Dilworth Home Tour gives you a peek inside pretty homes in one of Charlotte’s popular historical neighborhoods. The area is known for being the first streetcar suburb, and its tree-lined streets, cute boutiques, local restaurants and, of course, beautiful homes, contribute to its charm.
The annual tour, now in its 44th year, is an extension of the Dilworth Jubilee, an event that began in 1973 to celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Throughout the years, the tour has grown to be one of those “look forward to” events for fall.
Thinking of attending? Here’s a quick guide to the tour.
What homes are on the tour?
During the self-guided tour everyone will peruse seven beautiful homes: 410 E. Park Ave., 830 E. Park Ave, 317 E. Kingston Ave., 1300 Myrtle Ave., 1239 Belgrave Pl., 1214 Belgrave Pl., and 804 E. Worthington Ave. The spaces differ in size and style, but all lend themselves to the unique beauty of the neighborhood itself.
On this year’s tour you will find styles like Cape Colonial, Victorian and postmodern architecture. In addition, stop by Sodoma Law (211 East Blvd.) for refreshments on their beautiful porch and Bonterra Dining & Wine Room (1829 Cleveland Ave.) for half-price glasses of wine.
Who does it benefit?
The tour benefits the Dilworth Community Association’s efforts to promote and protect the integrity of the Dilworth community. In addition, each year a portion of the funds raised on the tour is dedicated to a local charity selected by the Dilworth Community Association’s giving arm, Dilworth Cares. This year’s recipient is the Dilworth Soup Kitchen.
How do I get around during this tour?
You can walk or drive the tour route but I think biking it would be the most fun. For the first time, Dilworth Community Association has partnered with B-cycle to provide a limited number of free bikes for the tour. The bikes will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the B-cycle tent in the Sodoma Law parking lot or along the home tour route.
How do I get tickets?
The tour takes place Friday, Sept. 15 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets are $25 (until Sept. 14) and can be purchased at www.Dilworthonline.org or at the following retailers: Paper Skyscraper, Dilworth Drugs, High Cotton Home, Ultra Running Company, Park Road Books and Paper Skyscraper. Tickets must be purchased with cash or check, unless purchasing at Paper Skyscraper or online. Do not forget to bring your receipt for online purchases.
Ticket prices increase to $30 on Sept. 15 and can be purchased at the retailers listed above, Sodoma Law or at one of the featured homes on the tour.
Give yourself time to tour. You might think you can cruise through seven homes, but remember these are not your average homes. It takes time to “ooh” and “ahh” while taking in the architecture, artwork and not to mention the square footage. Give it two hours minimum.
Last year, my friend Katie and I noticed a group of ladies that rode their bikes throughout the tour—with wine in their bike basket and cups. I thought “Genius!” and suggest you follow suit for this year, if wine is your thing.
Wear comfortable shoes. It’s a tour! Flats are best. Also, be ready to wear shoe booties. Before entering most homes, they request that you wear booties, to protect their floors.
The tour is much more fun with a friend, so go with one of your buddies, or gather a group for a home tour takeover.
Photo: Joe Purvis