All roads will lead to the Walhalla Ravine for the 27th annual Clintonville Homes Tour on Sunday, Sept. 13.

All roads will lead to the Walhalla Ravine for the 27th annual Clintonville Homes Tour on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Eight homes, all on the ravine in the heart of the neighborhood, will be featured this year, said event chairwoman Ruth Milligan.

The tour will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets to "A Walk on Walhalla" are for sale online at www.clintonvillehomestour.com The cost is $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour.

A pre-tour is being offered beginning at 11 a.m. for $50.

All proceeds benefit the Clintonville Community Fund. The owners of the homes and the fund's grant committee will decide upon the recipients.

The 2009 Clintonville Homes Tour has two lead sponsors, the Columbus Handyman and SHE Realtors.

The Clintonville Homes Tour Committee is seeking ideas for the beneficiary of this year's proceeds.

"All projects funded will be Clintonville-based or related," Milligan said. "In the past few years, the tour's proceeds have benefitted the renovation of the Whetstone Recreation Center. With that project completed, new beneficiaries and ideas are being sought from the community."

Details on the process for applying for the funding are available at the Web site.

The homes chosen for this year are:

55 Walhalla, a contemporary home built in 1987 by the father of one of the current owners. Features include a lower level that's partially below grade but wrapped in waterproofing material typically used for underground houses. The main living space on the second floor mimics a tree house. Interior touches include a handmade, oak entry door, cork flooring and a handcrafted spiral staircase made of oak and ash. Fruit trees surround the second-floor deck.

85 Walhalla is a Craftsman house located on a double lot where a swimming pool used to be. The entry features artwork of a lion made by the owner's grandfather. The kitchen is an open plan inspired by Barcelona restaurant in German Village. The owners left the living room open with plans to convert it to a study in the future. The home has a sandstone patio with an indoor/outdoor gas fireplace and fire pit.

92 Walhalla is one of the few homes on the ravine that has a usable set of steps leading to Walhalla Road. The current owners inherited a recently renovated kitchen. They added wood blinds in the family room and decorated with Mica lamps, Stickley furniture and enamel artwork produced by the homeowner's grandfather. The exterior of the home includes a stone patio.

224 Walhalla was remodeled in the past two years by the current owners. The new version boasts open living space with an exposed, concrete roof, concrete flooring and a refrigerator nook that was converted from the front entrance. The exterior has a new front courtyard, cedar landing, entrance tower and rear deck. The owners added a retaining wall to the west side of the house, which permitted the addition of a glass door to the office in the lower level. Also new is a glass front door on the home's north elevation, which permits views through the house and into the ravine.

252 Walhalla has a large oak tree in the main yard, and the owners highlighted the tree in 2007 by adding a paver patio near it. The exterior design includes front and back porches, an outdoor deck and a newer garage wrapped with cedar shakes like the house. The home boasts the original oak floors. New oak flooring was added to the kitchen during a redesign in 2004. A sunroom overlooks the ravine, and leaded glass doors and bookcase accent the living areas.

296 Walhalla is a 73-year-old home that began to undergo renovations in 2005. The owners doubled the size and added a garage that fronts Morningside Drive. The new entryway features stone steps at Morningside Drive and Lakeview Avenue to the front door of the home. On the outside, the owners restored the original redwood clapboard siding, which had been covered, and built the new addition in stucco. They also added patios at several levels and are planning more work to the screened-in porch.

326 Walhalla is a brick Tudor enlivened by a 2007 renovation and adorned with modern art. The update included the replacement of steel casement windows. A living room window was enlarged and the fireplace was redesigned. French doors now complement the deck off the dining room. The entry, living room, dining room and family room feature original art. Locally made blown glass pieces also decorate the home. The exterior includes a slate roof and a multilevel deck off the ground-level dining room. The lower, ravine level features a walkout sunroom and patio area.

392 Walhalla is a new-build clad in cedar with a seamless metal roof. The great room and kitchen and dining area are part of an open floor plan with big windows that offer a wide vista of the ravine. The inside includes a glass floor that looks into the basement from the entryway and heated floors in some areas. The home uses a control-force system with built-in lights, temperature control and stereo controls. The exterior includes a two-car detached garage in addition to the two-car attached garage. The back patio, which has a fireplace, overlooks the ravine.