Doorways to Luxury tour touts highend local homes

first_imgWhat: Doorways to Luxury, a tour of 21 high-end houses in Southwest Washington priced between $600,000 and $5.6 million.When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.Where: Throughout Clark County.Cost: Free.Information: Doorways to Luxury.Well-appointed and luxurious living is the overarching theme of an annual tour of homes set for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.The self-guided Doorways to Luxury tour will showcase 21 high-end homes in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties. Priced from $600,000 to $5.6 million, the houses illustrate the variety of upscale living options in Southwest Washington, ranging from condominiums to penthouses, from sprawling country estates to homes with sweeping waterfront views.The historic Biddle mansion and property are sure to be one of the must-sees of this year’s tour, said Connie McDowell, listing agent for the property and a principal broker with The Hasson Co. Realtors. She described the 1930s-era home as “meticulously maintained and updated.” The listing includes 5 acres of land that share a 350-foot border with the Columbia River.“The person who developed the site was an engineer from Pennsylvania and an amateur botanist,” McDowell said of Henry Jonathan Biddle, known for protecting and purchasing Beacon Rock in 1915 for $1 from Charles Ladd, a Portland developer.Biddle collected, identified and planted native flora and fauna all over his waterfront estate, according to McDowell.“It’s now so private and luscious, you feel like you’re surrounded by nature,” she said.The kitchen has been remodeled, but the home features original woodwork, chrome faucets and leaded glass windows.High-end materials, finishes and design differentiate luxury homes from typical listings, said Linda Horowitz, a broker with Windermere Real Estate/Stellar Group in Vancouver.“Nice appointments — granite, hardwood floors, high-end appliances and hardware, travertine floors,” she said. “They have the things you would find in your Street of Dreams (home showings).”last_img read more