The Parade of Homes, presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, will be held on October 3 and 4, 9 to 11, and 16 to 18. Homes will be open from noon to 5 p.m.
The 43 Rolesville, Wake Forest and Zebulon homes will be priced from $238,900 to $1.1 million, and range in size from 1,725 to 5,400 square feet.
The first Parade home in the northeastern part of Wake County was in Wake Forest in 1975. The 1,227-square-foot, three-bedroom ranch home was called “The Affordable” and was built by North Hills, Inc. in the Pineview Estates subdivision. The description of the home noted, “Appliances, attic fans, storm windows, garages, carports, gas heat and air conditioning are available as optional equipment.” No price was listed, because home prices were not included in the Parade until the following year.
Today, options such as HVAC and garages are standard, while other features have evolved other the years.
The 1975 Parade of Homes had only 24 homes on the tour.
Seeing this year’s tour
In Wake Forest, Kings Glen will feature five Parade homes and Traditions will showcase six. Builders featured in these areas include Chesapeake Homes of NC, CityScape Builders, Foxwood Builders, Homes by Dickerson, John Wieland Homes, Jordan Built Homes, Lennar Carolinas, Revolution Homes, Terramor Homes, Wilson Parker Homes and Woodard Builders.
Homes on the tour will be judged prior to the first open house and winners will be presented with gold, silver and bronze awards during the Parade of Homes Award Show on October 12. The list of winners will be available on October 13.
Parade books, which provide information on each home on tour and its location, will be available at the HBA office (5580 Centerview Drive, Ste. 115, Raleigh) starting Wednesday, September 30 or at any parade home starting October 3.
Homes can also be found online at TriangleParadeofHomes.com, where you can search by community, builder, size, etc. In addition the “MyHomeFound” app can be downloaded for your iPhone or Android phone.
The Raleigh-Wake County HBA is the voice of the local home building industry, and provides members opportunities for business development, education, professional growth, networking and community involvement. Currently the HBA is the largest home builders association in the country. For more information about the parade, visit hbawake.com.
All renderings/images courtesy of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh–Wake County.