After a three-year hiatus first caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and then by challenges impacting the home-building industry, Charlotte’s Parade of Homes tour is back for 2023.
Organized by the Home Builders Association of Greater Charlotte, the event showcases the region’s stock of new homes with a free and self-guided tour. Typically held on an annual basis, it was put on hold in 2020 because of the pandemic.
“The event was postponed (in 2021-22) due to a combination of pandemic after-effects coupled with supply-chain constraints that led to a limited number of homes being available for tours,” said Cisco Garcia, the association’s president for 2023. “We’re excited to have the wonderful event back and look forward to its continued success.”
This year’s tour will be held during two weekends: Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Often described as the Charlotte region’s largest open house, the Parade of Homes features new homes for sale, fully decorated models to tour and communities available for building. There are 22 homebuilders participating in this year’s Parade, including some of the nation’s largest industry players such as PulteGroup, Toll Brothers, Taylor Morrison, KB Home and Meritage Homes, according to the HBAGC.
Of the 51 homes included this year, 48 will be open for in-person tours. Three properties will only be available for a virtual tour. One of those properties is a high-end custom home, while the other two are in neighborhoods under construction and just now selling, the HBAGC said.
The 51 properties represent a mix of single-family detached homes and townhomes, active-adult residences and custom builds. Price points range from $325,000 to more than $2 million.
The homes are scattered across the region, from close-in neighborhoods like Dilworth to communities in surrounding counties such as Gaston, Union and Iredell. Routes can be planned in advance by visiting the association’s Parade of Homes website or through the event’s mobile app.
The accompanying slideshow provides a sneak peek at the homes and builders featured in the 2023 Parade of Homes.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Charlotte started the Parade of Homes in 1992. The event is in its 29th year.
Founded in 1945, HBAGC represents more than 1,200 member firms in home-building and related industries.