The Turtle Creek Association is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with its annual Tour of Homes, now in a virtual format. The event was postponed in April and is now scheduled for Oct. 10. Dallasites get to take part in the showing from their own homes while learning more about the Turtle Creek Corridor, which runs from Oak Lawn into Highland Park.
The event will feature four properties in Turtle Creek and a fifth located on Regency Row. Jocelyn White of HGTV’s Designing Texas will walk attendees (virtually) through the homes. The show will also feature interviews with the homeowners, designers, and contractors for a more intimate look at Turtle Creek living. “That’s what we don’t get when you do a live tour and walk through a home,” Turtle Creek Association President JD Trueblood says. “You can see the home, but you don’t get the stories behind it. You don’t get what’s special about this piece of art or this piece of furniture.”
The videos of the house showings go live on Oct. 10 and will stay online for around two weeks. Tickets cost $40 and include online access as well as a few discounts to area business. The Premiere Event Package is $125, which also includes wine and charcuterie delivered to your doorstep, access to an online art auction, and an entry for a chance to win this year’s VIP experience. (The winner gets picked up in a Bentley and shuttled to dinner at Fearing’s Restaurant then settles into the Manor Suite at the Rosewood Mansion. The deal includes breakfast the next morning.) Additional raffle entries can be purchased for $50.
This event is the primary fundraiser for the Turtle Creek Association. The nonprofit helps raise money to make improvements to the creek’s public spaces. Trueblood says it is especially important now that the park is a way for residents to get through the isolation of the past few months.
“I’ve lived in Dallas for 25 years and I’ve never seen the creek and the park busier. I do think people are using it as a mental and physical release,” Trueblood says. The money raised from the event will be invested back into the community as TCA works to keep Turtle Creek beautiful and safe, and to make changes that reduce the corridor’s ecological footprint.
Tickets are available at turtlecreektour.com. Check out a sneak peek with the gallery below.