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Prefab & Green? Check Out Sunset Magazine's 'Idea House'

Tours start Aug. 3 up in Healdsburg.

Healdsburg was selected in April to host this year's Sunset Magazine and you can tour the two-story prefab home Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Aug. 3 and Sept. 9.

Dubbed the "Sunset Breezehouse," it was built this summer by  which has its West Coast factory in Vallejo.

For the past 14 years, Sunset Idea Houses have given tens of thousands of visitors the chance to experience the latest innovative home designs. This collaboration between Blu Homes and Sunset gives prospective homebuyers and design enthusiasts the opportunity to see the popular Breezehouse up close and personal and in a Wine Country setting.

Organizers are not releasing the address of the house. A shuttle bus will transport visitors for tours starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 from the Sonoma County Park & Ride lot, opposite at 25 Grant Ave. (at Healdsburg Avenue). The last shuttle is set for 4 p.m.

The Sonoma County Park and Ride lot, which is unmarked, is just off exit #502 of Highway 101. A sign there says "Grant Avenue Industrial Center."

Coming northbound on 101, exit at "Healdsburg Avenue," take a right on Healdsburg Avenue, and go a short distance and take a right on Grant Avenue. Take an immediate right into the park and ride lot.

Healdsburg already has some Sunset Magazine chose the Breezehouse as its 2012 "Idea House" and

Hours are Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $17 per person, $15 for seniors on Fridays and free for children under 12.

A 3D online tour of the home as well as more information about the tours can be found here.

"It is so exciting to see how the Breezehouse design has evolved since we helped introduce it to the world in 2005," said Shannon Thompson, vice president of marketing for Sunset Publishing. "Blu's innovative combination of advanced building technology, striking design featuring the best of indoor-outdoor living, and the highest green and quality standards is a perfect reflection of how our readers dream of living in the West."

Phil Cooper August 09, 2012 at 05:23 PM
"Organizers are not releasing the address of the house." It's just a matter of time before some blogger blabs the street address or GPS coordinates.

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