OAKLAND -- Annie and Jason Kantor, whose three children have attended Crocker Highlands Elementary, decided this year after an extensive remodel of their 1929 English-cottage style home to offer it up for a tour that raises funds for the school.

In years past, the couple has taken the Crocker Highlands Home and Garden Tour. What's different this year, as the tour returns Oct. 7, is there also will be folks milling through their home admiring the restoration work of architect John Malick.

"We're very excited to help the Crocker Highlands school and the community," said Annie Kantor, who moved into the neighborhood 10 years ago. "It's fun to see homes you always want to go into but can't."

The biennial tour, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a Parent Teacher Association event to raise funds for the school, specifically for its library, physical education, music and computer programs. About 365 children attend the school, located at 525 Midcrest Road.

"This is a tour about inspiration and transformation," Anna Scott, co-chair of the tour, said in a news release. "Not only are we showcasing the broad range of architectural styles that are the hallmark of our historic neighborhood, we also are raising money to support one of Oakland's most diverse and exceptional elementary schools."


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The neighborhood, whose main thoroughfares are Trestle Glen, Longridge Road and Mandana Boulevard, is a walk through an architectural textbook with the work of giants such as Julia Morgan and her mentor, Bernard Maybeck. The area features homes in the Mission, Colonial and Monterey styles, among others.

Homes on the tour include a 1921 brick Tudor Revival by architects T.J. Kent and Andrew Haas that's referred to as "the Spider House" for its weblike windows; a 1920 Italian Renaissance revival remodeled by architects Glen Jarvis and Edward Buchannan and builder Paul Cerami; and a 1919 Trestle Glen gem with a refashioned garden by landscape designer Sarah Ray and builder Carlo Castellanos.

Attendees can buy advance tickets at the school or online to be picked up at the school on the day of the tour starting at 9:30 a.m. At that time, visitors will receive a guidebook listing the addresses of the homes and their history.

IF YOU GO
WHAT: Crocker Highlands Home and Garden Tour
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7
WHERE: Oakland's Crocker Highlands district
TICKETS: $45 at www.crockerschool.org/hometour, with proceeds benefiting Crocker Highlands Elementary School