Catalina Island

Exclusive New Tour of Avalon Homes Set for August

CIF The Beacon House-1

Four of Catalina’s most stunning properties will open their doors to visitors on Saturday, August 29, 2015, providing a rare glimpse into island homes both historic and contemporary. 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 the historic Overlook Hall at 209 East Whittley with a guided tour and silent auction. Built in 1929, Overlook Hall began life as a Christian Science church and has long been known as one of the island’s most elegant structures. Tour participants will then visit the Schindler-inspired Madam Wolfe House, a new state-of-the-art view home known as 223 Beacon, and one of the first custom contemporary homes in Hamilton Cove. Attendees will then be returned 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.

CIF The McKewon Estate Exterior View

Set just below Zane Grey’s sprawling house on the hill, the distinctive Madam Wolfe house is easily the most dominant profile on the town’s western slope.  It was completely rebuilt in 2004 and features some of the most dramatic views in all of Avalon.

CIF Madam Wolfe House

The home at 223 Beacon is among the most elaborate ever built on the island and includes an infinity pool and countless amenities. It includes 6,800 square feet of living space and is among the crown jewels of Avalon real estate.

The Hamilton Cove property sits high on a bluff with expansive views all the way to the mainland. It is the heartbeat of Catalina’s music scene with a walk-in wine cellar, underground music stage, and spacious deck surrounding a pool. Many local and regional acts continue to polish their gigs right here.

“We hope this tour will grow into a much-anticipated annual event as well as raise funds for local civic organizations,” said event coordinator Anna Dira.

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