Expect ’60s chic, ranch-rustic and modern designs at the 2023 home tour April 22.
Since 1960, the Quail Creek neighborhood has transformed from a distant suburb surrounded by prairie grass to an established, decades-spanning reflection of Oklahoma City’s growth and development. The seventh annual Quail Creek Home Tour on April 22 seeks to highlight the many styles that have taken shape over the years, with six homes ranging from the ’60s to late ’90s.
“We try to pick a variety of homes each year; we don’t want them all to be brand-new, fully remodeled white houses,” said Somer Heim, co-chair of the tour. “We try to give people an idea that Quail Creek potentially has a home for everyone.”
The tour features four homes in the north side of the neighborhood and two in the south. Each home has a food or beverage sponsor and provides something to eat and drink.
One of the north homes represents an exquisite example of mid-century modern design, with stone pillars, wooden cabinetry and a low pitched roof. “They updated it, but they updated to the mid-century modern stylings,” Heim said. “Even their furnishings and things are very 1950s.”
Another home infuses bright, refreshing colors in an angular modern setting. Some homes offer different takes on the ranch-style home, from a rustic approach with an indoor pool to a present-day rebuild with white oak cabinets and floors. “You get to see the home inside and out,” Heim said. “You’re going to see the kitchens, living rooms, the bedrooms — it’s just an opportunity to see different homes, styles and decor.”
The Quail Creek Home Tour kicks off with a cocktail party April 21 from 6 to 10 p.m., which will include food, drinks, live music and a raffle. Local businesses from restaurants to salons and medical establishments will donate items for the raffle, and single tickets to enter are $15. Event tickets are $40, and it is open to the public and will take place indoors and outdoors.
Proceeds from the raffle and the home tour will benefit the Quail Community Foundation, a nonprofit that services maintenance and beautification for the neighborhood, such as remaking neighborhood entrances.
Even in the years since the home tour started in 2016 (2020’s event was canceled due to the pandemic), Heim has seen Quail Creek expand and excel, and the home tour has served as a way to celebrate what residents love about their community. “
Home tour tickets are $20, and the tour runs April 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.