Catalina Island News

Second Annual Avalon Charity Home Tour Set For October

Catalina Island Foundation

October 15th, 2016 has been set as the date for the second Annual Avalon Charity Home Tour.  This is a rare opportunity to visit some of Catalina’s most spectacular properties never before open to the public.  Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Catalina Island Foundation, an island-based fund dedicated to supporting local community service groups.

The event will begin at Overlook Hall with a guided tour and silent auction.  Built in 1929 as a Christian Science church, Overlook Hall has long been known as one of the island’s most elegant structures. Tour participants will then visit the historic Holly Hill House, one of Avalon’s most recognizable landmarks built between 1888 and 1890. The home has been owned by some of Catalina’s most prominent names, beginning with George Shatto (whose wife gave Avalon its name); the Banning brothers, and William Wrigley.  A recent multi-million dollar renovation has brought new life to this iconic property.

Following that, attendees will visit a beautifully renovated 1920s Catalina four-level duplex and a brand new luxury home on the slopes of East Whittley.  Both properties feature panoramic views of Avalon harbor and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Thereafter, attendees will return to Overlook Hall for refreshments and the conclusion of the silent auction. Signature appetizers will be provided by some of the island’s best restaurants at each location.

“Last year the Home Tour received rave reviews from all attendees and raised much needed funds for local community service groups,” – said event coordinator Anna Dira. “This year’s tour is every bit as exciting.”

Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Overlook Hall at 310-427-2450. Email inquiries should be directed to