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Elevated Living: What a show … the Parade of Homes

Laurie WilliamsSpecial to the Daily
Special to the DailyWhen Summit County's aspen turn gold, contrasted with the snowcapped mountains, crystal clear rivers and azure skies, it is breathtaking to say the least.

To see some of the most intriguing residences in Summit County, it is always an experience to visit the Parade of Homes. The event takes place over two weekends, Sept 17-18 and 24-25. The Summit County Builders Association runs the show and their members, the builders, use this forum to show off their latest innovations and creative applications in construction. Dcor is always lovely and designers also present their thoughtful artistry….sometimes handsome, sometimes whimsical. From mutli-family to huge single-family houses, the roster includes net-zero energy homes, cost-conscious buildings and impressively elegant abodes. Beside the opportunity to view some of the newest and best homes, there are two other very good reasons to visit Summit County during those weeks. The first is the glorious autumn colors. When the aspen turn gold, contrasted with the snowcapped mountains, crystal clear rivers and azure skies, it is breathtaking to say the least. The cool days and chilly nights are a prelude to the winter to come. The fall season comes early in the mountains and last only a few short weeks. The second reason to participate in the Parade of Homes is that proceeds benefit the Summit Foundation, often described as the United Way of Summit County. Established in 1984, The Summit Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County and neighboring communities. Their mission statement reads: The Summit Foundation builds a culture of caring and giving by providing leadership and facilitation to create a community of donors who through their gifts, wisdom and work will establish a lasting legacy of generosity to support community organizations that foster Health & Human Service, Education, Art & Culture, Sports & Recreation and Environmental Stewardship. http://www.summitfoundation.orgTickets for this wonderful event can be purchased at Dillon and Breckenridge City Markets. Magazines that have maps of the tour and information on each entry are found in various real estate offices, stores and other distribution points. You can also reference the information about the 2011 Parade of Homes by visiting the Summit County Builders Association website at http://www.summitcountybuilders.org.To see new building techniques, the latest bells and whistles, dcor ideas, interesting use of space, how to capture the glorious views and just to feed the senses, come to the Summit County Parade of Homes.The author of this column, Laurie Williams, is a managing broker for RE/MAX in Summit County. She has a passion for sharing the mountain lifestyle with others through property ownership. For any questions or information about real estate, call her at (970) 485-3994 http://www.SummitCountySkiProperty.com

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