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Colorado Group Realty’s Parade of Homes tour Saturday

Teresa Ristow

— Ever wondered what life might be like inside a 5,300-square-foot home with a lap pool and front-yard access to a pond with a private dock?

A rare glimpse for the public into such a home will be offered this Saturday, along with six other luxury residences in Routt County, as part of the ninth annual Parade of Homes.

The Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation fundraiser runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and sends parade-goers to a handful of homes in several neighborhoods, including Sidney Peak Ranch, Graystone on the Green, Barn Village and Stonebridge Park.

"Some of these homes are so extravagant, there are features in them that you could only dream of having," said Angela Palaniuk, director of marketing for Colorado Group Realty.

Tickets are $20 per person for the self-guided tour, with proceeds benefiting non-profits annually supported by the Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation.

Formed in 2006, the foundation has since raised $100,000 for local non-profits.

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The homes selected for the parade focus on strong craftsmanship and the use of local builders and architects. Someone involved in the development of each luxury home will be present at the house during the tour to provide information and answer questions.

"People do parades of homes all the time, but this event is more to showcase the craftsmanship of the homes," Palaniuk said.

Among the homes is the 5,300-square-foot "Elegance on the Pond" home, a four-bedroom home on Anglers Drive that goes on the market this weekend for $4.5 million.

Built by Beck Builders, the home features a pond filled with trout, water rights, a zip-line and deck that drops into the water, according to Jon Wade, the Colorado Group Realty broker/owner representing the seller.

Also on the parade list is an 8,725-square-foot Sidney Peak Ranch home, completed by Fox Construction in 2009.

Hand-troweled walls with American clay finish and barn wood floors help keep the extravagant space from feeling overpowering, Palaniuk said.

"When you go into an 8,000-square-foot house, that can be overwhelming," Palaniuk said. "They did an American clay finish on the walls, so it really softens up the house. It gives it a softer glow when you're inside."

While a few of the homes on the tour are currently for sale, others are not and may have never been on the market before, offering a unique opportunity for those who may be building their own luxury homes.

"These home have a lot of really fine details, and that's something you will be able to see in the parade," Palaniuk said.

The homes will represent a variety of building styles found in mountain communities, according to Bart Kounovsky, a member of the foundation board.

"These residences represent the variety of styles found in mountain home building," Kounovsky said in a release. "Participants will experience a slice of mountain luxury living not usually seen by the public."

Tickets for the event are available at Colorado Group Realty's downtown office, 509 Lincoln Ave., and include a brochure with photos and addresses of each home in the parade.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

If you go:

What: Colorado Group Realty Parade of Homes

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Where: Seven homes in and around Steamboat Springs

Tickets: $20, available at Colorado Group Realty’s downtown office, 509 Lincoln Ave.

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