RANGELEY – Three very different properties will be featured in the Rangeley Friends of the Arts’ home and garden tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. A reception and silent auction will follow at 4:15 p.m. at the Country Club Inn.

Auction items include two season passes for the cross country ski center and one season pass for the Saddleback Maine Ski area. The silent auction is open to everyone, not just those taking the tour.

The Dunlap home

Apple Sauce Hill, the home of Joan Dunlap, is located on a hillside overlooking the south shore of Rangeley Lake. The owner designed her home along with builder Randy Goodwin. The passion driving the design was to maximize alternative energy sources. From the hill above the house, visitors will see 27 solar panels that generate the home’s supply of electricity. Heat is obtained both from oil-based radiant heat in the flooring as well as a 10-foot Russian wood burning fireplace. This unique design creates a thermal mass which radiates heat vertically and laterally besides providing hot water to the home. A second brick mass provides wood heat to the kitchen.

The Murphy home

From their home perched atop the Rangeley Overlook, Harrison and Haley Murphy have a panoramic view of Rangeley Lake. Designed by Ellen Albrecht and constructed by Jim Williams, this three-story house is a haven of rustic elegance for its Virginian owners. As you approach the grounds, you will immediately note the stonework benches and landscaping created from blue granite dug to make way for the foundation. The stunning entrance to the house features whole tree cedar columns cut from Black Nubble and mahogany-paneled garage doors.

The Richards condo

A mountainside condo affords owners Mary and Bill Richards unobstructed views of Saddleback Lake and the surrounding mountains, and yet is close to the forest. Fulfilling a dream to live next to the ski area where Bill once instructed, the Richards are now able to walk to the slopes with their children and grandchildren. After a day playing in the snow, they return to an elegant home to enjoy an evening of reading around the fireplace.

Tickets for the home and garden tour may be purchased at the Rangeley Region Chamber of Commerce.

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