A Preview of the Short North Tour of Homes and Gardens

Jillian Span Hofbauer

Local residents will open their doors for the 42nd annual Short North Tour of Homes and Gardens on Sunday, Sept. 18. With a little something for everyone, the nine-home tour will feature modern builds, old homes with storied pasts and unexpected spaces reimagined.

"The Short North has always been evolving and changing, which is why it is one of the most vibrant and popular neighborhoods in the city," says Jeff Smith, president of the Short North Civic Association, adding that the tour gives the community an opportunity to see something new each year in various parts of the neighborhood.

Each home is selected by the tour committee and scouted out through recruitment efforts, conversations with architects and designers and through homeowner volunteers, says Smith. Visitors can expect tour guides at each stop ready to provide interesting information and stories about the homes, as well as answer any questions.

The oldest home on this year's tour is an 1889 abode on Seventh Avenue, which boasts three stories of living space and the eclectic decorating style of owners who love to travel.

(323 W. Seventh Avenue)

Another stop on the tour is a former auto body shop turned residential property on Second Avenue. The 2,200-square-foot converted space includes a frosted glass garage door in the living room which opens to an enclosed patio.

(576 W. Second Avenue)

And new to the tour this year will be two stops at Goodale Landing, Westminster-Thurber's eight-story luxury senior condos opened in the fall 2015.

The general tour lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance online, or for $20 the day of in front of PNC Bank in the Giant Eagle shopping center on Neil Avenue. Tickets for the preview tour and party on Sept. 17 are $75 in advance.

With an attendance of more than 1,400 people in 2015, the tour is expected to have an even larger turnout this year. And while the tour is walkable, two continuously running trolleys will circle the route with on-board guides to share more information about the neighborhood. Smith suggests dressing comfortably, and enjoying all that the Short North has to offer.

The nine home stops include:

  1. 323 W. Seventh Ave.
  2. 982 Summit St.
  3. 228 W. Second Ave.
  4. 328 W. Sixth Ave.
  5. 340 Goodale St., Unit 706
  6. 737 Kerr St.
  7. 576 W. Second Ave.
  8. 1243 Neil Ave.
  9. 340 Goodale St., Unit 802

For more information, visit the Short North Tour of Homes website.

(Photos by Josh Miller, MATCHBOX LTD.)