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Holiday home tours: See 1925 Mediterranean house in St. Petersburg by candlelight

Tracey and Kenny Locke's 1925 Mediterranean home has long been a landmark in the Old Northeast community. It's at the corner of Locust Street and 15th Avenue NE, which for years was the only trolley stop for the neighborhood.

"Many people remember this house," says Tracey, a former TV reporter for ABC News in Orlando and Tampa who bought the home with her husband in 2006.

The Lockes are opening their doors Sunday for an annual event that allows hundreds of people to get into homes they normally can admire only from the curb.

The Historic Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes, which runs from 3 to 8 p.m., features eight homes of varying architectural styles and vintage. The Lockes' house is a 2,500-square-foot hollow tile and stucco covered home built by an architect. Others on the tour include a traditional 1926 arts and craft style bungalow; a classic mid-20th century-style condo penthouse; a wonderful 1920s two-story with Mediterranean influence; a beautiful 1930 two-story Mediterranean; a stylish 1924 two-story home that has been completely renovated; a charming 1920 two-story home and carriage house; a lovely two-story Colonial; and a historically significant 1913 "work in progress."

Tracey Locke is no stranger to home tours. Before moving to the Old Northeast, she owned a historic bungalow in Seminole Heights in Tampa, and opened her doors for the neighborhood's springtime home tour.

Other than the regular maintenance that goes along with owning a historic property, the Lockes haven't had to take on any major renovation projects.

But visitors to the house will get to see Tracey's passion for decorating on a dime. She knows how to find deals on eBay, at discount home stores, estate sales and flea markets (one of her favorites is the famous Webster Flea Market). The house is filled with treasures well-suited to its Jazz Age origins: an art deco living room set, a pair of Flapper-era theater lights, even an antique floor model radio that works.

Elizabeth Bettendorf can be reached at ebettendorf@ hotmail.com.

. If you go

The 11th Annual Historic Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes in St. Petersburg

Runs from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association.

Tickets are $15 in advance (go to www.honna.org for outlets) and $20 Sunday at Westminster Palms Colonnade Guest House, 825 Beach Drive NE, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, 126 11th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 895-4443.

Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association Holiday Home and Garden Tour in Tampa

Runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, and this year features seven homes. Tickets are $10 Sunday at Seminole Heights Baptist Church, 801 E Hillsborough Ave.

This year's transportation will be electric golf carts furnished by Green-Go's Tampa (www.greengostampa.com). Or you can borrow a bike for the tour, which also features "Taste of Seminole Heights," with local restaurants serving samples of favorite dishes. For more information, contact Stan Lasater at (813) 391-5855 or e-mail him at stantampa@aol.com.

But wait! There's more!

Temple Terrace, New Port Richey and Dade City all are hosting holiday home tours this weekend. Here's the rundown:

The Temple Terrace Preservation Society's Historic Homes Tour is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Tour headquarters this year is in the 1920s-era "Club Morocco Nightclub and Casino," which is now Florida College's Student Center, 119 N Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace. Admission is $15; trolleys will pick you up at the student center. The tour features seven 1920s-era Mediterranean revival buildings and three mid-century modern homes. For more information, go to TempleTerracePreservation.com.

The Growing Great Moms Tour, from 4 to 9 p.m. today, features homes in the downtown New Port Richey area and the Gardens of Beacon Square. Live music and refreshments. Tickets ($12) are available today at 5525 Bamboo Lane, New Port Richey.

Among the homes featured is the Pithlachascotee River house built by golfer Gene Sarazen in the 1920s, a Mediterranean revival; and its neighbor, another historic home once owned by Shirley Temple's aunt. For tour information, call Julie Cramton at (727) 842-3907 or (727) 514-5220.

The Dade City Garden Club's "Hollyhock Circle" tour is from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. For a $25 donation, visitors can tour the featured home, a two-story, tin-roofed home built more than 100 years ago. With its lovely old camellia bushes, wraparound front porch and graceful pergolas, it is considered a knockout beauty along historic Church Avenue. Tour includes live music, wine, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. For tickets, call garden club member Cheryl O'Berry at (352) 588-3408.

Holiday home tours: See 1925 Mediterranean house in St. Petersburg by candlelight 12/05/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 5, 2008 3:30am]

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