These 'hoods are made for walking
Builders ramped up for the Parade of Homes Spring Festival, building at a pace 6 percent higher than last year, starting more new houses than any of the past three years.
Metro-area builders started 1,223 new houses in the first quarter, the most since 2015, according to The Builder Report, published by Dharma Inc. in Norman.
More than 100 new houses will be featured in the Parade of Homes Spring Festival, organized by Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association. They will be open free to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. each day April 26-28 and May 3-5. For details, go to www.paradeofhomesok.com. Parade books also will be at OnCue locations.
The parade is basically builders' spring sale — a literal sidewalk sale. The idea is to walk the neighborhoods, as well as the parade homes.
"If you and your family are planning to build your dream home, attending the Parade of Homes events will give you the chance to see and enter the most beautiful and remarkable residential homes in the market today," the builders group says. "Instead of merely looking at photographs, you can see the home exteriors and interiors yourself, touch the walls, smell the breeze in the neighborhood, and use all your senses to experience how it feels like to live in each of the featured homes."
Most of the homes in the parade are for sale and move-in ready. But there are other reasons to tour the houses. The most common one is to keep up with the latest in home designs and construction trends.
"As you tour the many houses during the event, you can have that 'eureka' moment wherein you finally know what kind of home you really want to have and work for," according to the builders association. "If you are starting a family, you can also get ideas on the best home layout and structure that would be most suitable for your needs."
Home shoppers, and people planning to be home shoppers, can meet builders themselves at the Parade of Homes Spring Festival. They stand ready for your questions.
"To make your dream home a reality relies heavily on the residential contractor you will hire," the builders point out. "You want to work with a contractor that has experience in building the type of residence you want and that will work together with you to make your dream home become a reality. It is a great way to connect with a variety of builders and others who help you get the home you want when you’re ready to build."
You'll see homes like these:
• Foster Signature Homes' parade entry at 8301 Ridge Creek Road, southwest of Sooner and Covell roads, Edmond.
"This new Foster Signature Homes Model is located in our premier east Edmond community, Ridge Creek Estates. The home has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a study, a dining room, bar with built-in wine room that will fill all of your needs. If that isn't enough this home has a fully upgraded kitchen complete with butcher block on the island and vaulted ceiling throughout the kitchen and living room! Make sure to take a look at the master bath for a luxurious spa feel."
• Quail Creek Properties' entry at 15808 Chapel Ridge Lane, west of Western Avenue between NW 150 and NW 164.
"Stunning Modern/Transitional home in The Abbey at Fairview Farms. Clean lines and fresh finishes set this home apart from the old world finishes of the past. Dramatic vaulted ceiling punctuated by the towering stacked stone fireplace in the great room. Master bath features a unique design with separate closets, vanities, and toilet areas. Amenities include custom wine room, quartzite and marble counter tops, spacious covered patio, custom cabinets and more. This home features a level of quality and attention to detail unlike anything else on the market."
• McCaleb Homes' entry at 15000 Cumberland Falls Drive, southeast of NE 150 and Post Road.
"This stunning Hill Country home sits on a large 3/4 of an acre homesite. In our Rose Cliff floor plan, you are greeted with an open living space and a dining room that flows directly into the breathtaking kitchen. Kitchen is complete with two islands, large walk-in pantry and views to the outside that stretch from the living area all the way to the breakfast room. The home's master retreat features a master bath with a double vanity, his and hers walk-in closets, a tub and an immense walk-in shower and separate drying area. This home has a a 3 car garage, a planning center, 2 other bedrooms with their own private bathrooms and a study next to the home's half bathroom. You'll love experiencing quiet acreage living but with the conveniences of Edmond water and Edmond schools."
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