Allen Norwood

Food, luxury cars at HomeArama

Your lawn is parched and gasping – but work on the four HomeArama showhouses is on schedule. The dry spell has been a boon to masons, painters, landscapers and others. “The weather has been great,” said Kathryn Lewis, “and let us get lots of work done.”

Lewis is executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte, which will host the showcase beginning in July.

As I reported earlier this year, HomeArama will be at Cheval in Mint Hill from July 18 to Aug. 2. It will feature four houses by three builders: Arcadia Homes, New Old Luxury Custom Homes and the Ullman Group, which is building two of the houses.

Homes will be fully furnished and decorated and offer lots of Old World appeal. Home prices begin at more than $1 million, and range from almost 5,000 to more than 6,600 square feet.

There are new details to share as the opening nears, and they’re important because HomeArama fans schedule visits from out-of-town relatives around the showcase.

I’ve received calls that went like this: “When is HomeArama this year? My mother-in-law is coming to visit. ...”

Said Lewis: “I get those calls, too. I love that!”

If your mother-in-law is coming, and enjoys chefs’ day, make a note. It will be July 29 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Chefs from some of Charlotte’s most popular restaurants will prepare samples for HomeArama visitors in the homes’ kitchens. Ilios Noche will participate, Lewis said, and event organizers are working to confirm other restaurants.

The latest Lincoln automobiles will be on display on weekends, and HomeArama visitors can take test drives.

Realtor Day is scheduled for July 20. That’s a Monday, when the show is closed to the public. Licensed Realtors can tour the homes – free – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the last HomeArama in 2013, Lewis said, Realtor Day drew more than 700 people.

The previous HomeArama also was in Cheval, you might remember. The showcase this year is in a different section, Creekside, which features custom homes.

Parking will be in a single large lot, within easy walking distance of all four homes.

Hours will be the same as last time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and the gates close at 6 p.m. HomeArama will be closed on Mondays except for special events.

Tickets will be $12 online and $15 at the door. You can’t buy them online yet, but the builders hope to update the event website with new details and offer sales in a week or so, Lewis said. Visit

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