Luxury Home Tour to benefit Operation Hope Sunday

The Vanderblue Team of the Higgins Group will hold its annual Luxury Home Tour fund-raising event on Sunday, Sept. 29. All of the proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit Operation Hope.

Fourteen estates will be featured from Greenwich to Greenfield Hill with 10 homes open to the public and four ticketed properties. Among the private showings are Grammy-award winner Michael Bolton’s two-estate waterfront compound, this year’s double nominee colorist for feature films’ 23-acre estate, The Macy Tavern and the Kellogg House, two renowned artists’ historic homes, and a waterfront contemporary published for architectural design.

“Autumn is a breathtaking time to celebrate our Fairfield County lifestyles... but also a time to demonstrate our  gratitude by giving” said Julie Vanderblue, president of the Higgins Group, a Christies International Real Estate affiliate, and chief executive officer of Vanderblue Associates. “This is a wonderful opportunity to promote our extraordinary estates, inviting people from all over the tri-state area to discover all that Fairfield County offers,  from real estate to apple and pumpkin picking, while raising money for a very worthy cause. Many people just don’t realize that 33,000 people in Connecticut were homeless last year, half of which were children. Every dollar helps and the Vanderblue Team will continue to find innovative ways to bring buyers and sellers together while creating  pleasurable ways to raise funds for those in need.”

An evening gala will be held at “The Hill House,” a 10-acre estate, from 4 to 7 p.m., where guests can mingle with builder J.Tallman, learn more about each estate on tour, participate in a fine wine tasting, bid on silent auction gifts, and more.

Sponsors include Wells Fargo, Penner Law Firm and Penske Automotive. For more information or tickets, call 203-259-8326 or visit