Everyone Loves a Parade

Especially when it’s the annual 
Parade of Homes that unveils the newest homes
and communities in our area.

By Brittany Murdock  /  Photos courtesy of Avalaire

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For more than 50 years, the Triangle Parade of Homes has become a destination for those who look forward to setting their eyes on the latest and greatest homes around town. This free, self-guided tour invites the public to view the newest homes and communities throughout the Triangle.

It’s North Carolina’s largest open house­­—and whether you’re searching for your forever home, looking for ideas, or are just an avid fan of interior design,it’s the perfect way to get out and see what your town and neighboring developments have to offer.

The parade is also a great way to draw inspiration from the industry’s hottest design trends. Looking to spruce up your bathroom or reinvent your master bedroom? Or what about transforming your ordinary kitchen into the one you’ve always dreamed of? With close to 270 newly-built homes to tour in this year’s parade, you’ll find the latest trends in homebuilding, from innovative floors plans and rich color palettes to brass décor and a focus on sustainability.

As builders show off their craftsmanship, they also take advantage of the opportunity to test emerging trends, like barn doors or contemporary kitchen hoods, and solicit feedback from community members. And if you’re looking for ways to customize or update your home, the parade is a perfect preview to experience the latest and greatest in home tech—WiFi–controlled lights and video doorbells come to mind. You’ll also find innovations to make your home a bit more sustainable, with features that incorporate eco-friendly materials or green efficiencies. 

For your full guide to homes on this year’s tour, the annual Parade of Homes book will be available at the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County beginning September 25th, with the parade kicking off September 28th–29th and running October 4th–6th and 11th–13th. The homes that are judged to be the best in the parade will be announced before the final weekend, allowing everyone a chance to tour the top three winners.