Nature Discovery Center – 27th Bellaire Home Tour 2009

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As co-chairman for the Nature Discovery Center’s 27th Bellaire Home Tour to be held in March or April of 2009, I am requesting your helpI need suggestions and input for interesting or unique homes in Bellaire for consideration to be open to the public.  The homes can be older homes or new construction homes.  Maybe the owners are collectors and have something unique to offer visitors on tour.  Possibly the home owner has a fabulous yard or gardens that would interest a number of people.  If you or someone you know has a home that can be offered for this worthwhile event . . . please contact me.  I would greatly appreciate your help.

Bellaire Home Tour Benefits the Nature Discovery Center

The Bellaire Home Tour raises funds to benefit the Nature Discovery Center.  The Center continually offers educational and community programs.  This is one of the largest fund raisers held each year with the intent to continue these wonderful programs.  Hopefully you can help us make this a huge success . . . one more time.

I look forward to hearing from you!!

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26th Annual Bellaire Home Tour . . . Benefitting the Nature Discovery Center

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The 26th annual Bellaire Home Tour which benefits the Nature Discovery Center at Russ Pittman Park takes place this Saturday and Sunday, April 5th and 6th, 2008, from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.each day.  Six Bellaire, Texas homeowners have graciously offered to allow the public to view their homes. 

The homes vary from older construction to newer construction . . . traditional to contemporary architecture.  Tourists will enjoy the uniqueness of each home.


$12.00 in advance– picked up at Nature Discovery Center, Magpies, Teas Nursery amd Whole Foods.

$15.00 on day of tour – available at each house


  • 4911 Holt
  • 4815 Locust
  • 4533 Bellaire Blvd.
  • 114 Marrakech Court
  • 4401 Cynthia
  • 4336 Lafayette


4911 Holt - Bellaire, TX 77401

4911 HOLT –

This charming, roomy and traditional two story stucco home was built in 1995.  Homeowners, Bert and Karen Durel, designed their own home.  Features in this home include a wrought iron staircase and slate floors that extend to the sparkling pool area in the large back yard.

4815 Locust - Bellaire, TX 77401

4815 LOCUST –

Acting as their own architects, Charlie Yoa and his wife Shelby Song designed their own Mediterranean style home.  The builder was Jeffrey Harrington Homes.  This unique home has an extra layer of engineering in each room.  You’ll enjoy viewing the two-and-a-half story turret, the grand entryway, three living areas and two kitchens (one is for caterers).  A Master Feng Shui consultant recommended the 56 arches inside this lovely Bellaire home.


4553 Bellaire Blvd. - Bellaire, TX 77401


Offered for viewing by home owners and architect Kelly Larkin and Bubba Beasley . . . and built by Richard Price Custom Homes in 2005, this magnificent Mediterranean style mansion is “fully loaded”.  The four bedroom six bath home offers computer automated lighting, a security HVAC system and a whole home audio.   Among many other features you will discover distinctive inlaid wood floors and tile walls.  This stucco and stone home is topped by a dome, towering chimney stack and Spanish style tile roof.  A relaxing pool and summer kitchen are found in the back yard.


114 Marrakech - Bellaire, TX 77401


Designed by owner/architect John W. Gabriel, this modern contemporary three bedroom, two bath home was constructed in 1993.  It’s privately “tucked away” on one of Bellaire’s cul-de-sac streets. The open design was inspired by neoclassical architecture.  You’ll especially enjoy viewing the kitchen in this home that was built for comfortable living.  One of the surprise features of this home is that it backs up to the Nature Discovery Center and Russ Pitman Park.


4401 Cynthia - Bellaire, TX 77401


Mike and Mary Beth Destefano are excited to have you tour their two-and-a-half story traditional red brick, classic colonial family home which was built by V.J. Vallone of Teal Creek Homes in 1992.  Situated on one of the smaller Bellaire corner lots, this 4152 square foot four bedroom home offers formals divided by a dual sided fireplace, open family room, large game room and two additional rooms on the third floor.  Oak and walnut floors reflect the gold tones of the walls.  Take note of the octagonal areas found in this home cherished by it’s family.


4336 Lafayette - Bellaire, TX 77401

4336 Lafayette –

Architect Victor Perez designed and built his modern contemporary home for his wife Karen and their two children in 1999.  Interesting features of this home include the fact that the home itself was built on the left hand half of the lot, the court yard is on the right half of the lot, the garage doors are glass, the sleeping quarters are downstairs, the open living area is upstairs . . . and many more that you’ll just have to see during the tour.  The children especially enjoy the playground across the street in Lafayette Park.


The Nature Discovery Center appreciates your participation in this event.  The proceeds will greatly benefit the center and its various programs offered to the public.


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