Review of Durham and Chatham County Parade Homes from $200,000.00-$341,000.00
There was no W.W.F. rating (Wife Wow Factor) as our daughter was in town and it was Hot Pepper Jammin’ time with her girl friend. (If you need a expert taster, please let me know.)
I decided that looking in a specific price range at one time gave me a better perspective than following the tour map of homes in all price ranges.
First, I must freely admit that it annoys me when I find that the official judges of any contest have as good, or better, taste than I do.
One of the BFO’s I’ve had (blinding flash of the obvious) is that staging, and the interior decorations that creative designers do, can trigger feelings of warmth and hominess, even if that does not correspond to the reality of your own furniture when moved in.
NC Beach homes offered for sale “as is” with all the furnishings in tact. Perhaps that’s the next phase of new home construction. “Leave your old stuff behind and just move in.”
That would actually be pretty tempting to me. Would it be for you?
I visited the following 2013 Parade Of Homes:
Chesapeak Homes – (D4) 1807 Rustica Dr.,in Rustica Oaks, Durham – $250,900.00
Lennar Caolinas – (D22) 406 Ravenstone Lane, Meadows at Ravenstone, Durham – $240,995.00
Saussy Burbank – (C20) 273 Tobacco Farm Way, Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill – $282,900.00
Saussy Burbank – (C18) 73 Pokesberry Bend Dr., Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill – $289,900.00
Garman Homes – (C22) 2381 Briar Chapel Parkway, Chapel Hill – $316,865.00
MI Homes- (C23) Revisited – 23 Heatherwood Dr., Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill -$332,704.00
D.R. Horton -(D18) 1722 Waddell Court,Brightleaf at the Park, Durham, Nc – $340,973.00
Here are are my 2013 Parade of Homes observations–
-Saussy Burbank has the best first floor flooring. They are natural
hardwoods, stained a couple to three times, and look much better than manufactured
flooring. The two bathrooms I visited were light, airey, and well laid out.
Even though the window view were at the corner of Main Street and Vine. Thank goodness for curtains.
A+ on bathrooms. The second floor layout was pretty good for working in a small space.
-Garmen Homes, C22- One of the unique features was the non attached garage
which was connected to the house with a nice deck and outdoor firepit,
that was quite cozy. The bathroom had marble counter top and a very nice tile floor.
And on a side note, the sales rep remembered me and asked where my wife
was. So, an A+ for memory and personal sales.
-D.R. Horton, (D18) on 1722 Waddell Court, Durham, NC at Brightleaf at the Park,
has a open and flowing left side room layout that “L” shapes into the kitchen.
Very liveable. This was my second favorite home in this price range.
MI Homes, (C23) on 23 Heatherwood Dr. Briar Chapel, made 1,999 square feet look and feel
much bigger than it is.
Finally, the home that I was most impressed with the design and flow, that offered the most value,
..even with the more than tasteful staging that I recognized almost clouded my crystal clear vision…was
Lennar Homes (D22) at 406 Ravenstone Lane, Durham, NC in Meadows at Ravenstone Subdivision.
This house is worth a trip to see.
Which homes were your favorites in this years Parade of Homes?
Parade of Homes in Orange and Chatham Counties 2013
Last weekend Donna and I visited Parade Homes in Orange and Chatham counties that were clustered together in Winmore and Briar Chapel subdivisions first, then other homes that would be interesting for us.
How do you judge a Parade Home?
After many solo visits and with Donna to open homes, I’ve determined that my taste and hers are different, and that she has a better feel for homes and flow and decorations than I do.
As a result, when visiting homes, I withhold my rankings for a few minutes until I get a read on The W.W.Factor. Continue reading “Parade of Homes, Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties” »