The housing market may be unprecedented — a shortage of homes for sale, high demand and rising prices during a pandemic — but one thing about the Parade of Homes Spring Festival is quite “precedented”: You can still look for free.
The parade wraps up the second of two long weekends Friday-Sunday with about 50 new houses open to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. each day. Entries are from Edmond to Norman and Yukon to Choctaw. Coronavirus precautions are being observed.
The featured addition is Cross Timbers — with three neighborhoods, the Ridge, the Lakes and Creekside — on the south side of Covell Road between Sooner and Coltrane roads in Edmond. The parade book is online, with description and maps to the homes, and available at OnCue stores.
Looky-loos — people out looking with no intention of buying — always have been welcome at the home parades organized by the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association. Builders pour the latest design trends, features, decor and materials into their parade homes, and they’re happy to show it all off.
The parade guidebook is a tease.
“Instead of merely looking at photographs, you can see the home exteriors and interiors yourself, touch the walls, smell the breeze in the neighborhood, and use all your senses to experience how it feels like to live in each of the featured homes,” it says. “One of the highlights of the event is getting the chance to tour some of the most modern homes built with the latest technologies and materials available.
“As you tour the many houses during the event, you can have that ‘eureka’ moment wherein you finally know what kind of home you really want to have and work for. If you are starting a family, you can also get ideas on the best home layout and structure that would be most suitable for your needs.”
Meeting the builders is also a big part of the parade — even if bemasked and keeping social distance.
“To make your dream home a reality relies heavily on the residential contractor you will hire, the guidebook says. “You want to work with a contractor that has experience in building the type of residence you want and that will work together with you to make your dream home become a reality. It is a great way to connect with a variety of builders and others who help you get the home you want when you’re ready to build.”
Here are a few of the homes in the parade.
Urban Nest Homes LLC built the home at 4600 Mustang Park Blvd. in Mustang, 2,349 square feet, five bedrooms, three baths, in the Modern Farmhouse style.
The builder calls it “our black and white take on Modern Farm with a nod to Scandinavian culture,” its Brinkley plan. “We did not hold back on bold colors, materials and textures throughout this home. We can’t wait to crack a beer with you while you tour our latest creation.”
Boevers Homes built the parade entry on 1/2 acre at 3739 Eastridge Circle NE in Piedmont, 2062 square feet, four bedrooms, two baths, in the Craftsman style.
Features include granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, a large center island and an open floor plan. The home can be a three-bedroom plus study, or a four-bedroom.
The large lot offers plenty of room for a pool and shop.
Another Modern Farmhouse
McCaleb Homes built the parade entry at 1624 Boathouse Road in Edmond, 2,339 square feet, three bedrooms, three baths, in the Modern Farmhouse style.
“Every detail poured into this home shouts Farmhouse from the shiplap vaulted ceiling in the living room, to the plaid accent tile in the guest bath, to the barn door on the walk-in pantry,” the builder says.
Real Estate Editor Richard Mize edits The Oklahoman’s Real Estate section, and covers housing, construction, commercial real estate, and related topics for the newspaper and Oklahoman.com. Contact him at [email protected] Please support his work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a subscription at http://subscribe.oklahoman.com.