2013 Parade of Homes
What: See seven new homes in the Bay Meadow at Landin Parke northeast subdivision.
When: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Monday-Oct. 5; noon-6 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 6.
Where: Bay Meadow at Landin Parke, just off Landin Road north of North River Road.
Admission: $10, a portion of which will go to Habitat for Humanity.
Etc.: In conjunction with the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne is the Fort Wayne New Home and Remodeling Show, which will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Cost is $9 adults; $7 seniors; free children 12 and under.
It's been two years since Fort Wayne's last Parade of Homes, and attendees this year might be surprised to see a change from past parades.
“These homes are very modest,” said Charlie Giese, 2013 president of the Fort Wayne Home Builders Association. Giese's firm, Westport Homes, has a 2,209-square-foot house in the parade for $218,900 including the lot. It's move-in ready.
With the housing market just coming out of the downturn, builders are cautious, Giese said. They don't want to be stuck with an expensive home they can't sell. The seven houses in this year's parade range in price from just under $200,000 to about $275,000, including lots, said Maurine Holle, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne.
By comparison, houses in the 2007 Parade of Homes were priced from $325,000 to $400,000.
This year's parade is in the northeast subdivision of Bay Meadow at Landin Parke, on Landin Road north of North River Road in New Haven. The development is in the Fort Wayne Community Schools district.
Giese said the goal was to keep homes in the parade somewhat close to the $200,000 price point because “for this area it seemed to be a popular price range.”
The Westport home, dubbed “Bristol,” doesn't skimp on quality and provides a lot of value for the price, Giese said. It includes many of the amenities seen in more expensive homes, such as:
•Granite kitchen countertops
•Ceramic tile backsplash in the kitchen
•A three-car garage
•Nine-foot first floor ceilings
•A cathedral ceiling in the master bedroom
•His and hers walk-in closets in the master suite
•A ceramic shower in the master bathroom
•A marble countertop in the bathroom
The Bristol model has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, an upstairs laundry room, three bedrooms and three separate living areas: a living room, family room, and loft area upstairs. But Giese said a lot of Westport's floor plans are flexible. For instance, the upstairs loft area could easily be a fourth bedroom. The living room area on the main floor could be a formal dining room.
The Bristol's interior walls are gray with white trim and black doors. “We tried it in a couple of houses and people were like, 'wow,'” Giese said.
As for colors, earth tones are popular, Giese said. Carpet in the Bristol is an earth-tone frieze, a type of carpet with twisted fibers that do not stand completely upright. Frieze carpet is more expensive but durable and known to hide imperfections. The floor in the kitchen is laminate.
The home features rounded drywall corners, which don't cost extra and look nice, but sometimes present a problem when people want to paint two rooms different colors and don't know where to break the color.
Ceilings are Spanish lace.
The Craftsman-style house's exterior is gray, too, accented with a stone veneer, front porch and white pillars.