Those who have seen the Triangle Parade of Homes grow, year after year, say that it keeps getting better. This free annual event, now in its 53rd year, is considered one of the largest open houses in the country. It’s an opportunity to see the area’s freshest designs and most cutting-edge technology in homes from virtually every price point, and it attracts home buyers from all corners of the Triangle and beyond. Plus, this year, visitors can participate in charity benefits and experience the new Twilight Night in one of Wake Forest’s newest communities, Camberly.
“Each year we are inspired by the quality of construction and dedication our building community delivers to the market — and the Parade of Homes is a great way to showcase all of the hard work,” said Jim Allen, president of the Jim Allen Group. The Jim Allen Group, Raleigh-based Realtors with Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, represents builders of 57 homes participating in the Parade this year, ranging in price from the $220,000s to $2.3 million.
Presented by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties, the Triangle Parade of Homes features more than 200 homes spread across Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill and Wake Forest, as well as growing communities like Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Clayton and Wendell.
The Parade is highly anticipated each year in local real estate circles, and participants say it requires a lot of coordinated effort (and elbow grease). It’s seen as a cross-section of the best kinds of homes in our market — useful for those looking to relocate to the area, as well as those upscaling or downscaling closer to home.
“This is a great way for individuals considering a move to the Triangle to get a focused overview of what our outstanding new communities have to offer,” said Stefanie Bell, vice president of New Home Sales and Marketing and director of New Homes for the Jim Allen Group. The Jim Allen Group represents homes from 24 communities in the Parade this year. Many more also play host to featured entries.
One of these communities is Camberly in western Wake Forest. Situated near Falls Lake and a short drive from North Raleigh, Camberly features secluded custom homes starting in the $700,000s. This year’s Parade of Homes includes a Twilight Night special tour event, to be held in Camberly Thursday, October 11, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy tours of three Parade entries in the community, as well as food, live music, trolley rides and other family-oriented entertainment perfect for fall.
Each home in the Parade of Homes has its own unique touches. Those who browse their way through a number of entries will find a full range of current trends in interior design, landscaping and technology. Some homes are also doing for charity benefits during the Parade. Visitors to these homes will have a chance to donate to causes in addition to exploring the homes’ special features.
2018 Parade of Homes Highlights
- Visitors to homes represented by the Jim Allen Group can register to win a one-year lease on a Lexus IS 300 from Johnson Lexus of Raleigh.
- Twilight Night on October 11, will feature family fun at three featured homes in Camberly, Wake Forest.
- KJ Construction will raise funds for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Its featured home, Logan’s Lair, is at 1617 Ridge Rd., Raleigh.