Parade of Homes, Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties

Whether you’re shopping for Durham new homes, homes on the resale market or just curious about homes, the Parade of Homes is something you’re probably interested in.

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.

That is, The Wife Wow Factor….let me explain. When we bought the house we are in now, and one other property, when Donna walked in the house, within minutes she said “this is it.” These words are not uttered lightly nor often.

Though this method may sound unscientific the validity is confirmed by the fact that two homes Donna had this response to won their categories in the 2013 Parade of Homes.

 Winmore Parade of HomesBriar Chapel Mortgage Jim Enright

Closest trip was Winmore in Chapel Hill which I visited solo.

The Griffith, (O5) on 208 Della Street, Chapel Hill by Kovens Construction had a nice open layout. Turns out this home was a Catagory #9 Winner in the $482,000.00-$518,000.00 range.

Briar Chapel Parade of Homes

Brian Chapel was easy to visit because there were 10 homes. I’m pretty sure we saw every one of them, but I stopped counting.

The Home that absolutely won The W.W. Factor was C17 The “Hadley A” by Drees Homes on 293 Dark Forest Drive, Chapel Hill.

The first floor was very open and liveable with kitchen, family room,Durham New Homes
screened in deck, and sun room all within easy view and living.

The stagings were the best of any of the homes we saw that day.

The Hadley also won the Gold in Catagory #8, homes from $450,000.00- $455,000.

The Villa Camellia II (C23), on 23 Heatherwood Dr., Chapel Hill by M/I Homes was a 2,000 sq ft home with a good flow. We really liked the kitchen marble used on the island and the backsplash tiles. This could be a good downsizing home or first home.

Pittsboro and Chatham County Parade of Homes

After Briar Chapel, we headed towards Pittsboro to C9, The Goodwell                Parade of Homes Chatham Mortgage Jim Enright
by Garman Homes on 67 Coley Court, Pittsboro, NC.

As we turned in the neighborhood we realized we had been here last
year also.

The location is in the country. No road noise. Low taxes. A great layout and flow, different from the Hadley A, and still very liveable. The kitchen marble counter top and tile back splashes were very distinct.

This home won Silver in Catagory #7.

Parade of Durham New Homes

On Saturday October 13, 2013 we headed out to the Durham Parade Homes.Parade of Homes Chatham Mortgage Jim Enright 2

We started with the Drees Home (D6) on 4528 Farrington Road, Durham, and headed over to Colvard Farms.

Two beautiful million dollar homes on a street of million dollar homes.

The Modern Moxie by Loyd Builders was modern, open, light, windows abounding. Very interesting pool- it was called an infinity pool that flowed over the edge and re-circulated. Well worth visiting, even if you are thinking of down sizing.  And it won the Gold.

The home that would have been interesting to see was not on the tour, but was on the same cul-desac. Beautiful porches, colors, and roof lines. You’ll recognize it.

Singleton Country Manor on 203 Swift Creek Crossing in the Hills at Southpoint

Next was Singleton Country Manor on 203 Swift Creek Crossing in the Hills at Southpoint. Built by by Toll Brothers. Nice neighborhood and home, but coming from Colvard Farm makes any smaller less expensive home unimpressive.

Heading out to the next home on the tour on Farrington Road we turned right instead of left, heading into Southpoint. Realizing that, we took an REI break and decided to head to downtown Durham for a late lunch and early dinner.

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