Check out these Deer Valley cribs for a good cause
It may remind some of the MTV show "Cribs," in which celebrities guide cameras crews through their cavernous dens, lake-sized bathtubs and labyrinth-like garages.
But Saturday’s Luxury Home Tour differs from the popular TV show in an important way, says Sandra Vogt, chairwoman of the event.
The seventeenth annual home exhibit featuring residences in Lower Deer Valley isn’t about being rich and famous, organizers say. It’s about giving back.
To that end, seven Park City families have opened their doors, and their hearts, to help raise money for Peace House, the women’s shelter of Summit County.
This year, organizers decided to include other nonprofits in the daylong event. The Egyptian Theatre, Park Silly Sunday Market and Mountain Trails will have information booths at the lunch stop near the resort. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and spread the word about upcoming community events. "People will be able to walk up the hill and network with other nonprofits," Vogt explained.
The event is being held Saturday, Aug. 9, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants park and register at the Snow Park parking lot at the base of Deer Valley Resort. Then buses transport participants to the homes on the tour. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the event and can be purchased at luxuryhometour.org.
The event is being sponsored by the Park City Board of Realtors Philanthropic Foundation and included an auction Thursday evening to raise more than $100,000 for women fleeing abusive situations at home. "We ask people who have homes that are unique in themselves," Vogt said. "These homes are private residences. It’s a chance to give from the heart."
The tour remains popular year after year because the public gets to see homes they would otherwise miss, Vogt said.
Homes on the tour range from 6,000 to 12,000 square feet and most appraise at more than $4 million.
One house on this year’s tour has a glass elevator with a spiral staircase winding around it. Another home boasts a chandelier that dips three stories.
Two other homes offer dramatic views of the mountains. "They’re not your everyday beige homes," Vogt said. "These homes have a lot of personality that make them very special."
One of the unusual abodes on the tour is actually a commode, a luxury portable bathroom complete with running water. Visitors can freshen up before having lunch.
A full barbecue lunch will be available for purchase for $12.50.
Organizers request that guests leave their pets and cameras at home. No one under 12 is allowed on the tour, Vogt said.
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