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Highlighting homes in Cordillera Sunday

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
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CORDILLERA The doors to some of the Vail Valleys most distinctive and eco-friendly homes will be open to visitors during the third annual Cordillera Home & Garden Tour on Sunday. This years tour includes a mountain garden and five mountain homes in The Ranch neighborhood, as well as the unveiling of the Mountain Living Natural Dream Home 2008; a home designed to surpass Build Green Colorado standards, which will likely garner LEED for Homes certification from the U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Homes pilot program. Proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.Its not everyday that homeowners no matter their location will open their residences and grounds to the general public, said Margie Hamrick, 2008 Cordillera Tour of Homes co-chair. But our owners are truly special; knowing their efforts will benefit two very deserving Vail Valley-based philanthropic organizations makes this event a popular community endeavor.These homes have been designed, built and decorated by some of the top architects, builders, craftsmen, interior designers and trades people in their respective fields.The dcor for each home comes from all over the world, but they all take full advantage of their mountaintop Cordillera location, and the design elements unique to The Ranch neighborhood.The Ranch features a varied setting with gentle ridges, undulating meadows and stands of mature forest. Dwellings within the distinctive Ranch enclaves draw their designs from architecture whose early American West character is defined by logs, timber and stone.

As a special feature of this years tour, Mountain Living Natural Dream Home 2008 will be unveiled to the public. No run-of-the-mill Cordillera home, this unique endeavor a joint venture between Mountain Living magazine and a team of trend-setting developers, architects and designers used natural, reclaimed and organic materials, as well as building practices that take into account the three million acres of National Forest land surrounding Cordillera. This project will serve as an educational tool for builders, architects, designers and tradespeople. During the tour, the home will feature an eco-design EXPO, highlighting many of the products and the development team members involved in the project.The Cordillera Home & Garden Tour shines a spotlight on one of the communitys four distinctive neighborhoods The Ranch, The Summit, The Divide, or The Valley. This years tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tours are self-guided via special tour shuttles, so participants can visit each residence or garden at their own pace.Tickets for the 2008 Cordillera Home Tour are $30 per person and each ticket purchased includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Mountain Living. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.cordilleracolorado.com. Tickets ordered on-line or via mail will be available for pick-up on Sunday at the will call location in the parking lot of St. Claire of Assisi Church. Tickets may be purchased in-person at one of the following locations (cash, check or credit card): Betty Ford Alpine Gardens School House in the Gardens in Vail; Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Store in Vail Village; Cordillera Caf & Post Office in Cordillera Town Center on Carterville Road; Cordillera Metro District Office in Cordillera Town Center on Carterville Road; and Slifer, Smith & Frampton, Divide Office located next to the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera.For more information about the 2008 Cordillera Home & Garden Tour, call 800-528-1656.

What: Cordillera Home & Garden Tour.Where: Various locations in Cordillera.When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Cost: $30. Each ticket purchased includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Mountain Living.More information: Call 800-528-1656 or visit http://www.cordilleracolorado.com.


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