Tour Canyon Lake homes on Holiday Home Tour


Those who enjoy seeing beautifully decorated homes during the holidays will want to treat themselves to the Canyon Lake Woman’s Club annual Holiday Home featuring five Canyon Lake homes.

This year’s tour, “Christmas in Paradise,” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by contacting Karen Doherty at 951-595-1941 or Jan May at 951-970-8333. Tickets also are available at the POA office and Pack, Wrap and Post in the Canyon Lake Towne Center.

The self-guided tour starts at 10 a.m. at the lodge where ticket holders can pick up tour maps, shop at vendor booths and purchase opportunity drawing tickets for a chance to win decorative trees valued at $200 each and centerpieces valued at $100 each.

The Friday Flyer is showcasing each home in the weeks leading up to the tour. This week’s featured home, “A Sporting Christmas,” is the home of Shannon and Doug Wells at 22761 Water View Dr.

Due to its unusual roofline, this waterfront home is one of the most recognizable properties in Canyon Lake. You are greeted by double beveled leaded oak doors adorned with Christmas wreaths.

The two-story entry wall has unusual decorative metal grate inserts. The floor has just been replaced with gray plank flooring, which is carried through the downstairs living areas. The guest room, which has school posters from the 1950s, is decorated with an old school house tree.

Their son’s room sports a Chargers football tree to carry out the theme of his special space. You may find Santa in the nearby bathroom.

Step down to a huge, open and extremely light kitchen, dining and living area. A baby grand piano graces this space. The new sliding wall of glass opens the room completely to a very large deck. The view is wonderful and below is a pristine pool and entertaining area.

In the family room, the fireplace, big screen television and special teal wall invite you to sit and relax. In the dining area, the crystal chandelier is a great accent piece with the snowmen and silver and teal decorations. The grandmother’s clock and rustic sideboard add eclectic appeal to the space. The spacious kitchen with quartz counters, teal and herringbone splash and another crystal chandelier bring continuity to the whole living area.

Upstairs is a large game room with a pool table, fireplace and television. The decorations are traditional with red, green and gold accessories, cards and poker chips.

Next door is Doug’s man cave with its dark blue walls, football pictures and Cowboy football tree. Outside, the deck is covered in turf where hiking the ball is practiced. The master suite is very large and Shannon has new furniture on order to fill the space.  The travertine bath sports a corner jacuzzi tub, large shower and dual vanities.

Doug and Shannon have made huge changes to the home they have owned for four years. It has become modern, light and livable for this active family.