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Luxury homes tour coming Sunday

Lynch estate among properties featured in free annual event

By , Columbian staff writer
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Jim Mains of the Ed and Dollie Lynch estate pauses for a photo outside the late philanthropists’ former home. At 4712 N.W. Franklin St., Vancouver, the 12,000-square-foot home is one of 20 high-end homes open to the public on Sunday.
Jim Mains of the Ed and Dollie Lynch estate pauses for a photo outside the late philanthropists’ former home. At 4712 N.W. Franklin St., Vancouver, the 12,000-square-foot home is one of 20 high-end homes open to the public on Sunday. Amanda Cowan/The Columbian Photo Gallery

The Doorways to Luxury Spring Home Tour returns Sunday to offer a look at life with motorized skylights, bamboo finishes and fireplaces of hand-cut stone.

Those are amenities at just one of the 20 homes open to the public for the free, self-guided tour. The houses, peppered throughout Clark County, range in price from $700,000 to $3.5 million and can be visited between noon and 5 p.m.

“This is a chance to really showcase and highlight what we would consider the best of the best of Southwest Washington,” said Heather DeFord, member of the Greater Vancouver Luxury Homes Group, which organizes the tour every year.

Though all of the homes are high-end, below are some that are truly lavish:

• A Venetian villa at the top of a hill northwest of Battle Ground. It boasts five bedrooms and bathrooms, tiered patios and a view that stretches to Portland, DeFord said.

• A $2 million manor on the outskirts of Washougal with a rustic interior, a shop, a barn and a separate guest house.

If You Go

 What: Doorways to Luxury Spring Home Tour, a self-guided tour of 20 luxury homes, priced between $700,000 and $3.5 million.

• When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: Around Clark County.

• Cost: Free.

• Info: doorwaystoluxury.com

• The sprawling estate formerly belonging to Ed and Dollie Lynch. At 12,000 square feet, it houses amenities like a library, a park-sized backyard and kitchen with more appliances than “The Jetsons.”

“That home can fit hundreds of people comfortably — for entertaining, for business, charity events — very easily,” DeFord said. “It’s just really going to come to life with how we showcase the experience with people being able to come through.”

DeFord said all of the homes are available for sale, though she acknowledged that most people on the tour aren’t looking to buy.

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