New Home Heaven 2

Parade of Homes tour showcases 150 homes, designer trends and a handy phone app

 

Do you yearn for shiny copper roof finials? Crave the smell of fresh paint? Or go weak in the knees for hand-scraped hardwood floors? If so, the Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes is for you. The annual new home tour opens its doors June 13-21 to home buyers, remodeling DIY’ers, and lovers of all things HGTV.

Shop ’til You Drop

Come tour 150 new homes daily from 1-7 p.m. — ranging in price from $150,000 to more than $1,000,000 — all at your own pace. Check out the newest in home technology, energy efficiency and interior design trends. And best of all, meet the professionals that build them. Homes are spread throughout 14 different cities around Tulsa and admission is FREE. With so many homes to see, it might be hard to pick just one to buy!

“The Parade of Homes is the perfect place to start or complete the process of finding your next home,” says Peter Grant, local builder and chairman of the 2015 Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes. “It is the only event that allows shoppers to explore and visualize all of the options in new home construction and speak directly with Tulsa’s best building companies.”

The annual event is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, a not-for-profit, professional trade organization. Its more than 900 professional members must meet stringent requirements, including customer and professional references, insurance certification, and adhere to a strict code of ethics.

Divine Downtown

Jaime Christensen, director of marketing and public relations for the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa says, “The Tulsa area is seeing continued growth and housing starts are on the rise.”

Indeed, one of the hottest areas is the chic downtown district exploding with unique home choices. It’s one of the areas Christensen is most excited about for this year’s tour.

“The condominiums and townhouses in downtown Tulsa will be on the Parade, including the new, upscale Urban8 development in the east village,” Christensen says. “This event offers consumers a variety of housing options and is truly an event for everyone, from young couples about to start a family, to empty-nesters looking to downsize.”

In addition to individual homes, Christensen says the Parade of Homes will highlight five communities and host two twilight tours this year—one in Stone Canyon in Owasso on Tuesday, June 16, and the other in Yorktown in Jenks on Thursday, June 18. The extended hours are from 6 -9 p.m. to allow those who can’t make it during the day to spend more time enjoying the homes.

Trendy Trimmings

The tour is also a good opportunity to investigate building and interior design trends you might have seen in the media, such as industrial-style lighting fixtures, porcelain wood-look tile flooring, and outdoor showers adjacent to pools and hot tubs.

Grant says, “We are seeing a rise in the use of sophisticated kitchen appliances and their ever-increasing technological wizardry. Kitchens have become not only fascinating, but entertaining at this point! Home automation systems are more widespread as costs become more affordable. Color schemes have moved dramatically toward the use of off-whites and light grays and the use of light and white marbles are now again popular. One noticeable decreasing trend is theater rooms, as a result of hard-pressed competition with the flat screen TV market.”

Get the Guide

The Official Guide for the 2015 Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes will be available Friday, June 12 at Tulsa area QuikTrip locations for the duration of the event. The Guide contains home descriptions and floor plan information, along with a map to all the home sites.

Available for the second year is the tour’s SmartPhone app. Simply download the ‘MyHomeFound’ app (available for iPhone and Android), scroll down to ‘Oklahoma’ and select the Parade of Homes. The app has everything included in the printed tour guide, including floor plans, elevations, buyer’s guide, and builder information. It also customizes the tour experience by allowing tour attendees to save their favorite homes. The social media function allows users to tweet, post or pin.

“We received high marks on the app last year from tour attendees and are pleased to offer it again this year,” says Christensen. “One convenient feature is the GPS function. Simply click ‘directions’ on a desired home and the app connects to your SmartPhone’s GPS navigation to easily find it.”

Additional event information is available online at TulsaHBA.com or 918.663.1100.