This Weekend’s Packed Slate

You choose: a tour of Marin modern homes or an art show in an Eichler tract—or both?
Marin Tour
Tiburon bay home: Marin tour day #1
(photo: Matthew Millman)

A wood-sided home with a bridge providing dramatic outdoor living space is a featured home on this year’s ‘Dwell+Marin Magazine Marin County Home Tours.’ The two-day tour, sponsored by Dwell and Marin magazines, takes place this Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29. Plus, on Friday April 27, a cocktail reception provides an occasion to meet the architects.

The event features five homes on Saturday and another five on Sunday, with a bonus home in Healdsburg on Friday. For tickets or information, visit Some proceeds benefit the nonprofit Architecture for Humanity.

Although most of the homes are new, some are major remodels of older homes. The tour includes one Claude Oakland-designed Eichler in Lucas Valley that “has been kept in pristine original condition,” its owners say, and filled with classic modern furnishings and art.

Across the bay, in the Rancho San Miguel neighborhood of Eichler homes in Walnut Creek, the homeowners association is focusing attention this weekend on 24 artists who live in their midst by staging the ‘Rancho San Miguel Art Show.’

“I am impressed with the quality of art hidden in Rancho San Miguel,” says Phil Toy, the Rancho photographer who organized the event. One goal, he says, “is to create different creative forums for neighbors to get to know each other.” Work ranges from Tiki sculptures and rock music photography to painting and sculpture.

The ‘Rancho San Miguel Art Show’ takes place at the Swim Center Community Room, 2727 San Carlos Drive, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday April 28, with a reception Friday at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Toy by email.

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