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6509 Chalfont Circle in Parkside at Mayfaire.
Or at least that’s the theme of the 2013 Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Parade of Homes, which will be running two separate weekends, April 27-28 and May 4-5. The event is free to the public and homes will be open for visitation between noon and 5 p.m. both weekends. This year’s theme is designed to inspire and reflect a vibrant housing market.
The WCFHBA Parade of Homes began in 1987 and featured 26 homes spread across New Hanover County. The average home price for homes featured in the premier event was $100,000. This year’s event features 56 homes which range in price from $130,000 to more than $1 million.
One of the homes, The Landfall Design, is located in Landfall and is shown by appointment only. Built by Penton New Homes and marketed by Penton Development, this 4,200 square-foot home features 1,300 square feet of outdoor living space, including an outdoor fireplace. The exterior of the home is constructed from brick. The interior features extensive interior trim and molding. The interior was professionally decorated by Birds of a Feather Design, and all decorations are for sale. The listing price for this home is $875,000. For an appointment, contact Suzanne O’Bryant, 910-452-6355.
Another nearby home, the Aberdeen, found in Parkside at Mayfaire, features almost 3,000 heated square feet. After walking through a mahogany front door, guests are greeted with walnut floors. Features include alder stained wood interior doors, custom cabinetry with glass doors and granite countertops in the kitchen. The walls of the living room are covered in pine, and a gas fireplace can be found in the great room. The listing price for this home is $659,900.
This year’s event also features two Association Houses, both located in Brunswick County. The first of these homes, the Niklaus, was built by Stevens Fine Homes and is found in the Leland community of Greyson Park. The second, the Slate, was built by Trusst Builder Group and can be found in the Leland community of Hearthstone.
“We’re really proud of these houses, as we are of all the homes on tour” said Donna Girardot, Home Builders Association executive officer. “They showcase the finest in products and building techniques.”
Girardot said the annual construction of Association Houses is a critical part of the organization’s fundraising, and a chance for members to show off their skills as craftsmen.
These Association Homes will be judged alongside every other home on the tour and considered for the awards presented during the 27th Annual Parade of Homes Awards Banquet, on May 3 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside.
“Judges come in from around N.C. and Virginia,” Girardot said. “None of them are local. They’re all non-biased judges. They’re other builders or appraisers that really know building techniques and what to look for.”
Some criteria include the house exterior, the quality of materials used, the workmanship, craftsmanship, inside lighting, innovative features, kitchens, bedrooms, master bedroom, techniques and overall flow of a house, Girardot said.
“The awards have been nicknamed ‘the Academy Awards for home builders,’” Girardot said. “We give out medals in gold, silver and bronze in each category. Builders use them to be recognized by their peers for their craftsmanship.”
Energy efficiency is another theme of this year’s Parade of Homes.
“We have some of the strongest building codes in the country,” Girardot said. “A lot of that comes as a result of hurricane season. That’s something that’s reflected in our energy codes, and I think it’s also reflected in the way our builders build.”
Girardot said the parade attracts a large variety of visitors. Many people who come are thinking of relocating to the area and travel from out of town to tour the homes; other are locals looking to upsize or downsize. Building professionals also attend the event to see the latest in building techniques and appliances. Girardot recommends that first-time parade-goers make a plan and map out which homes they want to see ahead of time.
“With 56 homes on tour,” Girardot said, “they should go online to the website and identify those houses that they want to see the first weekend and plot them out on the map. They can see a good selection of the houses on tour during the two weekends if they plan it out right.”
The Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association was chartered in 1965. Through 1,000 member-firms, the WCFHBA represents almost 9,500 members, making it the largest trade association in Southeastern N.C. and the third largest home builder association in the state. For more than 40 years, the association has supported the local home builder industry, which, the WCFHBA website states, employs almost 28,000 people in the greater Wilmington area and contributes about $2.8 billion to the Southeastern N.C. economy.