Got Your Ticket? Outer Banks Parade of Homes 2016

Eillu-Outer-Banks-Parade-of-homes-mapThe Outer Banks Parade of Homes is quickly approaching.  This year the event runs from Oct 6th to Oct 9th from 10am to 6pm and 10am to 3pm on the 9th. This annual event is anxiously anticipated by locals, out of town home owners and tourists alike.  The event is sponsored by the Outer Banks Home Builders Association and has been a tradition for 24 years.  Tickets are only $10 for the 4 day event and proceeds benefit the food pantry and other local charities.  You can purchase your tickets at any home on the tour.  There are 19 homes included in the 2016 Parade of Homes and two of these are large scale remodels.

October is one of the best months of the year to visit the Outer Banks.  Temperatures are cooler but the ocean is still warm enough to swim.  Crowds have thinned so visiting your favorite restaurant means no long wait times.  The crisp fall air makes biking, jogging and outdoor activities sheer pleasure.  What better time to visit all the new and exciting developments, new homes and remodels from the best builders on the Outer Banks?  

The Parade of Homes tour spans 50 miles of pristine Outer Banks from Corolla to Nags Head. The diverse landscape from sound to sea is enchanting in the fall (and frankly, the whole year). During the tour, one gets to see more of the Outer Banks than even most locals routinely get to. 

The Parade of Homes is a self-guided tour that allows you to leisurely dawdle at the homes that capture your interest, chat with the builders or Realtors and glean insights and ideas for your new dream home or remodeling project.  Tickets allow you to tour any of the homes on any of the 4 days provided for the event.   So grab your map or GPS and see the best real estate on the Outer Banks.

The homes are divided into categories.  “The category is determined based on the actual raw cost of the home itself, exclusive of overhead, profit, the lot and any other amenities like landscaping or a pool. Simply stated, it is the amount that it cost for all of the building materials that were delivered to the site plus the amount of money that was paid to our skilled tradespeople to turn the materials into the finished product you are touring,” according the OBHBA. Each participant gets to vote for the “People’s Choice” award in each category as well as the judges selecting their winners.

Unlike other tours or events, the Parade of Homes has something for everyone.  While there are high end luxury homes (who doesn’t want to drool at them); there are also starter homes and remodels.  This year’s event features homes from 1,240 to 10,100 sq. ft.  Even if you do not plan to buy, sell, remodel or build a home in the coming year, it is an interesting event to attend and you may be surprised and be inspired.

Each home is built by expert craftsmen (and women) who know the Outer Banks and the climate and conditions prevalent here.  Over decades they have honed their skills and know what works and stands the test of time.  Our environment can be harsh with wind, sand and water.  Using materials that perform in this environment but are attractive, energy efficient and sustainable are the hallmarks of the homes chosen to be included. 

I find it worthwhile to pay attention to the small details.  While the homes are decorated for varied taste, there is always something to be found that can easily be incorporated to your home.  Technology, green materials and innovative products are ever emerging and it is fascinating to witness the new applications and become aware of the possibilities.

Contact Eillu today if you would like to visit the Parade of Homes with one of our Realtors.  It is an excellent way to see what the Outer Banks has to offer and to zero in on what will make your retirement home, vacation home or investment property perform beyond your expectations.  Taking the tour with one of our Realtors allows us to get to know you better, what you like and don’t like, to ultimately find the best OBX home or investment for YOU!

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