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THURSDAY, April 29, 2010

Castles of Carlsbad

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CARLSBAD, Calif. (CBS 8) - This Saturday, the public will have the opportunity to view some of the North County's most distinctive homes, all for a good cause.

Six Carlsbad residents will open the doors of their extraordinary homes, spanning 70 years and two ZIP codes. These distinctive residences range from classically elegant to whimsically warm.

"They are the homes that really represent our community. Some of them are cottages, some of them are larger homes. So we really do cover the whole gamut," Sandy Golnick of the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation said.

Laura Embers' "Bliss Cottage", built in the 1940s, is kookisly cozy with a comic flair.

"It's small. I prefer to live in a smaller house and everything sort of has to have multi-purpose and a sense of humor," Laura said.

For Laura, bliss is pint-sized perfect.

"I had to have an ocean view. I wanted to have hardwood floors and a wood house, not a tract home," she said. "Most of the stuff in here has come from yard sales."

And many of the cottage nuances come from Laura's quirky sense of humor. Her backyard is a menagerie of mayhem, from a miniature Statue of Liberty to a life-sized elephant.

From the elephant to the elegant, Susan Hinkley's chateau is a state-of-the-art showstopper.

"We wanted to do kind of a classic California, but it was representative of the entire La Costa area and Southern California as well, not totally Spanish, not totally Mediterranean as in Tuscan, but a good blend," Susan said.

Her handcrafted home is a tasteful blend of subtle and spectacular, offering a princess panorama.

"We're looking at the beautiful La Costa Resort and the 15th box of their championship course," Susan said.

These, along with four other amazing edifices, are part of the spring home tour to benefit the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation. The Castles of Carlsbad offers an opportunity to sample the multi-colored tapestry of lifestyles in this unique community.

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