Fall Parade of Homes Opens Sept. 12, 2020

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ROSEVILLE, MINN. (Aug. 2020) — Housing First Minnesota is proud to present the 2020 Fall Parade of Homes. The Twin Cities Parade of Homes continues to be the go-to resource for Twin Cities’ families to see, free of charge, the entire gamut of new homes and neighborhoods available across the region. This fall, there are 355 homes open 12 – 6 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 12 – Oct. 4, 2020. COVID-19 safety precautions will be taken at each home to ensure the experience is safe for all.

Area families are encouraged to experience the value and benefits of new homes and neighborhoods all across the spectrum of price, style and location during the tour. They’ll also get to see the latest in home features, finishes, products and colors for those who just love to see what’s new in home design and décor. All the homes are free to tour, with the exception of four Dream Homes where you’ll be asked to pay a $5 admission at the door. Proceeds from the Dream Homes go to the Housing First Minnesota Foundation to help them build and remodel homes for Minnesotans in need.

Guidebook Features all 355 Homes and More

The magazine-style guidebook is free and is available at area Holiday Stationstores starting Aug. 31 and in an electronic version online at ParadeofHomes.org. The guidebook showcases all Parade HomesSM with images, descriptions, maps and prices to make shopping easy. Also, a variety of interesting articles about new homes, homebuying and design trends to inspire readers. There’s a calendar of events so you can plan your tour to attend special events like appetizer tastings and design seminars. Plus, our Minnesota Green Path Energy Tested homes have been independently energy-tested by a certified RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) rater and show testing results on a Minnesota Green Path Home Performance Report (HPR). 

Four Dream Homes Benefit the Housing First Minnesota Foundation

Four high-end homes have been selected by the Housing First Minnesota Foundation as Dream Homes. Visitors are asked for a $5 admission which goes to the Housing First Minnesota Foundation. The Foundation builds and remodels homes for area families in need. The Dream Homes are:

  • #33 by Sustainable 9 Design + Build in Shorewood, priced at $1,595,000
  • #42 by Swanson Homes in Orono, priced at $1,690,000
  • #54 by Mark D. Williams Custom Homes, Inc. in Medina priced at $1,216,000
  • #332 by Highmark Builders, Inc. in Prior Lake, priced at $2,800,000

Integrated Online Options

Tour planning can also be done online at ParadeofHomes.org. The site is designed to make touring easy with a wide variety of search filters, from price to square footage to school district. Additionally, online visitors can save favorites to their own personal login and then plan the best tour route with the Tour Planner. The Tour Planner allows you to easily share home listings with others, mix new and remodeled homes together, and plan multiple routes.

The website also includes a link to an electronic version of the entire guidebook, plus a number of resources from mortgage calculators to home maintenance information to virtual tours for those who would prefer to tour from their own home.

Parade of Homes Mobile App

Introducing the new Parade of Homes mobile app. Launching for this spring’s tour, the app allows visitors to save favorite homes, map routes seamlessly, track home features in the Idea Book, and search builders and remodelers. The app is available under Parade of Homes Minnesota in both the App Store and Google Play store.

Prices range from $ 239,570 to $2,800,000

Parade Homes range all across the price spectrum. The lowest priced home is #135 at $239,570. The two-bedroom, two-bath home is located in Isanti and built by Semler Construction, Inc. The most expensive home is #332 at $2,800,000. This 4,666-square-foot home is located in Prior Lake and built by Highmark Builders, Inc.

There are 36 homes priced over $1,000,000 and 10 priced under $300,000. The total value of all homes on the tour is $219,995,923.

Homes Located Across the Extended Metro Area

Homes are located throughout the region, with Lakeville (36), Woodbury (19), Cottage Grove (17), Lake Elmo (15) and Otsego (14) having the most homes to tour. Closer in, Edina (5), Brooklyn Park (3) and Fridley (1) are all represented on the tour. Outlying cities with Parade Homes include Northfield, Cambridge and Big Lake.

New Safety Guidelines

Our highest priority remains everyone’s health and well-being, which means things will look a little different when shopping for homes during this Fall’s Parade of Homes. Our builders have implemented a series of safety precautions to keep visitors safe. Homes will have access limited to 10 people at a time and masks are required. Homebuyers will be able to shop for homes in person with these added safety precautions and social distancing measures, along with the additional virtual capabilities.

All visitors are encouraged to review the full safety recommendations at ParadeofHomes.org before heading out to shop.

Housing First Minnesota is the leading voice for builders and remodelers. Housing First Minnesota represents 1,100 builders, remodelers, developers and industry suppliers with a mission of helping its members grow their businesses through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. Housing First Minnesota’s advocacy work is widely recognized as a powerful force at the state Legislature and with state regulatory agencies. It’s also known for its signature home tour events: The Parade of HomesSM, the Remodelers Showcase®, and the Artisan Home Tour®. In addition, Housing First Minnesota offers Minnesota’s Green PathSM, a home and remodeling energy testing and certification program providing healthy, durable, energy-efficient homes to buyers and homeowners.