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Peek inside Charlotte’s newest houses during Parade of Homes

By Allen Norwood
Allen Norwood
Allen Norwood writes on Home design, do-it-yourself and real estate for The Charlotte Observer. His column appears each Saturday.

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    Parade of Homes is a free, self-guided tour of new homes in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. It takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 2-4 and May 9-11. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays. For more information and to create your personal itinerary, visit

The area’s top builders invite you to drop by, whether you’re shopping for a new home, want to be inspired by the dazzling kitchens in the furnished models, or just want to get out of the house in spring (finally!).

Parade of Homes, the free, self-guided showcase hosted by the Home Builders Association of Charlotte, begins this weekend and continues Friday-Sunday through the first two weekends in May.

It’s 20 percent bigger this year, according to event leader Alan Banks of Evans Coghill Homes. And the homes are widely distributed across the area.

You’ll find homes in neighborhoods from Mooresville to Rock Hill, Gaston to Union County. There’s Wellington Chase in Concord, The Cottages at the Landing in Clover.

Homes are priced from the $150,000s to more than $1 million. The heart of the parade is in the $300,000s, Banks said.

There are 87 new and model homes in the parade. In addition, there are 17 more “Drawing Board” homes still under construction.

There aren’t lots of new suburban neighborhoods. It’s time consuming and expensive to develop new subdivisions, and financing is difficult. But there are new phases and new builders in the suburban communities – and more infill homes close to uptown Charlotte.

You’ll also find homes in some of Charlotte’s favorite older neighborhoods, including Cotswold, SouthPark and Plaza Midwood.

A few more highlights:

• Chesmar Homes has a new model at Riverwalk, the mixed-use community on the Catawba River in Rock Hill.

• At Eagle Park at Belmont, where prices start in the $200,000s, the David Weekley model features a rocking-chair front porch.

• All homes are single-story ranch models at Courtyards at Brawley Point, by Epcon Communities.

Visit the online site ( and select models you’d like to see. Go to the “My Tour” section, and with a click or two, you can get driving directions.

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