Lovers of architecture and folks looking for design inspiration have been traveling to two sites in Yamhill County for the past several weeks for a special edition of the Northwest Natural Street of Dreams dedicated to the region's wine industry.
The Home Builders Association of Metro Portland, which organizes the yearly event, dubbed this year's celebration the Wine Country Tour Edition.
Four multi-million-dollar homes are located on two-plus-acre lots near Newberg in a development called Rose Pointe Estates, while two "bonus homes" are situated in McMinnville. All the houses opened July 23 and will continue to be available to the public through Sunday, Aug. 14. Builders and designers are leading tours of the homes near Newberg from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the McMinnville homes.
Tickets, which will be scanned at each Newberg home, are available at the sites or online. Tickets are not being sold onsite at the McMinnville homes. Children 10 years old and younger enter for free.
"This is the year to come see the show," Rachel Trice, a spokeswoman for the Home Builders Association, said. "Between the spectacular views and the wine country settings, this is a true showcase of wine country living."
Newberg's own Mike and Mark Willcuts, owners of Del Boca Vista, constructed a 6,714-square-foot home called "Hewn." The four bedroom, 5.5-bath luxury home takes its design inspiration from rustic homes in Napa Valley, according to a release.
The Willcuts collaborated with a number of subcontractors and other professionals on the project, including Pacific Office Automation, Canon, Sharp, Verkada and others to outfit the domicile with the latest technology.
Other contractors on the Rose Pointe Estates project include Luke Belanger General Contracting, Elite Development Northwest, Mike Riddle Construction and Secor Homes.
Those wishing to explore Rose Pointe Estates assemble at a parking lot at 15299 N.E. Quarry Road and then take a short shuttle trip to the site. The homes in McMinnville have parking nearby.
Building fabulous homes while aiding good causes
The Home Builders Association of Metro Portland kicked off the Street of Dreams concept in 1975 and has held it ever since. The organization's foundation since 1997 has been the benefitting charity that receives some of the proceeds from the event. The foundation, according to a release, provides "shelter for area residents in need and supports the future of our industry by offering educational opportunities for tomorrow's workforce."
The foundation has facilitated the construction of housing for the homeless through its building arm HomeAid Portland, where "builders are partnered with local nonprofit care providers seeking to expand facilities designed to house individuals and families in need of temporary shelter," the release said.
The foundation — which also gathers funds through a gala and auction, trap shoot and other events — also helps fund high school and college scholarships for those students interested in pursuing careers in the industry.
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