Music in the Mountains Home Tour runs next weekend |

Music in the Mountains Home Tour runs next weekend

HOME#1 in Penn Valley: hacienda on a hillside.
Photo by Cal McKitrick |

Six diverse and fabulous Nevada County homes will be featured next Saturday and Sunay in Music in the Mountains’ 34th annual Home Tour.

The tour runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is self-guided.

The homes range from showcases for collectible treasures to designer standouts. Styles range from sleek and chic, to a horse ranch hacienda, to a Gold Rush bordello.

One of the homes, called the “Bridge House” by the designer and architect, has two towers connected by a bridge that spans the canyon below.

It features dramatic views and the attention to detail, including a unique bedroom and bath setting which boasts an open stone and tile shower. The gourmet European kitchen is modern, yet functional in brushed metal and glass.

Two of the Nevada City homes on the tour are rich in history. The first one, on Gold Creek, is said to have been a bordello in its distant past. An old Gold Rush-era flume straddles the creek in the 2 ½ acre backyard of the property. It has been redone into a bed and breakfast.

A few blocks away is Nevada City’s oldest house. It has been totally remodeled to incorporate 21st century comfort, while honoring the past with every detail. Outside are English gardens with several patio areas for entertaining. There is a antique-furnished parlor next to a formal dining room.

The horse ranch hacienda is called a “cowgirl’s dream home,” because it includes such features as a chandelier in the barn. There are horse photos, show trophies and horse memorabilia. The 50-plus-year-old home has tall ceilings, original wood floors anchored with square nails.

The owner keeps retired race horses and all horses in need of TLC.

Tickets for the home tour are $25 in advance or $30 at the door (all homes will sell tickets on tour days, but will call tickets are only available at Home No. 1.)

For online tickets, see Also available at MIM box office, 530 Searls Ave., Nevada City, or at BriarPatch, SPD Markets and Penn Valley Tri-Counties Bank.

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