.sgitourofhomes.com.

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