I'm not a fan of our slow housing market or the big declines in market values. In fact, I hate the whole mess. But I have managed to find one benefit. Since I was a teenager I have loved to go to the Parade of Homes. I loved to go so much that I would go by myself. It was free and it was fun. I remember when they started charging admission and requiring tickets. I was mad. Every year I would complain about it and often couldn't afford to go or didn't have time to bother getting a ticket. But this year the Parade of Homes is FREE. No tickets are required. Finally. Something good out of all this.
It's going on now through May 10th. Weekday hours are 5PM to 8PM, Fridays are 3PM to 8PM, and Saturday and Sunday hours are Noon to 8PM. Reflecting the slower housing market, there are just 17 new homes on the Parade this year, but they are homes presented by many of the Valley’s best builders including Tradewinds, Tahoe Homes, The Marrs Company, Capitol Building, Brighton Homes, Crocker homes, Borup Construction (they built my home, btw), James Clyde Custom Homes, Boise Hunter Homes, , Roth Homes, Flynner Homes, and .
The best overall home this year was built by Tradewinds. Check it out in Bella Terra.
There is an excellent clickable tour map online at the BCA website. You can also click through to previews of each home.