Tour takes you inside luxury

Posted 6/30/09

In Italian, the houses featured in Denver's 2009 Luxury Home Tour might be called "magnifico." In short, the homes are some of the largest and finest …

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Tour takes you inside luxury


In Italian, the houses featured in Denver's 2009 Luxury Home Tour might be called "magnifico."

In short, the homes are some of the largest and finest built in the area.

For the first time in its history, the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver is producing the 2009 Denver Luxury Home Tour. A ticketed and self-guided event, the tour features 27 new homes ranging in value from $1 million to nearly $6 million. These completely finished and available for sale homes are located throughout the Denver metro area from Niwot to the north and Castle Rock to the south, from Evergreen to the west and in a variety of Denver neighborhoods.

The tour is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 5.

The total approximate value of the tour homes is $55 million and visitors are invited to explore 23 neighborhoods, some of which are historic and established; others are new; and some are gated and private.

Also, the variety of home styles is impressive. Visitors will get to walk through such popular styles as Tuscan, Colorado Contemporary, European Country Estates, Modern, Craftsman Bungalow, and an array of prestigious French, Spanish, Mediterranean and Tudor.

One of the featured homes in the Greenwood Village Preserves , 5490 S. Highline Circle offers 6,400 finished square feet with a view that's unmatched. The owners and guest of the formal brick and stuccoTusan home overlook miles of open space.

The Celebrity Custom Homes house is located on a cul-de-sac that backs the Highline Canal and The Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve.

A unique entry tower opens into a heated private courtyard with an outdoor parlor and fireplace.

A grand hall opens to the kitchen on one end and is highlighted with overhead trusses, a fireplace and vanishing doors opening to the deck which overlooks the canal.

A finished walk-out basement includes a recreation room, a wet bar and wine cellar.

Across town in Lone Tree, sits another featured home. This one sold to a 32-year-old bachelor for just under $2 million just one week prior to the tour. Also Tuscan style, the two-story home was designed for outdoor living, the tour brochure says.

And they aren't kidding.

The house offers roughly 6,000 square feet with 2,000 dedicated covered outdoor living space.

The covered back patio with a built-in bar, grill, TV, and dining and living ares overlooks a backyard swimming pool with an integrated hot tub and children's pool.

Inside the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home is a gourmet kitchen, a breakfast nook with access to the covered back patio.

The second level also features a covered deck with an outdoor fireplace.

The master bathroom features walk-in showers and a coffee bar.

More details about the Denver Luxury Home Tour homes, the builders, locations, maps, and rules for visiting are posted at

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Home Builders Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the HBA, which helps people with such home enhancements as wheelchair ramps and accessible entry-points.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors 65 and over; and free for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online or at King Soopers.


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