Alameda holiday home tour this weekend

In 2008, the Alameda Family Service League’s tour features five holiday-decorated residences. Organizers hope to raise more than last year’s $40,000 on this annual peek into the decked out homes of others. The money goes to boost Alameda Family Services‘ coffers, especially important as the economy continues its slide south.

This Bay Area Reporter story features the home of David Gaskin and Phil McPherson, one of the first newer homes (theirs was built in 1965) ever featured on the 38-year-old holiday event. From The Reporter story:

“This is why we bought this place – that view,” Gaskin said, indicating the lagoon flowing behind their house. A visitor takes in the view through sliding glass doors that open onto a back yard filled with trees.

Inside the room, which features African tribal masks and animal skulls, there’s also a Christmas tree decorated with 130 munecas – small blue, purple, and green paper mache dolls from San Miguel de Allende, the Mexican town where the couple lived and ran a guesthouse complex for four years.

McPherson and Gaskin, like four other Alameda families, will open their homes this coming weekend. For tickets and more tour details go here.